With the economy in decline and peak oil in the back of our minds, many of us are rethinking the way we travel. While some are rediscovering the amenities of train travel, others are warming up to the idea of sharing their sacred car space with others, even if it means losing some convenience or privacy.

The system of ridesharing has a long history of its own in Germany, where the first national rideshare institutions were established in the 1950s. Over the course of time, posts within all major cities' central stations and universities evolved where rideshares could be arranged on commission. The original “rideshare shacks” have mostly disappeared in favor of more appealing and flexible services available on the internet, such as market leader Mitfahrgelegenheit.de. With about 30 million visits and around 150,000 offered rides per month, the platform offers an easy and convenient way for people either seeking or selling ridespace to get in touch. It's become one of the easiest ways to travel in Germany when you are on a budget (- and of course, it's also more environment friendly than driving your own car).

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