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How to use the platform

Here, you'll find explanations on how La Voyageuse works. If you have specific questions, you'll find your answers in the FAQ.

A) On the registration page, you can start by simply entering your email address and validating it to browse our network.

B) Once your email is confirmed, you’ll be asked to upload your ID card and a profile picture so that you can start using the website.

C) As a part of our profile verification process, you will only be able to change these every three months. Once your personal infomation is checked and validated, you’ll receive an email confirming your registration as a member.

You are now a validated member. You can complete your registration by becoming a host or/ and a traveler. If you haven't yet, don't forget to read about "How it works"!

● Becoming a host:

You'll be asked to set up your atmosphere, by adding pictures, your personal preferences and completing your bio.

Once your profile is complete, our team will contact your by phone.

Your profile becomes visible to others once you are validated.

● Becoming a traveler:

Make sure there are hosts in the area you wish to visit.

To contact hosts and to prepare your solo trip, you must subscribe to a annual subscription of 119€. Accommodations will then be free and accommodation requets will be unlimited. This subscription fee is necessary as it is entirely used to cover maintenance and improvements on the platform as well as our security team which ensures that our community is reliable.

YOUR security is OUR priority!

● You're going on a solo trip! Take the time to browse through hosts profiles in your chosen destination and find the one(s) you want to meet. Message them through the platform, introduce yourself, talk about your trips, your wishes, ask them if they could host you for a few nights...and wait for the answer!

Tips:

Complete your profile thoughtfully. By reading your profile, hosts will start to get to know you. Why not write an article and share your previous travel adventures on our blog?

Tailor your requests. Avoid copy/paste message. Instead, tell your host why you want to meet her. Our hosts are not hotel service providers. Instead, they are generous, supportive and welcoming women who look for authentic friendships with you!

● Dear host, you just received a request!

You can consult this traveler's profile, read her previous comments, read her articles, ask her a few questions and accept her request.

Please note that by answering her, your email address will be visible to her.

● Both of you decided to meet?

Great! You're going to have a wonderful time. You can now "announce the trip" by clicking on the corresponding button on your profile. This will automatically start the contineous verification process.

Don't forget to leave a comment on your new friend's profile. Other members will feel more at ease when they contact her!

If you decided to "announce the trip", you're going to receive an email allowing you to send an alert and report a user in case of a problem. Should this rare situation occur, our security team will handle it immediately and open an investigation which could lead to the exclusion of the reported user. Every member planning on meeting her will be notified right away (hence the importance of announcing the trip).

You will be able to tell the community all about your adventures and your passions on the blog. Your articles may be shared on our social media and translated in others languages, with your permission. It will also help you gain more trust from other members, and inspire them to meet you!

FAQ

WE ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS!

You can become a host at La Voyageuse if you are a woman and if you plan to host at least one solo female traveler each year. Usually, a duration of a solo female traveler’s trip is several nights. However, it is totally up to you to accept or refuse a request should you not be available during her travel period. You can also propose to host for less nights as requested (or one night only), or on other dates which suit you better. As a hostess, you have the flexibility to decide when and who you want to host.

As a hostess at La Voyageuse, a trusted community that promotes authentic and cultural exchange values, your engagement is to be welcoming and open-minded. Making your guest feel like home is totally rewarding as you make her solo travel experience an unforgettable one! The authenticity of your relationship is based on a free of charge hosting. You cannot ask for money in return.

Your reliability. If you promised to receive a traveler, don't bail on her! Of course, something unexpected can always come up. In this situation, contact your guest quickly and if you can, offer her another solution (maybe one of your friend can host her if needed?).

First of all, because it’s fun! You will learn about another culture, better yet, you will share your culture with your guest, so she will go back to her country to tell stories about what an amazing person you are! You will host a woman who can inspire you with her stories, she might be someone extraordinary, she might change the way you see the world, she might even become your friend for the rest of your life!

Second of all, because they need you! Concerns regarding security is the top reason that stops women from traveling alone. By offering her a safe place to stay, you help a woman realize her dream.

Third of all, because you believe in gender equality! Why women should be a stay at home moms? Why women should be seen as the weaker gender? By hosting a female traveler, you help by supporting the idea that women are just as courageous and as adventurous, as men can be.

