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How the Shared Economy is Making Travel Affordable

The Internet has changed travel. Though not always for the better (one just needs to see how many people are checking Facebook in a hostel to agree), it has allowed people to share, connect, and collaborate in ways that haven’t been possible – even just…

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The advent of the internet has forever changed the way we travel, for the better.  People are connecting and sharing like never before, although some may over share but that is for a different blog.The shared economy is helping the world expand and live more comfortably by using assets that people already own.

The greatest thing to come out of the internet age is the idea of a shared economy.  A shared economy is what startups like Uber and Airbnb are built upon.  Shared economy has created a whole new source of revenue for so many people that it has helped the world economy greatly.

Start ups are being created daily that utilize the principles of a shared economy and many are related to the travel industry.  Many of these startups are making travel affordable again so much more of our world’s population can explore.

Hospitality 

Gone are the days of staying in dirtbag fleas ridden motels while traveling and instead are being replaced by shared economy ventures. Couchsurfing is at the forefront of this shared economy, where people can offer up an extra room or couch to weary travelers in exchange for them being offered the same thing in return.   

Apartments

AirBnb and VRBO are at the forefront of the sharing of your living space in exchange for cold hard cash.  The idea is simple, you have an extra room or a whole house and you wish to make some extra income.  So you rent out your living situation for a reasonable rate and the company takes all responsibility for damages etc.  This is my favorite option when traveling because you stay local, travel local and experience the city like a local.  Your experience seems much more real and grounded instead of the sterile environment of a hotel or hostel. 

 

Don’t Eat Alone

One of the worst aspects of traveling solo is dining alone and this shared economy startup is fixing that.  This website hooks up travelers with locals who wish to host new friends.  The locals cook you a home cooked meal, you get great company and some cuisine that is entirely authentic. 

No More Taxis

The grand daddies of the shared economy Uber and Lyft are game changers for sure.  Taxi’s are notorious for ripping of travelers and with the invention of taxi type services, the ripoffs are at least digital now.  haha, no but seriously, these apps have saved my so much money and frustration that i’ll continue to praise them.  Just download the app, fill out some basic info and put in your credit card and you are ready to ride. If you are a first time rider try these promo codes for free rides.  

Uber: RO0VEF

Lyft: Adam1973

Shared car

 

ZipCar is a neat tool for travel, cause sometimes you just need your own car.  Signup online and have use of your own little car waiting at many locations around town.  
Another alternative is FlightCar. FlightCar lets people parking at airports rent their vehicles to other travelers. All cars are insured up to a million dollars, and users are verified and checked out ahead of time. If you are a traveler, this option lets you make some extra money for future travel.

 

Hopefully these new shared economy apps and websites help you travel with ease and less frustration. 

 

 

 

Check out the full article on NomadicMatt

Photos courtesy of  TheHuffingtonPost, sidehustlenation

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Air Canada Announces the Gift of Travel Campaign

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Air Canada provides travelers with a unique opportunity starting this December. The company’s Gift of Travel initiative is certainly worth looking forward to.

Air Canada announces a new holiday campaign called the Gift of Travel. It’s the company’s new initiative that celebrates different actions done by several heroes in the community who are providing selfless possibilities to fellow Canadians.

The COVID-19 pandemic heavily impacted our freedom to explore the world and travel without increased border restrictions.  Air Canada’s Gift of Travel campaign aims to help procure funds for various organizations in Canada. The initiative also provides avid travelers with easier travel passes, enabling them to reach their dream destinations conveniently.

“Canadians from across the country have shown remarkable resilience, solidarity and generosity in the face of COVID-19 and we were inspired hearing stories of people who dedicated their time and energy to caring for others, making a memorable impact on other people’s lives. We are proud to launch this campaign with our Gift of Travel video featuring heartwarming stories of community heroes and share the gift of travel through a message of hope and optimism from our employees as we all look forward to brighter days ahead,” shares Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources, and Communications Officer at Air Canada. “We are also proud to continue our long-standing effort through the Air Canada Foundation in supporting communities through its inaugural Gift of Travel auction and the annual Aeroplan Matching Campaign,” she adds.

The same Gift of Travel campaign highlights with different inspirational stories about Air Canada personnel as they do community work, providing assistance related to the fight against COVID-19. These stories can be accessed via the company’s social media handles and website.

On 1 December 2020, the company will launch its Gift of Travel auction. The said auction will highlight rare aviation implements including the opportunity to fly or operate an aviation simulator. It will also feature a ride-on plane for kids and even a chance to have dinner with the company’s most celebrated chefs.

All proceeds of the said Gift of Travel auction will be given to various Canadian charitable groups and organizations that work toward better health for the youth and children.

Also, the Gift of Travel campaign will cover the yearly Aeroplan Matching Campaign week celebrations. This will feature the Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program, an advocacy to help sick children to get the medical help they need.

Through the Air Canada Foundation, the charitable arm of the company, Air Canada specifically aims to help Canadian children and youth in their medical and health needs. The Foundation also provides financial assistance and in-kind aid to various charitable organizations in Canada.

The company’s Gift of Travel campaign also highlights a Gift of Travel pass that allows convenient travel to one of the six designated locations. This pass will be valid until April 2022 and will provide the bearer with utmost flexibility.

The COVID-19 outbreak has heavily affected Canadian’s capacity to travel wherever and whenever they want. With Air Canada’s Gift of Travel, however, more opportunities to travel—and even to help others—becomes a vivid reality.

