We have experienced so many warm welcomes here in #Wisconsin
But our first-ever #boondockerswelcome host went above and beyond and then some to make us feel at home. 💚
What we expected to be a stressful holiday weekend staying in parking lots while campgrounds were full, turned into days of our own private haven, complete with partial hookups!
Being from the western US, our preferred camping style as full-timers is boondocking on public lands. Getting into West Texas, however, is graduate-level boondocking and we had to up our game and get creative. That's when we discovered Boondockers Welcome, and we are hooked! We have had such wonderful experiences with our Boondockers Welcome hosts, made life-long friendships with hosts and fellow guests, and given the opportunity in the future, will definitely become hosts should we own land again. We even got one of our precious fur babies from one of our hosts who've since become family, our German Shepherd Toby.
A quick stay last night @boondockers.welcome in Wappinger Falls, NY. Beautiful area, wonderful host, and the weather was nice and cool!
Sometimes we camp in the national forests, sometimes we sleep on the side of the road, sometimes we camp at campgrounds and sometimes we stay on peoples property
A couple of months ago we got a “Boondockers Welcome” membership.
It is $50 for a year. People allow you to stay on their property for free. If you have hookups they charge a small fee some of the time. We don’t have hookups so it’s always free.
We have been incredibly blessed to now have stayed 10 nights at four different locations and all the hosts have been amazing! This was one we stayed at when we made the 15-hour drive from Oregon to Southern California last week to sell our Cycleboards. We stopped halfway and stayed at a BW host. The thing I love about it too, the hosts we have stayed with, you can see how much pride and joy they take in their property!
Having BW has been such a blessing!
Our first experience at a boondockers welcome location in Gravenhurst, Muskokas lakes was wonderful.
Our host met us outside, guided us into our spot and were incredibly welcoming.
We shared wine, stories of wonderful travels and our future plans.
#thisisboondockerswelcome Looking forward to many more experiences.
I almost hate to post this, but Boondockers Welcome has GOT to be the best-kept secret for RVers. We camped for FREE the last 3 nights on a private farm that we had totally to ourselves.
While we have not utilized Boondockers Welcome hosts yet in our travels, we sure hope to in the future. As a Host I have met several wonderful campers as they make their way through the Pacific Northwest. It is cool to get to meet great people from all walks of life and provide a safe and easy location to base camp out of. Most campers are on their way to another location, they are tired and looking to rest, take care of their furry babies, and kids, and to get an early start on tackling the next leg in their journey. I'm happy to be a positive part of their journey.
We have hosted quite a few Boondockers as we are not far off the Rt 95 "Flyway." ALL of our guests have been interesting people driving a range of interesting rigs. I am reminded that in many parts of the world welcoming travelers with hospitality is a cultural imperative. Boondockers provides an opportunity to experience the benefits of this ancient custom. My life is richer because of it. Thanks, Boondockers!
...and I'll probably never have to buy a subscription renewal!
Fantastic one-night stay at a @boondockers.welcome in Leesburg, OH! The hosts of Woodhaven Farm were wonderful and very welcoming! It was nice chatting with them and learning about their farm!
The boys picked eggs from the hens and learned how to drive a manual clutch tractor!
Woodhaven Farm is also a bed and breakfast!
If you're in need of a place to stay on your travels or in need of a peaceful getaway, check them out!
Had a wonderful experience with our first boondocking. This adventure looks promising.
We at Bromark Farms in Crossville, TN have been Boondockers Welcome hosts for 2 years. We have loved sharing our farm experience with RVers making their way across the nation. In turn the RVers coming in have loved sharing their experiences and knowledge of the RV lifestyle. Not to mention their trade or working expertise and knowledge.
We have learned quite a bit, that is the reason I joined Boondockers Welcome. We are currently restoring a 1969 Holiday Rambler travel trailer. I wanted my wife to see different rigs and meet RVers. Thank you BW!
Come see us on a small scale farm in middle Tennessee.
Our first BW experience couldn’t have been any better. We had wonderful hosts! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. They have a very level spot for our Class A, with 30 amp electric and water. It is so beautiful there and easy to get to. Shopping is close also. They have set a high bar and we will be looking forward to our next BW stay.
Our first @boondockers.welcome experience was wonderful. Our host was so knowledgeable about the area and our Wanderlodge. He even met us at the road to help guide us in to the spot.
What a great stay in the hills of Michigan. We can’t wait to have our next #ThisIsBoondockersWelcome experience.
Just had an amazing stay in north Ontario with great hosts. We were able to hike, swim, fish and canoe right from our RV steps.
My husband and I moved to the Pacific North West towards the end of 2019 after we fell in love with the beauty of the area. We soon realized that the PNW lends itself to being outdoors and appreciating nature, the way it was intended to be enjoyed, with a shared love and respect.
So, in light of that and in the spirit of sharing, we opened up our ranch to Boondockers Welcome as hosts for those passing through and those who wanted to stay and explore the area. Since we are situated conveniently near a major highway and have easy access, we have had a stream of Boondockers passing through. Working on the Boondockers App made it easy to accept bookings and to communicate with guests.
As summer progressed, and reflecting on the guests we’ve had thus far, we have met some wonderful people, made new friends, and soon realized that the RV-ing community are great folks. Everyone was courteous and respectful, leaving the site the way they found it. And along the journey, we have met great people, and we have also met awesome people. Some have shared life stories and experiences, giving great RV-ing tips and advice, others have gone above and beyond, giving unexpected but lovely personalized gifts as a thank you.
Overall, our lives have been enriched by being hosts to such a great community and it reminds me of the saying we have in Africa (where we come from). The term is Ubuntu (Zulu pronunciation: [ùɓúntʼù]) which is a Nguni Bantu term meaning "humanity." It is sometimes translated as "I am because we are", or "humanity towards others", or in Zulu, umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu. Ubuntu sums up our Boondockers experience and our hope is that our guests experience it too.
We have enjoyed hosting fifty-five RVing individuals, couples, or families over the past eleven months. They have enriched our lives and we have met the most interesting and engaging people! We have had folks stay for one night and up to one week. From those making solo trips across the country, to full-time families of up to seven, to those who wanted a long weekend getaway, or those just needing to stay one night while heading north or south along the interstate, we have been blessed by every one of them.
We have shared cheese and wine, meals, dessert, visits on the porch, or quick visits in the driveway with just about all of them. We have heard stories of wonderful travels or future travel plans. We have met people who are originally from different areas around the globe. Open your driveway to Boondockers and you too will find your lives enriched by these new relationships with fellow travelers!
Hello everyone! My Boondocker name is Roadtripper! I am a French Canadian. I have been using Boondockers Welcome for 3 years now and I will use it until my Teardrop camper dies. I've met so many cool people, made friends, visited tons of villages, restaurants, parks, etc. Something I never expected to do in my life! I assure you that all they've said about BW is absolutely true!! IT'S AWESOME! I never had a bad experience in 3 years.
While we have been on the road for five months, working all over the country...we've only just had our first BW experience and it was great! I love the idea of being able to park someplace on your way from Point A to Point B without hooking into a rest stop. We signed up as a BW host first but now that we have hit the road, we will definitely look forward to meeting more hosts along the way.
Had a Boondocker last night. I had made tacos and had plenty. Asked him to join us and he brought wine & chips! Great guest!
Boondocking in Crystal Springs, MS. Our 1st Boondockers Welcome stay. Great hosts. Full hookup.
First stay at a Boondockers Welcome was great. Peaceful country location with 30amp and water hookups available for $5/night.
The neighbors' turkeys and cows are the loudest sounds. We even enjoyed a campfire with the hosts and other boondockers. Definitely prefer @boondockers.welcome over a campground.
