British windfoiler Saskia spends much of her career travelling for competitions, having to carefully plan her accommodation budget.

Her Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant took some of that pressure off, and also allowed her to stay in places where she could live sustainably more easily.

You can apply for the latest round of the USD 2,000 Airbnb Athlete Travel, which will be awarded to 500 Olympic or Paralympic hopefuls.


The grant has helped me realise how much less stressful travelling and competing are when you are able to stay in more comfortable accommodation, which is otherwise completely out of my budget.

Saskia Sills

The Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant has made a huge difference to my campaign. I put some of the grant towards accommodation for the iQFOiL World Championships at Lake Silvaplana in Switzerland. It enabled me to go to the venue a week earlier than I had initially planned, which made me feel more prepared and ready for the competition. I won bronze, my first senior World Championship medal, and my career highlight so far.


To be able to spend a little bit more money at the most important times of the year for me was really valuable. It made a massive difference to my performance.

Saskia Sills

I used the rest of my Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant for accommodation at the European Championships in Marseille, France. I was tired after a long season and wanted to live alone for a bit, which is of course expensive, but the grant enabled me to do it. I learnt a lot about myself and loved the accommodation I found.

The grant has helped me realise how much less stressful travelling and competing are when you are able to stay in more comfortable accommodation, which is otherwise completely out of my budget. Staying in these two Airbnbs made me feel ready to compete and train at my best. I felt relaxed and warm, and I was able to sleep well in a comfortable bed.


It makes you feel like you’re home away from home.

Saskia Sills

Promoting sustainability

Using the Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant has also allowed me to stay closer to my values. Sustainability is important to me, and it’s easier to be more sustainable in an Airbnb than a hotel. Accommodation near competition venues is often more expensive than options further out, so having some extra budget to stay close by cuts down on travel.

The accommodation I stayed at in Marseille was very close to the venue as well as a supermarket, so I was able to cook my own meals and not use a car. I’m celiac, so I have to have gluten-free food and like to make my own energy bars. Being able to prepare that in your own kitchen is really valuable. Not only that, but I could recycle all my waste properly in its own recycling facility. In a hotel it’s harder to control where your waste is going.

Save the day

As an athlete travelling almost all of the year, I find it really hard to find good accommodation that I can afford. Paying holiday prices just to be able to train in competition venues quickly uses up most of the budget, and often the places I stay in aren’t that nice, but it’s the only way to make the campaign work. The USD 2,000 Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant is a huge deal for many athletes.

To be able to spend a little bit more money at the most important times of the year for me was really valuable. It made a massive difference to my performance.

It makes you feel like you’re home away from home. For athletes, who often travel a lot, that feeling of comfort really makes a difference.

You can apply for the latest round of the USD 2,000 Airbnb Athlete Travel Grant, which will be awarded to 500 Olympic or Paralympic hopefuls, and compete more sustainably like Saskia.