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Tripping, world's largest vacation rental search engine, announces partnership with Interhome

PR Underground
Ben Crock, PR Underground
10 Apr 2014

Tripping, the world’s largest search engine for vacation rentals, just announced a partnership with leading European provider Interhome. The deal will make Interhome’s 33,000 vacation properties immediately available on Tripping. read more >

Beyond Hotels: The Best Sites For Finding Affordable, Owner-Rented Lodging

Darren Murph, ShermansTravel
13 Dec 2013

A new wave of lodging sites have cropped up, enabling travelers to stay in private homes, house boats, castles, and much more. Let’s take a look at some options for avoiding a typical hotel stay read more >

Getting Technical: The Best Travel Apps and Websites for 2014

Rough Guides
Vicky Baker, Rough Guides
13 Dec 2013

Smartphones and tablets have become an essential item in our backpacks nowadays, especially as wi-fi is pretty much everywhere and roaming charges are soon to be scrapped in Europe. If you’re going away in 2014, make sure you’re in the know with the best travel apps and websites for your trip: read more >

SafelyStay wins PhoCusWright’ General Catalyst Travel Innovation Summit Top Award Showcasing Tight Integrations with Partners Tripping, ZenRentals, and Travelport
Lenny Eskin,
3 Dec 2013

SafelyStay made waves at the 2013 PhoCusWright Conference by winning the General Catalyst Award for Travel Innovation as the most innovative startup in travel. The award recognizes the most cutting edge startup in the travel industry and comes with a $250,000 grand prize given by venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners. read more >

HouseTrip and Tripping announce partnership: Housetrip’s vacation home and short-term rental properties to appear on Tripping’s metasearch platform
Lenny Eskin,
21 Nov 2013

11/21/2013 - HouseTrip and Tripping announced today that they have entered into a partnership whereby Tripping will show HouseTrip listings on its vacation rental metasearch platform. The partnership will allow Tripping’s visitors the ability to search and compare vacation rental homes, short term rentals, condominiums, apartments, and alternative lodging listings currently featured on HouseTrip.
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Tripping CEO, Jen O’Neal, named to PhoCusWright’s 35 Under 35
Jen O'Neal,
13 Nov 2013

Jen O'Neal, Founder and CEO of Tripping, was named one of PhoCusWright’s 35 Young Leaders as part of its Class of 2013. The Young Leaders Summit recognizes rising stars in the travel industry and encourages executive development through a series of exclusive events held throughout the year. read more >

Travelers have lots of new sharing options

Andrea Sachs, StarTribune
25 Oct 2013

Tripping: As an aggregator, Tripping searches for more than 850,000 rentals in 36,000 cities. read more >

For Travelers There's a Whole New Rental World Out There

The Washington Post
Andrea Sachs, The Washington Post
10 Sep 2013

As instructed, I set up a profile on my chosen sites and included a trustworthy photo (no tequila-swilling shots) and a zesty description that made me sound peppy but not annoying. I scanned the pages of options, weighing the Awesome Oldsmobile against Rebecca's Dodge, a 106-year-old San Francisco native vs. a kilt-wearing Scotsman, a homeless tour or a mushroom-foraging excursion. Then I threw myself at these people and waited like a lovesick high-schooler beside her Princess phone. Will my crush ever call? read more >

Sharing options for lodging, meals, cars, tours and more

The Washington Post
A.S., The Washington Post
5 Sep 2013

Tripping: The site has two personalities: vacation rental aggregator and playdate maker. As an aggregator, it searches for more than 850,000 rentals in 36,000 cities. As a social butterfly, the company fosters a community of travelers in 175 countries who play ambassador to visitors to their home town. In addition to meeting for coffee or a more ambitious outing, many Tripping members also provide free home-stays. read more >

Hotel Reservation System Provider Brings Hotel Style Management to the Vacation Rental Industry

Front Desk Anywhere, MarketWatch
30 Jul 2013

Hotel reservation system provider Frontdesk Anywhere brings hotel style management to vacation rental and short term stay operators with the integration of the ZenRentals platform into read more > teams up with software firm

