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Websites What Will Whange the Way We Travel

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Emre GELEN
Emre GELEN
19/06/2015
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Mark Johanson from CNN compiled a list of websites that perform to please travel-lovers.

Here are some of them:

 

CampInMyGarden.com

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Launched in April 2011 as a tool to link Wimbledon attendees with local private camping opportunities, the site quickly widened its scope and welcomed more than 1,300 hosts on every continent apart from Antarctica.

The free-to-use website is the first and only website advertising private gardens as micro-campsites; providing accessible, affordable and fun alternatives to traditional accommodation around the world.

On CampInMyGarden.com, terms and conditions for all locations are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

GuestToGuest.com

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GuestToGuest.com is in the business of vacation accommodations, but don’t make the mistake of placing this home exchange start-up in the same category as Airbnb.

It is a website that allows you to exchange your home (or apartment) during your vacation.
Co-founder Emmanuel Arnaud says. “One of the tenants of the service we’re offering is that there will not be a rental, a fee or any money changing hands between the host and guest.”

Joining is free, but most members pay for optional services like insurance and verification.

 

RVShare.com

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RVshare believes the average family’s recreational vehicle (RV) sits unused for approximately 90% of the year.

there are families nearby who may be eager to rent an RV and get a taste for the open road.

The Akron, Ohio-based company launched a peer-to-peer marketplace in January 2014 with the goal of helping RV owners turn a huge expense into a revenue generator.

Currently available only in the United States, it plans to expand “in the very near future” into Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

 

Boatbound.co

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Boatbound is a free-to-join boat rental marketplace that launched in San Francisco in 2012, offering a new way to lure travelers onto boats for everything from water sports to fishing and cruising. Over 13 million registered boat owners can now offset their boat ownership costs by renting their boat to pre-screened, qualified renters.

Founder Aaron Hall says; “Younger people are getting out on the water in incredible numbers and at significantly higher rates than the industry average,” he says, adding that those aged 25 to 34 make up 34% of Bountbound’s renters.

Boatbound has nearly 10,000 boats across all 50 U.S. states, with plans to expand internationally this year.

Each rental includes up to $3 million in insurance protection, as well as on-the-water towing and support from BoatUS.

Spinlister.com

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Spinlister is a peer-to-peer bike rental platform.

Spinlister launched in New York in 2012, opened up worldwide in 2013, and now has listings in more than 50 countries.

While its main focus is peer-to-peer bike rentals, surf and snow sports equipment recently joined the mix.

Vayable.com

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The website is a marketplace for people to buy and sell “experiences.”

It launched in San Francisco in 2011 and has grown organically to a platform with more than 10,000 offerings in 900 cities.

Viable’s Founder Jamie Wong says their mission is to become global platform for experiences.

EatWith.com

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EatWith is a platform linking travelers with home cooks in more than 150 cities around the world.

“The idea is to bring people together one meal at a time,” says co-founder Guy Michlin. “We also want to empower and elevate our chefs and allow them to make some extra money from hosting people.”

Bookalokal.com

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Bookalokal launched in Brussels in 2013 and now claims hosts in 46 countries.

It’s similar in many ways to EatWith, but offers a greater range of food-related activities, including cooking classes, food tours, wine tastings and workshops.

“Other sites really emphasize the food, we try to emphasize the local,” says founder Evelyne White.

Guests, pay between $30 and $50 for an experience of the local food culture.

DogVacay.com

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Founder Aaron Hirschhorn launched DogVacay in 2012.

The site helps to place dogs with reliable caregivers nearby.

The caregivers are required to send pet owners daily photo updates of their happy and healthy pooches, but can otherwise set their own rates and stipulations for their services.

DogVacay counts more than 20,000 hosts across the United States and Canada, and launched a sister site, CatVacay, in March to offer felines the same services.

 

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