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Each week, Behind the Stays brings you the stories behind your favorite Airbnbs and the hosts who’ve made them memorable.

Meet the military veterans, retired flight attendants, tech entrepreneurs, school teachers, single moms, digital nomads, and real estate investors who have all, in their own unique ways, joined the growing community of short-term rentals.

Discover how these hosts — from all over the world — have built chic cabins in the mountains, designed bohemian bungalows on the beach, and erected eclectic off-grid escapes.

Behind the Stays is brought to you by Sponstayneous — a carefully-curated newsletter that sends subscribers 150 of the best last-minute deals and upcoming steals on Airbnb twice a week. You can subscribe for free at www.sponstayneous.com.

Behind the Stays is hosted by Zach Busekrus (@zboozee) — Co-Founder of Sponstayneous.

If you know of an Airbnb host you think we should have on the show, please reach out directly to me at zach@sponstayneous.com and I’d be happy to talk with them.

Behind the Stays Sponstayneous

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    • 5.0 • 105 Ratings

Each week, Behind the Stays brings you the stories behind your favorite Airbnbs and the hosts who’ve made them memorable.

Meet the military veterans, retired flight attendants, tech entrepreneurs, school teachers, single moms, digital nomads, and real estate investors who have all, in their own unique ways, joined the growing community of short-term rentals.

Discover how these hosts — from all over the world — have built chic cabins in the mountains, designed bohemian bungalows on the beach, and erected eclectic off-grid escapes.

Behind the Stays is brought to you by Sponstayneous — a carefully-curated newsletter that sends subscribers 150 of the best last-minute deals and upcoming steals on Airbnb twice a week. You can subscribe for free at www.sponstayneous.com.

Behind the Stays is hosted by Zach Busekrus (@zboozee) — Co-Founder of Sponstayneous.

If you know of an Airbnb host you think we should have on the show, please reach out directly to me at zach@sponstayneous.com and I’d be happy to talk with them.

    How to Build the Apple of Vacation Rentals: Imagining, Creating, and Scaling the Wander Brand

    How to Build the Apple of Vacation Rentals: Imagining, Creating, and Scaling the Wander Brand

    Meet Kyle Tibbitts, Chief Marketing Officer at Wander, a network of smart, luxury vacation rentals that’s on a mission to verticalize the short-term rental experience. 
    If you were to have asked Kyle as a 10-year-old what he wanted to be when he grew up, he would have told you a lawyer, which, today, Kyle would tell you would have been a huge mistake.
    But if you were to have asked Kyle what he wanted to be just a few years later, he would have told you an architect — from a young age he had a deep appreciation for design and a longing to build things.
    And while Kyle wouldn’t go on to design or build structures, he would go on to help design and build some of the most incredible brands in hospitality and real estate. 
    Tune in to hear Kyle’s stories and musings about:
    What he learned while working at HotelTonight — a marketplace for last-minute hotel bookings that was ultimately acquired by Airbnb
    The growth marketing lessons he learned while working at Open Door
    How he met John Andrew, the Founder and CEO of Wander on Twitter and what it was about Wander that was so compelling to him
    How he and the team built the Wander brand
    Lessons learned when trying to build a consistently luxurious, yet distributed hospitality product 
    How Wander has pivoted over the last 12 months in light of macro-economic shifts 
    The vision for the Wander brand over 2024 
    And so much more
    This episode is brought to you by our friends at AirDNA
    Want to see if a Treehouse resort in Dubai pencils?  You can do so in AirDNA.
    Want to buy land in Ontario to build a Glamping resort?  AirDNA will show you how other, comparable products are performing in the region.
    Or maybe you’ve already got your stay up and running and you want a better understanding of how your Airbnb compares to others in the market?  You can connect your listing to AirDNA and get accurate nightly pricing recommendations based on real-world, real-time demand.
    AirDNA is the key you need to unlock the insight behind what it’s going to take to bring those big dreams you have to life.
    Pay just $25/month and access ANY market in the world — AirDNA is cheaper, faster, better, and stronger to use than ever before. 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    5 Ways OpenAI's Sora Will Revolutionize Hospitality Entrepreneurship

