Hi there,

Thanks a ton for your interest.

After sleepless nights and tons of work later, I’m happy to announce that Altertrips Beta is now Live!

Now Anyone Can Host Experiences

From city tours, to photography classes, baking classes to community plays, package tours to architecture walks, you can now list your experiences, classes and events on Altertrips, for locals and travelers around the world.

For the Beta version, we’re opening up the platform exclusively to only a handful of you. Use the Code to AT6758 to Sign In!


Take A Look At What Some Of Our Hosts Are Working On

CREATE A LISTING TODAY

Altertrips Beta is completely Free. By signing up, you will be getting exclusive access to set up your profile, your listing details, your prices and schedules.

You will also be able to send in your reviews, report bugs, if any, and suggest changes and features that you think may make the platform better.

If you want real-time assistance in setting up your business listings, just reply to this email, and I’ll be in touch to help you get started!

Amrita
Founder, Altertrips

Our FAQs include answers to your most important questions.

Altertrips Pvt. Ltd.

London SE1 2GA Kolkata 700 107

How to host an experience with Altertrips?

You can list with Altertrips in 4 simple steps.

Step 1

Decide on what you want to host or what you’re good at.

You could be an excellent baker in New York or a photographer in Prague looking to meet new travellers and interested in showing them around your beloved city. You could be a ballet dancer in London looking to find students or an expert cook who wants to host supper clubs in Mumbai.

If you’re looking for ideas, feel free to take a look at our full list.

All activities can be categorised in three types:

Events

Classes

Tours

Step 2

Sign Up with an Invite Code that we can send you! And it will take you through a few steps to help you create a listing.

You could be an excellent baker in New York or a photographer in Prague looking to meet new travellers and interested in showing them around your beloved city. You could be a ballet dancer in London looking to find students or an expert cook who wants to host supper clubs in Mumbai.

You can edit your listing, delete it or create a new one via your Dashboard.

Your Dashboard will be accessible to you after Signing Up. The Dashboard is a like a repository of all your listing, transactions, bookings, payment information, schedules, earnings, and support documents.

Step 3

Once you add a listing, Altertrips reviews and approves it.

We care about all our guest and hosts having a good time, and hence Altertrips uses a vetting system. Every time you add a listing, we are notified. We get in touch with you via email or Skype. Once we are assured that you understand our policies and practices we approve the listing and your listing goes Live, so it is viewable publicly by users around the world.

Step 4

Once your listing goes live, you can start selling tickets! Travelers can then request to book your services from around the world.

Anyone above the age of 18 years can list/host on Altertrips.

As long as you have a valid phone number, a valid email ID and a valid identity proof (preferably a valid Passport or Driver’s License issued in the country of residence or National Identity Card/Number), signing up to host an event, class or tour is easy-peasy!

Pricing your services can be a bit tricky. A lot depends on the market, the country or city your service is based in, and the trends that are popular. We’re working hard to provide you with a tool that’ll be able to suggest how much you should charge for a listing. But till then, here are a few tips to determine how much you should be earning:

  • Make a note of how much money and resources you’d be spending to host an event, class or tour. Consider amenities you’d be providing for your guests. Then add the kind of profit you’d want to make off a listing.
  • Consider the city in which you’d be providing your services. Touristy cities like New York, Delhi or London will have a higher price range than that of off-beat places like Denver, Kovalam or Dorchester.
  • Also keep in mind the risk factors that your listing may include. A sky-diving instructor will ideally chargehigher than a bakery class instructor.

In case of any help, the Altertrips Team is always there to help you out. We’ve done our market research and will be glad to help you set your prices. Just contact us at hello@altertrips.com.

The base price you want to earn from a listing will always be your choice. It will include the following:

  • Price per head for a tour/event/class (this will include all amenities and tour extras).
  • Price per night for a homestay/office space/studio (this will include all amenities and cleaning fees).

The costs that are determined by Altertrips include:

  • Internet Handling Fees (IHF) which ensures smooth running of the platform.
  • Service Tax over IHF which is necessary as per Government Policies in India.

Other factors that may affect the final cost of the reservation:

  • Currency exchange fee.
  • Value Added Tax (VAT) is the tax charged to guests who live in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, South Africa, and Japan (charged as JCT)
  • Local taxes, that may be charged based on the location of the listing.
  • Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking Charges as per the card companies.

Altertrips charges a flat IHF of $0.75 USD per confirmed reservation. This amount is fixed and does not depend on your base price.

Here’s an idea of how Altertrips charges:

Listing : Walking Tour in New York
MaxNo. of Guests : 10
Base Price Per Head : $20 USD
Hence, Host earns : 10X20 = $200 USD
Each Guest pays Ticket Price IHF : $0.75 USD
Service Tax (15%) : $0.11 USD
Credit Card Charges (3.5%) : $0.73 USD
Total Amount Paid by Guest : $22 USD (Rounded off)

Altertrips relies on Payment-on-Demand systems; which means you only get paid after successfully completing an experience.

If you’re residing outside India, then you can use your Paypal account to get paid. If you have an Indian bank account, then Paypal and/or direct bank NEFT transfers can be used.

Your base price for a reservation is released 2-3 business days after your event/class/tour is completed. Your bank or Paypal account policies, may take a few more days to make that payment available to you. This timeline will differ from bank to bank and from country to country.

