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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. 

Mt. Kenya Trek Demonstrates Value of Peer-to-Peer Market

On my recent trip to Kenya I decided it would be fun to hike up Mt. Kenya. At just under 5000 meters high, Mt. Kenya is almost as high as Kilimanjaro, far less popular, much cheaper to climb, and according to some friends who had done it, more beautiful. Those were all great selling points […]

Peer-to-Peer Tour of Nairobi Slums

Most people don’t put a slum tour on their list of activities to do while on vacation. But part of the value of peer-to-peer tour platforms is the creativity it offers people who can craft their own unique offerings. And I am always interested in seeing local life in the places I visit, so the Kibera slum tour […]

Sharing Economy Travel Businesses in Africa

On my recent trip to Kenya I spent some time searching around for peer-to-peer travel services that I might take advantage of in the region. One of my favorite activities companies, I Like Local, has a solid presence in Kenya. They offer some very interesting activities both in Nairobi and in the countryside, and it’s […]

AirBnb buys Peer-to-Peer tour company Trip4Real

Over the past few years AirBnb has been slowly moving into the peer-to-peer tours and activities space, allowing select members to offer tours that are offered to people when they book a place to stay with AirBnb. This is a logical extension of AirBnb’s peer to peer rental lodging business. People making bookings with AirBnb are mostly tourists, […]

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