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Your Local Cousin: Getting Advice from a Local for a Trip to Santiago

Last year I wrote about Your Local Cousin, a website devoted to helping travelers get custom advice from locals. Since that report the website was relaunched, new features added, and new locals engaged. So I decided it was time to try it out again when I booked a trip to Santiago for a week. I’d be […]

Free Tours of Narita for your Tokyo Airport Entertainment

Following up on my fabulous 9 hour overnight layover in Tokyo at the start of a recent trip, I had another long layover on my return trip, this time landing and departing from Narita airport. The city of Narita is funding free transit tours for people with some time to kill at the airport. I didn’t want […]

Peer to Peer Tours go Mainstream with Airlines Jumping Onboard

Since I wrote my overview of peer-to-peer tours and activities back in 2014 I’ve seen a tremendous growth in this area of the travel industry. In my spreadsheet I have 71 companies listed, and I learn about new ones all the time. For the most part the business model involves locals creating listings on a website […]

Trip4real Barcelona: Peer-to-Peer Tour of Gracia Bars

While in Barcelona an American friend and I spent an evening with a Barcelona native, Julia, enjoying a trip4real tour of the Gracia district’s tapas bars. This neighborhood is popular with locals but not (yet) very much seen by tourists. In fact on my 10 day visit to this city last year I never ventured […]

Interview with Trip4real CEO Gloria Molins

While on a visit to Barcelona in December I had the chance to meet up with Gloria Molins, founder of trip4real, and learn about her vision for a business that connects travelers with locals for authentic and meaningful experiences. Just three years old, this company has emerged as the second largest in the space, with more than 5000 […]

Peer to Peer Travel Advice and Tours

Back in July I interviewed Your Local Cousin about their service providing local advice to travelers. I’ve recently run across some other similar trip planning, travel advice and peer to peer tour services. As always, you can find these and many other similar businesses in my spreadsheet of sharing economy travel services. 

Ventoura Travel App Fails to Deliver

I recently wrote about Ventoura, a travel app that I described as Tinder for Travel. In my interview the CEO of Ventoura, Raymond Siems explained their business model: “The goal is for Ventoura to be a one-stop social hub for travelling. If you want to meet a local and unlock the secrets of your destination, or, if you […]

Sharing Economy Travel Companions Updates

In June I wrote about finding travel buddies using the websites and mobile apps that help connect travelers with each other. Below are some newcomers to this space. Innovation seems to be focused on mobile apps, which makes sense for travelers. But as with many other peer to peer travel businesses, number of users is tremendously important. […]

Your Local Cousin: Insider Tips for Travelers

Your Local Cousin is a new website devoted to connecting travelers with locals for insider tips about their destinations. I was in the process of setting up an interview with Aarti Kanodia, one of the founders, when I decided to test out the site for help planning a trip to Tucson. Knowing they just launched in 2015 I […]

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