La Voyageuse: the French homestay network where women host solo female travellers for free
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La Voyageuse is an online platform dedicated to providing solo female travellers with safe and cost-free homestays in France, hosted by other women.
Set up by Christina Bioxiere, a veteran solo traveller of 17 years, the Bordeaux-based company aims to connect female travellers across the world, allowing women to find safe accommodation in French cities with verified female hosts.
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The philosophy stems from the simple fact that women feel safer when they are hosted by other women.
The company intends to enable women of all ages and backgrounds to travel as freely as their male counterparts, eliminating the hurdle of unsafe accommodation.
Homestays are currently available in Bordeaux, Marseilles and Paris.
Having travelled solo from the age of 18, Christina's idea was born out of her own experiences and her existing knowledge of tourism and I.T. industries, which she believed could be combined to accommodate the growing needs of the female solo travel market.
“Travel is a tremendous tool for openness and mutual understanding,” she writes on her LinkedIn profile.
The site operates upon "an innovative security system" including continuous verification which ensures hosts' safety.
Christina achieved her crowdfunding target in December 2018, less than one month after its launched.
Now, La Voyaguese has over 400 trusted female hosts ready to receive guests.
Given the success of the site so far, the company has plans to develop into both Mandarin and English to extend the reach of their contributors.
To become a member of La Voyageuse, users must verify themselves by providing ID and undergoing a security check by the La Voyageuse team. An annual fee of €119 lets members access the profiles of hosts, contact them and find free accommodation.
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