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No More Housing Hassle for Student Travellers?

HousingAnywhere.com founder Niels van Deuren

HousingAnywhere.com founder Niels van Deuren

By: Madeline Reddington

For most of us who have done so, studying abroad was one of the best experiences we had in college—but finding someone to take over our rooms for an awkward four or five-month period isn’t nearly as fun. Luckily, for those of us who are worried about coming home to find our things trashed by an unruly sub-letter or biting the bullet and paying rent for an empty room, there are more options. Meet Niels van Deuren, Triptrotter and founder of HousingAnywhere.com.

What made you start HousingAnywhere?

When I went abroad for my Bachelor exchange to Singapore, I wanted to sublet my room. Unfortunately, it was quite hard to find someone who wanted to rent for just five months. However, at the same time I heard that the International Office of my current university was desperately looking for rooms that were available for a short time period. There I saw the gap: there was a supply of short-term rooms, and demand. I simply created a platform to bridge these two parties.

How is HousingAnywhere different from other exchange-based hospitality networks?

Only students can use this platform. And above all: it’s totally for free to advertise your room or respond to an advertisement on the platform. Students at a few top schools already use it, like ESADE Barcelona, SSE in Sweden, WU in Vienna, USP in Brazil, and more.

What are the best and worst parts of being an entrepreneur?

I would like to summarize it as: “Whoa, opportunities everywhere, but a day has only 24 hours!”

What else are you doing these days?

I am studying International Business Administration—taking a Masters in CEMS International Management.

How many countries have you been to?

Ai, many! South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Laos, Cambodia, New Zealand, Thailand, and basically all of Europe. I am still missing the USA on my list though!

What’s a crazy experience you had traveling/studying abroad that you can share with the Triptrotting community?

Living in Lisbon for a few months. What a time! What a nice vibrant city that is!

What’s next for HousingAnywhere and yourself?

Well, we recently launched our platform in Peru (Lima, Esan University) as well. So the road is: expanding our platform to more countries and cities!

If you had all the money in the world, would you quit and move to an island or invest it all in your business?

Move to that island and continue the business from there! The nicest thing in this digital world is that companies are not limited to operating in one specific place.

Brazil’s Got Talent! Interview with André Vasco

By: Triptrotting Team

Triptrotting is making a connection with people all over the world.  We caught up with another one of our Ultimate Triptrotter contest judges, MTV VJ, Host of Brazil’s Got Talent, André Vasco, to get an exclusive interview of what traveling and culture means to him.  Don’t worry, we also got him to tell us what he is looking for in the Ultimate Triptrotter!

What’s your background?

I graduated with a marketing degree and have worked in an advertising agency, done video producing and worked at Nestlé. I played the violin in a youth orchestra and I have been a VJ at MTV Brazil with experiences in front and behind the camera.

What is your job and what do you like about it?

Currently, I am the host of a program similar to “America’s Got Talent” in Brazil. I absolutely love what I do. I do a lot of research about other cultures and always try to incorporate it into my work. I enjoy talking with people, teach, entertain, thrill…

How many countries have you been to?

I’ve been in Mexico, Cuba, Panamá and a few times in the United States.  Travel is the best way to experience the real culture. It will change your life!  I think its great what Triptrotting is doing! The world as a whole is borderless and people must unite. As soon as you learn more about other cultures, you’ll realize there’s more to love.

Anyone that inspires you to continue what you do?

My mother. She’s always with me and supports me in my choices and paths.

Any advice for those who want to do what you do?

Believe in yourself.  Battle, fight, and do not give up. Be Rocky Balboa!

Any advice for Triptrotters?

Go see other cultures and be open and willing to learn.  Each culture is individually unique and be accepting of the differences.  That’s how you’ll discover new things.  Your personal growth is super related to your professional life so combining them is the best way.  One will help the other!

So the big question – What are you looking for in the Ultimate Triptrotter?

I’m looking for someone who is eager to connect with others and eager to exchange information and share different knowledge.  It’s what Triptrotting is all about!

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