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Apr 21st 2012 8:13PM I'm a big Craigslist fan too, though I still remember the days when a lot more people were wary of interacting with strangers online. But now that Craigslist has been around for a good while and so many of us have had good experiences, I think we're more willing to try sites where connections are made first online. One site I would add to the list: Tripping.com. It's the travel site where you can find local hosts a la CouchSurfing or rent all or part of a home a la Airbnb.
Jul 11th 2011 2:36AM I love how, as Sean describes in this article, hospitality exchange does not just involve a place to sleep - you can connect with locals to simply hang out. My last apartment was incredibly small, so I didn't have a lot of space to host travelers overnight, but I loved meeting them for dinner or drinks - though often it was both. :) I now also use a hospitality site called Tripping (https://www.tripping.com). Next weekend my roommate and I are meeting up with a solo female traveler, and we're taking her salsa dancing and to our favorite Cuban restaurant - a girls night out! We used to go out and dance all the time but have gotten too busy lately. Having a guest gives us the perfect reason to go out and have a little fun!
Feb 9th 2011 5:01AM Oh and thanks for the tip about Tripping.com! It looks cool.
Feb 9th 2011 4:58AM Tahoe rocks! And I'm a big fan of all things free.