The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01387

Submission Number:
01387
Commenter:
Joann Rose
State:
North Carolina
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
I a m a retired kindergarten teacher, who has taught for 25 years in inner city schools and loved each moment. I retired and was left with a 600 dollar medical Premium insurance bill till medicare kicked in. Besides teaching, traveling is my other passion. But finamcially I was strapped with expenses, and limited to what I could spend. When I found Airbnb ,4 years ago , I could see the possibility of an more affordable trip. So off to Rome I went, and stayed in the home if thus lively lady who was renting a couple of other rooms out, and stayed for 50 euros. The host was lovely, and as I sat there thought perhaps I could do the same back in states. So I started using Airbnb to host guests, and it has been a major economic help, and enabled me to do some more traveling. So at , 68, I am traveling affordably, meeting wonderful people , and recycling my home for others by sharing with guests, and feel environmentally am lessening the footprint on the planet by not adding to the demand fir new hotels. Living in a country that does not honor aging or seniors, here is an organization that helps us honor ourselelves by making it more affordable to enjoy our later years after a lifetime of dedication to our choice of work. Maybe the folks in D.C.could use Airbnb as a model for improving the economy and quality of life for its Seniors. In addition the organization is so incredibly helpful with site, or problem questions, and always thanking its hosts in various ways. Airbnb has added to the quality of life for me and the planet. A welcome breath of fresh sir in our world today. Joann Rose