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).


  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.

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