Airbnb, as a concept, was a breath of fresh air for travellers looking to get an authentic sense of what local life is like when they travel overseas.
Connecting travellers with self-made hosts, anyone around the world could realistically lease their homes up for rent on the site.
As the invasion occurred in Ukraine, an influencer shared his idea of booking rooms in war-hit areas of Ukraine to help those with immediate monetary assistance.
The movement has picked up since Friday (4 Mar) morning and Airbnb communicated that they will be waiving fees associated with bookings in Ukraine, allowing hosts to receive the booking fees in full.
The movement was initially started by Twitter user @quentquarantino, but many others have since followed suit.
The idea is to book Airbnb rooms in hard-hit areas of Ukraine, allowing those on the ground to receive the booking fees in full.
Although there are many other organisations spearheading charity drives, by booking an Airbnb, one could help those in these cities with immediate monetary assistance.
Within the Airbnb website, kind folk can exchange messages with their hosts and most of them took the opportunity to show their support and solidarity with their hosts.
Many of the beneficiaries thanked their donators and welcomed them back to Ukraine once the conflict ends.
Seeing the movement pick up pace in the last few hours, Airbnb communicated in tweet that they will be waiving all fees on bookings in Ukraine.
This includes host and guest fees, allowing those in hard-hit areas to receive the booking fees in full.
With the help of the internet and good intentions, a movement can spark up like wildfire.
Kudos to those who have booked their Airbnb rooms to help those in need in Ukraine.
Aside from the money, this display of solidarity and support for the Ukrainians is a heartwarming sight in these difficult times.
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