Have the time to travel, but not the money? Want to broaden your social horizons? Meet The Freebird Club, which can solve both problems.
The new website, which launched in the United States this week, aims to match 50+ travelers with 50+ hosts. Unlike its better-known cousin, Airbnb, Freebird users pay a small fee to join and to have their identities verified. They then fill out a questionnaire asking where they’d like to travel and how much interaction they’d like to have with their hosts. On their end, hosts are not offering rental properties and a key in a drop box, but their own homes, along with conversation and companionship, for much less than the price of a hotel.