The host, Richard T Scott, is a classical painter who lives in upstate New York; yet another artist renting a spare room through Airbnb. As I’ve discussed before, many Airbnb hosts are artists because it is an easy way to make supplemental income. This is great for artists whose income is more unpredictable. As one artist said, “I make all my money in two months out of every year, I just don’t know which two months they will be.”
It’s an interesting experience to enter someone else’s home because you never know what you’re going to walk in on. This particular stay in upstate New York was quite unique. I ambled down the stairs for a cup of tea and saw a half dressed African American woman holding a sword in front of a massive civil war painting. I have seen many artist/ model scenarios, but I liked how Richard was sitting on the floor with the model towering over him.
I knew that Richard was doing a series on the Civil War, but I definitely was not expecting to walk in on that image. In order to rent your space, you have to be the kind of person that doesn’t feel self conscious about others seeing your space or activities. You also can’t be bothered by interruptions. This results in hosts who are more acclimated to uncertainty, making them relaxed, open, and friendly which adds to the travel experience.