Opening up your home to strangers and travellers for a short time is becoming very popular. First, Couchsurfing aimed to foster a community of travellers who could find someone to ‘crash’ for free with while they travel. AirBNB is now revolutionising short-term rentals by allowing anyone to convert a sleep-able space into a place to rent.

Since 2009, TourBoarding has taken a new twist on the short-term stay model by allowing travellers to stay at someone’s place in China for free and experience its culture through services such as learning Chinese, Chinese cooking, calligraphy in exchange for speaking English or other in demand languages for at least two hours a day. That seems like a pretty good deal to me! I’ve always enjoyed meeting and interacting with locals to truly experience a new country.

I interviewed Cathy Tao, Chief Evangelist of TourBoarding to find out more about this interesting new travel concept.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.