A new Japanese law enacted this summer required Airbnb hosts to register and display a license. To comply with the law Airbnb was forced to cancel a lot of bookings at the last minute. This was some very bad press for peer to peer travel services in Japan. And a surprising number of sharing economy […]
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I love the idea of tours by local non-professional guides. People who just offer to take visitors out to see some of their favorite sights. There are a growing number companies offering peer-to-peer tours. But there is a big challenge: How to ensure the tours and experiences offered are of good quality. I wrote about […]
Share A Room is a new company offering a novel twist on finding travel buddies. Think of it as a dating app for finding travel partners, where matches are found based on desired travel dates. Once you find a match you can chat within the app to make sure you’ll be a good fit. And […]
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 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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]