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Best Ways to Save $ on Summer Travel

If you use these savings tips, you should be able to afford the most amazing vacations without breaking the bank.

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Summer travel season is upon us and if you haven’t started the booking process yet, there’s still time. We travel in the summer because it fits into our schedules with work time off, children’s school vacations and of course the weather is just right. Summer is also most destination’s peak season, meaning savings are rare but with our help, you’ll find them. We searched for the best ways to save big on your summer travel plans without missing out on all the fun. Pack your bags because with our help you’ll be able to afford any dream vacation.

 

Be Flexible

One of the best ways to save is being flexible with your travel plans. Picking the cheapest flights, hotels and attraction tickets can help make ant trip more affordable. Being flexible doesn’t just deal with time; it involves destination, activities and mode of travel. Often times a resort town will have neighboring towns with better deals and cheaper activities and accommodations. Maybe a train or driving is a more affordable mode of transportation. The point is being flexible with your plans and you can save big, meaning you can do and enjoy more on your trip.

 

Tues/Wed

If you don’t already know, Tuesday and Wednesday are the cheapest days to fly so if you are going for a week, try flying in and out on these days. These are generally the slowest travel days so you win twice. You’ll fly for cheaper and the airport and airplane will be less crowded.

 

Book Early

It may be too late to book early for the beginning of summer but you still have time to book trips near the end of summer and still get good deals. The more time in between the time you book and the time you travel equals savings.

 

Price Drops

Most major travel sites will offer price drop guarantees when you book early, so if the price drops, you get refunded the difference. These are free or a few dollars and are definitely worth it.

 

Membership Discounts

We are already paying for memberships like AAA or AARP, so why not take advantage of the incredible savings these organizations offer. Check with your respective organization and inquire about travel deals. You will be surprised by how large these discounts can be.

 

Book Online

Many resorts or airlines offer deals for booking online, so take advantage of these lurking online deals. They are often hard to find so do some snooping and see what kind of savings you can unearth.

 

No Rental Insurance

If you are renting a car, never get the added insurance; you are already covered by both your insurance and the credit card you used to pay. These rental car companies will lie and tell you that you need the added insurance, don’t fall for their trickery.

 

Pack Food

If you want to save big by doing almost nothing, simply pack some snacks. Food on the go is so much more expensive than bringing snacks, so save big by doing very little.

 

Package Deals

Search for package deals where they combine airfare, hotels and other amenities into one price. These are often huge deals and make everything seem so seamless. These sites are everywhere so do your research and find the best ones.

 

Deal Sites

Get daily deals from coupon sites like Groupon and LivingSocial. These sites offer incredible deals for a fraction of the original price. We find huge savings on theme parks and hotels almost everyday.

 

If you use these savings tips, you should be able to afford the most amazing vacations without breaking the bank.

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Supersonic Passenger Jets are Coming

Is the world ready for a passenger jet that flies faster that the Concorde ever could? I hope so because it’s coming as soon as 2020.

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Is the world ready for a passenger jet that flies faster that the Concorde ever could? I hope so because it’s coming as soon as 2020. Thanks to the brilliant forward thinking and huge wallet of Richard Branson, we can expect supersonic passenger jets flying at speeds of Mach 2.2. Yea, you heard me right, that’s twice as fast as the speed of sound. Virgin Galactic and aviation upstarts Boom Technology have teamed up for an exciting project that will bring supersonic jets back to commercial air travel.

The Concorde was doomed by poor technology and a system of regulations that hurt its innovation. Boom Technology plans to change the modern landscape of aviation with its groundbreaking airplanes. This new jet should fly around 100 miles per hour faster than the now retired Concorde.

 

At these incredible speeds passengers could make a trip from New York to London in 3 hours and 15 minutes. Today that trip takes an average of 7 plus hours. That’s cutting the travel time in half, if not more.

Imagine being able to go from San Francisco to Tokyo in under 6 hours. These are not unreal estimates and you should be very excited. The last major speed enhancement in commercial aviation came in the late 1950s when jets were first introduced. This shift made the idea of a “Hawaiian Vacation” possible as the trip used to take up to 16 hours now only took 6.

Adding supersonic jets to commercial airlines could change the way we look at travel. Now a weekend trip to Australia seems doable instead of the grueling 12-15 hour flight it is now.

 

Maybe you have business in Europe but wish to be home in time to tuck your child into bed, now you will be able to do that with supersonic travel. Supersonic passenger jets will literally shrink the world even smaller and make the global community that much tighter.

Boom raised a nice $33 million in initial investment to build its prototype, the “Baby Boom,” later this year.

Boom’s biggest and smartest move was partnering up with the legend and one of the best innovators around, Richard Branson. The man behind such innovative companies as Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Money, VirginMedia, Virgin Mobile and countless other brands has another feather to put in his cap.

 

The Baby Boom’s first test flight is scheduled for early 2018 with it’s full sized big brother being scaled up for a 2020 test flight. If everything goes as planned the full sized Boom aircrafts will be ready for commercial flights as soon as 2023. These specialized supersonic passenger jets will seat 55 passengers in an all-business class arrangement. Expect luxury and class on these supersonic jets, especially if Richard Branson is involved.

The man who owns his own Caribbean Island won’t skimp on interiors, that’s for sure.  I won’t be on the first flight, but I will line up and take a flight, just to say I did.  Expect more incredible innovations coming soon from this young upstart.

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