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Hotels Are So Twentieth Century


Social networking websites have changed the way we view our reputations, the way we organize protests, and now the way we … couch surf?

AirBed&Breakfast lets travelers meet locals in 20 countries and book a few nights in their guest rooms, as an alternative to sleeping in a hotel. They are hoping to fill the gap as hotels overflow this summer in Denver and the Twin Cities during the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

It’s not the first website to connect frugal travelers with prospective hosts — The CouchSurfing Project, for example, has been around since 2004. But AirBed&Breakfast is certainly the easiest to use that we have seen, and it handles all financial transactions right through the website.

Is this the new face of travel?