Victoria O’Connell launched the Austin, Texas-based company after a bad experience renting out a home in London, which was burglarized and destroyed by a group of men that booked her home on a home-rental site.
“I felt that I would never be comfortable renting out my home again, and I wanted to figure out a way to change that and feel safe again," O’Connell said. "I travel frequently and also stay in vacation rentals often, so I had to find a way to get back to it."
The rental platform is invite-only and aims to build a community of women. Each member is given five invites to send to other women. But if women want to join and don't have a referral code, they can fill in an online form to be vetted.
According to the website, "As a private club, Golightly carefully vets each member and property listing. Our goal is to provide a safer and more secure travel experience. Listings and member profiles are only available within the Golightly network to protect the privacy of our community."
It costs $100 for a lifetime membership, though that fee is being waived through the end of February as the platform aims to grow its membership and add more properties. There's a 10% transaction fee for guests and a 5% fee for hosts on bookings.
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