    5 Ways OpenAI's Sora Will Revolutionize Hospitality Entrepreneurship

    In this episode of Behind the Stays, Zach shares five tangible and tactical ideas for how OpenAI's new Sora model will fundamentally change hospitality entrepreneurship. 
    Sora is an AI model that can create realistic and imaginative scenes from text instructions.
    Sora is able to generate complex scenes with multiple characters, specific types of motion, and accurate details of the subject and background. The model understands not only what the user has asked for in the prompt, but also how those things exist in the physical world.
    See Sora in action here.
    This episode is brought to you by our friends at Valcove Hospitality. Valcove Hospitality enables you to have a dedicated assistant available 24/7 who can help with everything from email comms to responding to Karen — and they make this all possible at a fraction of the cost of a full-time employee. 
    Whether you’re managing 10 properties or scaling up to 150, Valcove's experienced team is ready to help you streamline your operations. Say goodbye to the endless cycle of hiring and training staff, and say hello to seamless efficiency.
    With flexible partnership options tailored to your needs, Valcove offers 24/7 support, or a custom schedule that fits your business. And with a straightforward hourly rate of just $9.95/hour for your entire portfolio, you always know what to expect on your bill - no surprises, just dependable, transparent service.
    The team at Valcove is offering 'Behind the Stays' listeners, like you, an exclusive offer. Use the code BEHINDTHESTAYS50 to get 50% off your first month with Valcove Hospitality. 
    Have you signed up for Ping yet?
    Ping makes it easy for guests to be notified when their favorite Airbnbs become available — and it's the secret tool the best Airbnb hosts use to maximize bookings.
    Sign up today at bnbping.com
    About the Show
    Behind the Stays is brought to you twice a week by Sponstayneous — a free, biweekly newsletter that brings subscribers the best last-minute deals and upcoming steals on Airbnb.  
    You can subscribe, for free, at www.sponstayneous.com. 
    Behind the Stays is hosted by Zach Busekrus, co-founder of Sponstayneous, you can connect with him on Twitter at @zboozee.

    • 21 min
    How They Built a Cabin Collection That Landed in Vogue — The Story of North Country Cabin Co.

    How They Built a Cabin Collection That Landed in Vogue — The Story of North Country Cabin Co.

    Meet Stephanie Gutierrez, the creator of North Country Cabin Co. — a boutique collection of short-term rentals located just 90 minutes from Minnesota's twin cities in Comstock, Wisconsin.
    Growing up, Stephanie wanted to be an artist — her grandmother had an incredible eye for art and design and Stephanie dreamed of emulating her. 
    And while she didn’t become a professional artist, her knack for creativity would wind up leading her to launch a boutique hospitality company in partnership with her husband Eric.
    In this episode, Stephanie and I discuss:
    How and why she and Eric got into short-term rentals
    The story behind how they found their first cabin and what it took to get it Airbnb-ready
    Whether building from the ground up or renovating an existing cabin yields a more profitable unit
    How they landed in Vogue and on the Magnolia Network 
    And so much more
    Alright friends, without further adieu, get ready to meet Stephanie. 
    This episode is brought to you by our friends at Valcove Hospitality. Valcove Hospitality enables you to have a dedicated assistant available 24/7 who can help with everything from email comms to responding to Karen — and they make this all possible at a fraction of the cost of a full-time employee. 
    Whether you’re managing 10 properties or scaling up to 150, Valcove's experienced team is ready to help you streamline your operations. Say goodbye to the endless cycle of hiring and training staff, and say hello to seamless efficiency.
    With flexible partnership options tailored to your needs, Valcove offers 24/7 support, or a custom schedule that fits your business. And with a straightforward hourly rate of just $9.95/hour for your entire portfolio, you always know what to expect on your bill - no surprises, just dependable, transparent service.
    The team at Valcove is offering 'Behind the Stays' listeners, like you, an exclusive offer. Use the code BEHINDTHESTAYS50 to get 50% off your first month with Valcove Hospitality. 
    Have you signed up for Ping yet?
    Ping makes it easy for guests to be notified when their favorite Airbnbs become available — and it's the secret tool the best Airbnb hosts use to maximize bookings.
    Sign up today at bnbping.com
    About the Show
    Behind the Stays is brought to you twice a week by Sponstayneous — a free, biweekly newsletter that brings subscribers the best last-minute deals and upcoming steals on Airbnb.  
    You can subscribe, for free, at www.sponstayneous.com. 
    Behind the Stays is hosted by Zach Busekrus, co-founder of Sponstayneous, you can connect with him on Twitter at @zboozee.

