Urban Photographer

MICHAEL PHILLIPS

No man prefers to sleep two in a bed. In fact, you would a good deal rather not sleep with your own brother. I dont know how it is, but people like to be private when they are sleeping. And when it comes to sleeping with an unknown stranger, in a strange inn, in a strange town, and that stranger a harpooneer, then your objections indefinitely multiply.
Nor was there any earthly reason why I as a sailor should sleep two in a bed, more than anybody else; for sailors no more sleep two in a bed at sea, than bachelor Kings do ashore. To be sure they all sleep together in one apartment, but you have your own hammock, and cover yourself with your own blanket, and sleep in your own skin.

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For with the charts of all four oceans before him, Ahab was threading a maze of currents and eddies, with a view to the more certain accomplishment of that monomaniac thought of his soul.

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The more I pondered over this harpooneer, the more I abominated the thought of sleeping with him. It was fair to presume that being a harpooneer, his linen or woollen, as the case might be, would not be of the tidiest.

  • Superhost Christina stays busy raising 3 girls, but that doesn’t stop her from creating a cozy environment for her guests. As a matter of fact, her girls are very much involved in the hosting process, helping to greet guests and tidy up. Christina’s front porch has become the heart of the home, always a place for sharing conversations, meeting the neighbors, and experiencing proper southern charm. Congratulations Christina on being a Superhost since 2017! Not sure what a #Superhost is? They’re the top-rated and most-experienced hosts on Airbnb. In a nutshell, they’re amazing.
  • Every detail of Superhost James’s bungalow harmonizes with the big, gorgeous painting that… wait, no, that’s the window looking out to your backyard. When the picture goes dark, cross the Forth Rail Bridge for fresh local seafood at the Wee Restaurant (if you can find it). Photo: @recoverwithabundance
  • On the second story of her bookshop, Superhost Wendy’s loft looks like something straight out of a bookworm’s dream. Scour the shelves for something new to read, or curl up with an old favorite. If you’re lucky, Wendy might even send you home with an advanced copy of next year’s bestseller.

Tap the link in our bio to learn more about Wendy’s live-in library at Airbnb Magazine.

Photo: @a_gaut
  • The iconic airship has been part of the biggest U.S. sporting events for decades. Now, for one night, you can make it your home. Your stay includes tickets to a college football game in Michigan on Oct. 26, where you’ll be the one casually pointing skyward and saying, “Hey, there’s my old place!” Booking begins Oct. 15 for each of the three available nights (Oct. 22-24). Link in bio.
  • At Superhost Moreno’s tiny baita (Alpine hut), the only sounds you’ll hear are the wind through the valley and the distant chiming of cowbells. Hike to Rifugio Capanna Passo Valles for a steaming plate of mushroom polenta on your way to a day of scaling the jagged peaks of the Pale di San Martino range.

Photo: @beki.scott
  • Now there’s a new way to connect with horses on @AirbnbExperiences. Ibiza and Foxel can see right through you. These Catalan horses are experts at reading your body language and emotions, says equine therapist Antonia. She’ll show you a mindful way to interact with them that doesn’t involve riding. If you keep calm and give the horses your full attention, you just might move in sync with each other like professional dancers.

Animals on @AirbnbExperiences are a new way to meet creatures of all kinds. Learn more at the link in our bio.
  • Now you can search for wildlife on @AirbnbExperiences. (Swipe to see what they are seeing.)
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Arctic foxes are Iceland’s only native land mammal, and they rule the fjords. It’s rare to spot these adorable, fierce fur balls, but wildlife photographers Stéphanie and Rodolphe know where to look. Their trick? Don’t let the foxes spot you. “We’re on their territory. We don’t want to interrupt their lives,” Stéphanie says. Don your camo and tread lightly on this Arctic fox-finding mission.
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Click the link in our bio to learn more about Animals on @AirbnbExperiences.
  • Now you can protect wildlife on @AirbnbExperiences. What’s cuter than a tiny tuxedoed African penguin? How about 85 of them? Meet the locals of Seaforth Beach, Cape Town. These birds mate for life, share parenting duties, and waddle with swagger. They’re also highly endangered. Marine conservationist Jon introduces you to the local penguin population and teaches you how to protect them. All the proceeds benefit ocean conservation nonprofit @AfriOceans.
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Animals on @AirbnbExperiences are a new way to meet creatures of all kinds. Learn more at the link in our bio.
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