Sure you can, as long as you are present in the house to welcome her as a hostess. You are the one who is responsible of her comfort in your place! The idea is that a female traveler will feel more reassured and at ease with the presence of another woman. If, under any unexpected event where you cannot be present at her arrival, let your guest know in advance so she will not be surprised.

Of course not (unless you want to)! It is already really generous of you to host her! Your guest does not expect anything else but your warm welcoming. That being said, if you want to cook her a nice local meal that you are proud of, or drive her around to show her your city/ town, I’m sure your guest will be more than grateful to your generosity!

Yes, you can totally host! Based on the experience of many hosts and solo female travelers that we know of, language barrier is NOT an issue.We have hundreds of testimonials of amazing meetings between people who don’t speak the same language at all. You’ll see that sometimes, a look, a smile, paying kind attention say a lot more than any spoken words. Moreover, when a woman decides to travel solo, she is prepared to be autonomous. Chances are - she may have picked up some useful phrases in your language upon her arrival! If not, she surely will find a way to communicate with you (by Google Translate, doodling, or simple body gestures)!

Absolutely not, as long as you are there to welcome her. She will be autonomous during her trip. The fact that she stays with a trusted local host like you reassures her, as you are her point of contact. It’s recommended to inform your guest before her arrival that you won’t have a lot of time for her as you are very busy, but you will be very happy to help her out whenever she needs. Furthermore, when you sign up to become a host, you can already select the dates when you can host on the calendar to personalize your availability.

See previous question. You don’t need to be present all the time while hosting your guest! Your guest will be autonomous during her trip. The fact that she stays with a trusted local host like you reassures her, as you are her point of contact. If you need to leave her alone with other people when you’re not available, you simply need to let your guest know in advance and arrange with her.

We are working on a reward program for our hostesses. The more you host travelers, the more you will gain points. When you reach certain points, you will benefit a reduction of the subscriptions if you want to use it as a solo traveler yourself.

Our profile verification process is dual: initial with a full process of verifications, as well as continuous verification. Therefore, we have a quality safety team that is constantly working to monitor, ensure the safety of all travelers, and resolve the problems promptly (host absent..etc.), as well as a team of developers to ensure the maintenance and improvement of the site. This represents an operating cost proportional to the number of users and therefore it cannot be free.

You do not pay for accommodation. You pay for the profile verification system, which is also what differentiates us from all other homestay accommodation platforms.

Our hostesses around the world are trusted women who provide you a safe a safe place in her home not for the purpose of earning money.They are simply warm and generous people who genuinely want to make sure you feel safe in her home and to welcome you as a friend in her country. We encourage you to show your respect, communicate with your hostess, try to get to know her better. More importantly, do not consider the accommodation as a way to not pay for a hotel. Instead, consider it as a way to gain an authentic meeting experience.

Why not learn some useful phrases in her mother tongue or bring her some souvenirs from your country? Why not surprise her by cooking her a meal? You have some know-how in: music, yoga, aromatherapy…? Show her what you know!

At La Voyageuse, we encourage humain interaction and cultural exchanges. We want our members to share the same values and go beyond a simple host/traveler relationship: we wish to create bonds.

You do not pay for accommodation. You pay for the profile verification system. Your security is our top priority and that is why we implement a rigorous profile verification process. We verify each profile of our hosts and we have a dedicated team to carry it out. The process of verification is a continuous work, which is proportional to the number of users, therefore it is much time and money. Website maintenance, website improvement and your data protection also require substantial costs.

- 1. Feel safe - With La Voyageuse, you are never really alone since you will meet lots of amazing, trustworthy women who will be happy to welcome you into their homes as a friend. You will therefore be better informed about your destination, the local culture and places to avoid. We integrate an unique system of profile verification and monitoring to guarantee a caring community spirit based on mutual help. - 2. Meet real people, have authentic experiences - Accommodations on La Voyageuse are free. You will therefore not be considered as a customer by our hostesses, you will be welcomed by generous women who simply want to encourage the globetrotters/ adventurists, and to meet these inspiring people (you!). - "3. Help make the world a better place - The subscription fee is used to finance our system of profile verification and monitoring, as well as to ensure our platform function properly. However, know that at La Voyageuse, half of our profits will be used to organize actions for supporting women's rights around the world. The remaining half will be used for improvements of our service.