The Irish Times
EOIN REYNOLDS, The Irish Times
25 May 2013

Irish hotel software entrepreneur Joe Kiernan has teamed up with to develop a new model for how holiday makers will book their next vacation. read more >

Tripping introduces instantly-approved bookings for private vacation rentals

The Next Web
Paul Sawers, The Next Web
22 May 2013

Tripping is...letting property-owners list directly on Tripping, and guests book instantly without having to wait for confirmation. Ultimately, it’s designed to narrow the gap between online hotel and private vacation rentals. read more >

7 tips for a successful shared homestay experience

Lonely Planet
Robert Reid, Lonely Planet
11 Mar 2013

Now that more travelers are opting and checking into shared and social homestays found via booking sites like Airbnb, Tripping, HomeAway or Onefinestay, some travelers are bringing in hotel-like expectations... read more >

Testing the Peer-to-Peer Travel Trend

Travel and Leisure
Aimee Lee Ball, Travel and Leisure
1 Mar 2013

Whatever city you select, the site [Tripping] connects you with local hosts who might be interested in anything from renting out a spare bedroom to simply meeting for coffee. read more >

An eye on the pesos: budget holidays in Argentina and Chile

The Guardian UK
Vicky Baker, The Guardian UK
21 Sep 2012

While foreigners rush to the nearest hotel, Argentinians and Chileans often holiday in cabañas....For cities, try peer-to-peer accommodation networks, such as, and, which now have much better coverage in South America. read more >

Skoda hostel doing deals on wheels

The Irish Times
, The Irish Times
27 Sep 2012

The Skoda Fabia Hostel in Izmailovo Park in Moscow has been open for business this week offering free accommodation if booked through This accommodation (for up to two people) comes with bed linen and towels, a personal care kit, a parking space, wireless internet, air conditioning and parking. read more >

Study reveals truths about short-term rental and homestay market

Sean O'Neill, Tnooz
22 Aug 2012

A study published today uncovers what motivates customers to book lodging in privately owned homes instead of a hotel. It was commissioned by Roomarama, a booking engine for short-term rentals (STR), and Tripping, a social networking message board and listings service to help travelers find homestays, rentals, and local connections. read more >

To Connect Campaigners With Housing, Tripping Launches Sites For Obama And Romney Volunteers

Ryan Lawler, TechCrunch
17 Jul 2012

With different sites for both Obama and Romney volunteers, the startup is launching Political Tripping, which will let volunteers choose from more than 750,000 couches, apartments, and home rentals. But more than just housing, the initiative is also aimed at making connections between volunteers and the local people... read more >

Announcing a “reputation barometer” for short-term rental and homestay providers

Sean O'Neill, Tnooz
14 Aug 2012

On August 16, TrustCloud, a kind of Klout for trustworthiness is partnering with Shareable magazine. Users can earn a rating via TrustCloud’s TrustScore, a trust system for peer-to-peer marketplaces, and display it on their Tripping profile for added security... read more >

Stay connected while traveling with these top social sites

TNT Magazine
Carol Driver, TNT Magazine
4 Aug 2012

This site rounds up housing options on to one platform – from castles and condos, to boats and bungalows. Tripping also validates people, checking passports and proof of address to add an element of safety to your travel adventures. read more >

Travel Trends: Dipping into the Local Scene on Your Next Trip

The Journal, AARP International
Jen O'Neal, The Journal, AARP International
23 Jul 2012

A rapidly growing trend is transforming how travelers see the world...collaborative travel. Travelers are finding collaborative travel more authentic, rewarding, and cost-effective—and the 50+ set is at the forefront of the movement. read more >

Web Buzz: Know a local wherever you go

LA Times
Web Buzz, LA Times
4 Jun 2012 connects travelers and locals. Stay on their couches, discover a cultural experience you might otherwise have missed, take a run together or simply rent a room or house. Tripping caters to carefree extroverts as well as those who want to browse and connect at their own pace read more >

Tripping Becomes a Kayak for Home Rentals and Couchsurfing

Liz Gannes, AllThingsD
16 May 2012

"Tripping, a two-year-old travel community site...has added a home rental search feature. Built through partnerships with FlipKey, HomeAway, Roomorama and others, the new Tripping is a 'Kayak for Airbnb' as well as a cultural exchange site." read more >

Startup Connects Travelers With Locals in 15,000 Cities Worldwide

Joann Pan, Mashable
19 Jun 2012

Genius Idea: The social travel site rounds up housing options for travelers onto one platform. There are more than 750,000 vacation and short-term rental spaces to choose from at a given time. read more >

Is The Sharing Economy Safe for Women?

