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Peer to Peer Travel News April 2017

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 April with a few items of news about older companies included as well. This year started off slow, but I found a […]

Updating my Home Exchange Network Reviews

Every year since starting this website I have updated my reviews of the major home exchange networks. Those that didn’t make any changes from the previous year don’t get updates. But I do write a lot of new reviews! And it’s time to start the update process again.

Fun night at my London hosted home exchange

While in London recently I spent a night at the home of a family in Brentford. This is a town about halfway between the city and the airport. It looks a lot like the rest of the London suburbs. A place that I would never have visited on my own. But it turned out to be […]

Social shipping to London

A few weeks ago, a box of water filters showed up at my door, addressed to me. I was completely confused. I hadn’t ordered any water filters. The package was from a company I had never used. So it couldn’t be that they got my order mixed up with someone else. Why would someone order filters for […]

Earning home exchange points while traveling for work

I’m not very good about keeping my home exchange network calendars up to date. In theory, everyone notes the dates they have available. This makes searching for a swap much easier. But with our travel plans constantly evolving, I often forget to update these calendars. Still I get a lot of requests that end up overlapping […]

Last minute home exchange is sometimes possible

It was March 13 when I remembered that I needed lodging in London for one night on April 15. That’s last minute in the world of home exchange. But I figured with points I might have a shot finding something. I hopped on to LoveHomeSwap, one of the networks I use, and searched for homes advertising […]

How Pervasive is Misleading Advertising in Home Exchange?

My recent post about LoveHomeSwap’s misleading advertising was very popular and inspired a lot of responses. Some people are concerned that there is a widespread practice of misinformation in home exchange. I want to address this fear with some facts.

New GuestPoints Calculation on GuesttoGuest

On March 1 GuesttoGuest changed the way they calculate the point value of homes. GuestPoints are the currency this home exchange network uses house swapping. Everyone fixes on a value for a night in their home, and earns points by hosting guests. And then members spend those points staying at other people’s houses. I’ve written about the challenge of […]

Peer-to-Peer Travel News – March 2017

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 February and March.

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