We are a dedicated group of people passionate about travel, putting our talents into motion to make this network's voyage possible. We come from many cultural, educational and economic backgrounds, whose common love is travel, and understand what "paying it forward” means. We have been blessed by incredible karma that is passed along, person to person, on our voyages and we want to share it with others through Xenia.
Traveling is exciting when there are people along the way who wish to meet you, may offer a place to rest, recommend unique places to explore, host a meeting in the place you are staying or even join you for part of your voyage. We desire to link all who share the vision of making the world a friendlier place by enabling them to connect along the way.
We know that there are multitudes of web sites and apps for travelers, and hope that this will be the one you come to use as your main resource.
Xenia Travel started in Miami, when Milton Miller, the founder of Xenia, started asking some of his friends for help to start a new social network for travelers. Most of the people involved were seasoned travelers with a lot of experience using AirBnB, Couchsurfing, Internations, and other networks. With every network they felt something fundamental was being lost: The personal connection between people. In addition to that there were other problems, more visible, like the loss of privacy, lack of safety standards, lack of transparency, and incoherent business models.
The travel network companies, you know who they are, had reverted to treating us as commodities. They somehow mistook people signing up to use their services as a welcome invitation to target, track, spy, and sell our information to advertisers and the government. Also, some networks started as an alternative to the traditional tourism industry, and gradually they began to behave exactly like the tourism industry.
In 2015 Milton began designing and building a new network which doesn't exclude members that may be great hosts and guests just because they can't pay some membership. In the west we are used to the idea of paying US$ 20 or more just to be a member of anything, but for someone in a remote place, in a poorer country, that money may be a deal breaker. Yet, that same person may be a great host, a great guest, and a great friend. Everything we do to include some people also works to exclude others. Perfect mechanism, but used incorrectly you end up excluding exactly the people you should be connecting to.
This dream became a project and a web site was designed and built. Other partners joined in, some with substantial investment. Many volunteers helped. Then in 2018 in a meeting with Björn Englund, one of the main investors in the project and current chairman of our company, they reached the conclusion that although the project is great and the business model is viable, there was something missing: An app. Since then the entire project has been renamed from "Voyagers World" to "Xenia" and the effort turned into building the mobile apps for iOS and Android.
While the Covid pandemic slowed down most businesses and disrupted most projects, in our case it served as a time of intense work to finish up the features of the app, fine-tune some of the finer features, test the app with the help of our test users, and deploy to the Apple Store and Google Play Store.
Xenia is the result of years of determined efforts, research, and development to provide people around the world with a modern and advanced travel network based on personal connection, hospitality, and mutual help. We strive to make our core values clear and present in every decision and in every resource we make available to you.
We hope you will enjoy your travels with Xenia.
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