These Crazy Funny Airbnb Stories Will Make You Want To Travel

Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
The beauty of renting an Airbnb lies in the potential of making unique travel memories. Instead of a standard hotel experience, you might find yourself spending the night in a historic castle or a colorful yurt. The prospect of crashing with interesting locals who can show you around — and make you feel like you're at home in a new place — is also super appealing to us.
However, any seasoned traveler will tell you that no journey is complete without a few unexpected hiccups — but that can make the trip that much more memorable. We asked five female travelers to share the craziest and funniest things that happened to them while they were staying at an Airbnb. Be prepared to laugh, cringe, and find yourself wanting to hop on a plane and go out and explore the world.
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The Overzealous Host Who Folded Our Underwear

"My best friend and I booked this converted bedroom in a shared family home in the Shinjuku area of Tokyo. It was our first time using Airbnb, so we didn't really know what to expect. We stayed with a middled-aged couple and their six-year old son, and they were so nice to us. The mum was your typical Japanese mum who was super hospitable and always made sure that all our needs were taken care of: She served us homemade Japanese breakfast upon our arrival, and showed us how to work the washing machine in the house.

"We were previously in Okinawa, so we had already accumulated a sizable bag of dirty laundry by then. Dryers are not common in Japan, so we hung up our damp clothes on the rooftop and went sightseeing, thinking that we would collect our dry clothes later that night. When we got back to the house, all of our clean laundry — including our bras and panties — were back in our suitcases, folded into neat little cubes that would make Marie Kondo proud. We were very, very grateful the hostess went the extra mile to make us feel at home, but we were also mortified a complete stranger went through our underwear!"
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The Educational Tattoo Parlor

"I Airbnbed this tiny place in the historic part of Cartagena, Colombia with my husband and two younger daughters. It was very cute room with a sleeping loft and a tiny kitchen, which was separated from our landlady's tattoo parlor by just a thin wall. Throughout the day, we would hear these tough-sounding male customer coming in to get inked, only to end up screaming and cussing through their teeth. We were giggling the whole time — and left learning more Spanish cuss words than we ever needed."
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The Toilet Savior

"I went to Tel Aviv with a friend, and we rented a lovely two-bedroom apartment on the ground floor. There was some issue with the shower, so we contacted the Airbnb host, who said she would come to check on it. Later that day, a small Hasidic man showed up. He didn't speak any English and kept asking us questions in Hebrew. It was one of those confusing but hilarious 'lost in translation' moments.

"There was a washing machine in the bathroom, so we turned it on and went out for lunch. When we came back, the washing machine had shaken so much that it fell over, blocking the bathroom door so we couldn't get in. This was so awkward to explain to our host. She said she'd come over, and the same guy showed up. The whole 'not being able to communicate' thing happened again. Finally, he said something and walked out — we had no idea what happened and assumed he gave up. All of a sudden, we heard a huge thump in the bathroom. Turns out he had crawled through the tiniest window to get into the bathroom and saved the day!"
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The Polaroid Enthusiast

"My friend and I were hosted by this really shy Japanese guy in Osaka. He had a bowl haircut and was wearing the thickest glasses we'd ever seen. He also barely spoke any English. After showing us around our studio, he asked if he could take a photo of us for his album, saying that he always took a picture of every guest he had.

"We said okay, and he proceeded to pull out a Polaroid camera and an album FULL of Polaroids of female guests. We were a bit creeped out by it, but he didn't do anything other than asking us to do the V-sign that's super popular with Asians.

"Before he left, we asked for instructions on how to get to the Kansai Airport, but he apparently gave us the wrong train schedule. At 6 a.m. on the morning we were supposed to head out, someone knocked loudly on our door. Turns out, he realized his mistake and felt so bad that he took his morning off from work to drive us to the airport. He was actually such a sweet guy — Polaroid habits aside."
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The Heartbroken Driver

"My husband and I stayed at this Airbnb in Málaga, Spain, on a vacation, and our host Antonio was the most welcoming guy. On our last night there, he even taught us how to make his grandma's paella recipe! We were having a great time cooking in his kitchen, but then he invited his friend Kiko over. Kiko had just gotten his heart broken by a girl, so the poor sap was just moping the whole night, while we tried to bring his spirits up.

"It was time to go after our meal, and they were kind to enough to drop us off at the airport using Kiko's car. As soon as we got our seat belts on, the saddest music came out of the stereo at full volume. Kiko actually made a mixtape of sad love songs, and he was bawling his eyes out the whole time while he was driving us. We had to keep consoling him while trying to keep an eye on the road!"
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