Weird Things People Rent While Traveling

Jun 13, 2019 By Kayode Oseh

You’re going on vacation next month. That means it’s time to start researching which friend you’re going to hire to come with you. Yes, you read that right.

The new normal for tourism-based enterprises seems to be getting weirder and weirder. The tourism sector has experienced some debatably strange new business models arising from consumers’ willingness to splurge on these completely bizarre ventures. Here are strange things travelers are spending their money on abroad.

Rent A Person To Stand In Line For You

According to a study done by Timex on how Americans spend their time, roughly 37 billion hours annually are spent waiting in a line of one form or another. The study suggested that as a species, human beings spend approximately six months of their existence in a line, totaling three days a year of waiting. Strangely enough, it’s not the actual amount of time spent waiting that actually bothers people. In the early 20th century, Danish engineer A.K. Erlang developed a mathematical model of how lines work and found that the more prominent factors influencing people waiting in line were ideas of fairness, mismanaged expectations, and the way people define time.

Rent A Photographer

Did you really go traveling if you didn’t show it off to your friends on social media? Nowadays, one of the most important parts of a vacation is capturing all of the amazing moments along the way. In fact, there have been numerous studies conducted looking into the influence social media has on the motivations of travelers. The effect social media sites now have on the travel experience is undeniable. Not only have the motivations behind travel been reshaped, but the tourism industry has also been altered with the sheer amount of information shared online. This “digital nomad” era has created a whole new reason for travel.

Rent A Friend

While solo traveling is said to have increased an astronomical 42 percent in the past two years, we realize it’s not for everyone. Sometimes, the task of navigating the world is best done with a friend in tow. The challenge thereby lies in finding friends with enough time, money, and passion to drop everything and set off around the globe with you. It’s 2019, though, and there’s no need to be deterred; Rent A Friend may just be the company you’ve been searching for.

Rent Driveways And Parking Spaces

From Airbnb to Uber, the sharing economy really is taking over the world. In recent years, unique business models enabled by this new peer-to-peer sharing mindset have been adopted by many. One such company, Just Park, based in London, recognized the difficulty in finding a parking spot and came up with a solution.

In tourist-filled areas and towns you are unfamiliar with, parking can be a dysfunctional and stressful experience. Just Park solves that problem by pairing up one of tens of thousands of property owners in the UK who aren’t using their driveways with people in need of a parking space. This system can give travelers peace of mind that they won’t get a fine, get their car towed away, or spend valuable hours driving around a busy city praying for a free car park.

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