Hospitality Exchange Networks

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Specific forms of exchange and sharing, aimed at the travelling public.


Examples

Computer-based

CouchSurfing at http://www.couchsurfing.com/: >400.000 members in >30.000 cities in >200 countries

HospitalityClub at http://www.hospitalityclub.org

Be Welcome at http://www.bewelcome.org/ , developped by http://www.bevolunteer.org

Global Freeloaders, at http://globalfreeloaders.com/

see also:

  1. VolunTourism, http://voluntourism.org +description
  2. belodged, http://belodged.com +description
  3. Nomadbase, http://nomadbase.org +description

WWOOF, http://wwoof.org

  1. Squat the Planet, http://squattheplanet.com

Book-based

Servas, http://www.servas.org/, http://www.servas.org/siexco/index.php/Main_Page


More Information

Hospitality Guide, http://www.hospitalityguide.net/hg/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page

Comparative overview, http://www.hospitalityguide.net/hg/site/

Research

"Intimate Tourism; Friendship in a state of Mobility - The case of the online hospitality network." - Paula Bialski, MA thesis, University of Warsaw, Poland, 2007 http://intimatetourism.wordpress.com/2008/12/10/intimate-tourism-back-in-french/

"Gift, Exchange and Trust" - MA thesis, Julia Maria Koszewska, University of Warsaw, Poland, 2008 http://uw.academia.edu/JuliaKoszewska/Papers/88658/Gift--Exchange-and-Trust

"The CouchSurfing Project; An Explorative Study on the Phenomenon of CouchSurfing." - thesis, Peter Heesakkers (Nominated for "TUI NL Award for Sustainable Tourism" & "de Joop Jansen Prijs") http://www.linkedin.com/in/pjaheesakkers