Easynest is a new social travel site that connects travelers who have extra space in their hotel rooms with those looking for a place to stay. The site’s main aim is to help people save money on their travels, however it also provides a way for them to make friends (or friends with benefits…) while they’re away.
“Considering hotels charge the same amount for a double room regardless if the guest is using both beds, Easynest helps those who have already booked a room to fill any empty beds with others who share their travel plans. Users first log into the site using their Facebook details, after which they can search for matches and determine if they like the look of the hotel, as well as the potential partner. If they don’t, they can list their own plans to let others find them. Those who have booked can set the rate the other party pays, which is typically 50 percent but can be lower. If a user is interested, they can simply initiate communication through the site” – Springwise.
Why I’m Curious
We’ve been seeing many travel apps and sites emerge that focus on connecting travelers with each other and with locals to augment their travel experiences and make them more authentic/memorable/exciting. Easynest takes this to a whole other level and seems like something that Virgin would offer if it operated hotels. This is very much a combination of Airbnb / OK Cupid / How About We and I’m curious to see how far people/travelers are willing to go to make a new friend on vacation, with the obvious risks of being stuck with a psycho for a weekend.