January 29, 2020
Traveling alone as a woman, or even in a group of women, shouldn’t be intimidating or dangerous—but it can be. Enter Golightly, a vacation rental platform exclusively for females, which launched this month.
All of the properties are owned or managed by women, and renters must be women, although men can travel with the, USA Today reports.
Victoria O’Connell launched the Austin, Texas-based company after she had a bad experience renting out her own home in London—which was burglarized and destroyed by a group of men.
“I felt that I would never be comfortable renting out my home again, and I wanted to figure out a way to change that and feel safe again,” O’Connell told USA Today. “I travel frequently and also stay in vacation rentals often, so I had to find a way to get back to it.”
The rental platform is invite-only and aims to build a community of women. Each member is given five invites to send to other women. But if women want to join and don’t have a referral code, they can fill in an online form to be vetted.
According to the website, “As a private club, Golightly carefully vets each member and property listing. Our goal is to provide a safer and more secure travel experience. Listings and member profiles are only available within the Golightly network to protect the privacy of our community.”
It costs $100 for a lifetime membership, but, the news outlet notes, that fee is being waived through the end of February as the platform aims to grow its membership and add more properties. There’s a 10% transaction fee for guests and a 5% fee for hosts on bookings.
For now the site has hundreds of home rentals, with the majority of them concentrated in the United States and Europe.
Research contact: @USATODAY