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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.

Couchsurfing Meets House Swapping: Trampolinn Launches New Home Exchange Service

Trampolinn launched a new home exchange service in March, entering the rather crowded field of house swap sites which now includes 67 others. But their take on the home exchange is a bit different; they are focused on a points-based system. Only a few other home exchange programs use points right now, though there seems to be […]

Vakast: New Vacation Lodging Search Option

In the realm of peer to peer rental lodging there are a lot of companies competing for your business. I wrote an overview of the options with my recommendations for the most efficient places to search for a place to rent. But now that Vakast has come on the scene I need to update my suggestions. […]

Trading Labor for Lodging

There are a number of new sharing economy companies offering lodging in exchange for volunteer work. While this isn’t a new concept, these peer to peer companies are connecting volunteers/workers with individuals and opportunities that were not previously available, and in some cases they are doing it with a much better user experience. The established companies […]

I Like Local: Peer to Peer Travel Experiences and Homestays

Another new entrant into the sharing economy of adventure activities, I Like Local offers a variation on the theme of peer to peer tour guides. Unlike other companies in the travel activity space, I Like Local includes homestays, farmstays, and volunteering opportunities as a significant portion of their offerings, and these are focused in Southeast Asia, a […]

Gigoing: Trade Labor for Lodging

I find the opportunity to trade labor for lodging on a short term basis very compelling. This is a great way to travel without spending money, and to gain some new and interesting experiences. I’ve written about variations on lodging opportunities in the sharing economy  in my review of peer to peer rental lodging, and […]

Making Friends Through Home Exchange (indirectly)

When I got started with home exchange my goal was to save money on one of my favorite hobbies, travel. But I never considered the connections with people I might make through house swapping. At most I expected I might get some good tips about local things to do, and exchange some friendly emails with swap […]

Interview with HomeExchange.com Founder

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Ed Kushins, founder of HomeExchange.com, about the evolution of his house swap service, his response to critics, and HomeExchange.com’s plans to expand ten fold in the next five years. HomeExchange.com (HE) is one of the largest house swap websites currently operating, and among the large sites it […]

Priceline Meets AirBnb: FlatClub Introduces Bidding for Peer to Peer Rentals

FlatClub is one of over 30 peer to peer lodging rental websites that I’ve looked at, in an arena where AirBnB is dominating the press. To me FlatClub was not particularly interesting in such a crowded field of peer to peer rental lodging, until recently when they launched a new feature, LiveDemand, which allows guests to post requests for lodging, including […]

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