To  our valued community,

Let’s get right to the point: today, we’re asking for your help. Please join our team of investors by participating in our Wefunder crowdfunding campaign (minimum investment: $100, approximately €85). The funds raised ( $140K+ to date, a heartfelt thank you to the 300+ participants!) will help misterb&b pass  this very difficult period, and vigorously bounce back as soon as travel resumes.

The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis hit us right when our growth was exceeding 20% per month, thanks to the addition of a large catalogue of LGBTQ-friendly hotels on our platform last December. Travel restrictions abruptly halted this growth, preventing us from reaching the break-even point and becoming profitable for the first time. For seven months now, misterb&b has been in hibernation mode with dramatic cost reductions, a hiring freeze, temporary unemployment, pay cuts, and the aid  of governmental and private relief funds.

Despite these efforts, and the partial return of our activity between June and September, we must admit that the months ahead are going to be extremely difficult. In our hearts, we do not believe that travel will resume for real before the summer of 2021. That’s nine  more months to go!

We hate to interrupt your day with this message, as we can imagine you have other things to read or do. But there you have it. If every person who opened this email, and could  afford it, joined our team of investors on WeFunder (minimum investment is $100, around €85), misterb&b could continue to thrive for years to come, and offer the entire LGBTQ travel community the opportunity to experience  a more welcoming world.

When we created misterb&b, many told us that it would never work, claiming  the “market” was too small. Yet, six years on misterb&b has grown to become the world’s largest LGBTQ-friendly accommodation booking site. Our teams (around twenty people currently) work tirelessly on a daily basis to offer you the best possible experience. By becoming an investor, you will show them how much their work means to you.

We imagine that most recipients will ignore this message. We just hope you take a minute to  think about the importance of a platform like ours in your life as an LGBTQ traveler. Imagine the next time you search for a LGBTQ-friendly stay, you realize that misterb&b no longer exists? This is not what we want, and we can imagine it’s not what you want either. We thank you all for your time and attention.

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Tel Aviv: Being proud of your city
Apr. 05 2018
by Saverio

Tel Aviv: Being proud of your city

This couple of hosts from Tel Aviv discovered how lucky they are living in the gay capital of the Middle East. Shachar and Tomer are proud of their experience and they shared how much being a host can pay back. Read their story and discover how you too can become a host to experience your pride. 

 

Hi guys! How is the hosting experience for you? Do you enjoy hanging out with your guests as well as hosting them?

We always enjoy a good talk and getting to know a bit about our guests. Our schedules don’t always allow us to, but sometimes we do get to talk over a glass of wine, or dinner at our place. There was one guest who even joined us for a yoga class at our gym!

 

What are the main things your guests love doing in your city?

They usually spend a lot of time at the beach, which is very close to where we live. Tel Aviv is pretty easy to explore on foot, so they usually walk a lot, including the old city of Jaffa. At night they tend to go to the bars, restaurants and parties in the area.

© Flickr/Birgit

 

What have you learned since you started hosting?

It’s really nice and sometimes even inspiring to see Tel-Aviv through the eyes of tourists: we're very happy to play a small part in someone’s first experience with this great city.

Hearing all the positive things people say about their time here also made us appreciate the fact that we get to live in the gay capital of the Middle East. 

Do you keep in touch with your guests after they’ve left?

Occasionally, if there’s a good connection with a guest we exchange Facebook or Instagram profiles to keep in touch.

 

What’s the nicest thing a guest has ever done for you? Do they ever bring you gifts?

Yes, we did get chocolates a few times! There was also a guest who was kind enough to offer some of his luggage space in advance, in case we wanted to order something from his city!

© Flickr/Niv Singer

 

What makes a perfect guest – or host?

We believe good communication is the key, for both sides. The perfect guest would be respectful, easy-going, clean and communicative. As for hosts, probably trying to be as helpful as you can in terms of check in/out, local tips and making the guest feel welcome in your home. ●

 

Thinking of visiting Tel Aviv? Read some more Local Tips from our other hosts there and check out our City Guide.

 

 

 

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Wherever you're headed, don't forget to add us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and share your travel pictures using the hashtag #ExperienceYourPride. We'll share the best pics with our global LGBTQ travel community! Share your host story or Local Tips about what to do in your city, and make a video to promote your listing. Interested? Then just email us at stories@misterbandb.com and we'll get back to you.