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Nightswapping Acquires MyTwinPlace

MyTwinPlace announced at the end of July that they’ve been acquired by Nightswapping. I’m not surprised by this development. I think the partnership makes sense because these two networks were both facilitating a form of points-based home exchange using the cost of renting your home for a night as the basis. And MyTwinPlace had failed […]

Nightswapping Pivots from Home Exchange to Rental Lodging

The Nightswapping home exchange network has pivoted into a peer-to-peer rental lodging network. They still claim to offer home exchanges. But the entire system is based on paying money for lodging and there’s little resembling house swapping remaining. As a result I’ve removed Nightswapping from my home exchange network spreadsheet and instead added them into […]

Swap Pets for Free Pet Sitting

For people with pets, travel comes with extra stress and expense. Finding someone you trust to care for your pet isn’t easy. PetFam offers a solution to this pet sitting problem. It’s a peer to peer network connecting people with other pet owners in their neighborhood. PetFam launched this free service in Vancouver last year. […]

Home for Home Review – August 2017

 Review date: August 2017 homeforhome.com $61/year, 1 month free trial Founded in 2008 (this is when blogging began) Grupo Intercom “the leading group in Spain for the creation and development of Internet businesses.” English, Italian, Spanish, French and German 42,212 listings in 136 countries

onPony Interview: Crowdsourced delivery born in Turkey

Crowdsourced delivery is a concept rapidly growing in popularity. Social shipping companies connect travelers with people who need stuff delivered. Travelers can make some money, and recipients can save some money.  There have been a lot of new entrants into this business space in the past few years. Most recently, onPony launched earlier this year. […]

Peer to Peer Travel News July 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 July, along with some interesting news from this month.

Updating membership counts for Home Exchange networks

I spent a lot of time in July updating my membership counts (and other details) for all the existing home exchange networks. You can find this information in my spreadsheet here.  I put the most effort into validating the accuracy of counts for networks that have >5000 members. Most people doing home exchange factor the […]

I’m earning a home exchange balloon!

A year ago HomeExchange.com introduced Balloons, their version of points-based house swapping. Instead of having to arrange for a simultaneous home exchange, having to agree on exact dates to stay in one another homes, members can earn and spend “balloons” on swaps. Here’s an example of how it works: Let’s say I’m going to be […]

PiggyBee adds secure pay system for crowdsourced delivery

PiggyBee, one of the oldest crowdsourced delivery companies, launched a secure pay system on their website in June. This is a huge enhancement. Previously the requestor and deliverer using PiggyBee needed to work out payment between themselves. Sometimes this requires more than a little trust on one side or the other, like with my recent Werewolf […]

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