Mr Myn was telling me about this site after stumbling across an article – > http://www.airbnb.com/. I really like the concept, even though there’s a small part of me that’s not sure I’d be willing to do it (mostly due to visions of ending up in the house of a serial killer – though I suppose that works both ways. LOL.) However, if I were single and either backpacking around Europe or just the traveling sort on a budget, I think AirBnB would be an awesome alternative.
Given today’s ability to pick up wifi just about anywhere, I’d imagine one could be in a bus terminal in France and attempt to make reservations in Spain for the next day. (Of course, each house has its own rules as far as what you get for the price and how flexible cancellations are,) but really, the concept of being able to rent a place to sleep in NY for only $25 a night is extremely appealing. (And yes, I *have* done the youth hostel thing – last time I was in Ireland, I ended up staying in Galway for like $6 a day…but that was communal living – most of what I see on AirBnB is separate rooms or sometimes even the entire house.)
Still, the concept is very cool. There doesn’t seem to be a tremendous number of places to stay yet, but AirBnB was only started in August of 2008. I imagine it will catch on pretty quickly, especially given the economy.