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SHARING IS SAVING How Your Smartphone Makes Travel Cheaper

the host and guest are required to submit a review of their experience before they can use the app again, and in most cases, both users are required to scan their IDs in order to register. Using these services is as safe as using a traditional taxi, according to a study by the Cato Institute. Beyond saving your cash, these apps can also guide you to a more personal experience and the chance to make your vacation truly unique.

New-age entrepreneurs have pioneered a host of apps to help you find cheaper alternatives to expensive aspects of traveling. They call it share economy — a new business approach where companies provide a platform for consumers to work with each other directly, making services and goods cheaper. The result is a more affordable way to travel. Say goodbye to taxis and rental cars. Popular apps like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar allow locals to turn their cars into personal taxis that people (like you!) can request rides from using their phones. It’s cheaper than a rental car or traditional taxi, and more direct (and better smelling) than public transportation. Couch surfing is the new travel sport. Hotels are easily one of the most expensive parts of a vacation — even if you find a deal online. With apps like Airbnb and CouchSurfing, locals offer their couches, beds, and rooms for as low as $20 a night. Is the concept kinda sketchy? One might pause before staying with or getting a ride from a total stranger, but the accountability keeps things safe. Both

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