Our first boondocking experience! Great hosts!! 5 nights allowing us to get to know our RV, add shelves, and plan painting, wallpaper, and living space.
I recently joined @boondockers.welcome. People offer up their back yard, street parking, or maybe a spot in their field for RVers to spend the night at no cost. I had never heard of Moss Beach, but through this app, I discovered a listing allowing two nights stay in someone’s driveway in the village of Moss Beach. Wow. What a charming and beautiful little town right on the ocean!! Just a few steps from a nature conservancy, with cliff views, whales spouting in the not so distant horizon, squadrons of prehistoric brown pelicans flying in classic v-formation, seals sunning themselves on the shore, succulents of every shape and color, a great restaurant walking distance down the coast...and the nicest couple ever! We spent all morning having coffee, sharing travel and life stories, and just enjoying the ocean breeze. A great way to find unique places to stay the night! Thanks!
In one trip I have had many stays and they were all different! From my first BW host in a suburb of Lincoln that was beautiful, quiet, and easy. To a working farm in Kansas where the fresh eggs were a welcome gift. To an adventure in a small town outside of Little Rock where I swear if there is a sasquatch, he/she may be watching from the woods they are soooo dark, to my final stay in Goshen Springs, Mississippi that was the best dog playdate ever! All of my hosts have been welcoming and delightful to spend a chat with! Denzo the old man dog had a superb time in all the locations where he could chase his ball off-leash and get his ya-ya's out...but meeting Diesel was the first time he played so hard he had to go take a nap! I love this way of going across the states I just signed up for another year!
I am a Boondockers Welcome host from the beginning. I have never had a problem with any Boondocker guest. All my reviews have been positive. We have even had boondockers stay while we are away. Never a problem. I have great neighbors and they would have let me know if there had been an issue.
CCHC ranch has been a host for several years. We have had nothing but good visits since we started. People from all over the country and even from Europe and Australia have stayed on our property. We have made some good friends along the way and often have impromptu pot lucks and BBQs. Boondockers Welcome has opened our eyes to many adventures. All of our visitors have loved the ranch and some have stayed many days without leaving.
One of our amazing @boondockers.welcome hosts let us try out his drone. Had to get a classic pan out of the box! 🎥🚁🚚 What a great place to stay right?
Now, who wants to buy us one of these?! Haha, I can just imagine all the cool shots we would get. 🤯
My first ever Boondockers. It was great hosting such a lovely couple. They set the bar y'all!
This last week we hosted five Boondockers. Three were full-time RVers. One was an arborist and his therapist/coach partner. One couple are in the (wedding) photography business. And another was a music teacher/therapist. The other two were retired folk visiting family and they came from their home in close by suburbia for a quiet weekend. I’m going for another record of six Boondockers.
We joined about a year ago and truly love this service! We're no longer boondocking overnight at Walmart. All of the hosts have been very gracious and helpful, plus we’ve learned about some interesting places our hosts have traveled to and decided we needed to check these places out as well. Some have had full hooks up and allowed us to stay multiple days while in an area and some are just an overnight stop, but all have been fantastic and welcoming host. We highly recommend this service to all of our RV friends!
Another great weekend hosting awesome families through @boondockers.welcome, even if it was storming most of the time. We have had the pleasure of meeting so many full-time families and been able to live vicariously through their journeys. This week we had two living the #buslife one in a #schoolie and the other in a 1960 #silvereaglebus how awesome is that! Thank y’all for sharing your time and stories with us and we look forward to seeing you again next time! @hopetheadventurebus and @therenegadelife
Since we're part of Boondockerswelcome we can now overnight park for free on some of the most beautiful spots or country has to offer!
This time we're at the Suwanee River. We have water and a 30 amp hookup.
The hosts lend us a canoe and in the morning we enjoy our cup of coffee with a view over the river from the deck.
I have been hosting from the beginning of Boondockers Welcome. Just recently a guest asked me a question that I'd never thought about. They were new and hadn't hosted yet. They were concerned about the quality of the RVers they might get and wanted to know if I'd ever had a bad experience. The question took me a bit off-guard and I tried to think back over the years. It was then that I realized I had NEVER worried about a single/family guest!
Being retired, our income isn't what it was when we were both working. So economical travel is important and Boondockers Welcome helps with that a lot. More importantly, with its large and growing number of locations, we nearly always find a BW location that is on or very close to our route to a destination or in a particular region. The icing on the cake is the wonderful, welcoming hosts we meet on our travels.
We also host and love meeting other RV'ers with interests similar to ours, especially the love of travel and exploring new places. And the bonus is the credits we earn towards our BW membership. We've been members for several years now and highly recommend BW to others.
Every experience, whether hosting or being a guest, has been extremely positive. A great way to explore and have a safe place to stay overnight.
I have only used my membership on the road 3 or 4 times in the 2 years but they were all unique fun experiences. One spot we talked over some wine in the evening and the discussion of sourdough bread lead me to teach a bread-making lesson for my host in the morning! I keep my SD starter with me at all times and a bag of good flour.
I have hosted at my house many times and met some really interesting people. Some kept to themselves and others went out to the local bar for a few barley pops and danced with us. We made friends and they were heading to MX and not quite ready to go when check-out time came. I had a second guest arriving so I moved them into my driveway for a couple more nights, and hosted the other guest in the regular spot.
I hosted a whole family with 5 girls one time! None spoke English only the parents! I took them to my uncle's house who was not home and offered us his large resort-like backyard with a bar, bathroom, and pool for us to enjoy. We brought food and drinks and spent the whole day. It was a perfect pool day and they thought I was a hero for doing that!
One person went out with us to a huge outdoor music festival called Howling At The Moon in the Yuma desert and had an unforgettable experience. I have enjoyed meeting so many interesting people and I will miss hosting at Mike's Place! It has been fun and rewarding to offer my home and hospitality to others making friends along the way!
Now I have sold my house and will be boondocking for a while this summer before settling in a new spot. Hope to meet you on the road!
We are full-time in our motorhome since October 2016. We chose to sell our 5 bedroom, 3 bath house in Southern California, semi-retire and enjoy the beautiful USA traveling while still young and fit enough to actually get out and explore. We did NOT own a motorhome, had done little RV camping except borrowed or rented units. I spent about 12 years prior battling back and damaged nerve problems, once released from the endless doctor and other medical services, I wanted FREEDOM. Well, boondocking gives you the ULTIMATE FREEDOM. We chose our rig carefully to accommodate living in it and boondocking then added solar, bought rechargeable/battery lights for interior, and more. We are part of 2 membership groups. We mostly have "dry" camped in state or national parks, forests, etc. Mostly great experiences. AND we've had nothing but great experiences with BW! The hosts have been so helpful and welcoming. I now look for the BW sites first on our route planning! Can't wait to meet more. The website is so easy to navigate. I'm mad at myself for not using it more in the past 2 years we've had it. That's gonna change for summer 2021. Glad to see so many new hosts have joined up.
Our morning companions!
This is why we're appreciative of our Boondockers Welcome hosts.
A peaceful and beautiful evening and morning sandwiched in between drive days.
Our recent road trip was as close to a beeline up to Washington as we ever want. Along the way we found great overnight stops using Boondocker’s Welcome. Night 1 we slept next to grapevines in central California. Night 2 we dined with an amazing valley view and sunset. And night 3 we slept among pine and oak trees. Check out our blog for more details on finding free camping when you’re in a time crunch to travel from point A to B and why we so enjoy being part of this RV community.
Best Boondockers Welcome site yet! So glad our friends from DE were able to meet up with us too!! If you're in need of a place to stay in the New Boston, TX area, this is a must! Our hosts were incredibly welcoming, positive, and helpful! They made dinner for us when we arrived and on our last night! We've made some great memories and new friends! We can't thank them enough!
