Roomorama – Live Like a Local

December 20, 2011 by

Roomorama was founded on the principle that there is more to travel than visiting a checklist of tourist attractions.

As two young executives caught between professional obligations and perpetual wanderlust, Jia En Teo and Federico Folcia would rent their New York apartments to a few friendly folks with a similar desire to live like locals. The proceeds in turn would subsidize their travel needs. That simple and effective method became a habit. But using classifieds to advertise their apartment -the most accessible platform at the time- took too much effort and, more alarmingly, involved too many risks: hundreds of responses to sift through; overlapping and contradictory requests; dubious, non-secure methods of payment and worst of all, no-shows.

The concept quickly proliferated and today Roomorama boasts a portfolio of 30,000 properties across the globe including 750 Australian dwellings predominantly in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Cairns. Folcia says with the couch-surfing phenomenon often limited only to backpackers there existed a need to serve a wider travel populace.

Roomorama centres on bringing together home owners, property managers and travellers searching for a local experience. The result is affordable worldwide accommodation via a standardised, safe and secure platform where hosts and guests are privy to a signature Perks Programme providing users with local deals and worldwide discounts.

Prices typically range between $150 and $300 per night with stays varying from one to 90 days. The company also provides accommodation under a series of novel travel themes, some of which include Urbanite, History Buff, Adventure, Spiritual, Romantic, Wine Country, Sea Lovers and Events. Australians are already among the site’s top five most frequent users and En Teo says the company is confident the concept will have widespread appeal across the nation.(via)

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