I had a great time traveling in Spain last year, and found a strong network of sharing economy travel businesses around the country. I saved money by using these services, and also met a lot of interesting and kind locals. Here are some updates to my master spreadsheet of peer to peer travel businesses from Spain over the past few months.
I loved my guided tour of Penang using Withlocals, and now they’ve expanded services beyond their Southeast Asian focus to include Spain. Check out my interview with their communications manager.
Amovens, a Spanish ridesharing network which also offers a peer to peer rental platform, has added a car leasing and sub-rental option with the launch of FreeCar. With FreeCar people can lease an auto from Amovens for 6-12 months, and during this time they can turn around the rent the unused auto to others to recover some of the rental costs. Amovens sets the sub-rental prices by car size and also runs the system of sub-rentals, but the primary lease holder can decide when and to whom they wish to rent. This interesting system means Amovens can double up on profits for leased cars (they collect a commission on all rentals) while lease holders can recover some of the cost of car leasing through peer to peer rentals.
The Spanish rental lodging metasearch engine HundredRooms raised €1M last month. Stay tuned for my review of all the peer to peer rental lodging metasearch engines.