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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 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 […]

Taiwan Peer to Peer Activities

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 […]

Airbnb Announces “Trips”

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. 

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