In the latest sharing economy trend, another website has been created for travelers who don’t mind sleeping with strangers to save a few dollars.
The premise: given that hotels and resorts charge guests per room and night, Easynest allows solo travelers to shack up with fellow lodgers so that everyone can slash their hotel bill in half “...and make new friends.”
After signing up with Easynest, users link their profile with social networking accounts such as Facebook and Twitter for virtual introductions. The more complete and fleshed-out the profile, the more likely guests will send requests.
After listing the hotel with dates and location, fellow users with similar travel itineraries can peruse the site and contact hosts.
The concept behind Easynest isn’t far behind that of Couchsurfing, where homeowners open up their living rooms, guest rooms and couches to strangers.
Looking for a companion to keep you company for part or all of your trip? TravBuddy is another site that pairs up open-minded, adventurous solo travelers with likeminded holidaymakers. The online travel community has nearly 460,000 members.