The lines are blurring between mass transit and sharing. Good for you.

For travelers such as Vicki Rosenzweig, there’s a bright line between mass transit — a bus, train or ferry — and ridesharing, carsharing and bikesharing.

“Uber isn’t public transit,” says Rosenzweig, an editor who lives in Arlington, Mass.

Or is it? Read more “The lines are blurring between mass transit and sharing. Good for you.”

Why you should try car sharing on your next trip

When Caroline Lupini needed a rental car for a month, the last place she looked was a car rental company.

Instead, she turned to a sharing site called Turo, which offers medium- to long-term rentals at a discount over the typical rental company rate. Think Airbnb for cars. Read more “Why you should try car sharing on your next trip”

One thing the sharing economy won’t share: Transparent pricing

If you thought comparison shopping was hard with traditional travel companies, just try the sharing economy.
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Why sharing is good – even when the travel industry says it isn’t

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When it comes to travel, is sharing good for you?

If you’re talking about the $3.5 billion-a-year “sharing” economy, which turns consumers into travel providers, you’ll often hear a “no.”

Whether you’re considering a home rental instead of a hotel or driving someone else’s car over hiring a taxi, experts warn you to beware before you share.

The poster kids for the perils of peer-to-peer travel include Airbnb, where one host recently ran afoul of New York’s law banning short-term rentals, and RelayRides, which last year had a fatality in one of its rental vehicles. Critics also point to companies such as FlightCar, a start-up that offers off-airport car rentals, which they claim are skirting taxes and government regulation.

But ask travelers if sharing is good, and you’re more likely to get a “yes.” And they have the stories to prove it.
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