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This blog is written by me, Dawn, to share cool stuff I learn about traveling cheaply using the sharing economy. If you want to contact me directly you can email me at: sharevoyager at gmail (dot com).

16 Comments

  1. Hello, I must admit I DO NOT UNDERSTAND YOUR SITE – I am not a swapper but a room renter for cash so perhaps I should not be on the Mytwinplace site??? I get requests but am not really interested in traveling at the same time to these people’s places nor destinations? How does this work – Points for what ? exchange anywhere in the world???

    • dawnzerly

      June 24, 2015 at 7:29 am

      Hi Domingo, you are right that if you are just looking to rent out your property, home exchange is not for you. I have an overview of various lodging options for travelers, including renting. And if you want to read about doing home exchanges using points, this post is a good starting place. You can travel anywhere in the world using home exchange, but first you’ll need to take a bit of time to understand how it work and figure out which website(s) to join that fit your needs and interests.

  2. It seems likely that there will be environmental impacts related to the sharing economy. Publicized favorable impact reports could drive faster acceptance of sharing. Have you found any credible information about impact outlooks?

    • dawnzerly

      September 17, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Good point. I wrote about a Salon article on ridesharing that touched on environmental impacts a while back (here’s my post), but I haven’t seen anything comprehensive on this. I’ll keep my eyes open for it though, agreed it’s a good angle.

  3. Love this site! Very helpful. Hope to be using some of these tips soon!

  4. Ron Paulinski

    June 16, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Your approach to travel and your personal experiences with locals, comfort, sightseeing, food and drink are my kind of fun. I’m not rich. So I’ve been very pleased to have to recalibrate my international travel cost estimates. Prior to following your Share Traveler postings I assumed $10,000 to $20,000 to go places and do things like you do. You’re obviously doing these things for a fraction of that, maybe even 1/10 of my former estimates. Write on. If possible, I’d like to see your total cost of each trip.

  5. Hey Dawn,

    Great blog!

    I look after marketing here at Camplify and I noticed your mention of us in one of your posts. Thanks for that!

    I just thought I’d give you a quick update on our progress since your last mention was about us still being in pre-beta back in 2015.

    We’re now well above 10,000 members and we are approaching 1500 RV listings for hire, making us the largest RV sharing community in Australia. We are also moving into some international markets in the coming months which we are really excited about!

    It would be great if you could update that post with this progress in mind when you get a chance. Feel free to email me if you would like us to share some of your content on our social channels in return.

    Thank you and congrats again on your great blog!

    Dave 🙂

    • dawnzerly

      January 31, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Dave! I sent you an email via Camplify’s contact form. I’d like to do something more in depth on RV sharing.

  6. Hello

    I am wondering if you have studies about the future of sharing economy, specially transportation. Do you know anyone who has researched the value and revenue of future shared economy in transport?

    Thanks!, your blog is pretty cool.

    • dawnzerly

      March 31, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Hi Ulrich, I have not done studies like this and I’m not aware of anyone who has. Let me know if you find anything, this would be interesting.

  7. Deborah Hilgenberg

    April 30, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Hi, Dawn. Since you say you are updating your spreadsheet about home exchanges, I wanted to let you know that I have had no success with Guest to Guest. I joined about a month ago, paying the $25 for a “verified” listing. We are going from the US to Europe and Australia this fall. I have spent hours sending out requests to receive only the stock response “your plans to do not fit with our program,” whatever that means. Or no response at all. It does seem that most of the listings are for hosting visitors, i.e., the owner/renter is in the home while you are there. That is not at all what we expected. I think the site (and you) should make this more prominent in their promotional content. We are experienced travelers and have often found house/pet sitting opportunities to be our best way to experience slow travel. It doesn’t always fit, but has been fun so far. We are not giving up on Guest to Guest yet, but just wanted you to know our experience to date.

    Thanks!

    Deborah

    • dawnzerly

      April 30, 2017 at 7:10 am

      Hi Deborah, thanks for the feedback on your Guest to Guest experience. I need to look at this more closely while updating my review. (I don’t have anything to do with that site so I can’t influence their promotional content.) I’ve actually had the opposite experience from you on that site: I find most people are only looking to host guests when they aren’t home so it’s interesting that you’re seeing the opposite.

      It’s definitely not easy to find a swap if you have specific destinations and dates set, regardless of the network you are using. This is why I belong to three networks: between them I can generally find what I want but it usually takes a lot of inquiries being rejected or going unanswered before I get a match. And I can’t predict which network will work best for each trip. Hopefully with enough requests you’ll some good lodging options for your Europe and Australia trip!

      Happy travels!

    • Deborah, You should give Geenee a try – it’s free and tbh it looks oudated and a lot of offers are unresponsive. That being said I think I’ve sent out only 15 invites in total (I joined Nov 2016); and since then I have been succesfull with planning on exchanging with lovely people from London, Seville and Berlin this summer.

      Best,
      M.

  8. Hello
    I would like to report peer to peer company in Seoul, South Korea.
    There are many tours 300+, and 300+ tour guide, whose name is Tourmate.
    I believe it is a unique company in Seoul in terms of local tour with Koreans, not professional guides.

    It would be great to update that information
    http://sharetraveler.com/peer-to-peer-activities-many-new-options/

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