This new trunk-sharing system lets you make money when you travel

Mar 7 2019, 2:14 am

It goes without saying: We all dream about broadening our horizons and hitting the road to see the beauty that British Columbia has to offer.

With plenty of picturesque national parks, glacial lakes, and mountains to explore throughout the province (all accessible by car), you’ll wonder why you never explored your backyard sooner.

However, the reality of it is: Fuel is expensive. But what if there was a way you could make money while travelling on the road?

Peer-to-peer ride share service Trunkit, created by BC local Greg Smith and his teenage sons Alex and Carter, is letting people post their travel routes (or even daily commute) in order to fill their unused space in their trunk, truck, trailer, and even tow. That’s right, if you commute from let’s say, the Fraser Valley into the Vancouver area every day, you could offset the cost by posting your trip on Trunkit!

Users are also able to post items they have that need to be delivered. The aim of the service? To provide a more affordable and faster (and not to mention, eco-friendly) delivery option than most courier services.

The idea came to fruition when the Smith family were looking to move a couch from Vancouver to Vernon several years ago.

“The couch wasn’t worth much, and we didn’t want to pay anything else way over the value of the actual couch,” says Smith. After having to drive the couch up to Vernon themselves, Smith and his sons noticed all the empty trunks and space along the way — and so the idea for Trunkit was born.

Think of it as the Airbnb of shipping.

When signing up and creating a profile, there are two things you can do.

Users can post trips that they’re planning on taking with empty space in their trunk, and users who have something to ship can look for drivers who have posted trips. They can use the chat service to agree on a price, pay, and sort out the pickup and delivery details.

It’s all safe and secure, as users have to be verified. And it’s really as simple as that!

If you’re looking to make money while you travel — or even on your daily commute, then it’s worth signing up for Trunkit to see how you can get some extra cash and offset the cost of travelling. Visit Trunkit’s official website for more information on how to get started.

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