The ROAMies Podcast

AirBnb Alternatives To Consider during a pandemic summer

July 25, 2020 The ROAMies Season 2 Episode 74
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AirBnb Alternatives To Consider during a pandemic summer
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The ROAMies Podcast
AirBnb Alternatives To Consider during a pandemic summer
Jul 25, 2020 Season 2 Episode 74
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Airbnb Alternates
Golightly, Koala, MyPlace, Zeevou Direct

There are a number of small, ambitious new companies emerging that are specifically targeting savvy travelers. And apparently their main goal is to improve the home-sharing experience.

One of the new players in the home-sharing field is a women-only platform. With the majority of their listings being in the US and Europe. Along with some of the other newer platforms, their aim to improve on the Airbnb or Vrbo models by more strictly controlling who has access to the homes, the kind of units for rent and the fees that hosts pay to list with the different platforms. Golightly was launched in January 2020, and just as they were getting some traction, the pandemic hit. But despite the Corona Virus and restrictions on travel and such, they have grown 30 percent, to 590 properties. As we mentioned earlier, most are in the United States and Europe, but there are also homes in Argentina, Israel and South Africa. A qualified woman renting at one of the properties can pay anywhere $80 for a studio apartment, to over $1,000 for a country estate in Ireland.

Golightly Members must refer any new members in order to preserve the “friend of a friend” network they have built. But they do have a path to membership for unaffiliated women. They simply apply for membership and can be vetted by a Golightly staffer, who becomes their referring friend. Spanning property hosts, managers and travelers, all members identify as women, though they may travel with companions of any gender. They require a one-time membership fee of $100, which has been suspended during the Corona Virus pandemic.

All of the listings are vetted by an actual OR a virtual walk-through by Golightly staffers to verify the homes are as described or photographed.

Rent a time share

With more than 1,500 time shares in the United States and over 5,300 worldwide, it is little surprise that there would be a new service which aims to help time-share owners rent out their vacation weeks. Enter, Koala, scheduled to launch in August, 2020.

According to co-founder Mike Kennedy, the average price of a two-bedroom rental is about $2,500 a week. Time share Owners choose their cancellation terms. And because time-share owners set their own terms and rates, and often time are only looking to break even on expenses, the Koala listed resale rates for time-share units may be lower than the comparable rates offered by the Resorts.

Home sharing with friends

Another new kid on the block is MyPlace. Launched in March of this year by Zach Bell and Rameet Chawla, MyPlace envisions a home-share option where owners don’t seek to make money off their spare bedroom or vacation home. Instead, they only share it with a trusted circle of friends and family, and maybe friends and family of their friends and family. 

For example, it would most likely be free to Mom and Dad, but a friend of your college roommate would probably have to pay up to help cover a portion of the rent. Bell and Chawla launched the service only within their own circle of friends and family, about 2,500 people. with listings in Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Spain as well as the United States.

Mr. Bell says their goal is NOT to create a public market of B&B entrepreneurs. Instead, it would look more like everyone wanting to share, but not rent on the public market. 

They are aiming to improve booking technology beyond what other home-share options are currently offering.

Show Notes

Airbnb Alternates
Golightly, Koala, MyPlace, Zeevou Direct

There are a number of small, ambitious new companies emerging that are specifically targeting savvy travelers. And apparently their main goal is to improve the home-sharing experience.

One of the new players in the home-sharing field is a women-only platform. With the majority of their listings being in the US and Europe. Along with some of the other newer platforms, their aim to improve on the Airbnb or Vrbo models by more strictly controlling who has access to the homes, the kind of units for rent and the fees that hosts pay to list with the different platforms. Golightly was launched in January 2020, and just as they were getting some traction, the pandemic hit. But despite the Corona Virus and restrictions on travel and such, they have grown 30 percent, to 590 properties. As we mentioned earlier, most are in the United States and Europe, but there are also homes in Argentina, Israel and South Africa. A qualified woman renting at one of the properties can pay anywhere $80 for a studio apartment, to over $1,000 for a country estate in Ireland.

Golightly Members must refer any new members in order to preserve the “friend of a friend” network they have built. But they do have a path to membership for unaffiliated women. They simply apply for membership and can be vetted by a Golightly staffer, who becomes their referring friend. Spanning property hosts, managers and travelers, all members identify as women, though they may travel with companions of any gender. They require a one-time membership fee of $100, which has been suspended during the Corona Virus pandemic.

All of the listings are vetted by an actual OR a virtual walk-through by Golightly staffers to verify the homes are as described or photographed.

Rent a time share

With more than 1,500 time shares in the United States and over 5,300 worldwide, it is little surprise that there would be a new service which aims to help time-share owners rent out their vacation weeks. Enter, Koala, scheduled to launch in August, 2020.

According to co-founder Mike Kennedy, the average price of a two-bedroom rental is about $2,500 a week. Time share Owners choose their cancellation terms. And because time-share owners set their own terms and rates, and often time are only looking to break even on expenses, the Koala listed resale rates for time-share units may be lower than the comparable rates offered by the Resorts.

Home sharing with friends

Another new kid on the block is MyPlace. Launched in March of this year by Zach Bell and Rameet Chawla, MyPlace envisions a home-share option where owners don’t seek to make money off their spare bedroom or vacation home. Instead, they only share it with a trusted circle of friends and family, and maybe friends and family of their friends and family. 

For example, it would most likely be free to Mom and Dad, but a friend of your college roommate would probably have to pay up to help cover a portion of the rent. Bell and Chawla launched the service only within their own circle of friends and family, about 2,500 people. with listings in Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Spain as well as the United States.

Mr. Bell says their goal is NOT to create a public market of B&B entrepreneurs. Instead, it would look more like everyone wanting to share, but not rent on the public market. 

They are aiming to improve booking technology beyond what other home-share options are currently offering.