Hosting a fellow @boondockers.welcome member at your home base means getting to meet new people, but it also means doing a double-take when you walk by the front window and catch a beautiful @airstream_inc trailer in the driveway!
We wonder if the neighbors are thinking that we finally decided to go bigger. 😄
I signed up as a host Tuesday, April 12, and in 10 minutes had a request from a couple traveling for that very day! Late I had another request for that very day. I met the first couple and found immediate resonance....telling them it was my first experience. I learned so many new travel ideas, and I am still just 2 days into this as a host. I will also be traveling some in my small RV. This week two different solo women are showing up. Each for 3 days. I am excited to meet new travelers. My 11 acres provides all the privacy anyone might want, and the deck and fire pit on my house give us a place to gather if we decide to. Best of all worlds. My first experience as a host has been amazing, and this is only day 2. Thank you Boondockers Welcome.
Like most people, we were a little hesitant to stay at someone's place....someone we'd never met. Our experience with BW has been excellent! We met wonderful hosts and stayed in beautiful places. What a great way to meet people and learn about new areas!
I am a single parent on a budget and as such, Boondockers Welcome is not only a way to save money, but a great way to meet awesome people! The experiences I've had both boondocking, and hosting have been overwhelmingly positive!
We stayed at a family farm for a few days. The owners were the nicest, most caring people and we are happy to have made new friends on our way. The RV community is one amazing family and we are one blessed couple to be a part of it.
Wrapping up another amazing stay with Boondockers Welcome!
The hosts were amazing! We had an outdoor potluck and nightly chats at the fire. We could fish in their pond or just relax in peace and quiet. It was nice to be responsibly social and treated like family. We can't wait to see them again next year!
We tried something new this trip and it totally changed the way we travel! Our brand new @boondockers.welcome membership connected us with amazing hosts and quiet places to stay the night. Our last night on the road we stayed at this gorgeous property with incredible hosts @noplanvanlife! Next-level-sleep attained for our last long leg of travel home, walked and paddled the acreage, handy 30 amp connection for the night, and we couldn’t have been more grateful to have had a night of conversation on the dock with our hosts. Treasured time.
We are David and Donna and go by the name of Tortuga Grande - (Big Turtle). We travel on a Bounder, tow and toad, about 55 ft long. We are FT RVers and travel at a Turtles pace. There is no hurry to get anywhere particularly fast. We have a variety of apps to help us plan. Boondockers Welcome is a big part of our travel this 3rd year of our journey.
Our first visit stay was At the Vineyards, Terra Bella, CA. The host was very gracious and flexible on our arrival time. We are hooked, line and sinker with Boondockers Welcome Hosts. We decided to plan this year's travel visiting as many BW Hosts as possible, even going out of our way a few miles to make sure to stay in certain locations.
Our travel started in Redland, CA to Sorrento, Florida and maybe a bit more Southeast. So, far we have booked 3 locations in Bastrop, LA, Crystal Springs, MS and Oceans Springs, MS. They have accepted our request, wonderful! Only one declined because of heavy rain in the region. The host was courteous enough to send us notification that his plot of land would be too wet and we might get stuck with our big rig, thank you, host.
Nevertheless, we continued on and booked the other 3. There is still one more to book in Wellborn, FL. near our destination. We will stay there a couple of weeks and continue our journey east and other states as we head back to CA to visit family. We are looking forward to great experiences, getting to know new people, making new friends, some perhaps long time friends which we will visit over again. This is all due to Boondockers Welcome.
We used Boondockers Welcome to travel in northern British Columbia, but unfortunately there were very few hosts there. Then we stayed at Boondocks Welcome hosts for our move from BC to Ontario. All hosts were absolutely wonderful! There were several hosts that we never saw, because they were traveling somewhere. Despite that, communication was excellent and our stays absolutely peaceful and trouble-free. Check out the view we had at one of our hosts.
Looking forward to seeing where we can travel this summer with COVID restrictions. Hoping to visit our eastern provinces and hopefully by next winter, we'll be able to visit the southern United States.
We parked and paid at a tiny county campground in a Gulf Coast fishing village when we realized we had absolutely no cell service. Because we had a Zoom meeting that night, we hopped on our bikes in search of WiFi. As we rode around, what we had taken to be quaint turned to creepy, and after an unsettling conversation with a local at the marina, we decided to get out of town. We bequeathed our spot to someone who was just arriving and drove out the road we had just come in, not knowing where we could go next. The afternoon was getting late and as soon as we had cell service, I called a Boondockers Welcome host that we had stayed with a few weeks earlier. He had room for us and graciously invited us back to his place. Relieved, we put in the request through the BW website and headed north. All the tension that had built up from the afternoon melted away as we drove into a place that was friendly, welcoming, and safe.
For our maiden adventure we left home Dec 15, 2020 and returned in early March 2021. Along the way we were hosted by so many amazing people. Our trip was enhanced by each stay and it was such a delight to meet and interact with fellow travelers as time and weather permitted - stops included Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Arizona.
BW hosts are a Godsend, enabling us to fill up on water when needed and ensuring we had a safe place to park especially when in or near urban areas. Our van has solar panels so we never ran out of power or needed the offered electric hook-ups. We were able to travel to 14 National Parks and numerous wildlife refuges on our trip and experienced spectacular natural sites.
Thank you BW for offering this great service! Special shout out to our host in Georgia who allowed us to do a load of laundry and our Florida friend who let us stay 2 extra days to discover Biscayne, Everglades, and Key West! I highly recommend joining this group, it will not disappoint.
My wife and I joined BW in the spring of 2018. In the fall of that year Hurricane Florence hit the NC coast where we lived. It was the worst flood since 1924. Our home got flooded but we had evacuated in our Casita to a safe(r) location with friends in our hometown of Raleigh, NC. On returning to the disaster area we set up camp in our yard Casita as we sorted through the soggy wreckage.
After three weeks, thanks to an excellent FEMA inspector, all of our utilities were restored. With winter approaching we realized we could not stay at our property with no insulation in the house so we drained the plumbing, turned everything off, and headed to Florida from Jan to Mar 2019. Boondocker Welcome was a Godsend. Through the service we met many excellent, like-minded hosts, the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. BW has grown and adjusted from the experience of both hosts and guests and, in our opinion, it is better than ever before. Thank you ALL. We can recommend BW with all '5-Stars'
Enjoying some #desertvibes with our morning coffee. What a treat to wake up to this view.
We joined Boondockers Welcome on this trip and we are so glad we did! It has been wonderful to be tucked away on beautiful, private property while we explore Tucson.
Our gracious hosts gave us some wonderful tips about the area and even made us a personalized welcome mat! So grateful to be a part of this community.
Love it when our Boondockers Welcome guests bring us a little something from their hometown! Last month some of our guests brought us some country ham from their hometown #boonenc! I saved it for a special Valentine’s Day breakfast! I love salty country ham!!
Grateful to people who open their homes to RV travelers like us through Boondockers Welcome.
We travelled to Albuquerque, NM last night without any reservations. We found a host on BW along the way. A retired couple with a beautiful home that served as a safe haven for us to rest.
They were so kind, so accommodating, so hospitable. The people we’ve met along this journey are one-by-one restoring our faith in humanity.
Honestly, we are getting so much more out of this RV lifestyle than we ever could have imagined. I guess that’s the beauty of saying ‘yes’. You never know what other doors may open up along the way.
Anyway, it is finally time to head South! Off to (hopefully) warmer weather!
I continue to be wowed by how friendly and kind everyone I’ve met through Boondockers Welcome is! So far, we’ve stayed with 6 hosts. A couple times it’s just been a quick “hello, here’s your spot” and a bit of communication on plans during the stay but a few times it’s been so much more! This was the second time that hosts have given us eggs from their chickens.