Our hostesses are all trustworthy women: when they confirm a request, they normally will not cancel it. However, in case of an unexpected event (which could happen), the hostess may have to cancel her confirmation before or upon your arrival. Therefore, we advise you to always have a backup plan. In case of last minute cancellation, please report to us about your situation and our team will assist you in finding a safe solution.

Of course! We are glad you asked! Our vision at La Voyageuse is to create a global trusted platform that connects solo female travelers with hostesses. Therefore, we need YOU to help the community grow! You will certainly meet many hostesses who will show their generosity that will inspire you to become a hostess yourself and pay it forward to our community!

Our profile verification process is innovative because it’s hybrid - both manual and automated with an initial full process of verifications, as well as continuous verification.

● Initial Profile Verification Process:

Step 1: You will be asked to scan a profile picture as well as an ID card and upload it on the website. For verification to succeed, the name displayed on your ID must match the infos you provided in your profile.

Step 2: Phone interview

Our team will contact you by phone. The purpose of the call is to ensure the provided information (including personal contact information and profile details) is authentic. This also helps us understand better new members’ motivations and expectations in order to screen out those who are not appropriate for such service. If you cannot complete the full verification process at once, your profiles will be marked with the actual stage you are at. You cannot host any travelers until your profile is fully verified. Last but not least, we encourage face-to-face meetings between our members and our ambassadors by participating at local events to create an real-life interaction with other trusted members!"

● Continuous Verification Process:

1. We will carry out continuous profile verification process on each member. Including the recent login activity for your account to verify that login attempts were made by you. In addition, we will send you an e-mail each time there is a suspicious attempt to sign into your account. Our team will assist you in that case.

2. If you host or are hosted by a member of La Voyageuse, you can choose to "announce the trip". You will receive after that an email with the opportunity to send a report. If you encounter a problem, we will receive the alert immediately, and react as fast as possible.

Our security team works hard to monitor the website, insure the safety of all our members and handle any problems quickly.

You cannot contact hosts if your profile isn't validated and if you haven't paid the subscription.

You can delete your account at any time. Please note that if you change your mind, you will not be able to recover it. If you wish to re-create a new account after deleting your current one, you will have to go through our verification system as a new member. If you still wish to do so, you will find the option ‘delete your account’ in Settings on your profile.

You can contact the technical services at hello@la-voyageuse.com Response time to some questions cannot be guaranteed, however our team will try to reply within 48 hours. If you are a host, or travelling in France, a direct phone number will be given to you.

There are plenty of websites offering individual accommodations. However, we can still hear stories from female travelers complaining about her bad experience with her hosts, mostly related to her personal safety. It’s the fact that solo female travelers are more easily exposed to personal security issue when compared with male counterparts. We want to change that by simply providing an alternative option – a homesharing service that is SAFE and reserved for WOMEN only. Beyond women solidarity, it is about gender equality. Think about it, your daughter, or any woman you care about, wants to explore the world alone, and now she has a choice to be hosted by trusted women? Wouldn’t you feel less worried? It’s a project dedicated to solo female travelers, yet it’s for EVERYONE!

If La Voyageuse is only for women, it's not because we don’t like men, nor are we trying to separate the world into two. No, not at all. We all have had good and bad experiences during our travel with people, men and women.

Here's why:

1. There are already a lot of choices when it comes to individual accommodation platform dedicated to men and women, yet, none of these are dedicated for women only. That’s why La Voyageuse is created to offer an alternative choice for women who wish to be hosted by women only, and it’s for everyone who believes in the need of a safer environment for women.

2. We want to encourage more women to travel solo. We think that as long as you are cautious, being female shouldn’t stop you from seeing any country in the world. We’ve heard of lots of stories of women who have backpacked through India, hitchhiked around Afghanistan and explored other places alone where women aren’t treated like equals, and/ or often sexually harassed. However, the harsh truth is that, we have to acknowledge that travel works differently for women. Women have to deal with sexual harassment and personal safety issues much more frequently than men do. Women don’t even have basic human rights in some cultures. Having said that, we are aware that men may have to deal with these issues under certain circumstances. Yet, women are undeniably more easily exposed to these issues than men are.

