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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. 

Home Cooked Indian Food in Sweden?

A big part of the fun of travel for me is trying out local foods. I don’t need fancy meals, in fact I’m just as happy with street food as I am with a sit down restaurant. I just want to sample interesting local cuisine. So when I was approached by the folks at BonAppetour to try […]

BonAppetour Interview: Dining with Locals Through the Sharing Economy

BonAppetour is a peer to peer meal sharing service founded in 2013 that facilitates in-home food experiences for travelers. Locals can make some extra money offering home cooked meals, introducing travelers to specialties from their culture. I have written a lot about peer to peer meal sharing and sharing economy food services, and I like BonAppetour for […]

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 […]

Ventoura Introduces Tinder for Travel

In a recent interview Raymond Siems, CEO of Ventoura, talked with me about his company’s take on connecting travelers with each other and also with local guides. Ventoura’s peer to peer activities complement traveler to traveler connections on a unique Tinder-style mobile app. They just launched in March and are quickly adding both travelers and locals. […]

Finding Travel Buddies

While in Iceland I experimented a bit with different ways to meet other travelers and locals while traveling alone. There are a growing number of networks specifically to connect travelers. Here I will expand on my post about making friends and ridesharing in Iceland. I have a friend who uses Grindr to meet people and get tips while traveling. […]

Community Meals: Meet Locals Through Shared Food

I’ve added a few new peer to peer meal sharing sites to my spreadsheet (category=Activities) of sharing economy travel resources. These additions are particularly interested because they’re really just about connecting people who want to find new and interesting folks to hang out with over a meal. This is different from the traditional sharing economy food model where you […]

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