4 Ways To Utilize Commodity Sharing Businesses When You Travel

Posted December 17, 2013 by Charli Moore in Budget Travel

For the budget traveler, the concept of sharing commodities has appeal.

Often with limited financial resources and means by which to source affordable services ad hock, the chance to cash in on a peer to peer sharing scheme is met with great enthusiasm.

Unless you’ve been trekking through Nepal or residing in a cave in the Canadian Rockies for the last few years, you’ll have probably noted the start of a sharing revolution. High flying new boys Airbnb have paved the way for a new breed of consumer focused platforms on which users can connect with others offering or requiring a service they desire.

While there are many industry sectors in which the concept of a share economy has appeal, the world of international travel has seen a new dynamic appear between buyer and seller; a new commercial conversation has begun.

Where once tour companies, hotels and tourism agencies shaped many a traveler’s view of the locations they visit, the idea of a share business encourages communication between traveler and native, igniting opportunities for a more immersive experience.

So how can you join the sharing revolution?





Become A Trusted House Sitter

If you’re a regular reader of my column, you’ll know that I’m an advocate of house sitting.

With a wealth of assignments under my belt and almost 3 years of subsidized globetrotting, I’m living proof that sharing is indeed caring when it comes to international accommodation.

From rural lifestyle farms in Central America to million dollar penthouses in NYC the list of locations and properties is endless.

As you would no doubt imagine house sitting is exactly that, looking after someone’s property and/or pets during an agreed period, one which hopefully coincides with your holiday time and list of dream destinations.

With a mid range hotel room costing anywhere from $100/night, the chance to channel those funds into alternative avenues while connecting with local people from all over the world appeals no end to the budget savvy traveler.

From rural lifestyle farms in Central America to million dollar penthouses in NYC, the list of locations and properties listed on Trusted House Sitters is endless so why not sign up and start searching today?





Eat With A local

If sampling local cuisine is as important as visiting sites of historical significance or great natural beauty, then wrap your traveling taste buds around this.

Be a traveler not a tourist and steer clear of the high cost, fast food, flat flavor cuisine.

Eat With A Local offers fellow foodies a platform on which to connect and share their love of all things gastronomic .

Sign up and book in to have supper with a local at the locations you visit, meet a friendly face keen to help you eat your way around their favorite neighborhoods, or take a class and learn how to prepare a local dish.

Be a traveler, not a tourist, and steer clear of the high cost, fast food, flat flavor cuisine on offer in day-tripper hotspots and instead eat with the local experts.

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Get From A to B With JayRide

Thumbing a lift has to be the quintessential budget traveler experience.

Meeting new people, watching the countryside roll past, finding yourself in the most obscure places that end up offering some of the highlights of your trip…

Carpool opportunities, rideshare routes, bus schedules, airport shuttles and an endless list of spare seat listings.

JayRide takes the hassle out of hitching a ride and provides a platform for cash poor, good time hungry travelers to connect and pitch in to share the cost of getting from A to B.

Carpool opportunities, rideshare routes, bus schedules, airport shuttles and an endless list of spare seat listings can be searched by anyone in need of some temporary wheels.

Currently covering some of the most costly locations in which to travel, the UK & Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, I’ve no doubt JayRide will soon be expanding across the globe so keep it in mind when you want fun, cost effective over land travel options for your next international trip.





Go Localo

Much like their Airbnb competitors, Localo offers a platform on which property owners can connect with travelers in need of accommodation.

With listing all over the world there’s really no need to ever check in to a bland corporate box again. Why stare at four walls when you could be connecting with locals and living like a native when you travel?

Why not book in to stay with a local and see the area through their eyes?

From beach front bungalows to mountain top mansions there are so many unique properties which you can retreat to. Unlike other major players in this sector Localo offer hosts the chance to bid for travelers by putting together itineraries and offering the best value for money.

So why not book in to stay with a local and see the area through their eyes? After all there’s really nothing like local knowledge.

If you think sharing is caring then support these and other share businesses by choosing to go local and utilize services offered by locals like you and I.

Have you had a great experience when travelling with Localo, TripRide, Trusted House Sitters or Eat With A Local? Do you have a great share business operating near you? Share your comments with us below.

About the Author

Charli Moore

Travel writer and blogger Charli is a digital nomad currently travelling the world with her other half Ben. Whether backpacking through Central America or road tripping around Australia they embrace each and every opportunity for adventure. Read more about their insatiable wanderlust on their blog, Wanderlusters.

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