Brand New Site Combines Social Media with Travel Booking (with video!)

Attention New Yorkers! The launch party + travel industry networking event will be November 30, 2011, at Hosteling International. Free beer, snacks, and giveaways for those who attend. To reserve a spot, click here., the First Social Booking Site for Hostels, Beds and Couches, has just been launched this month. The site takes the beauty of the social web and brings it to the Travel Booking Market by allowing people to connect with fellow travelers before their trip even starts.

The founders, Diego Saez-Gil and Alex Torrenegra, are travelers themselves and the company is a product of their experiences. After backpacking all over the world and realizing first-hand that not all hostels are as fun and social as others, they created a tool that would enable travelers to browse the top hostels in each city as well as connect with others before arriving to their destination.

One common concern among travelers, especially when they are traveling alone, is safety. Because allows backpackers to screen who else will be at their destination before they arrive, travelers are able to see if they are comfortable with the other people who they will be sharing a hostel with. users can also plan activities and day trips with likeminded travelers to ensure they will be making the most of their trip. Moreover, any travelers who do not wish to share their information can opt not to and still use the tool. currently has connections with thousands of cities around the world, and that number is steadily growing.

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