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Santiago hosted home exchange (with points)

When I found a mistake fare to Santiago, Chile a few months ago I arranged for a home swap using points on Guest to Guest, one of my main go-to home exchange networks. Traveling alone, I found a few options for hosted home exchanges and picked the one that seemed like the best fit for my […]

Horizon: New Model in Hospitality Lodging Exchange

In 2015 Drew Myers and his team launched the Horizon app to facilitate hospitality lodging exchange. They are building a new model of peer-to-peer lodging, helping people find places to stay through their networks, while facilitating donations to charities instead of payments for lodging. One of the interesting functions of Horizon is as a metasearch across all […]

NightSwapping Interview: Creating a New Concept in Sharing Economy Lodging

NightSwapping is a new concept in sharing economy lodging combining hospitality hosting like CouchSurfing, home exchange systems, and peer to peer rentals like AirBnb into one system. Members can earn lodging credits by hosting visitors, or they can purchase night credits (up to $45 per night, significantly cheaper than most other lodging options). Growing quickly, the NightSwapping […]

GoCambio: Free Lodging for Language Practice

In a recent post I reported on a new website, GoCambio,  which facilitates free language exchange for travel lodging. I could travel to another country, stay with a local, and spend some time each day helping them practice English in exchange for my free lodging. Alternately, I could get free private lessons in Spanish or Mandarin (or […]

Making Friends and Ridesharing in Iceland

Traveling alone in Iceland can be an expensive proposition so finding people to share rides with is key to saving money on your trip. Also, the shared goal of getting around Iceland is a great way to make friends. There are other avenues to meeting people if you just want to chat with some locals. Here I’ll […]

Hospitality Overview: Free Lodging Everywhere

Wouldn’t it be great if you could find people all around the world willing and even eager to offer you a place to sleep in their home? What if some of them even want to share a home cooked meal and offer tips for local activities in their town? This is basically the idea behind hospitality […]

Couchsurfing Hopes to Regain Leadership in Sharing Economy Lodging

Founded in 2004, Couchsurfing was an innovative leader in peer to peer lodging, providing a platform for travelers to find a free place to sleep around the world, and facilitating cultural exchanges. Especially popular with the low budget backpacking crowd, Couchsurfing changed the way many people approached travel and lodging.

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