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Finding a place to stay when you’re on the go is getting more personal with Airbnb (www.airbnb.com), a site that allows hosts in 10,000-plus cities to offer up their homes as lodging. To date, more than 1.4 million nights have been booked in everything from trendy Times Square studio apartments to British castles to Moroccan casbahs. Photos are a joy to browse, and payment is managed securely through the site, but the real secret behind Airbnb’s explosive growth is the passionate community of users. Whether the host of a Paris pied-à-terre offers you a cup of tea upon arrival or a family in Tuscany invites you to pick grapes in their vineyard, the focus is on experiencing a locale through the eyes of a local. Bonus: The Airbnb iPhone app (free), which comes with a “Help! I Need a Place Tonight!” feature that enables stranded travelers to book a place nearby on a moment’s notice using GPS.