Co-founder of Stay One Degree Thomas Bennett rewrites the rules for luxury home rental by leveraging social media.
For many, the idea of a great vacation no longer conjures images of checking into glitzy hotels and getting off the path trodden by thousands of tourists worldwide. Thanks to the rise of experiential travel, globetrotters now yearn for an authentic travel experience that stems from exploring secluded spots and staying at unique local properties.
While modern jetsetters thrive on online research, it is often common for them to experience disappointments when the accommodation fails to deliver what it promised. Thomas Bennett, Co-founder of Stay One Degree, a luxury home rental social network, created the company with the hope to offer travellers a refined local homestay experience with a peace of mind. Bennett shared his personal travel tips, the most impressive properties in the network and his favourite travel experience. My idea of a good holiday is being able to spend quality time with my family in a great location, experiencing new things and creating fond memories together. If I can also fit in a few rounds on the golf course, this is a bonus! Holiday time is so precious, and that’s why it is important to have a peace of mind when booking your holiday.
It was this remarkable experience that prompted us to create Stay One Degree, an online platform for holidaymakers to rent homes to and from friends and mutual connections within their “circle of trust”.
One of the recent bad travel experiences was from our two-week holiday in Bali early last year. After trawling through hundreds of homes online, we booked a villa that displayed beautiful images. However, that turned out to be a big disappointment – as we entered the property, we were appalled by the worn-out interiors, noisy surroundings and absent air conditioning. Despite complaints, we were unable to change to another villa, and that ruined our holiday. We vowed to never to book online again without a personal connection with the owner.