Lauren Kelley, Shareable
24 Jul 2012

As the sharing economy grows, we must increase our awareness of how different populations interact with this burgeoning economy. Women...are likely to use and experience sharing services differently than men....Might a woman-founded company have different gender outcomes than companies founded by men? (Airbnb and CouchSurfing both have male founders.) Tripping...was founded by a woman and designed with women users in mind. read more >

The New Major Players In The Short-Term Peer-To-Peer Property Rental Game

The Huffington Post
Doug Lansky, The Huffington Post
21 May 2012

"There's a new kid on the vacation rental block. Well, a new aggregator. has created a mashup that allows users to check out the biggest stash of peer-to-peer rentals in one fell may even change the search landscape of this booming industry." read more >

Around the Web:
Jen Leo,
23 Jun 2012

Get your nose out of the guidebook -- or take your eyes off that travel app -- and make a human connection on your next vacation. connects travelers and locals. read more >

10 Incredibly Useful Travel Websites

PC Magazine
Jennifer Bergen, PC Magazine
8 May 2012

" as a social network, pairing people for casual meetups and even free home stays. According to Tripping, the site aggregates and offers the widest selection of local home rentals on the planet. " read more >

10 Most Valuable Alternative Booking Sites
Caroline Costello,
24 Apr 2012

"'You can use Tripping to stay with a local family in Prague or rent a private flat in London for the Olympics.' In short, Tripping combines short-term rental booking (it features listings from our sister site FlipKey, HomeAway, and iStopOver, among other sites) with hospitality exchange." read more >

Travel Smarter 2012: New technologies that make travel more social

Jessica Festa, Gadling
11 Mar 2012

"Instead of booking with an expensive tour company and getting a one-size-fits-all experience, there are many social tools that exist to help connect people with local hosts....There is...Tripping, which allows you to connect with locals and also connect through Facebook to see if you have any mutual associations." read more >

Friends in Every Port

Wired UK
, Wired UK
2 May 2012

"Like Airbnb, but with a nod to sightseeing, Tripping connects travellers with local hosts." read more >

Carving niche as a social platform and an aggregator of home rentals

Ritesh Gupta, EyeforTravel
6 Feb 2012

Tripping is unique in that it’s both a social platform and an aggregator of home rentals, which means that you can use a single platform to find people to meet and places to stay around the world. read more >

4 social networking sites for the traveling yogi
Victoria Gigante,
29 Feb 2012

“Tripping is a global community of travelers who believe in making the world a better place through cultural exchange....Tripping also aggregates and offers...local home can use Tripping to ...stay in unique local spaces in over 15,000 cities worldwide." read more >

'Social travel' startups help travelers find tips from the locals by mining Facebook friend lists
Peter Delevett,
9 Apr 2012

Global community connects travelers to offer travel tips, meet-ups and homestays in more than 175 countries. read more >

Two New Websites Make Travel Easier
Ed Perkins,
15 Dec 2011

"Tripping says it's the 'Kayak of Airbnbs,' but it's more....'tripping' means... hosting guests in your home. And...Tripping...does show...such listings. But its listings also include conventional vacation provides a good and user-friendly search platform with excellent screening capability." read more >

If you search for vacation rentals you must be Tripping

Dennis Schaal, Tnooz
15 Dec 2011

"Tripping specializes in matching travelers with locals and now it’s giving the wandering masses hundreds of thousands of vacation rental choices for their stays. The site...has entered into 'direct relationships' with the likes of FlipKey, HomeAway, iStopOver, roomorama and 9Flats to provide access to more than 500,000 vacation rentals in some 15,000 cities.." read more > A Resource For Young and “Still Young” Travelers

