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Uber in Africa: Great for Tourists, Controversial for Drivers

During my recent trip to Kenya I discovered, from some very large billboards, that Uber offers service in Nairobi, one of ten sub-Saharan markets they’ve entered in the past few years. Nairobi’s public transit consists of some very aggressive Matatu (bus) drivers in super congested traffic. While I’m always game to try local public transit, where […]

New Startup Expands Opportunities for Shared Wi-fi

I’ve written before about the hassles of finding public wifi while traveling, and I highlighted Fon, a company that is trying to make wifi sharing a thing. Fon provides a membership-based global wifi network, and they’ve been at it since 2006. It’s a really cool concept and now they boast over 20 million hotspots around the world. […]

Peer to Peer Travel News – September 2016

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 September.

Your Local Cousin: Getting Advice from a Local for a Trip to Santiago

Last year I wrote about Your Local Cousin, a website devoted to helping travelers get custom advice from locals. Since that report the website was relaunched, new features added, and new locals engaged. So I decided it was time to try it out again when I booked a trip to Santiago for a week. I’d be […]

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 […]

Peer to Peer Travel News – August

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 August.

Home Exchange on a Loch

After a few days in Edinburgh, we traveled north into the highlands where I had set up another home exchange, this time right on a loch (they don’t call them lakes in Scotland). This house was rather unusual looking, but promised gorgeous landscapes in an area known for it’s beauty. It seemed like a good […]

Edinburgh Home Exchange with Points (and Castles Everywhere)

About nine months ago I found a really great deal on flights to London. So I planned a two week vacation for two, to some unspecified place that we’d get to from London. Six months ago I decided it was time to make a choice about where we’d go, not because I like to plan my […]

Busses are the Best Ridesharing

If you support the concept of ridesharing, where random strangers open up their vehicles to take on riders who are going the same route, it seems obvious you should also like public transportation. It’s nice to share a car so that all four seats are used. But it’s even more efficient to share a 50 seat bus. […]

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