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Learning the wonders of the sharing economy in trip to Denver
Learning the wonders of the sharing economy in trip to Denver

Meet my friends Joanna, Jo and Brenton, and Beth. They really helped me out on my recent trip to Denver. Joanna lent me her car. Jo gave up his room and crashed in Brenton's room so I would have a place to sleep. Beth invited me for a lovely dinner. Thing is, I didn't know any of them before my trip here last month. These trusting souls are part of the sharing economy, also called collaborative consumption or peer-to-peer sharing, which may be the hottest trend in travel since the birth of frequent-flier programs. The concept is simple: What isn't being used can be shared or lent — a spare room, an extra car or even expertise — maybe for a fee, maybe not....

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