Yes, certainly. However, you will need to ask your hosts before you make a request to stay with her. As long as she is OK with it, it’s fine with us. However, as a respectful guest, you’re responsible for your kid.

Travelers advices

At La Voyageuse, your safety is our priority. Please read below safety tips carefully before your departure:

We strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover the country (or countries) that you are traveling in.

It’s a good idea to look up visa requirements, as each country varies. Make sure you leave plenty of time before your departure to get a visa sorted out if required.

It’s always a good idea to learn a bit of the local language before you travel there. It’s also the best way to show your respect towards local people.

Having a common sense while traveling is the key. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. Trust your instinct. It’s a good idea always to tell someone you trust (your family or your close friends) where you’re going and what your plans are. We suggest that you send them a copy of your itinerary and local contact number before your departure.

We recommend that you check out whether your phone will work abroad or if you can pick up a cheap local SIM card when you arrive so you will be able to make phone calls or send texts locally.

Before staying with a hostess or arranging to meet other solo female travelers through the Hangout service we recommend that you have plenty of contact with them beforehand to understand each other’s expectations and preferences.

We recommend that you check about necessary vaccinations in the area you are travelling to and ensure that your vaccinations are up-to-date.

In case something doesn’t work out with your hostess because of unexpected circumstances, make sure you have an alternate place to stay. Meanwhile, please report to our Safety Team if such case occurs. Identify the nearest hostel or hotel, or have a backup hostess in place before you go. If possible, research your hostess’s neighborhood prior to arriving. Some of hostesses may offer to pick you up from an airport or a bus/ metro station, but always look up how to get to and from her home on your own in case of change of plan. If you’re heading to an event or joining a Hangout, look up the location prior to attending.

Some host might offer to come pick you up at the airport or the bus/metro station but make sure you know how to go to her house and leave on your own in case of a change of plans. If you're planning to go to a particular event, check the location first. If you rent a car, make sure your license allows you to and be careful on the road: from one country to another, the highway code might be different and you could be surprised with the way people drive.

Be sure you’re aware of cultural and religious differences, sensitivities, and general safety recommendations for each place that you travel. Check government websites for travel advice in different countries and do your own research. We recommend you research things such as attitudes towards women, codes of dress, rules on alcohol etc. That way you might avoid making your first ‘faux-pas’ the moment you step off the plane!

Use only La Voyageuse website to communicate. Confirming trips and keeping all communication on La Voyageuse helps our Safety Team identify issues and react quickly. Never give out your phone number or email address to anyone outside La Voyageuse website until you meet and feel comfortable with them.

Stay alert at all times. Avoid dark alleys when you walk home in the night alone. Do not stay out late at night alone. Do not trust people easily. You can enjoy yourself and have some fun but don’t go over the limit and don’t put your safety and well-being in the hands of others.

Use the reference system to let others on La Voyageuse know about your experiences with the people you meet.

Our Safety Team works continuously to help build the safest and most trusted community possible. Reporting safety concerns to La Voyageuse helps us improve our community’s trust and safety. Confidentially report safety concerns as soon as it occurs and we will investigate and take necessary measures accordingly.

Become an ambassador

Your support gender equality and want to help make the world a better place?

- You are part of an international team

- You have as an objective to share your passion for traveling with our growing community.

- You represent the values of La Voyageuse: mutual help, equality, freedom

- You are responsible for throwing monthly events for the local community

- You keep a register of the hosts you've met, helping us maintain a secure network

- You meet amazing people

- Please note than a lot of men support us and and it's important for them to be included in your events. La Voyageuse might be dedicated to solo female traveler, but it's really for everyone!

● A SOLO TRAVELER You have traveled solo or are planning on traveling solo!

● OUTGOING et WELCOMING You like to meet new people, are comfortable with speaking in public and hosting an event doesn't scare you.

● BILINGUAL You speak fluent English and the local language.

● New friends! You meet tons of people who share the same interests and passions!

● Free Traveler membership (119€ of value) Your profile gets an upgrade and can stay with trusted local women hosts with no limit!

● You help make the world a better place. You support and contribute to support gender equality by bringing people together!