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Marketing for a successful sharing economy business

Over the past four years I’ve seen a lot of sharing economy travel start ups fail. Actually I’ve seen plenty of more seasoned companies fail in this space too. Though if you never really got off the ground, 5 or 10 or even 15 years in, I think you might still be called a start […]

Japan’s growing peer to peer travel scene

A new Japanese law enacted this summer required Airbnb hosts to register and display a license. To comply with the law Airbnb was forced to cancel a lot of bookings at the last minute. This was some very bad press for peer to peer travel services in Japan. And a surprising number of sharing economy […]

Americans’ Travel Bucket Lists and Barriers to Travel

LoveHomeSwap commissioned a survey company to research American’s travel desires. The survey, conducted in July, included 1000 people ages 21+.  The results give some insight into travel interests, but perhaps more interesting are the barriers to travel. Of the 77% of Americans who have a travel bucket list, the most desirable countries to visit were: […]

Travel vaccine lessons from my Madagascar trip

Over the past 15 years my travels have required a lot of vaccines. I’ve pretty much covered all the bases. So I got lazy and  barely look at vaccine recommendations anymore. It turns out that’s not necessarily a good policy. I’m planning a trip  to Madagascar this year. And I discovered that Madagascar requires proof […]

Managing your home guidebook

A growing number of people are hosting guests in their home through platforms like Airbnb, home exchanges, couchsurfing, or housesitting. And this means lots of guests who need to know house rules, where to find stuff, and how basic things work. Some hosts just put out a single sheet of paper with the wifi password […]

Website redesign help wanted

It’s time to start thinking about revamping my website. It’s been a few years since the last re-design. And inevitably the content becomes less organized and the usability less optimal. So I’m looking for help in a few ways: Do you have thoughts about how to better organize ShareTraveler.com? Have you tried to find some […]

Peer to Peer Travel News – July 2018

These days new sharing economy travel companies launch every week, and I sometimes discover established businesses that I had missed. All of these get added to my spreadsheet of sharing economy travel services. Here’s the summary for June and July. CarryMates – a new entrant into the crowdsourced delivery market, CarryMates is still in closed beta. You can read more about […]

How Small is Your Luggage?

I’ve recently downsized my luggage to a regular daypack sized backpack for most of my trips. Yep, I’m bragging about this. I’m pretty proud as it’s always been my goal to travel with as little luggage as possible. This is a switch from the carry on Tortuga backpack that I’ve been using for years. I […]

International Travel Safety – The Global Peace Index 2018

Americans have a distorted sense of safety and this leads to a lot of unfounded fear of travel to other countries. Studies show that people overestimate the risk from sensational dangers (i.e. homicides, and other things the media likes to report) and underestimate the risk from mundane causes (i.e. diabetes). The sensationalist American media certainly […]

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