Hospitality exchange (also known as home sharing) accounts for 40% — or more — of all stays worldwide. (AirBnB has quoted 40% and Expedia 27%). Virtually everyone in the world has “Couchsurfed” with someone they know (friend, friend of a friend, uncle, cousin, college classmate, RPCV, grandma, etc). Particularly if you include road trips to your best friends’ house across the state and Christmas at your grandparents, I’ll venture toguess the percentage is closer to 50% of all trips worldwide. That equates to more than 2 billion home stays, without breaking a sweat.
The barrier to facilitating more home stays is a majority of people don’t know / trust people in every city they dream of visiting. That’s where “communities” like Couchsurfing — and now Horizon — come into play. There’s a need to vastly expand the number of accessible global connections to potentially stay with. Horizon’s mission is to facilitate hospitality exchange within your trusted communities.
You may have seen the DailyDot article, “Why Hasn’t There Been a New Couchsurfing?”
There is. It’s here. It’s called Horizon, and there are thousands of locals signed up already.
Horizon facilitates home sharing among friends, friends of friends, and communities (such as CMX Hub, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, University of Washington, 420 (sponsored by Wikileaf), Start-Up Chile, Burning Man, etc).
Who has stayed with a host on Horizon already you ask?
Travelers and locals who have expanded their horizon by experiencing the power of community based home sharing include Bryan staying with Melissa (both real estate tech founders), Ali staying with Tobias (both Start-Up Chile alumni), and Pocket staying with Stanford Rosenthal (both Product Hunters).
Who is on your Horizon?
Travel by Giving
We believe in giving back, and advocate that travelers make a donation to charity to supplement or replace whatever house gift they would have otherwise purchased.
Your Support is Needed
Do you believe the world needs a community funded hospitality exchange platform that doesn’t sell out or plaster ads all over the screen? A platform focused on facilitating true community, and not “transactions”? A platform that gives a damn about giving back? We need your financial help to continue improving Horizon’s product & unlock travel opportunities to grow the community of global citizens.
$2 per month is all we ask.
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