Casa Verde
, Casa Verde
12 Dec 2011

Check out this resource for people interested in a thoughtful, personal, connected trip abroad. This is a website for soon-to-be and well-seasoned travelers alike! read more >

Booking holiday rentals gets easier

Sean O'Neill, BBC
5 Jan 2012

Though this site debuted as a social network for travellers in 2010, Tripping added a "discovery engine" in late 2011 which pulls together listings from vacation rental sites such as HomeAway, FlipKey and Roomarama. read more >

GoMio Launches GoDashboard Suite of Social Media Travel Tools To Connect Youth Travelers

, MarketWatch
12 Jan 2012

Travelers can use Facebook Connect to meet and befriend fellow travelers who will be in the city and the same hostel at the same time. Users also have the option to meet and talk to local residents through integration with, a global travel community. read more >

Tripping Launches Largest Short-Term Rental Platform: 500,000 Places to Stay in 175+ Countries

Press Release, Reuters
8 Dec 2011

The new discovery engine enables travelers to search for people and rentals in over 15,000 cities around the world. Users can view map locations and property details directly on Tripping, a feature that makes it easy to browse and compare listings across multiple sites. The engine also displays aggregated ratings for each listing, making Tripping the only place where travelers can get a full picture of each rental property. read more >

Tripping Brings A Kayak-Style Discovery Engine To The Airbnb Rental Model

Rip Empson, TechCrunch
7 Dec 2011

Tripping is today launching a discovery engine that aggregates listings from the world’s top vacation and short-term rental sites to become the Kayak of Airbnbs. read more >

Consiga hospedaje alrededor del mundo a través de redes sociales

El Tiempo
Daniella Hernández Abello, El Tiempo
24 Nov 2011

"Lugares han convertido en redes sociales estilo Facebook, solo que en vez de unir amigos, ponen en contacto a viajeros y anfitriones...con el propósito de que una persona en Uganda...pueda conseguir hospedaje en Medellín o en cualquier parte del mundo, mientras se impregna de la cultura que solo un local puede transmitir." read more >

"Trend of the Month: Going Social"

Travel and Leisure
Tom Samiljan, Travel and Leisure
1 Oct 2011

"The community members on volunteer to act as "hosts" to intrepid travelers, suggesting off-the-beaten-path sightseeing tours, biking trips, or a whole range of other cultural exchange activities." read more >

AARP teams with Tripping hospitality social network

Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY
23 Sep 2011

Though Tripping is open to people of any age, AARP will have a branded presence inside the Tripping network. The would-be appeal to the AARP crowd, many of whom like to travel, is that through Tripping they can make cultural exchanges with people in other places, overseas and domestically, and even stay in a local's home. read more >

AARP joins Tripping

Denver International Travel Examiner
Stephanie Johnson, Denver International Travel Examiner
23 Sep 2011

AARP, a national membership organization for people 50+, announced their new collaboration with Tripping, a social travel site that connects travelers with hosts in over 145 countries. AARP will have its own network on that AARP's 40 million members can access. read more > Joins in the Travel Knowledge Network

San Francisco Chronicle
Press release, San Francisco Chronicle
13 Oct 2011 is excited to announce that social travel site has come on board as a new partner within the Travel Knowledge Network. The Travel Knowledge Network is a group of like-minded travel sites leveraging a global travel question and answers platform. read more >

10 most useful travel websites

Budget Travel
Sean O'Neill, Budget Travel
5 Sep 2011

While any old travel site can add some social-networking features and call itself "the Facebook of travel," Tripping paves the way for true face-to-face interactions in about 130 countries across the globe. read more >

10 Websites that Make Travel (Much, Much) Easier

Isabel Eva Bohrer, Vagabondish
10 Aug 2011

Cultural exchange, according to the founders, makes the world a better place. As such, seeks to bring people together, thereby weakening prejudice and encouraging understanding beyond borders. Safety is key and the site makes a promise to remain forever free to its users. read more >

Making friends with like-minded travellers

Sean O'Neill, BBC
6 Oct 2011

"A few travel-themed social networking sites bring like-minded travellers together for several reasons...each site tends to attract a particular type of traveller...Tripping...places more of an emphasis on cultural exchange..." read more >

