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 May and June, along with some interesting news from this month.
Campable – connecting campervan travelers with hosts on private land. This company just launched in 2017 and currently operates in New Zealand.
AirDine – This social dining app launched in Sweeden last year and recently expanded to the U.S. They claim to offer peer to peer home cooked meals in 23 countries.
Tadaku – P to P cooking classes and dining sessions in Japan. Currently the hosts are foreigners, introducing Japanese folks to other cuisines. They are planning to add Japanese hosts for meals/classes for tourists this year.
Notteco – Ridesharing in Japan. They’ve been around for a while, but the site is only in Japanese but Google translate seems to work pretty well for running searches if you don’t speak the language.
TourMate – peer to peer tour company in Korea. Their website isn’t great on desktop and I haven’t tried their mobile app yet. But since I don’t know of any competitors in Korea website quality won’t stop me from using TourMate when visiting Korea.
easyCar Pool – the peer to peer rental company easyCar has now launched a ridesharing website initially covering drivers and riders in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Spain.
News about existing companies
Waze, a ridesharing service owned by Google, is expanding to all of California after piloting in the Bay Area.
HomeAway, a peer to peer rental lodging site, introduced a $1 million per year per property liability insurance service. This covers home owners in the even of accidents on the property or damage to the home.
Japan formally legalized the use of peer-to-peer home rentals through businesses like Airbnb in June. While lots of people were using Airbnb for lodging in Japan already, the legal status of these sorts of rentals was ambiguous until the passage of this law. This new law limits property rentals to 180 days per year.