GLENDALE, California, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- With the introduction of an entirely redesigned site, not to mention it's own "hovel hunters," posting fascinating travel blogs while hunting hovels that you can actually book, hovelstay.com may very well be changing the way travelers view the onetime unfavorable word – "budget," and all its implications.
While hovelstay.com started out as a college-student-only site, peppered with lots of adventure (see their Deluxe Tree House in Poptun Peten, Guatemala for $19.00 per night), it understood from the start that students weren't necessarily looking for luxury, just a place to crash near favored Spring Break destinations. In other words – budget. However, opening up its site to all users in October of 2014, has brought a dramatic up-tick in property owners listing their vacation rentals amongst hovelstay's "Clean and Comfortable" category, with most of them making any traveler feel — well, comfortable.
Is this creating an opening for those traveling with limited means? It is certainly looking that way. Instead of the more frightening prospects of certain roadside motels along any given highway, flashing neon budget signs, travelers are now offered a choice with hovelstay.com's prices always remaining under $99 US dollars per night, and many of those properties are comparable to those twice the price on other vacation rental sites. So, does this change the word budget?
"You bet," stated hovelstay Co-Founder and CEO Michael Bolger. Bolger went on, "The word budget was a concept of microeconomics that just doesn't work anymore, as a trade-off between goods. And travel has stepped way outside that circle. We're finding people are far more adventurous than the market originally allowed for, and that doesn't cost a lot of money, so how can it be compared to budget?"
Which begs the question – is hovelstay.com pushing out the word budget, and creating a simple category of "less expensive" within travel? With their 3% booking fee on each side, quite possibly.
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