The purpose of Worldpackers is to democratize meaningful travel experiences through collaborative relationships. And to ensure an awesome experience, it’s important that the host and traveler be aligned with the goal of Worldpackers. As a relatively new concept, here are some tips for you to join this collaborative wave and have good experiences.
- Collaborative relationship, what’s that?
The collaborative relationship consists of the meeting between people with complementary skills and common goals, through the exchange of help for accommodation, between hosts - that offer their free beds and an experience of true connection with the local culture - and travelers that are ready to dedicate part of their time to a specific project or activity. It is an exchange of experiences where both sides benefit.
- Worldpackers are not employees
Travelers should be treated as travelers. Guests need to be treated as guests. Worldpackers are a mix of travelers as well as guests. They are not a substitute for your team of employees and should not be treated as such. They will help you a few hours per day in exchange for accommodation, dealing directly with your guests and your staff. Keep in mind: Worldpackers is a platform of collaborative tourism and not an employment agency.
- The experience has an expiration date
The recommendation is for worldpackers to have experiences of up to 2 months and that they don’t exceed 30 hours of help per week (around 4-5 hours per day), being released with two or more days free to get to know the city and wander around. The 2 month period is sufficient for the worldpacker to get to know the place, collaborate, and enjoy the experience without burning out the relationship.
In conclusion, worldpackers are visiting you in search of incredible experiences and you, as the host, will be receiving them just to have a more social environment and to add new knowledge and insight to your business.
Tell us which were the best practices for a good exchange on your property? What things did you learn? ☺