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Budget Travel Bros and Other Travel Trends to Ditch in 2021

Airbnb fights white supremacy, a Spanish snowball fight and travel writer Pip Jones tells us the travel trends to skip in 2021.

First Stop:

Airbnb and its affiliate HotelTonight have taken a bold stand against terrorism and white supremacy. The home-sharingcheck-in platform canceled rentals in and around Washington D.C. during Inauguration week in an effort to reduce the number of protestors who are threatening a repeat of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Airbnb will compensate its hosts and refund travelers. The move is part of an effort to reduce the number of people in Washington D.C. starting January 15.

Vox reports that Airbnb has worked to block rentals to white supremacists since the 2017 riot in Charlottesville, North Carolina.

Next Stop:

Travel writer and podcast Pip Jones joined us to discuss some of her least favorite travel trends. This chat was inspired by her post, "7 Travel Trends We Can Do Without in 2021," which you can find on her website,

Pip also hosts Travel Goals Podcast and is a Travel.Radio presenter. You can listen to the "Gates of Heaven" episode Pip and Joe talk about in our Travel Influencer episode.

Which travel trends do you hope we leave behind in 2021?

Have you participated in any of these? (No judgement -- we have too.)

How do you check in to make sure you're being a respectful traveler?


Winter storm Filomena dumped record snowfall on Spain during the weekend of January 8. The good people of Madrid celebrated with some pretty epic snowball fights.

Journalist David Vidueiro Jiménez share the aforementioned images of a massive snowball fight along Gran Via on Twitter, as well as one at the nearby Plaza de Callao. The New York Times showed residents hiking and cross-country skiing in the streets. This video is also pretty great.

Have you had a snowball fight yet this year?

Which outdoor activities have you tried since the pandemic started?

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