This past stay, I learned a ton about bee keeping when our host took a whole hour out of his day to show me the hives and tell me about bees. Did you know that bees can’t fly when it’s dark, raining, or under 60 degrees? This caused our host to be unable to harvest honey this year. It rained so much during the pollen blooms that the bees couldn’t make enough honey to both survive the winter and have their honey harvested.
I love how BW has allowed me to meet so many friendly and interesting people despite covid since all our interactions are outside and distanced. I can't wait to meet even more hosts in the coming months!
What can we say about Boondockers Welcome? Well a lot actually! Boondockers Welcome has to be one of the greatest memberships that any RVer, no make that every RVer, should have.
Boondocking opens up a world of new camping opportunities. What you might lack in services will more than be made up for in experiences. Every RV is made to be able to boondock for at least a night or two at a time. Disconnect from the campground, fill up the freshwater tanks, charge the batteries, and connect with nature and BW hosts.
Our hosts made our stay absolutely incredible. We were on our way home from picking up our RV in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Getting a new RV, towing a car, and challenging weather ( -15 temps, snow, rain and don’t forget sleet and hail) made this first voyage rather challenging. But thanks to our hosts we had a great place to stay, power to recharge our batteries, and have made lifelong friends.
As a Boondocker Welcome host, we have met so many wonderful people. Imagine our thoughts when traveling through Auburn, Alabama we hear a horn blowing. We look over to see a family that had stayed with us just six weeks earlier. We were traveling the same open road at the same time! Also camping with a guest, that has now become a friend, that we have now been camping with for two years in a row at Quartzsite during our winter stay. Or a guest that accepted an invitation to travel with us for two weeks through the south. A little BW convoy of three, sharing campfires and cookouts. This like most of life is what you make of it. You may find other places to meet new people with similar ideas of making friends and sharing life but I will recommend this group as a real shortcut to the process. Not everyone you meet will provide these same results but the ones that do will become special to you.
Recently we had our first stay with @boondockers.welcome and I was blown away by it. The basic idea is to connect friendly people who have land (a driveway in this case) with people passing through. It's similar to Couchsurfing but with an RV. We signed up and kind of expected it to just be a stopping place, but in this case, it was so much more! Our host was so nice and friendly. She is a much more experienced RV camper than we are and she taught us how to use leveling blocks and gave us tons of tips. We also had some great conversation over a campfire and homemade wine (socially distanced and outdoors of course). It was an all-around fantastic time and I can't wait to meet more amazing people on the road.
I have so many great stories. I have had guests from all over the world; Australia, New Zealand, England, Belgium, South Africa and so many from all over the USA and Canada. Each one was a great experience, with so many cool stories. I have greatly enjoyed being a Boondockers Welcome host and look forward to many more guests.
I started RV life as a full-time nomad in September 2018, after never having spent a night in an RV in my life. Needless to say, my first season on the road was a bit daunting. One thing that really helped me get over any fears I may have had about life on the road were all the incredible hosts I stayed with that fall, and those I've stayed with since then. Such kindness, generosity, and welcoming from strangers is the kind of thing you may not think exists anymore, but it does -- through Boondockers Welcome! I'm certain that my decision to stay in this life was shaped in no small part by these experiences, which were consistently better than I think I had any right to expect. As long as I stay on the road, I'll be a dedicated BW member, and cannot more highly recommend a membership for anyone who’s full-timing and even those who aren’t.
Though we have only boondocked twice (once with very good friends who got us into it to begin with) and another time up in the middle of Maine, we have hosted many folks from around the country at our own home at the base of the White Mountains. Since we are a destination area we have had several people come here for our mountains, while others have used us as a stopover either on the way to the Maine coast or on the way back. We've had young couples with the wife driving while the husband is working, using a hotspot to stay connected. We've had retired couples and singles who are touring the country. The biggest coincidence was the first time we agreed to have two rigs at one time. The young gal in her retrofitted Airstream was chatting with us in the driveway when the second party drove in and she exclaimed, "It's Gene" much to our surprise. It turns out that they had met at their last destination and so already were connected and just picked up where they had left off just a short time before. They sat around our fireplace sharing stories and the Jiffy Pop that we gave them to pop with their young ones.
We've had one winter couple who skied earlier in the day and he tested out our skating rink the next day before they headed back home.
Since we only joined in October we haven't had the chance to get out too much before our landscape froze over. We look forward to Spring and to find other hosts near family and friends that we have not been able to visit since Covid struck.
What a stunning location and gracious host. Our host went above and beyond what most hosts do, all to make us feel welcomed. We especially loved hearing about all of the hosts' amazing travel adventures. Another bonus was the most delicious avocados right from the neighborhood. Thank you! We will without a doubt, be back.
I have been a member of Boondockers Welcome for several years, I have not regretted it for one minute. I have had many guests, and all have been absolutely fantastic. No problems whatsoever. Last year with the pandemic, I had the most guests ever; it was awesome. I totally enjoyed every one. Always very respectful and kind. I look forward to my calendar being full every season. I enjoy driving in my “orange Kubota RTV” to meet them at the gate. Love to see their faces and smiles pulling in after a long day of travel. I’m their valet and show them exactly where they will park. I invite them to relax in my backyard and use the fire 🔥 pit if we have no restrictions. I respect their privacy and realize sometimes they just want to rest/work and not be out at all.
To all guests who have stayed here, thanks for making my summers more enjoyable!! Come back!
For being Boondocking novices we sure hit the jackpot on our first 2 stays. This site in Sacramento is UNREAL. The homeowners have made my California indoor/outdoor living dreams come to life.
Troy has 3 more hours of work in the trailer (with all the animals); meanwhile, I’m sipping margs in the sun with my new friends.
Have you ever camped right by an active airfield? Yeah, me neither...until now! Our host, via @boondockerswelcome, is a real wealth of information. We are excited to sip tequila tonight while watching the sunset and planes take off. Wish you were here...with your own trailer, obvi.
Earlier this month, we enjoyed a little time with @thedrycampers on their way to Florida from Myrtle Beach. It was great to meet more Instagram friends turned into new friends! They graciously flew their drone to get some shots of our property. We plan to use these shots they took on our #boondockerswelcome host profile. Give them a follow if you are interested in RV solar or want to connect with more RVers!
We are adventurous Australians who love visiting the US. Being members of Boondockers Welcome has truly expanded our enjoyment enormously. 2016-19 We spent the six months of summer in the US, returning in September to spend six months of the Australian summer at our home base (we don't like winters!). In 2018 we discovered Boondockers Welcome and our whole world changed :) We had always enjoyed meeting people on our visits, but this gave us the opportunity to meet up with like-minded people from all over the country in such a wonderful way. We have now visited all the lower 48 states and stayed with BW members in most of them! We really enjoy sharing the stories of our travels and have made many members "international hosts" for their first time! We know for some of the BW hosts that they may not be able to travel as much as they want and that "sharing the journey" with us is their way of extending their travel experiences. We certainly know several BW hosts that used those discussions to research ideas on just how they would explore your wonderful country. We really appreciated the welcome and the facilities that were made available to us by all the BW hosts that made our whole trip far more affordable. Where we stayed 2 nights we always offered to cook a meal for our hosts so they got a taste of international cooking and this appeared to go down well. Covid has prevented us from visiting again this year, but we are missing our US friends so much. We are actively planning to visit again as soon as we can, and visiting our Boondockers Welcome friends, old and new will be a major part of that - THANK YOU!
This was my very first Boondockers Welcome experience. Well the bar is set real high! Such kindness and convenience. The host was waiting on the street to welcome me. I parked in his flat driveway, and he hooked me up to electric. I felt extremely safe, was able to have a fabulous night's sleep. Thank you so much for the hosts' hospitality!
