A Sharing Economy

It only takes a small observation to notice that we are becoming more and more reliant on services that allow us to share amongst ourselves. If we think about some of today’s fastest growing apps and services, many of them seem to be dependant upon sharing.

The app Uber came out of nowhere and is gaining popularity and headlines across the globe. The app provides a taxi service for people who need a lift. If you have a car and a driving licence and are in the area then you can become one of their drivers. The service has caused a lot of commotion across the globe. Last year taxi drivers in France were slating the service in the news because it is stealing their fares and they are not paying any taxi licensing fees.

Another service that seems to have grown in leaps and bounds over the past couple of years is Airbnb. This service let’s you rent out a house, a flat or a room in someone’s home rather than staying at a hotel. The service is usually cheaper than b&bs and hotels and offers the guest some company if they are travelling alone.

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The group-funding site Shareagift is also seeing users flood their site looking to collect money for all sorts of things from charitable causes to birthday parties and wedding gifts. Group-funding is becoming more and more popular with people being able to achieve goals together that they wouldn’t necessarily be able to reach on their own.

Shared workspaces in offices are also becoming more popular, especially within companies who offer part time contracts. These shared workspaces mean that companies save money because they don’t have to have a computer and a desk for each person working there.

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The popularity of these services confirms the move towards collaborative consumption with people wanting to share rather than having individual ownership. We are already beginning to see shifts away from owning our own means of transport. Boris bikes in London are a perfect example of people no longer needing to own a bicycle.

In certain areas of France you can hire keys, which allow you to drive a number of electric cars. You just drive to your destination and when you are done someone else can hop in and drive off. Last year Paris launched an electric scooter rental scheme for those who don’t wish to use rental bikes to get around the capital. This is part of a plan to try and reduce the number of cars in the city and if it succeeds it could be rolled out in other major cities across the world including London.

If this trend carries on, eventually the majority of products and services that we use will become shared and we will no longer see the need to own bikes, cars or even homes. The world is changing so get ready to become a lot more generous!

Top 5 Incredibly Random Pubs You Must Try This Summer In Paris!

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Last week we took you on a wild tour of some of London’s most random pubs, this week we are crossing the channel to bring you some of the strangest and most amazing pubs that Paris has to offer. If you are planning a trip to Paris this summer, or are looking for a reason to visit the French capital then look no further. We have chosen our top 5 most random pubs across Paris that are well worth a visit.

1 – Lucha Libre – The French Wrestling Pub

This backstreet bar in Paris may not look much from the outside but it not only serves some of the best mojitos in the French capital, it has a real wrestling ring in the basement. The pub has a Mexican theme and they serve a selection of tapas and cocktails including 10 different mojitos.

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2 – Zero De Conduite – Childhood Memories

This bar in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighbourhood serves cocktails out of baby bottles which are named after children’s characters including Peter Pan and Snoopy. If you are looking for somewhere to kick back, suck on a bottle and watch some great cartoons then this is the place for you!

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3 – La Fee Verte – Absinthe Galore!

The Green Fairy is an old-fashioned café and absinthe bar in central Paris. This bar comes alive in the evening with a selection of different types of Absinthe served in the traditional manner. It can be drunk straight from the glass, with a spoon and sugar cubes or from the absinthe fountain on the bar.

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4 – Batofar – Paris’s Floating Bar

Batofar is a large docked boat and inside you will find one of Paris’s most intriguing bar and nightclubs. The venue is known for bringing in some of the most internationally renowned bands and DJ’s, and it is rare for there to be a night without music trailing off into the early hours.

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5 – Le Trucmush – Beer And A Bath

This quirky and weirdly decorated pub is a favourite amongst Parisian students. Many of the tables are made from strange household items including baths and sinks and the ceiling sports a retro disco ball with flashing neon lights. Happy hour lasts from 6 to 9 in the evenings and is usually accompanied with a themed night including karaoke and Mario Kart competitions.

Don’t forget you can use Shareagift to collect money online with friends towards a birthday celebration, celebratory drinks, a weekend getaway or just a random night out. Shareagift makes it easy to pool money together and donate towards a birthday fund, a group gift, a meal or a few rounds of drinks. Start a campaign and plan towards the perfect summer day out today!

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Top 5 Most Terrifying Places On Earth!

Today Lonely Planet named Kent as Europe’s top spot for a family holiday. The county brings in thousands of tourists due to its many attractions, which include the White Cliffs of Dover, Canterbury Cathedral, Lees Castle (billed as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’) and Margate sea front. Kent also plays host to the most haunted village in England!

Pluckley Village draws in visitors from far and wide as well as paranormal investigators and various television crews. The village and surrounding area is rumoured to have around 12 to 16 ghosts haunting it. The most popular ghost is the screaming man who is believed to have worked in the village brickwork and was unfortunate to fall to his death. Here at Shareagift we love being spooked and have compiled a list of five of the scariest places to visit around the world!

1- The Door To Hell

The Door to Hell is a natural gas field in Derweze, Turkmenistan. Soviet engineers lit this natural gas fire in 1971 and it still burns to this day. The natural gas deposits in the area fuel the fire and the smell of burning sulphur fills the area. It was originally thought to be an oil field site but as the Soviets started drilling the ground beneath collapsed into a wide crater.

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2 – Lake Natron

Lake Natron is located in East Africa, the United Republic of Tanzania and got its name from the mixture of salt and minerals, called natron, which are revealed when the water’s level decreases. The lake’s water can reach temperatures of up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and is salty enough to poison most animals. Many of the animals that do visit the lake are turned into statues, through calcification resulting in scary looking figures in and around the area.

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3- Leap Castle

Leap castle is situated in Ireland and is widely recognised as the most haunted castle in the world. Numerous people were imprisoned and executed in the castle, which is one of the reasons that people believe it is haunted. Shadows are often seen wandering the Priest’s House within the castle grounds, the Murder Hole Room contains a blood stained floor, ghost sightings of two young girls have been reported by many visitors, and the infamous Red Lady has also been seen by many carrying a dagger in her hand and raising it in a menacing manner!

4 – La Isla De La Munecas – Island Of The Dolls

The Island of the Dolls sits south of Mexico City and has become a world-renowned tourist destination. This island is the home of hundreds of terrifying, mutilated dolls! The island’s only inhabitant, Don Julian Santana, found the body of a drowned child in the canal some 50 years ago. Haunted by her death he started hanging dolls around the island hoping this would appease her tortured soul and protect the island from future evil.

5 – Paris Catacombs

These catacombs are located underground in Paris, France just south of the former city gate. They hold the remains of around six million people and it is said to be the world’s largest grave. It is now one of Paris’s most visited tourist attractions and was the location of last year’s horror film ‘As Above, So Below’.

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If this has put you in the mood for a scary day out then why not take someone along as a gift, after all there’s nothing better than watching someone jump out of their skin! At Shareagift you can save with others and make that special person’s day one to remember! If your looking for something a little less terrifying this summer then take a look at our top five alternative day’s out.

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