I love getting the chance to test out new online travel solutions and this week I have been playing with Meshtrip.com.
Don’t let the BETA tag put you off. As far as I can tell the site is up and running and doing a fine job of quickly skimming through a wide variety of accommodation proividers very quickly and getting some interesting options to your screen – whether that be on a clunky old desktop like I usually work from or my daughters swish smart phone.
The teddy with a flying hat, sitting next to a biplane, on the front page harks back to a romantic age of travel which many internet sites would do well to remember.
Luxury isn’t necessarily 5 star – it is also just being able to do things easily – without fuss – and preferably with a gin and tonic in your hand (I find that if you can’t travel with a gin and tonic in your hand then the journey is probably not worth it) and this site seems to take that on board!
Of course I josh.. a little… but the site has a nice relaxed feel which is what I want my travel to be, so why shouldn’t we have our travel planning like that too?
So, simply enter your destination, and dates and how many people you are wanting to book for and off the clever little widget will go to sites like booking.com, Roomorama, Housetrip, Home Away, Travel mob and many others besides and it comes back with a clean list of possibilities and the option to filter by price and distance and the ability to list them in order of relevance, price, distance or whether you can make an immediate booking online or not.
Then once you have your short list, they specialize only on vacation rentals by owners (no hotels), you can just bounce off to the relevant site, find all the info and book direct.
That simple! It’s all rather effortless and a stylish.
The news from those who know is that eventually they are planning to build a community for peer-to-peer travel with features like traveler matching, reviews, p2p cultural exchange, etc in the hope that this type of travel can bring people from different parts of the world a bit closer so, if that is your kind of thing, we will keep you up to date with developments.
Of course they are into their facebook and their twitter which is fine for those that do, but after the luxury of meshtrips homepage the social whirl of tweets and likes seems all rather too… needy? But the girl on the facebook page serves to remind us that meshtrip should be a great tool for families as well as world-weary, gin-swilling, old nomads, like yours truly!
Of course you have to do the whole social thing these days and they just want you to pass the word (and by all means please do so), but I’ve never truly enjoyed a G&T whilst tweeting so I think I will wait until later in the evening to spread the word!
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