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More Peer-to-Peer Negligence Cases: Boatbound Lawsuit

Following up on my Deaths on Airbnb post, BuzzFeed ran a story recently about a woman who lost a leg in a boating accident while renting through Boatbound, a peer-to-peer boat rental site.  The woman is now suing Boatbound, the boat owner, and a friend of hers who was operating the boat during her accident […]

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. 

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 […]

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