We all sleep, eat and travel, but we don’t necessarily think about sharing our home, kitchen and car with strangers. Think again. The sharing economy has arrived and apparently it’s big business.
In our throw-away modern world, it can sometimes feel like people have forgotten how to share. Not so, if you follow the business commentary – there’s a revolution sweeping across the economy with people sharing anything from boats to bedrooms for a little bit of cash. Here’s our guide with three top tips of how the benefit from this re-invented phenomena.
Airbnb, one of the most well-known examples of the sharing economy, has gone from being a sofa-surfing website popular amongst young travellers to a viable holiday and income generating opportunity for all generations. In fact, one of the biggest growth areas according to Airbnb research is amongst senior hosts, in particular women aged 60 or more. Put simply, Airbnb is an online marketplace which lets people rent out their properties or spare rooms to guests. Unlike staying in what often feel like generic hotel rooms, with Airbnb you stay in someone’s house or you rent out your spare room to someone looking for accommodation.
The sharing economy is shaking up how we view restaurant dining…now people are popping up all over the place hosting their dinner events for the public right from the comfort of their home. Whether you consider yourself to a be a whizz in the kitchen or fancy indulging in the talents of nearby home-cooks, then EatWith something you need to explore. And what better way of getting to meet more interesting people.
Last, but not least, travel is starting to see a gear change in the sharing economy. One such example is easyCar Pool which connects people who travel in the same direction, so they can arrange to travel together, make new friends and share the costs, whilst playing their part in reducing road congestion and air pollution. Membership is free and it’s quick and easy to sign up. This is definetly worth giving a whirl, especially as a Age UK Camden have secured a special project with the company.
Just for you, Age UK Camden and easyCar Pool have joined forces to offer you the chance to share your travel costs for no charge at all. Whether you’re driving somewhere and want some company or you need a lift to get out and about, this is an opportunity you can’t miss.
Sign up by visiting the new online service at
You will receive a discount code to access all options free of charge. Alternatively, you can call Age UK Camden’s information and advice line and one of the team will be happy to explain everything you need to know – 020 7239 0400.