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 November.
CoPuppy – New platform launched this year to connect pet owners with other pet lovers to share care for the pets. They’re new and just available in the Netherlands, but this seems like a good idea for folks who like to travel. You can connect with someone who wants to spend time with your pup, and perhaps workout petsitting while you travel. Free for owners, fee for non-owners looking for new pet friends.
BackPack – a new peer to peer delivery business focusing on getting items from the U.S. to Bangladesh. Travelers purchase items ordered by folks in Bangladesh, and are encouraged to declare all items at customs. Travelers are paid for carrying items and also are reimbursed for any fees including excess weight charges. Someone from BackPack arranges to pick up the items from the Traveler after their flight lands. Overall this is a well thought out service that avoids some of the thorny legal problems other crowdsourced delivery businesses face. Looks like they launched this year, though I can’t confirm that.
iTravex – Vacation home exchange network. Owners list available dates on their vacation homes, and request points or a combination of points and cash. Points are earned by hosting guests. iTravex charges a 10% fee for every booking. I see only 31 active listings right now, all in the U.S. and Canada. This appears to be a spinoff of an Owner Direct Vacation Rentals website. Unclear when this one started.
Kid&Coe – This network is focused on family travel (as you can tell from the name). They list a combination of private family and professional rental properties, (soon) hotels, and homes for exchange. People can pay a one-time fee of $99 to list a rental property. There is a $100 annual fee for home exchanges. There are currently 209 homes listed for exchange. The network was launched in 2014 but I think they started offering home exchanging more recently.
Weav – A ridesharing tool built at the University of Toronto, serving folks in that part of Canada. The app is scheduled to be released next year.
Poparide – speaking of ridesharing in Canada, I recently came across Poparide. They’ve been in operation since 2015, operating mostly in Canada but with some reach into the United States.
BeckFriends – a crowdsourced delivery company in India. It looks like the route between the US and India is quite popular, in addition to within-country deliveries. They are clear that customs is paid by the shipper where applicable. This company was founded in 2015.