When A Couchsurfing Startup Gets A Million In Funding
Nicole Perlroth,
11 Jul 2011

After registering through Facebook, I searched my future destination - Paris, France - and up popped six pages of registered Trippers eager to host a dinner party for me, share a coffee, help me practice my French, or spare a room or a couch. Call me a sucker but after trolling the site a bit longer, I must admit, I'm a convert. read more >

Tripping Officially Exits Beta, Uses $1M for Cultural Immersion

Meghan Kelly, VentureBeat
11 Jul 2011

Culture junkies, get excited. Social travel site, Tripping, has raised $1M in seed funding and officially ends its days of bootstrapping to support backpacking. The round comes from Quest Venture Partners, with an extra $450K angel investment awaiting settlement. This means that Tripping is officially out of beta and is ramping up. read more >

Tripping raising $1 million for cultural Airbnb

Ronny Kerr, VatorNews
11 Jul 2011

Social travel site announced Monday that it has closed $450,000 of a planned $1 million seed investment round led by Quest Venture Partners (QVP) with participation expected from other micro-VC firms and super angels. read more >

Tripping receives seed funding of up to $1 million

Dennis Schaal, Tnooz
11 Jul 2011

Tripping, a social travel site connecting local hosts with travelers, received seed funding to fuel global expansion and marketing, the company says. Quest Venture Partners led the funding round with a $450,000 investment. Other funding from micro-venture capital players and angels is expected to close shortly, bringing the round up to $1 million, Tripping says. read more >

Tripping officially exits beta, uses $1M for cultural immersion

Meghan Kelly, VentureBeat
11 Jul 2011

Tripping was founded in 2010 with the goal of creating a safe spot for travel lovers to find free homestays, and open the door to culture immersion. On the site you can act as a host or a needy traveler. Travelers search for a location, say Barcelona, and a menu of Barcelona-local hosts appears. You can then review them, similar to the way you’d evaluate profiles on a dating site, and choose your favorite temporary home. Once accepted, you are on your way to a free cultural fiesta. read more >

Tripping receives $1M in seed funding

Girls in Tech
Bich-Thuy Pham, Girls in Tech
12 Jul 2011

Congratulations to our friends and partners from Tripping, a Social travel site, that has raised $1M in seed funding. Tripping was founded in 2009 by Jen O'Neal and Nate Weisiger. They won the Girls in Tech Amplify Business Pitch Competition in November 2010 in San Francisco. When I travel, I like meeting with locals to learn better about their city and culture. read more >

Social travel site Tripping raises $1 million

Brad Girtz, Travolution
12 Jul 2011

Tripping, a social travel site that helps cash-strapped travellers explore on the cheap, has raised $1 million in seed funding. The new cash infusion, from Quest Venture Partners, marks the end of the company’s beta and bootstrapping phase. Tripping is also waiting to confirm an extra $450,000 in angel investment. read more >

Social Travel's Most Exciting Players: Airbnb and

Simon Gerard, Linkbuildr
30 Jul 2011 is a new social travel site that is similar in features to Airbnb, but offers a service that can actually compliment Airbnb. Tripping's features include comparable community and trust building features between hosts and trippers, offering reviews both ways, along with peer reviews read more >

Cheap Travel Tips

Judy Mandell, AARP
20 Jun 2011

For a more intimate lodging experience, try, a free community for travelers who want to skip hotels and stay with locals. For example: imagine traveling to London. Instead of paying for an expensive hotel room, you can stay in the guest room of a local English family. Not only will you get a free place to stay, you'll also get an insider's view of the local culture. read more >

Grateful Dead Partnership Keeps Shows Clean

Anne Erickson, Gibson
10 Jun 2011

Tripping, which brings together travelers with hosts who offer free places to stay and opportunities for cultural interactions, is teaming up with the Grateful Dead to launch a band-sponsored online micro-community to schedule days of community service wherever the band performs. read more >

Stay anywhere for free with Tripping

Business Insider
Gus Lubin, Business Insider
16 Jun 2011

Traveling is more fun when you have a free bed and someone to show you around. read more >