Any listing that is approved and Live has two parts:

  • The Profile
  • The Dashboard

The Profile

The profile is what users/guests see when they surf their choices.

Your profile will include

  • Your profile picture – that can easily be your photo or a logo.
  • Your badges and certifications from websites like TripAdvisor, Yelp, etc.
  • Like and Share Buttons for Social Media and a Bookmark button. This will help you and users share your listing. This obviously helps with exposure and content-generation. This also helps us promote your listing on Social Media platforms. With the Bookmark button, users will be able to bookmark you for future reference. This is a great tool to generate leads for sales and will help you understand who your target users are.
  • Featured photos/posters, fun photos of your classes, creations, tours, events or properties.A catchy Title and Description for every listing – this will show up in all Search Results and helps users understand what they’re getting.
  • An Amenities List and a list of House Rules/Requirements – that will tell users what they’re spending their money on.
  • Reviews and ratings that users generate against your listing and services.
  • Your calendar and subsequent pricing – this is the booking system that helps users make a reservation.
  • A Map showing your general location. We only reveal your exact addresses after a reservation has been confirmed.

The Dashboard

  • Booking and Transaction History – that reveals existing and previous bookings, confirmed and cancelled bookings as well. This also reflects all your payment history.
  • Editing Options – you will be able to edit and manage all your listing through the Dashboard.
  • Payment Preferences – you will be able to manage your bank accounts, cards and payment preferences through the Dashboard.

This is where it gets interesting! We’re working on building an inherent API that you can use to install the booking engine on your blog or website. Travellers and locals can find you and book your services directly from your blog/website. This ensures that you receive maximum exposure and also prevents overbooking of your calendar.

TOURS

ADVENTURE SPORTS

  • Bungee Jumping
  • Deep Sea Diving
  • Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Skiing
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkelling
  • Trekking
  • Water Sports
  • Zip Lining

CITY TOURS

  • Bike Tours
  • Scooter Tours
  • Segway Tours
  • Walking Tours

FOOD and PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Brewery Tours
  • Chocolate and Pattisserie Tours
  • Food Tours
  • Photography Walks

HISTORY and CULTURE

  • Charity and Social Tours
  • Educational Tours for Children
  • Festival Tours
  • Homecooked Dinner Parties
  • Market and Shopping Tours
  • Museum and Landmarks Tours
  • Religious Landmark Tours
  • Traditional Dance and Music Shows

CLASSES

ACADEMIC

  • Commerce Tuitions
  • Humanites Tuitions
  • Science Tuitions

FOOD and PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Cooking & Baking Classes
  • Photography Classes

HEALTH & ACTIVITIES

  • Aerobics
  • Martial Arts
  • Pilates
  • Swimming
  • Yoga & Meditation
  • Zumba

MUSIC & DANCE

  • Dance Sessions
  • Musical Instrument Sessions

EVENTS

ART

  • Art Exhibitions

FILM & THEATRE

  • Film Festivals
  • Plays & Skits

FOOD & PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Cooking Demos
  • Food Festivals
  • Photography Exhibitions

MUSIC & DANCE

  • Carnival & Variety Shows
  • Dance Festivals
  • Dance Performaces
  • Music Festivals
  • Rock Concerts

Tell me about Closed Betas and Free Trials.

Closed Beta

In order to ensure a platform that is useful and valuable to hosts looking to make an earning, Altertrips is currently holding trials in Closed Beta. This essentially means we want our hosts to dictate what they find useful and what they don’t. We want our hosts to try out the platform and express their opinions on it and suggest changes so we can fine tune the experience for them.

Anyone looking to become a host, looking to monetize their expertise, set up a side business or build a solid business oriented around “Activities”, are welcome to use the platform in Closed Beta. All you have to do is request an Invite Code.

Once you get your Code, you can sign-up with it and add your listing. We would be glad to provide real-time help with the sign-up process, if you want! Just let us know at hello@altertrips.com.

The Closed Beta will last a month after you set up your listing/s. It will end when Altertrips launches to the public.

Free Trial

When Altertripshas launched to the public, locals and travellers will start buying tickets. For a 90-day period, the full amount paid by every guest (including IHF and additional charges), will go to the host. Altertrips will not charge anything.

Free Trials will last for a period of 90-days after which, Altertrips will start retaining all IHF’s as per Pricing Schedule mentioned above.

Hi there,

Thanks a ton for your interest.

After sleepless nights and tons of work later, I’m happy to announce that Altertrips Beta is now Live!

Now Anyone Can Host Experiences

From city tours, to photography classes, baking classes to community plays, package tours to architecture walks, you can now list your experiences, classes and events on Altertrips, for locals and travelers around the world.

For the Beta version, we’re opening up the platform exclusively to only a handful of you. Use the Code to AT6758 to Sign In!


Take A Look At What Some Of Our Hosts Are Working On


Altertrips Beta is completely Free. By signing up, you will be getting exclusive access to set up your profile, your listing details, your prices and schedules.

You will also be able to send in your reviews, report bugs, if any, and suggest changes and features that you think may make the platform better.

If you want real-time assistance in setting up your business listings, just reply to this email, and I’ll be in touch to help you get started!

Amrita
Founder, Altertrips

Our FAQs include answers to your most important questions.

Altertrips Pvt. Ltd.

London SE1 2GA Kolkata 700 107