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Transform your stay into a tourist experience, with Joinbed.

Travelling for me does not mean taking a plane and looking for accommodation. Travelling means blending in with a place. Travelling means spending time with the locals. Travelling involves merging with the local traditions to ensure that a journey, that particular journey, is not just one of many, but one that remains memorable for your entire life.

Today I would like to present Joinbed, the shared tourism portal born from the idea of transforming a simple stay into a genuine experience.

If you have been following me for some time, you will know that in all my adventures, be it for work or pleasure, there always has to be at least one activity that helps me get involved in the local culture that makes that place special. Such as the experience of the gastronomic tour I did in Malaga, the trip to the wilderness in Hong Kong, the London tour, the discovery of culinary specialities in Thailand and much, much more.

Having said that, I am about to present to you a project that – from now on – will make my travel experiences in Italy unique. And I am sure that it will work for you too.


It was May 2016 when the creator of Joinbed, Marco Messina, supported by his partner Riccardo Carisi, had the brilliant idea of starting this project by turning an idea into reality. How many Italians live in houses that are too big for them? How many Italians have a second home that they don’t use all year round? How many Italians would like to share a small part of their home in exchange for money that they would not otherwise have?

I’m sure you’re thinking, “Vale, but there are loads of global start-ups for sharing homes!”. Yes, very true, but they stop there. They offer you a bed, a wardrobe, a bathroom and in exchange they ask for money. Joinbed, on the other hand, also gives an unforgettable sensory experience.



Joinbed allows Italian and foreign tourists to transform their trip to Italy into a real journey for the senses. The best thing, though, is that you can choose the type of experience independently depending on your desires, your passions, your curiosity. In short, this portal is concerned with making you live the place you decide to visit in a genuine way, making your trip unforgettable.

And do you know what their ambition is for the future? To bring the project not only to the whole of Italy, but to the whole of Europe as well within 5 years.


Through a simple search in which you will have to enter the name of the place you want to visit, Joinbed puts you in touch with locals who share their home. The “Hosts” on the portal have made available not only a bed to sleep in (or an apartment, or a masseria!), but have decided to spend time with their guests to make their stay as interesting as possible.

Some examples? A dinner based on typical regional dishes, a mini-tour with a local, taking part in a homemade pasta course, a day in the fields with a family of real farmers, a yoga class, a guitar lesson or time with a make-up expert. Depending on your wishes, Joinbed meets your needs to allow you to live a genuine experience.



I can’t leave you with a doubt, however. I have to give you a practical example.

Suppose you want to spend a few days in Puglia, near the magical town of Ostuni. Masseria Yoga, a Joinbed host, not only makes available 4 separate rooms, but it allows you to live unforgettable experiences: such as a yoga lesson or a tasting of typical regional dishes? What would you choose?


And as “Masseria Yoga” also “La Casa di Pina”, “La Casa di Chiara”, “La Casa del Surf” and many others that offer their professionalism (yes, because we are not talking about people who improvise as teachers, but people who did or still do that type of work at a high level).


Right, all projects are wonderful until you get to discuss money. And that’s where Joinbed will amaze you more than anything else. Fixed low prices. For everyone.


All you have to do is join this community if you have beds and experiences to share and if, like me, you are a lover of experiential tourism that – let’s face it – is what makes every trip unforgettable, even the one only 50km from home.

“The abundance that generates misery can be fought by sharing” is the motto of this project that will help give a new semantic meaning to the concept of “journey”. The real meaning.


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