Students can now travel on a student budget without having to pass on great travel opportunities and without being treated like second class travelers.
New York, NY (PRWEB) May 25, 2012
Students trying to find somewhere to stay while traveling may not have to rely on hotels and luckily placed acquaintances any more. Through Hometel Travel's college groups, students can find accommodations with their classmates, or even rent a room from an alumnus. Hometel Travel has just relaunched its social-network travel platform, and this should be big news to anyone looking for a new way to travel.
What Hometel offers is a unique travel experience that serves as an alternative to hotel stays. Whether one is looking for a couch to crash on, or a house to rent with friends, Hometel Travel has plenty of options for searching within specific college and university networks. Hometel hosts offer everything from a night in a spare room to an apartment to rent for the whole semester.
There are a lot of students who want to meet new people when they travel, or are looking for an in-depth local experience in a new city or country. Hometel adds a new dimension to travel in this respect because travelers will often opt to stay with locals for a more authentic experience. Students can seek out offers by local hosts with whom they share a common interest, or alumni group.
Hometel founder and CEO, Randy Williams, thinks that in an increasingly globalized society social networks, common interests and college connections don’t stop at the borders of countries. “Students will be able to find their university connections all over the world,” states Williams, “and this will ultimately result in a more fulfilling and affordable travel experience.”
What students are always looking for are cheaper and more exciting ways to travel. In many metropolitan areas, hostels have become as expensive as hotels, and the ones that aren’t are often unclean and not at all relaxing or comfortable.
Hometel affords students the opportunity to stay with hosts who are eager to show them around the city.
“Students can now travel on a student budget without having to pass on great travel opportunities and without being treated like second class travelers,” says Williams, who founded Hometel Travel in 2010.
Prospective Hometel hosts are continually reviewed by travelers, and are rewarded with exposure by offering as much information as possible about themselves and their residences. The idea here is that by the time one gets to their host’s place, it wont feel like they’re staying with a stranger, but instead someone they have connected with and who is a fellow member of their college community.
“This is the most comprehensive use of social networking on a travel site yet,” Williams continues; “we're giving people the opportunity to connect to potential hosts and to potential guests on levels that have never really been explored before on a rental site."
Hometel Travel is a budget conscious peer-to-peer network created for homeowners and travelers to list, discover, and book unique vacation opportunities / vacation experiences worldwide. Hometel Travel allows its users to connect with prospective leasers and hosts via any channel of communication they prefer – including text based messaging and video sharing. Whether you want to find available spaces through an alumni network, shared lifestyle preferences, or even a common interest, Hometel Travel makes navigating a large global database of prospective rentals easy and fun.