We decided that we would travel for one week solely using (bi)-products of the sharing economy. When you think about the sharing economy you think about Uber or Lyft, Airbnb, Foursquare, Service... I was keen to share with you a more modern way of travelling that allows for some more flexibility and independence that the more traditional car-rental and hotel holiday.
We partnered up with Airbnb and found a little beach house on Venice beach which was just perfect. We spent the week wondering Venice beach, going to Santa Monica, Malibu and Beverly Hills.
We either rented bikes or used Uberpool to get around. UberPool actually just launched in LA when we arrived which meant that there were loads of promotional codes and opportunities. The idea behind UberPool is one of convenience, cost efficiency and shareability.
The idea is that you share a ride and split the cost with another Uber customer who just happens to be requesting a ride along a similar route. You still get the on-demand convenience but at a smaller cost. The perfect solution for when we visited Beverly Hills, Malibu beaches or going to and from the airport ...
Forget guidebooks, we used Foursquare to decide where we would eat, drink and shop. Quite frankly, we were very rarely disappointed - just use common sense and you will be fine.
The most incredible thing with doing the whole sharing economy gig is the amount of people you meet along the way - Uber drivers and customers, Airbnb hosts, restaurant and shop owners all with incredible stories to share...
A big thank you to the Airbnb team for this experience and to Megan - our amazing host. We will be back very soon.