Meet Bryan Ames, 34, and Marisa Henderson, 26. They first met through the home-renting site Airbnb back in 2012, when Bryan was one of Marisa's guests in her Florida home.
It all started when Marisa posted one room in her 2-bedroom Jacksonville, Florida, apartment on Airbnb for only $25 a night.
"I was 22 at the time, and I didn't have a lot of money to travel — so I decided that my way of traveling was to have people from all around the world come to visit me," Marisa told BuzzFeed Travel. Bryan was one of those people.
Surprisingly enough, considering how this story turns out, the couple did not hook up during Bryan's initial four-night stay — though the thought admittedly entered Bryan's mind.
So he didn't. But they ended up talking every day for three months, until Marisa went up to Boston to visit him.
One year and five visits later, Marisa moved into Bryan's three-bedroom Boston rental.
Turns out, Bryan and Marisa made enough money on Airbnb to fund a seven-month trip around the world.
After a full year playing host and hostess, they were able to save about $2,000 a month, eventually putting aside roughly $25,000 — all of which went toward their travels. So far, they've been to Iceland, Norway, Spain, France, Morocco, Italy, Croatia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, the UAE, the Seychelles Islands, Tanzania, and Thailand — with many more countries to go.
Fortunately, Bryan, a head bartender, was able to fully secure his job so he can return after his travels. And Marisa, a career resource specialist, may return when she gets home, too.
From July 2016 to July 2017, they are opening their home for FREE to "dedicated couples who haven't had the time or resources to have a romantic getaway."
These can be married couples who never had a honeymoon, couples who are planning to get married but can't afford a honeymoon, or any couple who simply hasn't had the chance to take a romantic getaway in years.