How I created Airbnb before Airbnb and travelled the world for 10 years

Luca on the road

Me (Luca)  on a road in Western Australia during the Round The World.

 

In 2001 I was desperate for online money because I wanted to travel hard.
The previous year  I had left my export manager position in Italy and went to Australia  in search of exotic places, big spaces and everything else which would satisfy my great thirst for freedom.
After 7 months travelling in a van with old and new friends I was kicked out by the Australian immigration (I was selling websites but I was on a  tourist Visa)  and ended up in Bangkok, then Bali.

Asia opened a new world of possibilities to me.
It was exactly what I was looking for.
Distant cultures and spectacular landscapes  were great but what really excited me were the prices: it was really really really cheap.

I just needed the equivalent of 500 € a month to travel.
With that money I could stay in single rooms and eat out three times a day.

But after a whole year travelling I was almost broke so I took my flight back to Europe determined to do “something online” and travel forever.

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