I’ve been hosting now for 2 years and I Love it, meeting new people and making new friends. Everyone that stayed at my house was very responsible and respectful. I really like helping them with their RVs when they have trouble. I also like cooking for them and just trying to make them feel welcome. My house is open to them for long hot showers and they are welcome to use my washer and dryer. I’ll keep hosting for a long time.
I probably should have made this post much earlier, but better late than never. When one of the membership organizations we belonged to decided to close every one of their parks because of the pandemic we turned to Boondockers Welcome to get us safely home. We stayed at three different locations and each host was beyond helpful. I was pleasantly surprised by their hospitality.
I recommend this organization to anyone traversing the country and needing a safe harbor in between sites.
Boondockers welcome? Sure, we'll take you up on that offer, thank you very much.
Another sweet Boondockers Welcome site. RV life is not all Reese cups and daffodils- sometimes repairs are needed. Thankfully he’s handy!
Fun weekend hosting fellow RVers on our farm through Boondockers Welcome.
We love Boondockers Welcome! While planning our visit to Rainy Lake, MN, and looking for a place to camp, I found a BW host that was willing to host us on their beautiful lakefront property! They were amazing hosts and the nicest people! They’ve been living on Rainy Lake for the past 25 years! They allowed us to park our RV for free and enjoy their beautiful property as much as we’d like!
We loved sitting on the deck and watching the view, jumping into the water from their dock, taking their kayaks out to the lake and they even treated us to a boat ride and showed us around the lake and told us all about how it changed over the years.
Horses know what it means when two boys have their arms outstretched over the fence. 🍎🐎❤
We hosted our first teardrop yesterday and today! We love being Boondockers Welcome hosts because we love meeting new people. This week was a hard week for us as we lost one of our dear friends. She was a travel lover!! As this couple left on their next adventure, I smiled knowing our friend loved stories of those who take time to explore! Make sure you take some time, plan an adventure, learn new things, and meet new people!
Tomorrow marks 2 weeks on the road and though we aren't far from home yet, it feels freeing and exciting. There are already so many things we have learned and even some amazing people we have met.
There's an RV/Travel membership called Boondockers Welcome. The way the membership works is you pay an annual fee and then you have access to a nationwide map of places you can "boondock" for free. However, so far we have been able to hookup to electricity and water, as well as connect to WiFi!
We already feel so blessed with Boondockers Welcome and definitely recommend it to any travelers out there. Our first hosts paid for a new battery for us (they insisted), because we ended up discovering ours was garbage. They also invited us to have a socially distanced dinner together on their beautiful deck in the woods. Our second host gave us lots of travel information and recommended places to check out in the area. He even offered us more nights to stay if we wanted to. Tonight, we are at our third Boondockers Welcome and the hosts greeted us with handcrafted, Kentucky ALE.
These people are some of the kindest, generous, and thoughtful people we have ever met. We are looking forward to all the experiences that lie ahead and to continue meeting new people. So far...it's a pretty good life.
On our way back out of Florida, we stopped for a couple of nights at a Boondockers Welcome host we had visited earlier this year. Love the membership and the friends we make. Great to be able to stop somewhere and know the people and surroundings, catching up as you travel.
This is Finn, the Great Dane who lives on the farm where we were boondocking. 🤍 He helped us pack up the camper then tried to stow away as we were getting ready to leave. 😂 Boondockers Welcome has been a lifesaver in the Northeast where inexpensive campgrounds or BLM areas are scarce. A year membership cost us about the price of a night in a campground, and we get to stay at thousands of host locations for free. But the best part is the people (and their pups, in this case) we get to meet.
A quick note to say how much we enjoyed staying with Summer Getaway in McCall Idaho in early November before the snow fell. Scheduling was easy; finding the location was easy; there was lots of room to maneuver for parking; and the host was friendly, accessible, and had fascinating career tales. McCall is a beautiful small city in a remarkable setting.
I also must compliment Boondockers Welcome. Good site operation and many places to stay. Thanks again Summer Getaway and Boondockers Welcome.
Our first Boondockers Welcome experience happened the night of our first day of full-time RV life. We left the house where we had lived for 25 years that morning, full of excitement and trepidation, and ended that first day at the home of a wonderful host. Our dogs were very happy to be able to run a bit off-leash next to a field while we watched them closely nearby. We watched a gorgeous sunset and then spent a peaceful night before taking off the next day. That was two weeks ago and we still talk about what a perfect way that was to start our full-time journey. We love Boondockers Welcome!
This week we celebrated the arrival of our 100th Boondockers Welcome guest. It was a bit of a milestone for us, and we welcomed our guest with flowers and a small gift. It was a lot of fun. This milestone also caused me to reflect on what being a member of this organization has meant to us.
Our first guest arrived in June 2017. Naturally we were nervous. This was a new adventure for us. Thankfully our guests were also experienced hosts, and they did a lot that evening to help alleviate some of our fears. Our greatest fear was that we would screw something up and our guests would not be happy. Thankfully I don’t believe that has happened. We have also stayed with over 40 wonderful Boondockers Welcome hosts as a guest.
The Boondockers Welcome experience has been richer than we could have ever imagined. We live in a town of about 170 residents. There is no one in town that shares our love of travel, so it is always exciting to have campers arrive that share our love for the open road. These experiences have left us with now lifelong friends. We stay in regular contact with many of the guests that have stayed with us in the past and hosts we have stayed with. We look forward to our ‘snowbird’ friends that stop by on their way to Florida and then again when they are heading back north for the summer. We have even met up with some of our Boondocking friends on the road in FL and out West and traveled with them for a few days.
Unfortunately, COVID has put a huge damper on our ability to visit with our guests. We no longer invite them up to the house for a visit. We keep our distance when they arrive. There are times we will visit outside sitting about 10 to 12 feet apart. We long for the ‘wine and cheese’ get-togethers in our living room with our guests. Or, sitting up close to each other huddled around a fire on a cold night. I know these days will return, and we are certainly enjoying meeting with them outside. We continue to form bonds with our guests that will last for a very long time after they pull out of the driveway. Lastly, we miss all of our Canadian friends that migrate through here twice a year. COVID! Go Away!
Our sincerest thanks goes out to the founders of this organization. The profound positive impact that this group has had on us is simply overwhelming. It is even more amazing to reflect on the fact that there are thousands of other members who have similar stories.
So, this Wednesday we will be welcoming our 101st guest as we work our way toward our next milestone of 200. We are excited to say the least!
What a wonderful place on the lake with so many beautiful views! We absolutely fell in love with it. Our hosts were so gracious and friendly! They spoiled us by bringing us delicious cooked food and apple bread. We also enjoyed a nice sunny day out on their boat. All the views of Lake Greenwood were beautiful!
I fell in love with their little doggies, LuSea and GraSea. So playful and full of energy. My husband did some fishing and caught a largemouth bass. We spent time outside just taking in the views of the lake and would highly recommend you visit this wonderful family! We surely did not want to leave. We will be back; for we are friends forever.
Greetings all! We had our first Boondockers Welcome experience and it was awesome! MilesandSmiles was our host for two days and it was a pleasure to meet them and their 3 dogs. In North Jersey, most of the parks are closed for camping and the RV parks are charging up to twice what they normally would. So we gave this a try and were so glad we did. We had a spot on a beautiful lake near all the attractions we wanted to see while there. We had a safe location to sleep and we were ready to explore the area bright and early the next day.
In 2018 I planned a trip traveling east from Colorado to a family reunion in Boston, and then down to South Carolina. From there, I traveled west again to Albuquerque and back up to Colorado. I did all of this with Boondockers Welcome. I met the most wonderful people along the way. Every stop was interesting, and the people all gracious and engaging. I spent 4 months on the journey and the whole trip was made memorable by the wonderful hosts at Boondockers Welcome.
