Meet New People And Avoid Costly Hotels With AirBed & Breakfast

12Aug08

When I was in my early twenties, I did a lot of random traveling/moving with a good friend of mine.  First it was Mammoth Lakes, CA, from there it was Maui, then Massachusetts, and so on.  Each time we moved to one of these places, we had no place to live and stayed in hotels or with friends until we could find a place to rent.  The same took place when I moved to San Francisco last September – I had to stay with a friend in a very tiny apartment until I could find my own place.  Staying in hotels is costly and some places we traveled to didn’t have a lot of hostels to choose from.  We were all about meeting new people and learning about the places we were living in, so something like AirBed & Breakfast is a service that would have saved us a lot of time and money.

Basically, AirBed & Breakfast allows you to post a spare couch, room, or futon and set a price of how much per night someone must pay in order to stay with you.  You can also include breakfast, which is sort of like a bed and breakfast – hence the name.    Travelers will be able to view your profile, which includes the basic info, but you can also add a link to your LinkedIn profile.  You can also choose to turn your listing on or off at any time.  If someone decides to book your place, they’ll pay AirBed & Breakfast your fees plus a 12% booking fee, which is how I’m guessing AirBed & Breakfast is going to monetize the site.  You’ll receive your payment via PayPal or check after your guest leaves.

I know that some people may seem skeptical about using something like AirBed & Breakfast.  That’s fine.  I don’t think they’re targeting skeptics.  They’re targeting people like me (or my former, younger self) who love meeting people, travel, and know how to be cautious when staying in a unfamiliar place.  It’s really not that much different than staying in a hostel somewhere in a room full of strangers, except for the fact that you can read comments from other people who have stayed with someone on AirBed & Breakfast.  I’m looking to go to Europe sometime in the very distant future, and if I’m on a tight budget, I’ll definitely be coming back to AirBed & Breakfast.  To learn more, check out the screencast below:

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4 Responses to “Meet New People And Avoid Costly Hotels With AirBed & Breakfast”

  1. 1 ladimcbeth

    That is absolutely brilliant! No question about it. Plus it looks like it would work well for a vacation, I saw some great rates for staying in Paris 🙂

  2. Ladimcbeth – It’s great for vacations! If I had the time (and cash) to go to Munich, Germany for Oktoberfest, I would be using this.

  3. ha, that sounds like a great idea for what i wanted to do. I was seriously considering being homeless in Hawaii for a few months. I mean it never rains there, there’s a beach, and soup kitchens. But this might be a better alternative


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