Tripping keeps on truckin' with Grateful Dead partnership

Cortney Fielding, GigaOM
7 Jun 2011

The peer-to-peer travel site, which connects worldwide travelers with hosts willing to provide free places to stay and opportunities for cultural exchanges (also known as meeting for drinks), is pairing up with the Grateful Dead to create a band-sponsored online micro-community to organize days of service everywhere the band plays. read more >

The Crescent celebrates 25

Dallas Voice
Rich Lopez, Dallas Voice
2 Jun 2011

LGBT travelers can connect with others thanks to the new IGLTA Tripping Network. The social network encourages gay travelers to engage in conversation and "to make the world a better place through cultural exchange." Think of it as part Facebook, part Yelp, but with a personal touch. read more >

$9 airfare and 9 other travel hacks

MSN Money
Donna Freedman, MSN Money
24 May 2011

Tripping: A relatively new service, it puts guests in touch with hosts. Seriously, people in Amsterdam and Anchorage want you to come and stay with them for free. Take them up on it. read more >

Top Five Travel-Sharing Websites

Beth Buczynski, Shareable
26 Apr 2011

Tripping enables you to connect safely with locals who will introduce you to their towns, their cultures, their lives and their friends. One thing Tripping has that many services don't are Networks. These groups allow travelers with similar purpose or interests to share information, experiences... read more >

Tripping Keeps Travelers Connected

Rease Kirchner, Travelated
20 Apr 2011

I myself am a proud member of Tripping, but I can assure you they are not paying me to say nice things about them. I love the sense of community and I have made some friends on the site. I'm a member of several networks and I'm a huge fan of the new community page. Check it out, sign up, and add me as a friend. read more >

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American Way
Ryan Jones, American Way
1 Apr 2011

Launched in 2009, was created to connect travelers and hosts for homestays around the world. Now, perhaps to assuage anxiety about staying with total strangers, the company has introduced Networks — groups that link Tripping users via shared interests or experiences. read more >

A Frugal Twist on Travel: Try a House Swap

Nancy Mann Jackson, SecondAct
31 Mar 2011

"Conversely, Tripping members can also stay with local hosts. It's completely free and saves them the cost of a hotel room, and we only ask that they be respectful guests. Most members bring wine or goodies from their home country as house gifts, which is a nice treat for the host. Tripping is about cultural exchange. Getting a free place to stay is just a nice side perk." read more >

Web 2.0 Startup Showcase - Catching up with Tripping!

Girls in Tech
Christine Oneto, Girls in Tech
30 Mar 2011

Yesterday at Web 2.0's Startup Showcase, we caught up with the winner of our Girls in Tech/ AMPLIFY pitch competition, Tripping. They had a strong showing at their demo table, where Jen O'Neal, the co-founder and CEO, was present to give visitors an overview of their wonderful service... read more >

Three helpful travel websites

Calgary Herald
Staff Writer, Calgary Herald
19 Mar 2011

It's a place to connect with locals who are willing to grab drinks, play tour guide or even let you crash on their couch... read more >

For young travelers, playing knows no borders

Jennifer Alsever, MSNBC Today
15 Mar 2011

Call it travel playdates. Today, more parents want to meet people with kids when they travel, and they're connecting with locals using sites like read more >

Crowdsourcing a Panama trip

The Washington Post
Nancy Trejos, The Washington Post
4 Mar 2011

I had to decide: Should I take a tour of an Embera Indian Village? Laurie, a connection I'd made on, had suggested it, as had Christian, on Lonely Planet's forum. But as I read descriptions of the Indians dancing and singing for visitors... read more >

Travel and Technology

Transitions Abroad
Isabel Eva Bohrer, Transitions Abroad
3 Mar 2011

Likewise inspired by a study abroad in Italy a few years earlier, Jen O'Neal co-founded, a social networking site that offers travelers an easy way to meet local people... read more >

The Gift of Money

The Huffington Post
Claire Gordon, The Huffington Post
23 Feb 2011

With the Internet reducing search, transaction and distribution costs to near nil, savvy start-ups have been able to thwart the capitalist order and make use-value the sole value of a good once again. These sites are part of the collaborative consumption movement, which aims to minimize waste through peer sharing, swapping and gifting. read more >

