As we watched our app ship off to the approval process, our founder took the chance to get away and explore a new part of the country and build a local guide, meeting more of those on the ground driving peer-to-peer travel, what we call #newtravel.
Planning a trip - especially a weekend escape - can be daunting. It's important to pick the right place to stay, know which places to visit and which to avoid, and to maximize the measure and minimize the stress. Those who take the time to do so, like frequent travelers, bloggers, instagrammers, and nomads, can share because they care by building a Guidrr guide, so others can more easily walk in their shoes and travel as if with a friend.
For our team, peer-to-peer travel also isn't necessarily staying in the big box hotels, eating exactly what others do - traveling like a tourist. It's more about forging your own path, which can include choosing to stay in a place that has a local owner, a travel micro-entrepreneur with more than just a space to offer, but also a story to tell. That's being a traveler.
Our host, Ray, was a little shy about having his photo taken, so we took permission to take the one above while he was turning away to pick a leaf from his lemon tree, to show us the local scent.
He's a professor, and a long time entrepreneur who bought his property as a second home, but decided to add on to it and create a B&B. Once he was finished, it become a family business of sorts. During the week, he has hired a local to help greet and work with guests but on weekends he's often there himself along with family members.
Ray's story started in South America in Venezuela, where his family emigrated from South Asia, took a turn toward Italy, where his extended family settled and still lives - and then turned toward the US. which he now calls home. He's lived in his local area for more than 30 years and his B&B, unlike a big box hotel, is a reflection of his own roots, named for his birth language, but also greeting guests with his adoptive tongue.
While we visited, we learned this language professor turned peer-to-peer host keeps improving his own ability to connect with guests. In fact, he's taught himself Japanese, to better host and welcome guests from that country.
Building on his success from owning one property he's also extended to build and rent another, which he offers to those looking for more than one room.
We celebrate stories of peer to peer travel because they better tell the story of our new world. No matter where you come from, and where you are going, you can always enhance the travel experience of another traveler by taking the time to share your story.
So, thanks for sharing yours, Ray and we can't wait to include you and your beautiful properties in a coming Guidrr guide from our founder @travelswithaassia.
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And here's to #NewTravel!