We’ve been a member of Boondockers Welcome for five months, but finally used it for the first time! In this article we’ll review our experience and discuss the membership and the perks it offers.
It is one of our many tools we use to find FREE CAMPING – learn more about our strategy in our article “The Art of Free Camping.”
What is Boondockers Welcome?
It’s a membership service that provides travelers with driveway camping options across the country. The company was founded by fellow RVers, and aims to connect like-minded people with places to camp and create shared experiences.
How much does it cost?
There are two membership categories – hosts & travelers. A host membership cost $19.95 a year, with the potential of being free if they receive positive reviews. The “Guest-Only” membership is $24.95 a year. It allows travelers easy access to the database of hosts.
What are some of the membership features?
The website has an easy to use mapping system that makes it easy to find hosts across the country. Boondockers Welcome also has a private messaging system that shows host response rate. Our favorite feature is the host reviews that are found in each profile – it gives us a good sense if we’ll be a proper fit for the host.
Is it safe?
We feel safe at our site – but, this is where the host reviews can add extra comfort. If a host has numerous reviews, we can camp there without worry. The fact that Boondockers Welcome charges a membership fee for hosts also weeds out potential trolls.
We spent five nights during our first Boondockers Welcome stay. The location was ideal for our Seattle adventures. We could also walk to local coffee shops and a beautiful water front park. For us to legitimize the $25 membership, we’d like to use it at least 12 nights out of the year.
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