Saturday, 20 February 2016

Five of the best sharing economy apps and sites for travellers

From kinky holiday lets to dining in private homes or hiring skis, we recommend the best peer-to-peer apps and sites for travellers


Value a dungeon as much as Wi-Fi in a holiday let? Kinkbnb, new last year and calling itself “sex positive Airbnb”, is for you. Hosted by and for fellow kinksters, it lists properties with sex toys and sex furniture, as well as ones described as swinger- or orgy-friendly.


People at dinner
Launched in Sweden this week and going worldwide this year, Airdine turns homes into pop-up restaurants. Hosts can make extra cash serving home cooking; guests get to meet new people. A similar site, EatWith, vets its chefs before they can list on the site.

Dogvacay/Borrow My Doggy

White labradoodle
 Photograph: Alamy
It’s not all about you, you know. Dogvacay, currently only in the US, provides a platform for owners to find pet-sitters while they go on holiday. In the UK,Borrow My Doggy has a big community of dog lovers to provide a friendly alternative to kennels.


Young woman with bike
Whether you like to ride roads, waves, or snow, Spinlister is the leading peer-to-peer site for renting bike, surf and ski or snowboard gear. Available in over 100 countries, the simple platform is a great way to hire your sports gear – and connect with locals.


Tent in garden
Airbnb for, well, gardens, Campinmygarden helps campers find super-cheap pitches on private lawns. Launched in 2010, it has 800 spots, from tiny backyards to landscaped grounds. Think beyond rural England, though: the site lists locations as far afield as Tonga, Fiji and Jamaica.

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