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Belong Safe: New Insurance Option for Sharing Economy Lodging

After I wrote a few things about home exchange insurance the founders of a new insurance company, Belong Safe, reached out to tell me about their host insurance service. This company, which launched in 2016, is for people who are renting out their home on peer-to-peer platforms like Airbnb and want to make sure they are fully […]

Why metasearch for peer-to-peer rental lodging is so challenging

This post should really be titled: Airbnb won’t play nicely with metasearch engines After posting my review of peer-to-peer lodging metasearch engines, featuring my recommendation that people use the ones that include Airbnb in their search, someone behind the scenes at one of these companies reached out to me to explain that most sites displaying […]

Peer to Peer Motorhome Rentals: save money and see the world with your bed in your car

I have a soft spot for the concept of motorhomes. It seems so fun to be self-contained in a vehicle; you can go anywhere, and your bed is right there with you. In this vein, about five years ago my wife got me a campervan for my birthday. It was a homemade version: an old Dodge cargo […]

Deaths on Airbnb: the risks of peer-to-peer services

I want to comment on a story that’s getting a lot of play in the media lately: Living and Dying on Airbnb. This is a very sad story, the writer’s father died while staying in an Airbnb cottage in Texas. It was a rope swing on a tree that killed him; the branch broke while he was […]

Airbnb experiences in Colombia – the problems

This is part two of my two part series on my  Airbnb experience in Colombia. Part 1 – Airbnb in Colombia: the really good Part 2 – Airbnb in Colombia: the problems (this post) I already wrote about all the good things that happened with my Airbnb rentals in Colombia. Now I’m going to talk about […]

Airbnb Experiences in Colombia – the good stuff

I was going to write up a single post summing up my experiences in Colombia with Airbnb, but it got quite long. So I’m turning it into a two part series. Seriously, there’s that much to say. Here’s what I’m going to cover: Part 1 – Airbnb in Colombia – the good stuff (this post) Part […]

Peer-to-Peer Rental Lodging Metasearch Fails

I wrote a comparison of peer-to-peer lodging sites recently, proclaiming that I didn’t see a reason NOT to use them. Why limit yourself to just one site when you could simultaneously search across more listings? Well I put this theory to the test recently for my trip to Colombia. I did a search on AirBnb for […]

Peer to Peer Rental Lodging Metasearch

Metasearch tools allow you to see search results from multiple websites all in one convenient user interface. These search engines are popular in many aspects of travel; think Expedia, Kayak, Booking.com and other similar sites. And in sharing economy travel metasearch is a growing area. In this post I want to talk about rental lodging […]

How to Save $360+ on Lodging in Tucson (or anywhere else)

I have to be in Tucson for a week in June for a family wedding. I know, it’s Arizona. No one goes to Arizona for a vacation in the summer. Let’s just put that aside for a minute: there will be aircon and swimming pools and we’ll make the best of it and have fun […]

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