Some of you may have had the privilege of staying at Alabama Vagabonds' host location, Big Daddy's Grill, Fish River Paradise. If you have, you will know that these hosts have been waiting several years to live out their RVing dreams. Well, they finally sold the business and are currently living life on the road. While we're extremely sad to lose such a great host, we are so happy they now get to be guests. Such is the purpose of this great community! With over 178 glowing references, we know you will miss them as well but have no fear, he may be visiting you soon. See our interview with him below.
Boondockers Welcome was originally designed to offer guests a safe place to boondock for a night or two. As we grew, so did our hosts' generosity with many offering electric and water. However, some guests may not realize what is needed to take advantage of a host's generous offer. Thankfully GTS1544, a popular host, has written a very informative article on what guests should prepare to bring in order to connect properly to a hosts' electric or water connections.
If you have been traveling in an RV for a while you know that campground prices can be really expensive. Especially when they add up while you are on an extended vacation or traveling full-time. Here are some of the sites and apps we have found that can help with the expense of camping:
- Boondockers Welcome
- Passport America
- Good Sam Club
- National, Provincial, and State Parks
- Harvest Hosts
Here are five camping apps we use and love:
4. Reserve America
Traveling in an RV can be stressful sometimes, especially when you're a newbie. Creating a checklist to review before you depart each location can help alleviate some of the stress so you can focus on more of the fun! Our friends at RV Repair Club have created a great checklist to help you get on the road faster and safer.
The current global pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of travel plans for thousands, if not millions of people. It also adds a degree of uncertainty to future travel plans. People have been left asking when traveling can resume as normal, or if things will ever be the same.
The Boondockers Welcome community has always been built on curiosity and generosity. Our members are curious about the world and want to experience it either by traveling, or having the world come to their door. And our hosts prove their generosity time and again, welcoming strangers to their property who then leave as friends.
But it is important for us to recognize that RVing has not traditionally been a very diverse pastime. The vast majority of RVers are white. But the joys that RVing can bring are just as relevant to people of color. Being able to travel in comfort with those you love and see the vast beauty of North America is something that should be accessible to everyone, without fear of discrimination or mistreatment based on the color of your skin.
Campgrounds and parks are starting to open up and we realize that recreational travel is beginning in some areas. The health and safety of our members is, and always will be, our top priority especially during the pandemic. As such, we have implemented a few guidelines, for both hosts and guests, to ensure everyone is staying safe yet still having fun and enjoying each other.
This week's article is brought to you by Becca Borawski Jenkins (a former Boondockers Welcome guest and a soon-to-be new host). Becca is an editor at FinanceBuzz and also happens to be a full-time RVer. She has lots of financial advice for other RVers but in this article, she's going to explain why she and her husband have started buying land.