    • 41 min
    So, Was the STR Wealth Conference Worth It? Here's What This Year's Attendees Thought

    So, Was the STR Wealth Conference Worth It? Here's What This Year's Attendees Thought

    One of the newest and hottest industry events, STR Wealth Con, just wrapped last week — and we wanted to know what people thought about the event!
    In this episode, Zach sits down with Wil Slickers (emcee of the event), Sean Wilkinson (Co-Founder of Hostshare and first-time conferences attendee), and Heidie Henriksen ( a vacation rental industry veteran, to get their thoughts on the content, the community, and the networking at the event.
    Let us know what you thought of the event by joining the conversation on LinkedIn! 
    This episode is brought to you by our friends at Turno. 
    Turno is the smartest way to schedule, pay, and find vacation rental cleaners — think of Turno as an Uber or Task Rabbit for STR hosts. 
    Simply create an account, describe your listing’s cleaning needs, and Turno will match you with cleaners near you. 
    Turno offers simple, affordable pricing for STR hosts of any size. Single property accounts and Marketplace users get access to all the platform’s tools and features for FREE. And they make working with your existing teams easy too, with plans as low as just $6/month per property.
    Learn more and earn a $150 Amazon Gift Card after you complete your first cleaning. 
    Have you signed up for Ping yet?
    Ping makes it easy for guests to be notified when their favorite Airbnbs become available — and it's the secret tool the best Airbnb hosts use to maximize bookings.
    Sign up today at bnbping.com
    About the Show
    Behind the Stays is brought to you twice a week by Sponstayneous — a free, biweekly newsletter that brings subscribers the best last-minute deals and upcoming steals on Airbnb.  
    You can subscribe, for free, at www.sponstayneous.com. 
    Behind the Stays is hosted by Zach Busekrus, co-founder of Sponstayneous, you can connect with him on Twitter at @zboozee.

    • 58 min
    Building the Prequel to Airbnb: Jeremy Gall on the Story of Flipkey and the Foundation of Breezeway

    Building the Prequel to Airbnb: Jeremy Gall on the Story of Flipkey and the Foundation of Breezeway

    Meet Jeremy Gall, Founder & CEO of Breezeway  — the leading property care, operations and messaging platform for hospitality entrepreneurs.
    Growing up, Jermey wanted to be a professional basketball player. And while he never made it into the NBA, he did make it into Law School.
    But Jeremy’s professional career as an attorney wouldn’t last long because he was bit by that sneaky, but ever so enticing, entrepreneurial bug.
    Tune into hear the exciting story of how Jeremy co-founded and built Flipkey, the first online marketplace for vacation rentals, which was ultimately acquired by Trip Advisor, why he built Breezeway, the industry’s leading operations hub, and the opportunity he sees for other hospitality innovators and entrepreneurs over the next 5 years.
    Learn more about Breezeway
    Connect with Jeremy on LinkedIn
    This episode is brought to you by Summer. 
    Summer takes the headache out of owning a vacation rental by taking care of sourcing, designing, furnishing and managing your home.
    What makes Summer especially unique is the pathway to ownership that they offer — think of this as an option to “try before you actually buy an Airbnb” 
    Here’s how Summer’s Gradual Ownership model works:
    You work with Summer to find the perfect vacation rental — one that’s in a market that you want to vacation to and also in a market that makes sense for a vacation rental.
    Summer guides you through the whole discernment process of where, when and what kind of home to buy.
    When you find the right home, put down a downpayment of 15+% but Summer buys the home for you and holds it for up to two years — during this time you can buy back the home from them any time you are ready or, after the two year period you can decide you DON’T want the home and get a full refund of your down payment.
    Also, Summer covers all of the closing costs and fees for the upfront purchase on the home, as well as furnishing and design. This means you pay far less out of pocket than you would if you bought the home yourself from day one.
    So if you’ve been looking for a way to beta test the whole Airbnb game, this is your sign. Go and chat with my new friends at Summer and tell them that Zach from Behind the Stays sent you there way.
    Have you signed up for Ping yet?
    Ping makes it easy for guests to be notified when their favorite Airbnbs become available — and it's the secret tool the best Airbnb hosts use to maximize bookings.
    Sign up today at bnbping.com
    About the Show
    Behind the Stays is brought to you twice a week by Sponstayneous — a free, biweekly newsletter that brings subscribers the best last-minute deals and upcoming steals on Airbnb.  
    You can subscribe, for free, at www.sponstayneous.com. 
    Behind the Stays is hosted by Zach Busekrus, co-founder of Sponstayneous, you can connect with him on Twitter at @zboozee.

