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Andrew is on the road a lot. A lot a lot. Here, he shares his list of must-have travel items.

1 + 2 : A universal power adapter by Swiss company, Skross, and passport with extra pages and an unmarked electronic-shielded passport cover by Mori Luggage ensures Bate is ready to travel beyond U.S. borders on short notice.

3 + 4 : The electric toothbrush with USB adapter by Phillips and hair pomade is Bate’s secret to a quick transition from weary traveler to meeting-ready CEO after a quick SkyClub visit.

5 + 6 : Bose noise cancelling headphones and a Kindle help make bi-coastal and interna...

It’s good to share – or is it? The sharing economy is tipped to triple in size, with some sources predicting revenues will reach US$20 billion globally by 2020. Robin Gauldie, writing for the International Travel and Health Insurance Journal, finds out how the insurance industry might adapt to best protect those booking travel and accommodation via these increasingly popular channels.

Read the article in its entirety here
and find out what Andrew had to say below about the fact that more insurers are beginning to offer products that are specifically designed for both sides of the sharing...

You scoured vacation rental sites and reviews for weeks to find the right place for your upcoming getaway. The home listing said it’s “steps from the beach” and the rooms looked spacious and clean. You’ve paid in full and are ready to start relaxing only to arrive at the property to find a completely different image than the photos you’ve been gazing at for weeks. It’s not steps from the beach; it’s more like miles. And two of the rooms are more like closets. Now what?


In 2013, Phocuswright reported that Americans spent $23 billion on vacation rentals in 2012. Though the boom in the vaca...

VIX Verify, a global consumer on-boarding and identity verification solutions company, announces its selection of Atlanta’s Transaction Alley as the home for its “Americas” headquarters.

"VIX Verify data sources have global reach, and they possess a deep level of global knowledge regarding consumer identity verification, compliance regulations, and data privacy," said Andrew Bate, CEO of SafelyStay. SafelyStay adds trust and safety to the peer-to-peer sharing economy company beginning with the vacation rental industry. “It is critical that we validate guests to ensure host trustworthiness...

It's great to be in such great company. Thanks Business Insider for including us among your list of coolest new businesses in Atlanta.

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It's vacation rental horror story season.

It's the time of year when everyone loves to complain about that overpriced home that ended up being a dump, or the greedy landlord who pocketed their deposit — or worse, a completely fraudulent listing, where they wired money to a fake "owner."

This January is no different.

I've heard from people like Paulina Witkowski, a physical therapist assistant from Redmond, Wash., who paid $5,100 to rent a home in Costa Rica through, a rental website. It fell dramatically short of its billing, featuring a broken air conditioner, a busted dryer an...

“Let’s stop thinking about it as ‘vacation rental’ and ‘hotel;’ now, it’s ‘lodging,’” says Andrew Bate, founder of SafelyStay. “We’re unlocking this inventory that previously has been available but in a very difficult way; and it becomes instantly bookable and about as safe as a hotel,” he said. “And now all the big travel players are getting excited about that.”

Read more of Andrew's take on the emerging travel startup market in the June 2014 Venture Atlanta.

FORT LAUDERDALE — SafelyStay won the $250,000 General Catalyst Award for Travel Innovation at PhoCusWright’s Travel Innovation Summit, held earlier this week.

SafelyStay powers vacation rental reservations for online travel agencies, vacation rental marketplaces and property managers.

Mygola Inc., which collects travel itineraries from sources ranging from the New York Times to Frommer’s and makes them customizable, won the Brand USA Award for Travel Marketing Innovation. 

Peek Inc., a distribution company targeting activities operators, won the 2013 Travel Innovation Summit People’s Ch...