Tripping Launches Largest Home Rentals Platform: Bridges The Gap Between Free Homestays And Home Rentals

Redesigned Site Showcases Couches to Castles in 175 Countries

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2012 -- Social travel site today announced its official entry into the fast-growing home rentals market. Founded as a global community for free homestays and cultural exchange, Tripping has now become a metasearch platform where - in addition to free homestays - travelers can find vacation and short-term home rentals. After a highly successful pilot program, the company has aggregated and integrated over 750,000 home rental listings through its partnerships with top sites including HomeAway, Flipkey, Roomorama, iStopOver and BedyCasa. Tripping also launched a new homepage and search platform that highlights the site's new capabilities.

"By offering the full spectrum of home rental options, we're giving travelers an easy way to stay in local neighborhoods and experience local culture," said Founder and CEO Jen O'Neal. "We're focused on bringing together the best selection of home rentals so all travelers - whether they're backpackers, business execs, honeymooners or retirees – can find the perfect place to stay."

Travelers can search for people and rentals across 15,000 cities in over 175 countries. Property details can be viewed directly on Tripping, making it easy to browse and compare listings across multiple rental sites. The engine is also the only one of its kind to display aggregated ratings for each listing and allow members to save their favorite listings in one place.

Tripping's expansion into the exploding home rentals market, which is currently estimated to be $170 billion worldwide, was inspired by its members. The majority of users coming through Tripping's partner network were highly interested in connecting with local people – be it for coffee, to discuss a shared passion for art or to play a round of golf – but not all users were interested in free homestays. Now those travelers can connect with locals for meaningful cultural experiences while staying in a local home rental that matches their personal preference – and budget.

Tripping is a social travel site that connects travelers with local people for tips, shared cups of coffee and homestays in over 175 countries. By providing a safe and easy way for travelers to engage in cultural exchange, Tripping can transform a simple vacation into a meaningful, life-changing experience. In addition to connecting travelers with locals, Tripping also aggregates and offers the widest selection of local home rentals on the planet. From Fijian bungalows to New York City lofts, travelers can use Tripping to step off the tourist path and stay in unique local spaces in over 15,000 cities worldwide. Founded in 2009, Tripping's mission is to make the world a better place through cultural exchange.

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