AirBNB focuses on places to stay. Whether you’re looking for a hotel-like experience, a cozy room with a fireplace, a castle, or a boat, they’ll match YOU with someone who has it to rent.
OneFineStay is in London, Paris and New York, but they focus on high end homes. So when you really want to travel in luxury, complete with maid service, toiletries and fresh towels every day, they’re definitely a place to check out!
If you don’t mind sharing a hotel room with a stranger, you could get a luxury hotel for much less just by getting a roomie through Easynest.
Get Full Seasons on Hulu Plus
You get MORE stuff on Hulu Plus than on just Hulu.com. More options and all the seasons, not just the last 5 episodes. And when you go to huluPLUS.com/geek you’ll get two free weeks!
Need to find parking somewhere? ParktMyHouse.com is all about someone opening up their garage or existing paid parking spot to you so that you don’t have to worry about it. They have people offering spots in the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia and Canada.
Options for Car Rental
But that’s if you HAVE a car already. If you don’t, and would rather rent a car that’s already on the streets instead of going through a rental car company, check out GetAround.com in Austin, Chicago, Portland, San Diego and San Francisco. They claim that 250 million cars just sit around in the US for 22 hours a day. So they say… why not use it? Other options? Relay Rides. SideCar. Or Lyft.me has no set fares – it’s all donation based.
Flight Car is specifically for people who travel a lot. You’re going to park your car at the airport anyway, so why not make a little money while it’s sitting there by telling a renter where it’s located at Boston Logan or SFO and let someone use it while you’re gone. They protect both parties with $1 million in insurance and offer GPS too.
Boatbound and BlackJet
What about hotspots? Fon.com actually crowdshares connectivity in the UK. You can open up your WiFi for travelers. Only they’ll have the password, so it’s more protected.
Usarium on the other hand allows you to list everyday items. Have a book or movie you want to rent? Or a fog machine? Whatever it is, you can open it up to your local community, friends and strangers alike.
EatWith.com and Cookening
And lastly… food! EatWith.com actually allows you meet locals by telling them you’d like to dine with them in New York, Miami, Paris, London or Budapest. The host… the local person… sets a price for you to have the pleasure of eating with them! Okay… I joke a little, but it’s a great way to meet people in a foreign city, to learn the culture, or even have someone to ask touristy questions to. And hey… you may even be allowed to bring your own alcohol to save a bit of money! Cookening is another similar option.
You can see all our gift suggestions throughout the season at geekbeat.tv/gifts!