Rural Minnesota Airbnb Hosts See Earnings Double During Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many vacationers to seek quiet getaways within driving distance of their homes, resulting in a boon for rural Airbnb hosts.
The online rental service said hosts in Greater Minnesota have made $ 23 million since the start of the pandemic. That’s almost double the amount they earned in 2019.
The “typical” Minnesota rural host has cashed in $ 6,900 in the past 12 months, Airbnb told Bring Me The News. Normally, these hosts would earn around $ 3,300 over the course of a summer.
It’s a trend the company said it is continuing nationwide, with queries for remote stays in full swing ahead of Memorial Day weekend. Searches for rentals within 50 to 300 miles represent about seven out of 10 searches in recent times. This makes properties far from denser cities – “off the beaten track,” as Airbnb puts it – an attractive option for vacationers.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources saw a similar spike in interest last year and changed its accommodation reservation policies in response to soaring demand.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is also experiencing a flood of interest.
People want tents, yurts
Staycationers aren’t just looking for a typical rental. Airbnb notes an upsurge in searches for more atypical accommodation. The number of searches for yurts is up 167% this year compared to 2019, while “camping” is up 153%. Here’s a look at the data Airbnb provides on search trends:
- Tent + 260%
- Yurt + 167%
- Camping + 153%
- Terrestrial + 149%
- Houseboat + 142%
- Dome house + 140%
- Farm stay + 119%
- Treehouse + 111%
- Small house + 109%
- Barn + 86%
Oddly enough, the most sought-after Airbnb property in all of Minnesota is … this artistic one-bedroom home in northeast Minneapolis known as the Wolf House.
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