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USA
The sharing economy here
is one of the world’s most
advanced. In transportation
alone, the number of
bikesharing stations more than
doubled in 2013. If you’re in San
Francisco, try
bayareabikeshare.
com
where you can get a 24-
hour or 3-day membership to
suit your needs.
For a car ride to your next
spot, see if you can split the fare
with a traveller on the same
route via Uber’s (
uber.com
)
mobile app. Choose from an
everyday car or a luxury model;
the cost is deducted from your
credit card and you’ll get an
email receipt.
HONGKONG
Hotel rooms in this
densely populated city
can be expensive. With
accommodation sharing site
Travelmob (
sg.travelmob.com
),
you can save money while
enjoying a more personal
experience with local hosts.
Choose from designer pads or
budget bedrooms.
You needn’t worry about
finding your way around the
city either. LocalGuiding
(
localguiding.com
) offers
bespoke tours and activities led
by residents. Try the Walking
Dumpling Adventure, which
takes you off the beaten track
to local dumpling eateries.
SPAIN
It is no surprise that food-
sharing sites have taken off
in this country known for
communal meals (think paella
and tapas). Travellers indicate
their location on platforms such
as
mealsharing.com
and request
to be hosted at a local’s home –
a great way to meet people and
try home-cooked food.
But what about accessing
the Internet? With Fon (
corp.
fon.com
) – which was founded
in Madrid – members from
anywhere in the world who
own its Wi-Fi router can tap
into each other’s unused
bandwidth for free, saving on
international roaming fees.
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Thanks to technology, travellers are connecting, more
than ever, with locals and each other to share anything
from stays to meals to rides. These websites and apps put
guests in touch with hosts, and have the convenience of
being accessed on the go – often at the last minute, and at
a low cost. Another benefit, says Francesca Pick of non-
profit peer economy network OuiShare, “It’s about being
able to eat local food and not just going on the normal
tourist track, and having access to people, ideas and
places you wouldn’t otherwise have come across.”
Tap into the sharing
economy to eat and live like
a local when you travel.
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STUART
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