West Seattleite’s cheap-travel site gets Washington Post spotlight

National attention for another West Seattle entrepreneur: The Washington Post takes a look at websites that match travelers with private homes/apartments in which they can stay, and part of the focus is on Casa Casa, founded by Gatewood resident Lauren Braden. (She’s got a membership deal going right now – $20/year, half the usual rate.) Lauren also writes about budget lodging in our region at Northwest Cheapsleeps – and in fact we “know” her from Twitter as @cheapsleeps. (Thanks to another Gatewood writer, Tom of Bikejuju.com, for the tip!)

5 Replies to "West Seattleite's cheap-travel site gets Washington Post spotlight"

  • Catherine June 13, 2010 (7:42 pm)

    I “know” her from another online forum and she’s a great gal. Cute kid, too. Congrats on being featured! I hope it brings you much business :o)

  • Tom / Bikejuju June 13, 2010 (8:24 pm)

    Lauren’s the bomb, and both of her sites rock.

  • WS Traveler June 13, 2010 (9:14 pm)

    Very cool concept. I’ll follow the website for a while and perhaps join.

  • D June 13, 2010 (9:43 pm)

    Hmm… this has already been done actually. The FREE version is couchsurfing.com

  • Lesley June 14, 2010 (12:41 pm)

    Couchsurfing has its place, but it is not the same as a hospitality travel club like Casa Casa. This concept is more like using your home as bed and breakfast, occasionally, and getting to have a bed and breakfast experience while you travel for a less expensive nightly rate. It’s a different aesthetic which might appeal to a different demographic. Couchsurfing would probably appeal to people more in their 20’s, while clubs like Casa Casa are probably more for free spirited travelers in their 30’s or 40’s. Both are great concepts.

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