Urbanpod, Zostel, Backpacker Panda and other hotel-booking apps could help travelers budget their road trips while connecting them to other travelers.
Are you low on budget, but still want to travel? Hotel-booking apps such as Urbanpod, Zostel, and Backpacker Panda could help you with budget road trips while helping you connect with fellow travelers. For instance, Urbanpod, India’s first capsule hotel, provides stay at a starting cost of ₹990 (about US$15). “Accommodation cost varies between Rs990 (about US$15) to Rs2,500 (about US$37) a night for a person, depending on the categories of the pod. Single pod, which is for one person, is for Rs990(about US$15). The cost for double occupancy is Rs2,500 (about US$37),” said Hiren Gandhi, co-founder, Urbanpod.
The company currently operates only in Mumbai with 140 pods. “We plan to expand to cities such as Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. We are looking to reach pilgrimage sites and railway stations,” said Gandhi. Gandhi said small businessmen, entry level management professionals, backpackers and solo travelers opt for their services. What do you get? The space you get is between 90 sq.ft. and 150 sq.ft., with basic amenities such as WiFi, breakfast, and washroom.
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