April 15, 2013 – Wondering where the Kayak for the vacation rental industry is? It is here and -surprisingly -has gone slightly under the radar for the professionally managed vacation rental industry. Tripping.com is a metasearch platform which allows vacationers to search and compare vacation rentals from multiple sites in one, easy-to-use website.
Based in San Francisco, Tripping.com was founded by tech industry veterans from Expedia, Travelzoo and StubHub, and is a rising star in today’s vacation rental marketplace. The rentals on Tripping.com come from top vacation rental sites such as HomeAway, FlipKey, and Wimdu, just to name a few.
Former StubHub executive Jen O’Neal created Tripping.com out of her passion for travel and using her technology and business background to solve the needs of travelers around the world like herself. Founded in 2010, Tripping.com now gives vacationers access to over 850,000 vacation homes and is the largest direct aggregator of short-term rentals.
“By offering the full spectrum of home rental options, we’re giving travelers an easy way to stay in local neighborhoods and experience local culture,” said Founder and CEO Jen O’Neal. “We’re focused on bringing together the best selection of home rentals so all travelers – whether they’re backpackers, business execs, honeymooners or retirees – can find the perfect place to stay.”
As a metasearch platform, Tripping.com is a gem for guests trying to navigate the complex world of vacation homes, but the site offers much more. Tripping.com also has a robust social component with a community of travelers from 175 countries. This community offers a safe and easy way to engage in cultural exchange by connecting travelers and locals for coffee, conversation and free homestays around the world with the goal of transforming trips into meaningful, life-changing experiences.
With a huge attention to the user experience, a solid strategy of letting the consumer steer its viral growth, and access to over 850,00 vacation homes, Tripping.com is truly a game-changer in the vacation rental industry and a company to watch closely in the coming months.