No plans for this Labor Day weekend yet? Don’t worry, thanks to a handful of new apps that go all-in with the sharing economy, you could throw an epic pool party, rent a speedboat, or even go glamping on your own private paradise. Let’s dive in.
If you don’t have a pool of your own — and let’s be honest, most of us don’t — and don’t want to fight the crowds at the local public swimming hole, Swimply will come to your rescue. It’s like Airbnb, but for pools: You search for nearby private pools, pick a time that works for you, and then pay based on how long your group wants to swim. It’s insanely simple, and there are no strings attached, just tap, swim, and splash.
I tested the Outdoorsy three Labor Day’s ago (2016), when the peer-to-peer RV rental app was just starting out. My family and I rented an Airstream for the weekend, and it was a genius idea then that’s even better now.
Outdoorsy is the easiest way to find ready-to-go campers, RVs, and trailers right in your own backyard. You can find everything from pop-up camper trailers to full-sized motorhomes on Outdoorsy, and you only pay for the days you need. Enjoy the great outdoors with rentals that are cheaper than a decent hotel room, and make 2019 a summer to remember!
No idea where to pitch your tent tonight — or on one of the most crowded camping weekends of the year? Hipcamp will change all of that, with listings for nearby campsites, vineyards, and parks that you probably never even knew existed. Narrow down your search based on exactly how you want to spend your long weekend: tent camping? RV-friendly? Cabin rentals? Glaming in a seaside Yurt? It’s all there on Hipcamp, and you can book right through the website without any hassle.
Deciding where to camp is one thing, but don’t have the gear you need? Dropping a thousand dollars on schmancy tent, and a camp stove, and all the rest of it just for one weekend is crazy, but thankfully there’s a better way. Whether it’s a high-end mountain bike, durable pair of kayaks, or multi-room tent you’re after, Gearo is the easiest way to rent outdoor accessories without spending an arm and a leg. Browse nearby retailers who have exactly what you’re looking for and pay to rent rather than buy. You’ll get what you need for the bare minimum of investment, and enjoy the outdoors the way it was meant to be.
A wise man once said, “The two best days of a boat-owners life is the day he buys a boat and the day he sells it.” With GetMyBoat, you don’t have to buy or sell a boat to get the most out of it. GetMyBoat is a rental network with tens of thousands of boats ready to go at a moment’s notice, so you can book a rental and set sail with zero headaches. You pay by the hour, and many rentals even include an expert captain at the helm, so truly you can just kick back and enjoy your long weekend in style.
Rental cars are easy to find just about anywhere, but if you’re looking for a set of wheels with a bit more personality, Turo’s ready to put you in the driver’s seat. It’s a massive network of car owners who rent their vehicles out by the day, handing over their keys so you can hit the road in style. You can find all kinds of of vehicles on Turo, from rugged, trail-worthy SUVs to head-turning sports cars, and you can even have your chosen car delivered right to your door. When you’re done, just top off the gas tank, return it, and payment is handled right inside the app.
And don’t forget, most of these apps work by letting you rent your gear out and making a little extra money along the way as well.
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