KangApp loves innovative projects and, even more, if they are framed within what is known as Collaborative Consumption. We love the proposals that facilitate sharing goods and services which allow contact between people from different places and on adition alternatives which make possible saving money during our travels, for example, Room4Exchange, the first and biggest room exchange community.
What is exactly Room4Exchange proposal?
Room4Exchange is a community of people interested in sharing your room temporarily to travel around the world, that is, the room bartering for travelers. You can stay in someone else’s home while simultaneously this other person is staying in yours, but non simultaneous exchanges are also possible.
Room4Exchange is present in 119 cities spread over 72 countries on 6 continents.
Its operative is easy and intuitive, it is based on trust. Users who offer their rooms receive exchange proposals from other users with the possibility of rejecting or accepting it. The communication uses to begin with users specifying all the details of the exchange, day and time of arrival and all the necessary issues.
Room sharing is free. Room4Exchange has implanted a “virtual payment” based in a key which is transferred from the account of the person who stay to the person who has offered his room. The only charge is an annual fee which allows you to make unlimited residential exchanges.
The roms to exchange are 100% private for our use, that is, we will not share with anyone else and this (for the team of Kangapp), is a pretty positive point. Furthermore, although its strength is sharing rooms, in Room4Exchange users can also swap entire accommodations. There are minimum standards that the offered room must have. At a minimum, there must be a bed, sheets and clean towers, access to the toilet, keys and free 24-hour access, Wi-Fi access and the possibility of staying in public areas and use of all rooms and equipment accommodation (fridge, swimming pools, etc.).
Other aspects that we like about Room4Exchange is its simplicity. Every issues are defined in the way users decide (by phone, Skype, email, etc.). It gives many possibilities so we may decide to offer any other item like a bicycle, share useful information or anything else.
Although we believe that people who may be interested in this kind of alternatives may feel safe when sharing their room because full security is really important for Room4Exchange and it makes possible. All exchanges are insured up to an amount of 300.000 euros in the two housings involved in any transaction.
With this type of alternatives, the typical excuse of people who think that traveling is expensive becomes a myth. We just must have the desire to discover new destinations and the ability to share what we have.
Although this alternative may have certain limitations for family tourism – in which KangApp is fully focused on strengthening the private rental of baby and children equipment for traveling families -, Room4Exchange seems an ideal travel alternative.