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Singapore’s Millennials Are Escaping Their Parents for a Night With Airbnb

Among the country’s young singles, 97 percent still live at home, which creates big demand for “staycations” away from mom and dad
A yacht is berthed outside luxury bungalows at Sentosa Cove in Singapore, on Feb. 3, 2010.
Photographer: Munshi Ahmed/Bloomberg

In Singapore, it’s customary to live with your parents until marriage. The tradition is intended to cultivate strong family values, but it can create a tough environment for singles looking to spend time with their friends or with a new love interest. So many young professionals are booking nightly or weekend escapes at nearby houses on Airbnb.

The online room-rental company says it has nearly 600,000 customers living in Singapore. Not bad, considering the country’s population is just 5.47 million, according to government data. The small island has booked more stays using Airbnb than the entire rest of Southeast Asia combined, the company says.