What Would Our Ancestors Think of this? A Hippie Airbnb?


Yesterday we were posting about homes of Lanark County. With all this “Airbnb business” going around would you pay to live in a van? What is Airbnb? Airbnb is an online marketplace that enables people to list, find, then rent vacation homes for a processing fee. It has over 1,500,000 listings in 34,000 cities and 191 countries
Luna Mammon, the host for “Moonbeam,”  rents out this 1980 Dodge Ram camper van she lives in in Vancouver for $60 a night on Airbnb.



Luna bought the van this year and now uses it as her home, in part, because of the cost of Vancouver housing. Parked on a street in the westside Kitsilano neighbourhood, Moonbeam has a double bed, a bunk bed for storage, an overhead fan and kitchen appliances that are not currently being used.


One thing it doesn’t have is a bathroom, though Mammon says she often uses a coffee shop nearby. The lack of a toilet hasn’t stopped people from booking the van, however and in fact the interest is so strong that Mammon has found herself blocking off nights so that she can use it herself. What would our ancestors think about this?







A few years ago I took this photo below in Point Richmond, California. Can you spot the van renter? Wonder if they were on Airbnb?



Lanark County Genealogical Society Website

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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