In August I spent some time in the Philippines. One thing that kept me from visiting this country sooner was the food. I’ve never really liked Filipino food. At least not the stuff I’ve had in the U.S. I find it overly greasy and too meat-focused. And without interesting spices. But I want to be […]
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There is a growing interest in tours and experiences from travel booking services. This is a logical extension from booking transportation and lodging. And in some cases companies are adding peer to peer services. At the same time, new sharing economy tours and activities companies are popping up all around the world.
In Tokyo I visited a buddhist temple through Experience+, a peer to peer tour network. The female priest running the temple served as our host. This tour was a very memorable experience and a highlight of my Tokyo visit. The experience included walking meditation, taiko drumming, and Japanese calligraphy. But for me, spending time chatting with a buddhist priest was […]
On my recent trip to Japan I spent a lot of time researching and planning activities (mostly meals, interspersed with sightseeing) in the south of the country. So by the time we got to Osaka I was ready to let someone else take over. I started looking online for tours. There aren’t many peer to peer tours in […]
I’m taking a break from travel right now after a very busy 2016. I do have a few weekend trips planned for this winter, but mostly not involving home exchanges or other peer-to-peer services since I’m just visiting family and friends. This might make for slightly less exciting posts if you’re reading this site for the reviews […]
Generally I post a monthly review of new peer-to-peer travel businesses, but starting fresh in 2017 I decided to clean up my database on these businesses and remove any that have stopped providing services. In the area of Food and Fun (tours, meals, and meetups with other travelers or locals) I saw 14 new companies come […]
On a recent trip to Taipei, which for me is largely about eating delicious foods, I scheduled a food tour with the peer to peer activities network Triip. After my research into sharing economy activities in Taiwan I was excited to find that Triip has a few offerings that are free! I selected a tour of the […]
Preparing for a short trip to Taiwan I did some research on potential peer-to-peer tours and activities, with a focus on food options because this is one of my favorite countries for delicious eating. I came up with a number of services that do have some good choices in Taipei and the surrounding area, though […]
At their annual Airbnb Open conference in Los Angeles last week Airbnb announced the official launch of a tours and activities product, Trips. These trips are peer-to-peer activities, mostly offered by existing Airbnb hosts. Some are individual activities while others are multi-day experiences.