    • 1 hr
    She Wanted to Be a Cat, a Vet, or an Anesthesiologist — So, Naturally, She Got into Vacation Rentals

    She Wanted to Be a Cat, a Vet, or an Anesthesiologist — So, Naturally, She Got into Vacation Rentals

    Meet Meaghan Moylan, Executive Director of Outpost — a Vacation Rental and Property Management company located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 
    If you were to have asked Meaghan what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would have told you a cat, a veterinarian, a nurse, or a lawyer — depending on whether she was 3, 10, 15, or 18. 
    As fate would have it, Meaghan did not become any of the aforementioned and, after graduating from college with a degree in public relations, decided she was going to move to Thailand to teach English. One night at a bonfire she was telling an acquaintance about her plans to move abroad when said acquaintance asked her if she’d ever considered working in hospitality.
    She hadn’t…but that night, Meaghan went home and, on a total whim, applied for a job at 360 Blue, one of the most respected, luxury vacation rental companies in the country…and, well, she got the job and almost 10 years later, Meaghan has become one of the most interesting and influential young voices in the industry.
    In this chat, Meaghan and I discuss:
    Opportunities she sees for young entrepreneurs to build great businesses in and around vacation rentals
    What the quote-on-quote “Instagram Airbnb Host” can learn from professional operators (and vice-versa)
    Her new love of podcasting
    Hot takes she has on the future of hospitality 
    And so much more…
    Connect with Meaghan on LinkedIn
    Learn more about Outpost
    Stream Workflows and Espressos 
    Follow Corporate Natalie on Instagram 
    This episode is brought to you by our friends at Valcove Hospitality. Valcove Hospitality enables you to have a dedicated assistant available 24/7 who can help with everything from email comms to responding to Karen — and they make this all possible at a fraction of the cost of a full-time employee. 
    Whether you’re managing 10 properties or scaling up to 150, Valcove's experienced team is ready to help you streamline your operations. Say goodbye to the endless cycle of hiring and training staff, and say hello to seamless efficiency.
    With flexible partnership options tailored to your needs, Valcove offers 24/7 support, or a custom schedule that fits your business. And with a straightforward hourly rate of just $9.95/hour for your entire portfolio, you always know what to expect on your bill - no surprises, just dependable, transparent service.
    The team at Valcove is offering 'Behind the Stays' listeners, like you, an exclusive offer. Use the code BEHINDTHESTAYS50 to get 50% off your first month with Valcove Hospitality. 
    Have you signed up for Ping yet?
    Ping makes it easy for guests to be notified when their favorite Airbnbs become available — and it's the secret tool the best Airbnb hosts use to maximize bookings.
    Sign up today at bnbping.com
    About the Show
    Behind the Stays is brought to you twice a week by Sponstayneous — a free, biweekly newsletter that brings subscribers the best last-minute deals and upcoming steals on Airbnb.  
    You can subscribe, for free, at www.sponstayneous.com. 
    Behind the Stays is hosted by Zach Busekrus, co-founder of Sponstayneous, you can connect with him on Twitter at @zboozee.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

RMHarrington ,

Good listen

A good weekly listen about the evolving world of travel and hospitality. Zach does a good job getting to the point with his guests. Really enjoy it.

JamiehLane ,

High Quality

One of the best podcasts in the short-term rental industry! Love his interview style and deep dive interviews.

jasonmuth ,

Super informative!

Zach has amazing content and guests, and is an excellent conversationalist! Love the production quality of the show too.

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