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Floating market tour in Bangkok with Local Guddy

Visiting a floating market is pretty much compulsory on a trip to Bangkok. These weekend markets include lots of good food, shopping, and the interesting sights of people cooking and selling food from boats. Most floating markets also offer the chance to take a longboat trip along the canals. It’s a great place to enjoy […]

A day at the lotus pond with TakeMeTour

A visit to a lotus farming pond is probably not at the top of most people’s aspirational Bangkok experiences. But while browsing through the TakeMeTour peer-to-peer experiences I found several that seemed really unique. I almost signed up for a Muay Thai experience, but then decided that it was likely without AC and I might […]

Peer to Peer Travel News August and September 2017

These days new sharing economy travel companies launch every week, and I sometimes discover established businesses that I had missed. All of these get added to my spreadsheet of sharing economy travel services. Here’s the summary for August and September (slow months), along with interesting news about existing companies.

Free city tours during your layover at Doha airport

Qatar Airways and the Qatar Tourism Authority offer free tours of Doha for people with a long layover at the Doha airport. This is definitely not a peer-to-peer tour. But my post about free tours from the Narita airport is quite popular, so I think people appreciate information on free tours. Obviously the tour is […]

Peer to peer home cooked meal in Manila

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 […]

Peer to Peer Tours: More Companies Invest

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.

Buddhist Temple Tour with a Female Priest

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 […]

Tea Ceremony in Osaka

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 […]

Peer to Peer Adventure Gear 2016 Obituaries

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 […]

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