Travel News, Trips and Tips

Campus Circle
Kevin Wierzbicki, Campus Circle
23 Feb 2011

Tripping is the name of a new social networking platform that helps travelers find locals who want to meet up for a drink, play tour guide or even provide a spare room or sofa, making it no longer necessary to pay for hotel lodging. The site is free to use and has a number of security features in place... read more >

Tripping - A Local Network For Global Travelers

The Suitcase Entrepreneur
Natalie Sisson, The Suitcase Entrepreneur
8 Feb 2011

If you're moving around the world with your business it can sometimes be lonely when you arrive in a new city. If you want to hit the ground running and meet some great locals then check out Tripping... read more >

Grad's website offers free travel tips gained through collaboration

The Purdue Exponent
Bridget Johnston, The Purdue Exponent
28 Jan 2011 is an online network of global travelers with users in more than 100 countries that Nate Weisiger, company CTO and graduate from the Purdue College of Technology, helped found with his friend and former co-worker Jen O'Neal. "Forbes" and "The New York Times" have featured the website. read more >

Tripping: The Virtual Vacation Network

The Minaret
Todd Sanborn, The Minaret
26 Jan 2011

Probably the biggest expense for the average traveler is the price of lodging. Ranging from $50 to hundreds of dollars a night, a hotel room is sure to be the most expensive part of any vacation. A new social network called "Tripping" has set out to change that... read more > - The New Way To Sleep For Free & Experience Europe Like A Local

The Savvy Backpacker
TSB, The Savvy Backpacker
23 Jan 2011

I know I've said it a million times... having a local show you around is the best way to experience a foreign culture. I've recently come across a site that connects travelers with helpful locals - read more >

How to stay with a local

The Guardian UK
Vicky Baker, The Guardian UK
22 Jan 2011

With headquarters in Silicon Valley, is looking to make its own mark on the formula. Earlier this month(January), it launched a new "networks" feature after signing partnership deals with a variety of organisations... read more >

Local charity members benefit from new social networking site Tripping
Cathy O'Brien,
13 Jan 2011

"As our world becomes globalized, we have a growing need for cross-cultural connections," said Jen O'Neal CEO and co-founder of Tripping. "Tripping is changing the way people travel by providing travelers with a safe, easy and free way to connect with local people worldwide..." read more >

What's the best social network for travel?

Budget Travel
Sean O'Neill, Budget Travel
11 Jan 2011

Especially promising is, a social networking site that connects travelers in more than 100 countries. The site stands out for its wide range of safety mechanisms, such as references, anonymous ratings, video validation, and an emergency hotline for all of its members. read more >

Savvy Travels: Find Your Local Soul Mate For Free on Tripping

Emily Co, SavvySugar
11 Jan 2011

There is a new way for you to meet your own local tour guide when you're traveling on, a social media site that hooks up travelers with native residents who will share a meal with you, teach you their language, show you around, or even offer their home for you to stay in. The best part is, the service is free of charge... read more >

Tripping tackles travel safety with video interviews

Rafe Needleman, CNET
22 Nov 2010 helps travelers set up "play dates" with locals at their destinations, to get a more genuine experience of the culture they're heading into. Likewise, it helps hosts meet people from around the world so they can show off their city or community. read more >

Tripping wins Amplify event

Faith Merino, VatorNews
19 Nov 2010

Thirteen startups competed in Thursday's Amplify business pitch competition, but only one walked away the victor. Jen O'Neal, co-founder and CEO of Tripping, won two iPads for her startup, an online cultural exchange network that matches travelers with locals. read more >

Couchsurfing Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Road Junky Travel
Roadjunky, Road Junky Travel
4 Nov 2010

"We were the first hospitality network to introduce a built-in calendar, an automated hosting request process, free SMS / Text Messaging, videos and more. We also have inline editing, smart search capabilities, social networking features and 100% server uptime. And stay tuned - we're going to make a major announcement and release a bunch of cool features soon." read more >

Stay different this summer
Check out of that hotel and into something better

New York Post
Chris Bunting, New York Post
14 Jun 2010

...a relative newbie to the scene,, play up this notion of extremist mi casa es su casa, where users sign up (for free), develop an interest in one another's cultural circumstances and, ideally, agree to host and act as local tour guide for one another whenever called upon. read more >