I've been hosting as Alta Vista since last January and with Covid-19 my interaction with "old" friends has come to a halt. However about 30 visitors, "new friends" have come to visit me in their travels. It is an unbelievable, unexpected experience I never imagined when I joined Boondockers Welcome. Its such a pleasure meeting travelers and learning of their experiences. However, when I see that I will be hosting a young family, the thought of having children running around and playing in my yard makes me most anxious for their arrival.
We had guests that recently visited with their three beautiful, friendly, well- behaved, polite children. They had my grandfather juices flowing again. Going to the nearby playground, making smores around the fire ring, and watching them carve a pumpkin provided great memories.
A family, recently became "full-timers", who will make you realize what this "sharing" is all about. I hope you all get to meet this amazing, loving family in their travels.
One of the best moves my husband and I made was joining BW! We have met so many cool people, learned so much, gotten more confident in the idea of boondocking (we haven't had a chance yet but we just got our RV last week!!). If anyone is on the fence about hosting I would say don't worry- we went from hosting 1 rig 2 nights to hosting 2 rigs for 5 nights, certainly because we have the room, but more because we so enjoy meeting new folks and learning their story!! Thank you for this great community!!
I've been a Boondockers Welcome member for now 2 years and love it so much!
I've met many other Boondockers Welcome members, slept 69 times in the camper this year, so at $53.00 a night of camping I saved around $3,657.00!
I also slept in some campgrounds maybe 3 or 4 nights only and I way prefer the Boondockers Welcome experience! Hosts help guests to find where to visit, making recommendations on good restaurants in the area, as well as attractions, and more! YOU NEED TO JOIN! RV Owners helping other RV Owners to make this RV life even better.
You will make friends with some of them for sure! Be sweet and help others to travel! It's just too fun to miss that!
Have fun everyone!
We have had two different families stay with us this week. Both have been absolutely delightful. Each had children with them and both times it was like having a visit from our grandchildren. I feel like we have new friends. Our lives have been touched and blessed by their presence.
My husband passed away in August 2019. Before he passed we were able to accommodate 3 motorhomes at our host location. He got great pleasure in interacting with the guests. I host guests now in his memory. Some members may remember us, we were driving a great big "Turtle."
We hosted our first guests from Boondockers Welcome this weekend! This morning we said goodbye but we loved having them here and making new friends! Since Chris and I can’t travel a ton this year, hosting is going to help us live vicariously through those still traveling!
We just finished up a 3 night stay at "Rustan Ranch" and couldn't have asked for better hosts. Such a fun farm they have! We met new friends @turtleexpressrvlife (we are going to find those delicious pies in South Dakota!). I say it all of the time, but we love the RV community so much. Boondockers Welcome is another highly recommend membership.
We arrived in Stephentown, NY this afternoon where we will be boondocking until Saturday. We are so grateful to all the amazing people who open up their properties to those of us living the nomadic life.
We are so excited to be staying here and are excited to explore the area over the next few days.
Stay safe out there.
Live to wander ¤ Wander to live.
We officially started our full-timing journey today!! We drove 7 hours to a little @boondockers.welcome spot just outside of Chattanooga Tennessee. 7 hours will definitely be our maximum driving time 🤪 we all started to lose it towards the end.
We were welcomed by the sweetest southern family, their dog, chickens, and this view. 😍 @boondockers.welcome is an awesome site that connects locals with RVers. Once you've signed up you can boondock for free at people's homes all over the world!
As we camp and travel across the country Boondockers Welcome is our number one choice! We talk about it to SO many people we meet. The hosts are always friendly and the properties offer so much more than a spot for the night. Beautiful sunsets and sunrises, close proximity to sights, and often times hook-ups. The hosts "get it" because they enjoy the journey too! We have had hosts share tools, advice, power cords (it is always something!), and even "toys" like tubes and kayaks. During this strange time, locations are safe for a family with little humans and not overcrowded like you find at a campground/RV park. I cannot share enough good things or even photos because we have had a wonderful experience (we still are).
We bought our travel trailer two years ago and have spent two summers exploring. Last summer was the eastern states, starting in our home state of Florida and ending in Maine. We NEVER had a bad experience with our Boondockers Welcome stays. Rick (my other half) is a friendly, generous sort and it has been DELIGHTFUL to invite our hosts for a meal. In Maine, our invitation turned into our hostess insisting that she cook a lobster feast with all the “Mainer” sides. If you’ve never tried homemade from scratch blueberry cake, you’ve never really lived!!! The lobster was caught that morning by a friend.
Within 20 minutes of pulling in at our host’s in New Hampshire, Rick was flying with our host in his 1946 canvas-winged single-engine airplane and I discovered the hostess to be an artist just like me, with a new and amazing studio.
I could write a novel, with each chapter about each of our Boondockers Welcome stays. I feel that we are not fair in not mentioning our other hosts, as our stays with them were equally amazing. We love staying with people from the places we are exploring and we find we have many shared interests with our hosts.
We wish there were more Boondockers members out west. This summer‘s trip has been over three months of exploring the middle part of our country from the coal mines of Kentucky to Glacier National Park and back. In Montana, we heard from a couple that we had made friends with last summer in Vermont. They were staying at a Boondockers Welcome site and we contacted the hosts and were invited to stay at their beautiful acreage. We ended up at a local breakfast place to celebrate our stay. Again, what nice and interesting people our hosts are!
We have stayed with almost a dozen different hosts on this trip. How wonderful to have a safe and welcoming stop in these difficult times.
Our first Boondockers Welcome stay was wonderful. Our host was generous and responsive. Our site overlooking the lake was beautiful and offered amazing sunrises and sunsets. We enjoyed walking the country roads and meeting and talking with a couple of the neighbors. Awesome stay and an even more awesome host.
After an RV drive day it's always nice to have a good place to land. It's even better if that place has welcoming and friendly hosts and sometimes even goats or other fun things for the kids! That's why Boondockers Welcome has been so awesome. This was another lovely overnight stay on our way down the road.
We arrived at Sumter Winery exhausted and very hot in June 2020. We were on our way to Red Bay, Ala., for repairs to our slide. The incredible hospitality we received at this site was amazing. I thought we would have to sleep with our windows open in 95-degree heat with our panting Lab. The host came out and was incredibly gracious offering us the ability to run our generator and cool off our Lab. Would stay there again in a heartbeat. The wine is good and the kindness extended was amazing.
What an incredible network! Super easy & helpful way to travel and keep passing forward great vibes😎-Team Shafercasa “Adventure Awaits”
Meet our hosts - world travelers, married 58 years! Their favorite state is Utah & their favorite place ever is Africa. They spent 13 days on a rafting trip in the Grand Canyon and my only regret is that I didn’t get to spend more time with them and hear more stories (these darn children can’t take care of themselves). Before ever meeting us, they let us stay on their land for free with 50amp service, water, and WiFi. We all enjoyed the yard full of art and my veggie-lover admired Shirley’s garden and convinced her to give him some tomatoes. One neighbor had horses, another had fields of beautiful cherry trees and they were walking distance to a great river where the kids played and swam. I hope our mutual travels bring us together again in the future. We’ve always been campground people but after meeting so many amazing people through Boondockers Welcome this trip I actually no longer want to stay in campgrounds. It’s been so good for my soul to explore this country and meet so many amazing strangers who are just full of generosity and kindness.
We discovered Boondockers Welcome on a Monday and signed up as hosts that evening. Tuesday before noon we got our first request and our guests arrived on Wednesday. We are so happy to help out fellow campers and are looking forward to using Boondockers Welcome ourselves for an upcoming trip to southern Ontario.
