One of the most recurrent debates about collaborative economics platforms is the extent to which they allow for interaction between people or are equated with one more classic type of service. In this sense, the two main examples are meetings between people to share transport costs (in applications such as BlaBlaCar or Amovens) and meetings to share housing either through payment (AirBnB) or for free (CouchSurfing).
So the question that arises is, to what extent is the experience of sharing with others (travellers or local hosts) important in the decision to travel by car or to stay in a house? There is no doubt that in applications such as CouchSurfing, the main motivation – along with the savings or no need to pay for accommodation – is the contact and exchange of experiences with local neighbours, something that also happens at AirBnB.
In this sense, travel trends continue to change from a type of tourist, the former or more traditional, who wants to visit the city, restaurants and so on for a short period of time and the new tourist who is not content to visit the monuments and taste the cuisine, but who is looking for a more authentic travel experience and trying, in some way, to see the city as a local. And the digital platforms for transport or accommodation do offer a novelty in that they allow this interaction and contact between people, giving an added value that classic hotels and restaurants do not achieve.