What was the biggest lesson we were taught as kids? It was to learn to share! Now the concept of sharing has been adapted into business models today-the share economy– making it easily accessible, cheaper, friendly, and a convenient way for travelers to use “unused” goods and services. So the question that’s asked is, “Why buy something when you can share it?” In other words, the share economy means access is better than ownership.
The share economy, also known as Collaborative Consumption, is a great way for people to rent, lease, collaborate and borrow instead of actually buying the product or service. In other words, as a renter, you have stuff, you share it, you make money; or as a buyer, you need something, you rent the unused stuff, you give it back. Easy!
Did you know nearly 1 in 10 people rent storage units filled with things they no longer use! There is an extraordinary amount of idle stuff in the world that could be shared with YOU.
People are now able to share access over necessary products and services rather than individual ownership through this “peer to peer”. It has become so easy to share goods, connect with others, and collaborate to use, swap, barter, borrow, and rent other idle things. All big corporations are out and you are paying “people to people” and supporting “local goods”. You can rate the lender and the lender can rate you, making it usually reliable and safe.
There is a shared community for every possible desire—everything from accommodation to car rentals, clothing for the day to a meal share, even to shared skills and tour guides. Guys, we even found a “rent a wingman” for the night! Here are the best sites of the share economy.
Roomorama– With over 300,000 properties, Roomorama is the largest platform for professionally-managed vacation rentals worldwide. We had the pleasure to stay at a Roomorama property for our Paris trip and it was truly incredible. It is budget friendly, they have gorgeous rooms, and excellent customer service. Since we are feeling gifty, you can get $50 credit towards your first stay! :)
Air BnB– Air BnB is in over 190 countries and has become more and more popular between travelers nowadays. People rent out their home space (room, guest house, home) to travelers at a much cheaper price than a hotel. Air BnB stays usually include a kitchen to cook and sometimes a host that is happy to show you around! It’s fun, safe, they have excellent customer service and includes all reviews from past “tenants”. Get $20 off your first stay!
Trampolinn– Rather than sleeping at the hotel, staying at a locals’ home with Trampolinn allows members to travel on a budget and it gives them the opportunity to discover the culture of a country by sharing with locals far from touristic activities. Rather than paying with a currency, you pay through points. You gain points as you fill out your profile, house swap and you can earn points by hosting. Earn 300 points by using “TRAMPOMAP” or 100 points by signing up.
Couchsurfing– Free accommodation? Yes please! Couchsurfing is where people all over the world offer their couch for other travelers to crash on. This is best for the budget traveler and a great way to meet new people. Sign up for the year (for $25) and get many perks like a couch to sleep on where ever you are, invitations to couchsurfing events, and ever lasting friendships!
Bonappetour– With Bonappetour, you connect travelers with local chefs and hosts for home-dining experiences, which we had the pleasure of trying in Paris. Lunches, brunches, dinners, cooking classes, or even dining with a Top Chef, they have it! Dining with locals is a world away from restaurant dining, as it gives travelers an opportunity to discover the city through a local perspective and really immerse into the local culture. Get $25 off your first meal or use the code “WHONEEDSMAPS” for a $10 discount on BonAppetour dining experiences around the world.
Feastly– Feastly is a culinary marketplace for discovering unique food experiences near you. Share a table with new friends, tempt your palate with authentic cuisine and engage with chefs and passionate home cooks like never before. Life is better when it is shared through food! Use the code “whoneedsmaps” for 15% off your next meal!
Meal Sharing– Meal Sharing allows you to eat home cooked meals made by locals. You get to chat to a local and experience some incredible homemade food! Many hosts have prix-fixe menus, making it simple to choose your ideal meal, you pay online in advance after selecting the menu and date. It is that simple! For $10 off your Mealsharing experience, use the code “WHONEEDSMAPS”.
VizEat– VizEat, the european leader of social dinning gathers people who want to make the meal a moment of sharing, conviviality and discovery. VizEat is the place for travelers who want to find a new way to explore countries and hosts willing to make their culture alive.
Uber– Uber is the first of its kind- your ride on demand. Uber is starting to shake up the taxi industry, allowing people to get a private or carpool via your smartphone. The app is connected to your card making it cashless and hassle free. Get $20 off your first ride (sorry long time Uber users, it’s just for newbies!).
Lyft– Lyft is a friendly pick up service like Uber. The drivers are locals, and drive as a ‘freelance cab service’. Most provide water bottles, good tunes and a friendly conversation. Lyft is a great option instead of using taxis to get around.