I stayed with a few hosts last year on my way north. Since it was my first RV trip I was very green but learned much from my hosts. I was welcomed by all and felt at home.
We have been a member for just under a year have had over 11 guests and used one stay. Every one of our guests has been a great experience. During COVID 19 we told some guests to stay at our house until they thought it was good for them to leave. They ended up staying a little over a month. They liked the area so much they ended up buying a house, ending their full-time status. They are great people. Each one of our guests has been a pleasure to meet. Our one stay was my wife going to pick our daughter up from college. I was unable to go, but the hosts treated her so well and said that our daughter could come for a home-cooked meal whenever she wanted and that we can stay whenever we wanted. These are just a few positive experiences we have had.
We just had our 1st “Boondocker” stay at our home! I really enjoyed meeting Horseycat and her sweet daughter. I love making new friends, I am going to miss our morning coffee and chats out on the patio. Please feel free to come and stay with us anytime you are in the area! The California fires made it very smokey while you were here and I hope it didn’t affect the rest of your vacation & you were able to get to your next destination without any issues. Life is short and good people are far and few between these days, so glad to meet one of the few!
We’ve got to say that our Boondockers Welcome experience has been both interesting and rewarding. We have owned a variety of RV types including Class B and 5th wheel campers but settled on our Lance slide-in truck camper on an F-350. We had planned a trip to Alaska in 2020 but paused it until the dust settles. What a year!
We have hosted about 50 BW guests at our shady acre in SW Florida. Our first visit was a couple from Ohio who have since returned numerous times. Their experience traveling influenced us to tow a Jeep behind our rig to enhance the traveling and exploring adventures. We have booked a first visit at their host location just this week!
Our Florida guest list has included folks from Alaska & Wyoming. Distant guests have come from Australia, England, and Israel! And all kinds of recreational units, from big Class A rigs and buses, brand new RV’s to homemade van conversions. Young & Old! Some people come & go before you meet them and others stay a few nights sharing a meal and good stories by the fire.
We have so far only visited two BW hosts and both experiences were great. Our trip was from FL to MD and back where we used our RV as a COVID quarantine unit, avoiding hotels, restaurants, and rest stops! Being self-contained definitely has its advantages. We boondocked on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. A few safe procedures at fueling stops have kept us clean so far. We do look forward to continuing the adventure.
Hope to see you down the road!
Jim & Vaughn
I'm an avid outdoor enthusiast and amateur nature photographer and have just this week purchased my first RV. I sold my home to be able to embark on a lifestyle of freedom and choice. I look forward to boondocking often and hope to meet other boondockers on my travels.
Our first Boondockers Welcome experience could not have been better. We communicated for 2 days as our travels brought us closer. We arrived about 4 p.m. and were greeted in the drive and easily showed where we were expected to park. It was spacious for our 21 ft Travato class B. We sat out on the lawn with the residents with proper distancing and had wonderful conversation for about 2 hours. We feel like we made new friends.
We will all remember 2020 as the year of the Covid-19 Pandemic. To most people who are in good health, this is no big thing, but to those of us who are immuno-compromised, social separation is a big deal. After six months of isolation, my wife and I had a severe case of cabin fever. We just needed to get safely out of our house. Ever since getting a motor home, I had promised my wife a trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Now was the time! But we needed a means of traveling in the midst of the pandemic while keeping ourselves safe. As we considered options, we realized that the solution was boondocking. Thanks to Boondockers Welcome, we were able to travel 4800 miles safely staying with the wonderful hosts who also wanted to remain safe, and were willing to accept our need for separation. We had many six-foot conferences with our hosts and made new friends in the midst of the pandemic. Who would have known?
The entire experience has been superb because both guests and hosts understand the expectations of Boondockers Welcome.
BoondockersWelcome is Canadian, but we have stayed with wonderful hosts in other countries too! Of course there are lots of BW hosts across Canada and the USA. But did you know there are friendly spots to stay in Baja Mexico? We found that out a few years ago on a three month visit there. Then in March this year we found ourselves in a bit of a situation with a rented Class B camper in Queensland, Australia. Our government recommended every traveller out of Canada come home as Covid 19 became a growing worldwide concern. The Australian government closed their state borders and we were having trouble finding a flight home to Ontario from Queensland. A Boondockers Welcome host came to our rescue as local campgrounds were being closed down. This couple were stranded in a different state but offered us a spot to park, with water and electricity, for as long as we needed until we found a flight home. How kind! And to top it all off it was in a small community with an ocean view from our bed.
This is an example of the kind of people who offer to be BoondockersWelcome hosts!
Wow, we spent some time ln February in Florida. Two of our stops were Barry's Compound and Airstream Gypsy. One of them had an outdoor fire every night we were there. At the other we got to meet with the founder of Boondockers Welcome who was spending a couple of nights on her way through Florida. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal we had that evening with the Gypsy and the founder.
We began using Boondockers Welcome two years ago and it now has become our preferred way of planning our travel! We love meeting new people and feel that this platform works great for our lifestyle! Thanks for being here for us!
In early March, we were contacted by Boondockers, Franz and Heidi, from Switzerland. They were looking for a place to "hunker down" with the coming lockdown from coronavirus. Could we accommodate them with their fifth wheel and pickup for longer than two nights? Yes.
Franz and Heidi came in mid-March and were here until late May, waiting out the lockdown until they felt comfortable traveling. We mostly isolated from each other the first two weeks. They went hiking in the local area (mountains of Colorado) and after two weeks, we began having Happy Hour together, ordering pizza from town and eating together, and one night we even had an American Thanksgiving dinner (in April).
But more than that, they began helping me clean out a shed, and planting flowers in the garden. They planned a lovely surprise birthday celebration for my husband, and taped enlarged photos of all of us to our door as an anniversary surprise. We took them ATVing in the mountains which they loved, and as you can imagine -- we became friends.
They were trapped here, but their experience in America became much more and much different than the usual tourist travel they would have enjoyed normally. After nine weeks, they regretfully went on their way. All four of us were so lucky--instead of being lonesome during the lockdown, we shared a once in a lifetime experience together, and are all richer for it.
We've been Boondockers Welcome hosts for about a year now. We have a newly constructed "coach house" on 10 acres in south Alabama with paved access and 2 pull-throughs with full hook-ups (water, power, sewer, even trash disposal). Never any charge, however, a snack or two or a bottle of wine for happy hour always is appreciated. We find that, at this stage in our lives, the extra cost for spoiling our guests is minor, and is repaid by listening to their life and travel experiences. RVers typically are interesting and great to fellowship with. Several have even pitched in with typical maintenance activities, or suggestions for improving our home or property.
Typically, guests who are physically able and who stay for more than one night will offer to help out with any challenges we might have (e.g., IT, engineering, property maintenance). Recently, one of our guests, who is an engineer, evaluated our security system, along with our Internet upload and download speeds. He discovered several problems, not all of which could be repaired, but at least now we are aware of them. Following that, he volunteered to fix an automatic garage door sensor, assist in picking up and burning deadfall, cutting down 7 tall diseased pine trees, and cleaning up a waterfall pond. Large projects off my wish list!
