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Crowdsourced Delivery Companies – 2016 Obituaries

There has been a crazy growth in peer-to-peer shipping businesses in the past two years. These companies facilitate travelers earning some money by carrying stuff in their luggage (or car) to delivery to someone at their destination. It’s a good idea as it can drastically cut the cost of transporting goods, especially globally. There are a […]

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 […]

Best Credit Card for Car Rentals in the U.S.

This is the last in the series of posts I’ve done on renting cars. I recently wrote about why I ended up using commercial car rental companies over peer-to-peer rentals on a few recent trips. And I also discussed the best credit cards to use for international rentals if you want to use your credit card for insurance. Now […]

Delivering British Shortbread to San Francisco

During the last days of my recent trip to the UK, while I was in London, I got an email from someone on the PiggyBee platform telling me she was having a craving for British shortbread treats and asking if I could possibly bring some back for her. She knew my trip dates and locations […]

Stupid Mistakes and More Car Rental Tips

Nothing sharing economy about this post, but just a tip for people who might find it useful. I had a backpacking trip planned with some friends for which we needed a rental car. The plan was to fly into Salt Lake City, pick up a car at the airport and drive out to the Tetons. […]

Best Options for Car Rentals Insurance in Other Countries

I did a lot of research on international car rentals recently for a trip to Scotland, and although this has nothing to do with peer-to-peer travel services, I am summing it up here in case this is useful for other travelers reading my website. My findings are focused on the UK but they are relevant […]

Peer to Peer shipping – Listing my trips for the next six months

I finally sat down and added my trips for the second half of 2016 into a bunch of crowdsourced delivery sites. This was a pretty time consuming task, and I didn’t even do it for all my trips (I skipped the domestic ones) or on all of the sites (I’ll explain this more below). I […]

Crowdsourced Delivery: The long journey of a backpack

When I got the request from Marc to bring him a Tortuga travel pack on my trip to the U.K. I thought this would be one of my easiest crowdsourced delivery jobs yet.  Once again, on PiggyBee I found a match for my travel route. And Marc seemed like a super nice guy who shared my love […]

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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