Not planning a vacation anytime soon, but still want to browse and keep track of popular listings on Airbnb? The San Francisco-based startup, which allows you to book and stay at homes as though they were hotels, has added a new “Wish List” feature to make the site more social and visual.
Wish List aims to transform the platform from one that just enables search and booking to a service that encourages users to explore new places, discover friends’ favorite listings and plan dream trips.
“When we created Airbnb, we never dreamed that one day we would be offering everything from treehouses to entire private islands,” said Brian Chesky, CEO and co-founder. “Airbnb photographers have now taken over 1,000,000 images of these unique listings, creating one of the largest collections of interior design photos in the world. Combined with the functionality of our reservation system, Wish Lists allow our community to discover some of the planet’s most inspiring destinations.”
Here’s how it works: After browsing Airbnb’s database of lodging options, users can create a Wish List to collect a visual list of places they want to visit and stay. In addition to sharing lists to Facebook, members can also see Wish Lists from their friends and others around the Airbnb community.