BlaBlaCars– BlaBlaCar is a marketplace where you can find a driver who is driving from one city to another and book a seat in advance. It connects people roadtripping with empty seats to riders going that direction. It is great for both parties as drivers can make a bit of money while riders can travel for cheap. BlaBlaCars is mostly in Europe.
Getaround– Getaround allows you to rent an unused car (if someone is on vacation, ect.) for an hour, a day or even a week! They charge rentals by an hourly rate. It is a great service because in some cities, like LA, a car is really needed and rentals are quite expensive. Through Getaround, you are insured and paying a cheap rate to borrow the car for the time needed. Get $50 off on your first Getaround adventure!
Turo– This is a car sharing marketplace, where private car-owners rent out their idle vehicles to those who need a ride. I have recently used it for the first time when my car broke down. It ended up being cheaper to rent than using an uber! It is a great way to use a car for the times in need instead of buying your own car that could ultimately sit in the driveway for hours. Get $25 off your first ride!
Scoot – Scoots are cheap and fast electric scooters that you can rent around San Francisco. They are also clean and efficient so they are good for the air and the climate. You can rent scooters by the hour, keep it for a whole afternoon, overnight, or for up to 48 hours! Scoots are fun to ride, easy to park, convenient to tour the city and incredibly affordable.
Spinlister– Spinlister is the global leader in peer-to-peer bike sharing with bikes in over 75 countries. Search for a bike to RENT or LIST your own bike to rent and be covered by our $10,000 Spinlister Guarantee. Spinlister also offers other cool “rides” to rent such as surfboards, skateboards, and snowboards. Use the code “WHONEEDSMAPS” at check out for $5 off your next rental!
Zilok– Rent anything from a tent to a baking mixer to a moon bounce to a BBQ from people who aren’t using theirs for a few hours! You no longer have to pay full price for items you need to use just once when you can just temporarily use other peoples unused stuff. Zilok charges usage per day.
Neighborgoods– We never know what things our neighbors might have that we might night. A powerdrill? A lawnmower? A scooter? Neighborgoods lists things you might need that your neighbors may have! Rather than buying, you can now safely borrow and rent items your neighbors aren’t currently using. The best is, is that this site is based on bartering!
Vayable– Vayable Insiders are local and friendly people who create unique experiences to share with others. Everything from the best hikes to LA, to the best Instagram spots in Paris, to a Food Crawl to Rome, Vayable offers interesting ways through local eyes to see the city you are visiting. Anyone with unique knowledge, skills or access can offer a unique experience as a Vayable Insider. Get $10 off your first Vayable experience!
Guide Hop– Guide Hop is a peer to peer marketplace where you can find, share, and create unique experiences around the world. You can find awesome activities that you enjoy and meet new locals in a new city.
Verlocal– Verlocal has a huge catalog of activities. You can go hiking, see the best of the city, go for a cooking class, or even a pub crawl. The best is is that all these activities are from the locals in the city, giving you a true and authentic experience.
Taskrabbit– Need help doing a task like building an IKEA bed, waiting in line, or a grocery pick up? Well, you can now hire people for a few hours to do the tasks you need help with. Post your task, find the person that suits best, and pay them their said hourly rate. For the Canadian version check out Ask for Task.
Instacart– This is an online grocery system, where you shop for your groceries and a shopper will personally deliver them to you. If you are too busy or forgot to get something, you can you use instacart to do your shopping. Instacart is currently in the US but is expanding super fast. You can get free deliveries and $10 off your first purchase if you use this link.
Rent the Runway- This is a fashion marketplace where you can rent designer clothing for a few days. Search for anything to wear for that one wedding, baby shower, or which ever event, and rather than buy that expensive designer label, you can just rent it! Dress like a million bucks for way less than a million!
Le Tote and Girl Meet Dress are similar apps!
Bonappetour– Get $25 off your meal experience or use “WHONEEDSMAPS” at checkout for $10 off.
MealSharing– Use “WHONEEDSMAPS” at checkout for $10 off your next meal!
Feastly– Use “WHONEEDSMAPS” at checkout for 15% off your next meal!
Turo – $25 off your first ride!
Roomorama– Get $50 credit towards your first stay!
Trampolinn– Earn 300 points by using “TRAMPOMAP” and 100 points when you sign up.
Uber– Get $20 off when you first sign up.
Getaround– $50 off your first experience!
Spinlister– Use “WHONEEDSMAPS” at checkout for $5 off your next rental.
Vayable– $10 off your first experience!
Instacart– Free Deliveries and $10 off first grocery purchase!