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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Quiz time! Which type of mister are you?
Mar. 07 2020
by Lachlan

Quiz time! Which type of mister are you?

Mirror mirror on the wall, what type of mister am I? Am I a luxury mister who appreciates the finer things in life, or do I like to do things on the cheap? Fortunately, this time around you don’t need to be asking the mirror for advice because we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about what type of mister you are.

When it comes to travel, everyone is different. Some plan weeks in advance for the perfect vacay, while others barely have time to pack their toothbrush before their flight departs they’re that last-minute. Well, we’re ready to introduce you to six fabulous misters who each reflect different travel styles. Find out which one best fits you, and learn where you should be going for your next gaycation.

 

Luxurious Laurent

Favourite destinations: Paris, Milan, New York  

Duration of stay: 1 week

Glitzy, glamorous, stylish, there simply aren’t enough adjectives to describe Luxurious Laurent. Normally you’ll find him sipping a flute of champagne, wearing a designer shirt, and most probably flaunting a cashmere scarf in winter. When it comes to travel, Luxurious Laurent doesn’t shirk on any comfort. His favorite destinations are naturally Paris, Milan, and New York, and with misterb&b, he can always find stylish apartments deemed fit for a ‘queen’.

While he’s of the sociable sort, he prefers to rent entire apartments rather than staying with a misterb&b host - he needs all the space he can get to accommodate his excess luggage! As far as his duration of stay goes, it’s normally always a week minimum - remember Luxurious Laurent is all about comfort, so rushing is not part of his vocabulary!

 

Budget Benoit

Favourite destinations: Budapest, Athens, Berlin

Duration of stay: 3 days

Let’s face it, Budget Benoit loves nothing more than a 50% off sale at his local department store. ‘Getting more bang for your buck’ is his life motto, and he hates wasting money on unnecessary luxuries. For Budget Benoit, the same applies to travel. His favourite airline is Ryanair, and he normally packs lightly to avoid paying for check-through luggage.

His top cities to visit are Budapest, Athens, and Berlin because they’re all great value-for-money. A serve of Saganaki for 5 €? “Absolutely!” says Budget Benoit. He loves staying with misterb&b hosts, and is even okay sharing a room or taking the couch if it means a cheaper stay is up for grabs.

 

Last-minute Larry

Favourite destinations: Amsterdam, Lisbon, Madrid

Duration of stay: 4 days

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Last-minute Larry is a Sagittarius. What does this mean? He’s a dreamer, whose head is sometimes in the clouds. As a result, organization is not his strongest quality, and his style of travel is so last-minute he’s even been known to miss the odd flight or two. Last-minute Larry loves going on vacation as much as any other mister, but his holiday locations are normally determined by places that have plenty of last-minute flights and misterb&b rentals available.

As a result, capital cities like Lisbon, Amsterdam, and Madrid work well for him. For Last-minute Larry, it doesn’t matter if his misterb&b rental has an ensuite, Egyptian cotton sheets, or an espresso machine, it just needs to be available! Instant booking is normally Last-minute Larry’s saving grace!

 

Weekend Walter

Favourite destinations: Palm Springs, Brussels, Barcelona

Duration of stay: 2 days

Weekend Walter is a high-flying executive who travels the world on a regular basis. He sometimes spends more time sleeping on planes than in his own bed, and rarely gets time to enjoy a proper holiday. For Weekend Walter, his only dose of TLC comes through the odd weekend getaway to a relaxed and relatively small destination. Depending on where in the world he may be at the time, he usually likes to stop by either Palm Springs, Brussels, or Barcelona.

Their relatively small size means he can get around easily without wasting too much of his precious time on overcrowded metros or un-air-conditioned buses - wise move! Weekend Walter is so accustomed to striking up conversations on planes, that he’s a natural when it comes to staying with misterb&b hosts, and he’s even made a couple of friends along the way.

 

Sociable Stephen

Favourite destinations: Rome, Dublin, Montreal

Duration of stay: 5 days

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In his hometown, you can usually find Sociable Stephen at the pub during happy hour, chatting to anyone he happens to meet at the bar. Sociable Stephen is very open, and loves traveling solo because it means he’s free to meet new people along the way. For Sociable Stephen, Rome, Dublin, and Montreal are his top cities to visit thanks to their super welcoming attitude.

It is only natural that Sociable Stephen loves staying with misterb&b hosts, and he will normally spend five days or so building a solid bond with whoever he is staying with. If you encounter Sociable Stephen, you’ll remember him for his hearty laugh, and endearing dad jokes.

 

Coastal Cedric

Favourite destinations: Tel Aviv, Gran Canaria, Key West

Duration of stay: 1 week

While Coastal Cedric is quite the fashionista, his favourite item of clothing is a pair of swimmers - that’s it. Coastal Cedric lives and breathes the sea, and for him, vacation is synonymous with the beach. Rather than venturing to a tanning salon or buying a bottle of fake stuff, Coastal Cedric appreciates the real deal and likes soaking up plenty of vitamin D while on holiday.

Naturally, Coastal Cedric’s favourite destinations are Tel Aviv, Gran Canaria, and Key West, and he normally likes to stay for a week or two to ensure he comes away looking bronzed and fabulous. Coastal Cedric spends most of his holiday time outdoors, so misterb&b rentals are the perfect option for him as they won’t break the bank. He’s even been known to meet the odd tanning buddy along the way!

 

Now you've worked out which type of mister you are, it's time to get packing. Check out our Top Travel Essentials for the Perfect Gay Suitcase

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