TLabs Showcase - Tripping

Kevin May, TLabs
13 Aug 2010

TLabs Showcase focus on startups featuring US-based, global trip planning and accommodation-sharing service Tripping. Tripping is a better, safer and more user-friendly network for travelers. They're building advanced travel tools, innovative mobile apps, direct links to travel resources and higher security measures for both travelers and hosts. read more >

Tripping creates an easy way to connect travelers and hosts

Anthony Ha, VentureBeat
25 May 2010

Tripping, a site that’s ending its beta test today, aims to connect travelers who want a richer experience than your average tourist trip with hosts who can help provide it. The site includes features like the ability to match users based on the interests in their profiles, to add trips to users’ calendars, and to send email reminders and eventually directions once the trip is getting close. In addition to redesigning the site, it’s also rolling out new video features today... read more > Launches International Hospitality Network at TechCrunch Disrupt

PRNewswire, Forbes
25 May 2010

Tripping, a social site for travelers, announced their launch today at leading industry event TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City. "We're especially excited to be launching at TechCrunch Disrupt," said CTO and Co-Founder Nate Weisiger. "Some of the world's best and brightest entrepreneurs and investors are here and Tripping is pleased to be at the same table." read more >

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New York Times Magazine
George Gene Gustines, New York Times Magazine
5 May 2010

As “The Simpsons” have taught us (in song, no less), a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met. Jen O’Neal, the co-founder and chief executive of Tripping International, is putting that philosophy to the test with, a Web site devoted to connecting travelers with residents willing to show them a little hospitality. “I love hosting,” says O’Neal. “I used to live in Italy and I would host Italians to practice Italian.” read more >

Stranded travelers get creative:
People left adrift after volcano turn to family, strangers - and the Internet.

Chicago Tribune
Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Chicago Tribune
25 Apr 2010

Though many flights have resumed, the ordeal isn't over for everyone. Thousands of canceled flights left airlines with an enormous backlog of passengers. It could take days or weeks to accommodate them. Travelers found some relief with online networking sites... read more >

Travelers stranded by volcano creatively cope with lengthening delays

AOL / WalletPop
Jennifer Oldham, AOL / WalletPop
20 Apr 2010

Some stranded travelers turned to a new unconventional online service that matches "hosts" with people who need a place to stay for free... "We're doing everything we can to increase awareness and let travelers know that even if they feel completely stranded, there are people out there who are willing to let them into their homes," Jen O'Neal said. read more >

Travelers stranded on 'volcation' in NYC get helping hand

Emily Ngo, amNewYork
21 Apr 2010, a San Francisco-based hospitality exchange to members in 75 countries, on Monday launched a page for its hosts to offer their homes after it was inundated with queries from people - including New Yorkers - asking how they can help. read more >

Stranded travelers creative in a pinch
Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz,
26 Apr 2010

People looking for a place to crash took to and for offers of a spare room or sofa to lay their heads on. At, travelers could find volcano-related news, car shares and housing in one place. read more >

Senior Travel: Hospitality exchange has a few advantages -- and disadvantages -- over home exchange

Orlando Sentinel
Ed Perkins, Orlando Sentinel
20 Apr 2010

You can't beat "free" for low-cost travel accommodations. Previously, I covered home exchange: You stay in someone else's home while they stay in yours. The experience is much like a vacation rental, with payment being in kind rather than cash. This time, I'm looking at hospitality exchange: You arrange to visit remote hosts while they're in residence, and you arrange to accommodate visitors while you're at home. read more >

Women In Tech: Q & A With Jen O'Neal, Co-Founder of

Snapixel Magazine
Adam Oliver, Snapixel Magazine
15 Jan 2010

Q - Who is on the Tripping Team?
A - My cofounder and CTO is Nate Weisiger. We were both among the first employees at StubHub (which was acquired by eBay in 2007) and we've remained friends ever since. Our Partnerships Director, Jeff Manheimer, came from Travelzoo and we also have some terrific developers and interns from around the world. It's a great team. read more >

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