Is AirBnB the new Tinder?
I've been busy preparing for my trip to Australia these past few days, including booking accommodation. I'll have a weekend in Sydney, and because the hotels are mega expensive and I'd like to be within walking distance of most things, I decided to save my company some money and go the AirBnB route instead. I booked a room in the heart of Sydney with a friendly American who had excellent reviews.
We exchanged a few messages through the site, and then he asked if I had Whatsapp. I do, and I thought "Oh yeah, that could be useful if I have any trouble getting from the airport to his place", so I sent him a message. That message has now turned into daily messages from him, and I'm starting to get a little bit nervous.
His texts have been really flirty, asking what I plan to do for fun in Sydney, if I like to go out, do I want to do a wine tasting with him, etc. I've been trying to emphasize I'm coming for work and will need to detox over the weekend, so no partying etc, but he just won't give up. Yesterday morning's message was "I know all the best hikes in the area with wine tastings at the end".
So today I went back into his AirBnB profile to read a bit further. I'd already read the first few pages of reviews before booking, and they were overwhelmingly positive. A lot of them mentioned things like dinners out or having breakfast with him on his balcony. Then I went back and read his profile again, and saw at the bottom that he says he's a Tinder expert (so much so that he has even written a book on it!). And 90% of the reviews on his page were left by women, which is also odd - you normally don't see many women staying with a solo man on AirBnB.
All of that plus the messages he has been sending me has me now wondering - are the kids nowadays using AirBnB to hookup? Are there secret clues in his profile I should have been aware of? I mean, I guess I can definitely see the appeal for the hosts - you meet people from all around the world, have sex AND get paid.
Or I'm reading too much into this, and he's just bored and being a nice guy, which is why he has such good reviews. What do you guys think?
Either way, I wasn't planning on bringing the pocket taser I bought for India to Australia, but maybe I will just in case lol.