Instead of staying two nights, we held them captive for 5 nights! Time spent with these Boondockers is mutually beneficial. In fact, I'm not sure who benefits most from these visits - us or them! C&J Coach House
Part of the exciting adventure about being on the road is that you can't put a price on some of the experiences that your family gets to partake in. I like to call these once-in-a-lifetime experiences "divine appointments" because they shape your experience (and your kids) in such a special way that you never forget it. Teaching our 4 boys on the road is a critical part of why we travel full-time. We recently spent some of our summer in Northern Michigan and as part of Boondockers Welcome, we spent the night at a farmer's house who owned just over 80 acres. We stayed a day and a half, but once we left, my boys said they experienced enough activities for a full 3 days worth. The hosts were incredibly hospitable and helped make our stay so memorable. We not only viewed their farm with all the special equipment/machinery it takes to run a farm, but we learned the history around it, fed the chickens, shared stories and s’mores around the bonfire, learned about planting and harvesting the farm and even toured the community. We made such a connection that we already feel like part of their family and continue to keep in touch over email and text, sharing pictures of our lives. My boys keep asking when we'll go back...I don't think they have ever been that excited after an amusement park.
We are some happy campers thanks to Boondockers Welcome!!
A friend of ours we met camping suggested that we look into the Boondockers Welcome community. We decided to join and had our first stay 3 hours into our trip to Gatlinburg. Figured it would be easier to split our trip up and we do not regret it. Our host was so friendly and helped us with our dead car battery and helped us unhook the car, which he did not have to do. We are very grateful!! We will definitely be using Boondockers Welcome again 😊
There is a saying, "the third time is the charm". Not in this case. The FIRST time was the charm. Our first BW stay has spoiled us. After meeting our host and setting up, we hustled out to sightsee before dark. Not wanting to be intrusive, we didn't pull out our mat or chairs. However, upon returning, we noticed our hosts had literally put out a large "welcome mat" for us along with an extra step!!! We enjoyed beverages and laughs out on their deck both nights we were there and even shared a meal. They provided a beautiful, quiet space for us with water and electricity. Best of all, we know have new friends.
I pulled up to my second Boondockers Welcome site with my RV and was met by the host. He showed me where to go and I panicked a little because I was so new at backing up my RV. He stayed and helped me with my visuals for backing in and I got in just perfectly. The site he put me in had water, electricity, AND a waste drain! I felt like I was at an exclusive campsite all by myself.
I spent my two days there exploring the area and hiking, buying shrimp and fish from a fish farm, eating ice cream from a dairy farm, and learning everything I could about the area.
When I returned, the host brought me some goodies from his garden and I cooked them right away with my fish and shrimp. For dessert, there were blueberry bushes next to my RV that he welcomed me to eat all I wanted.
My stay there was so welcoming and peaceful! I made a video (slide show) of my stay there. If it's ok, I'll share it here: https://youtu.be/pfAjxJ-hDZE
Boondockers Welcome has totally changed our way of travel!! Our experiences with our hosts have been awesome, making new friends while in travel, giving us future locations for boondocking, and inexpensively at that!! Boondockers Welcome paid for itself in one stop!! Not only were we welcomed wholeheartedly from the host, but we are saving a ton of money which opens more time for travel. When you camp in a campground you are surrounded by many campers and the campground looks at you as another person while the hosts from Boondockers have taken the time to know us personally. We are no longer just another camper!! We are treated like we are family!! We won't go back to full time camping in a campground ever again because of the experiences we have had with our hosts!!
We are just so excited to see so many folks signing up to be hosts with Boondockers Welcome. We have been hosts for several years now. We have had some wonderful visits with people from all over the country. It is really good for us as we love to camp but are homebound caring for my 99-year-old mother. Having folks come to us is almost as good as traveling ourselves.
When we do travel, we always look for BW hosts first before any other plans along our route. We have stayed with several in Canada (not an option right now) and many through travels to Oklahoma, Virginia, and our own state of Maine. One of our best is a llama farm where we could visit and learn about their habits and wool. Others were great on our way to eastern cities when we had our Class B. Now it is a little harder to locate some as we are 33ft with a tow. But, excited, as we see a lot more larger host sites coming along for our plans to travel across the country in the future.
Just can't say enough about being BW hosts and guests. If you are able to travel north in Maine, we are the Other Part of Maine, above Bangor. Beautiful country to come visit. Love to have you stay with us! AcadianMaine
Hello this is Jeepster Poddin Along in The Dob Pod pulled by a Jeep Gladiator named Rogue. Both a BW host and guest, the IGGY sisters (Italian Greyhounds) hubby and I hit the road this summer from the East Coast to venture out west to Arizona to visit my son. COVID or no COVID we were going. So, we packed up, top-down, blasted the music and hit the road.
This trip was in the planning stages since October of 2019. Various google searches and apps were used to find campgrounds, Boondockers host locations, and places to visit to make this dream trip a reality. Just to name a few of the places we utilized to make this dream come true are Boondockerswelcome.com, Freeroam.com, RvParky.com, All Trails, and Roadsideamerica.com. If you haven’t checked them out, do so before your next trip!
We left our home base of SC and headed west to Eva, Alabama. A 2-day visit to see kin and to experience a hike to Stephen’s Gap Cave Trail. Pictures don’t do it justice and showcase only a small bit of its legacy. After a nice visit, we continued to Memphis, Tennessee to visit the Crystal Shrine Grotto, OMG GORGEOUS.
After taking a breath, it was on to Lonoke, Arkansas for an overnight stay at a host location for Boondockers. Hinton, Oklahoma – where the famous route 66 was traveled, was another Boondockers stop. Our trusty Rogue, tow vehicle, pulled The Dob Pod effortlessly across the expanse to Amarillo, Texas even with crosswinds trying to challenge my rattled nerves. It felt as if the camper was swaying back and forth across the road, but she had it under control. Just have to add, I Love This Jeep.
There were so many places to immerse oneself into Americana adventure It was like God just painted a perfect picture of why everyone needs to take time, slow down, and see life. Yep….God created the Jeep/Boondockerswelcome for doing just that.
So remember this, “Jeepster Poddin Along” – slow down and enjoy the ride. Until next time, we will see you on the road.
Genuine Southern Hospitality
If you have heard of southern hospitality but wondered what it was all about, stop by and visit this lovely couple. Our parking area was level, firm and clean. We were greeted warmly by W. even though we arrived 4 hours late due to a blow out and bad traffic. We thoroughly enjoyed their Carolina style pork barbeque and even got to sample some fresh figs. I would compare the hand chopped pork barbeque we had @ their family restaurant to the best in downtown Kansas City but at a very reasonable price. We also loved the easy access to the OBX beach without the touristy feel. Many thanks to this fine couple for making our experience a joyful pleasant one.
We left our winter location on March 9th from Florida for our around the country trip. The first goal was to get past tornado alley (past Texas) relatively quickly and then relax and take our time into California, up to Oregon and Washington state. Once we left and we’re in Louisiana we heard the news about COVID-19 and debated about returning “home” to our winter location. We decided to travel on!
We reached out to a Boondocker’s Welcome host in New Mexico regarding whether she would consider a longer stay so that we may shelter in place. We offered to help around her property and listed things that we could contribute. She gladly welcomed us to come. We arrived here and hit it off with this wonderful host. Due to Covid-19 and unrest in the country and a series of other things (like finding and rescuing an injured dog) we are STILL here!!! We have been welcomed to stay as long as we like and have been told if we try to leave that she will flatten our tires and not let anyone lend us an air compressor!!!!🤣
This group has been amazing and this host (now family) is the icing on the cake!!!
Boondockers Welcome rocks! Recently, on my way up to Sequoia National Park from San Diego and wanted to break the trip up over two days. That meant a stop around Bakersfield, CA, during a heatwave. Hmmmmm. I wasn't too sure about that but decided to give my new Boondockers Welcome membership a shot. I picked a place, and all I can say is WOW. My host was so friendly, her land was to die for gorgeous, and she even gave me some fresh-laid eggs from her chickens. I went to sleep and woke up to a fantastic view of the Sierra foothills and horses happily playing in their corral but feet from my van. For both of us, this was our first Boondockers experience. We are off to a great start. You can read more about the Sequoia trip at SSSNOOlife.com