Marianne, you and your team made our 7,000 mile journey seamless
Last Fall we made the choice to take our .truck and 24 foot pull behind trailer from Central Canada, all the way to California, via Texas, Arizona and other related states. We put on 7,000 miles and between Boondockers Welcome, and the related website from which we bought the Shunpikers books for Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California, we spent ONE night in a motel (the last night on the road - it was too cold to stay in the trailer. We stayed in two campgrounds, Bottomless Lakes, near Roswell, NM and Parker County Park (a recommendation in one of the Shunpikers books, for a total of $44.00. Admittedly, we did stay in a long term RV park in Mesa, for a month. The instructions in the Shunpikers were unbelievably accurate, and every one of our Boondocker hosts were like old friends. Of course, we took advantage of Walmart's hospitality on several occasions as well. We were gone exactly 3 months. (Should have been longer - there is still lots of snow at home.)
Thank you, thank you for all your work. I bet I have sold the websites to a bunch of people.
Post Hole Pond
Being a Host is awesome
I have been a host site for nearly two years now and I have yet to have anything but great experiences and guests! I plan on full timing soon and hosting other full timers has truly given me so much insight into the lifestyle. I cannot wait to become a guest with some of my past guests at their sites. Great asset to the RVing community whether a guest or host, Boondockers Welcome is awesome!
Greatest thing since white bread
We have enjoyed the people we have hosted. We tell all our friends about this sight even if they are not campers. We are so thankful for the creaters of this slight.i cant say enough good things about the people we have hosted.
Best idea yet
Such a great idea. We joined in August 2017 and have had five guests with the last leaving today Oct. 27/17. We are looking forward to meeting with one of those guests in Arizona this winter. That is what it is all about, sharing what you have and meeting new friends. We even had folks from Germany and have an invitation to visit them there. We started a scrapbook with the first guest and each has contributed to it. Great keepsake
Thank you Marriane
Thank you Marianne for boondockers welcome! During our circumnavigation of the U S last winter we met so many wonderful new friends. One woman in California is a dog groomer and noticed our dogs needed toe nails clipped. They were clipped, filed and given treats in minutes and she refused payment. So we gave her a jar of homemade Mulberry jam! We ve just renewed for 3 yrs and are soon "On the road again"
Dan, Shirley, Bella and Bayley
Our 3-year membership has already paid for itself after just 3 nights. We spent two nights in the Missouri countryside with a wonderful Christian couple who we went to church with and enjoyed it so much. The 2nd place was spent on the property of people who had built a literal castle that was just something out of this world, a big long hundred foot cement pad, 50 amp power and a lighted & heated swimming pool that had a hot tub, a waterfall, a slide and a splash pad for little ones! Amazing, and we are just getting started.
We have really enjoyed meeting the Boondockers that stay at our site as well as those we have hosted us as we have traveled. It is really great to be able to connect with other RVers who enjoy traveling as we do and being able to share our RV site with them. Thank you for your efforts in creating and maintaining the web site!
More than I had hoped
I signed up this spring. It is now the end of the first week of July. I am hosting my fourth family tonight and have another scheduled for tomorrow night.
All of the boondockers that I have hosted are simply wonderful people. I feel that my life has been enriched in some way by every one of them. Every one of them is invited back and would be welcomed with a smile on my face and joy in my heart.
I couldn't be more pleased to be a part of Boondockers Welcome!
I have yet to stay overnight at a Boondockers Welcome host site but plan to take a long trip this summer to the black hills.
I think it is a wonderful thing for these hosts to simply open their hearts and say "Please come stay at my place". What kindhearted people.
I can't wait to meet some of them and wish I could meet them all.
IT DOESN'T COME ANY BETTER !!!
Once I allowed cookies on my iPhone I discovered a wonderfully fast easy to navigate website...it is a real pleasure locating fellow boondockers...only been a member 2 days so have not stayed anywhere yet. Thanks Marianne and Anna for your help. Very glad to be with you. Windmill camp Camp Verde AZ
Aussies hosted TruthAnd Travels
May last year while crossing Australia we met fellow Australians, also Boondockers, at Ceduna, South Australia (miles from anywhere) who happen to be 1 of only 6 Boondockers- 'Woodgate Wanderers' registered in Australia. (Small World)
After having spent 6 months each year for 5 years travelling in USA and meeting so many wonderful people through Boondockers Welcome we have finally been able to repay some of the great hospitality we experienced in America.
This week we hosted our very first Boondockers at our home on Phillip Island, Australia. TruthAndTravels who happen to be American. They were introduced to Boondockers Welcome by, would you believe it, 'Woodgate Wanderers' while they were travelling in US 2016. Unbelievable! What an amazing time we had exchanging US and Australian travel stories, recommending all sorts of Aussie destinations, tips, and even taught Tim to throw a boomerang. Ruth & Tim are a delightful couple and we look forward to visiting them when we visit their home later this year. Thanks heaps Boondockers Welcome.
Special Parking Need
Wayne Brown's location in Augusta GA put me within 7 minutes of Washington Commons, an independent living facility where my sister & BIL are residents.
His property was home for me for three weeks, a real blessing!!!
I have now located in another Boondocking space. But the beauty of Wayne's space was that I was granted permission to boondock there before I left home in AR.
We've been a member since the very start. I've had the pleasure of two folks staying at our place. Although We've not used Boondockers welcome, I always feel comfortable knowing that somewhere close there's a place to stay. Drop by and see us, close to Yosemite Park, Bill
Boondockers Welcome Wonderful wonderful site
We have been Boondockers Welcome hosts since 2016 and have been so blessed with having three wonderful guests. Boondockers Welcome has opened a door of opportunity to us to meet these wonderful people. Marianne Edwards has been so encouraging and patient with our membership application and we are so thankful for her understanding.
I have enjoyed having many RV's since joining "Boondockers Welcome". Many visitors are from abroad: Poland, Australia, New Zealand, and many places across the US. I enjoy hearing bout their travels as well as sharing some of mine. I also enjoy meeting people and this is a great way to do that.
We hosted our first BW guests this past April - what a lovely couple! I was so excited and had a great time visiting with them. Two days ago we retuned from a 2 1/2 week fall getaway to the New England area. We were so fortunate to spend five of those nights with BW hosts. It was a busy trip and we didn't have a lot of time visiting with our hosts, but every one of them was more than welcoming and accommodating - couldn't have asked for a greater experience! I'm so very happy and grateful that BW was created - I have been a member since it originated and truly enjoy being hosts and guests. Your website is so easy to navigate and your communication with members stays current (We have been members of the original Boondocking Books site also. Thanks so much for creating these great sites/concepts!!)
like minded people
Joined in August and have been on 9 week journey visiting friends and national parks. Every one of our boondocker stops has been incredible! People, places, hospitality..
Sign up now !
As first time visitors to Canada, and first time RVers doing Trans Canada, Boondockerswelcome has been a blessing. It's not just a place to stay, you meet so many great people. We have had everything from levelling blocks made in their workshop, loan tools, fresh bread and garden produce, local sightseeing trips in their cars, to fishing and boat trips, but always great company and conversation. And all the travel tips to help plan our journey. Its added so many special memories to our trip. BW is a life experience you have to part of, sign up now, you will not regret it.
Boondockers welcome is a true blessing
Our family has stayed with about 13 Boondockers all across the country over the past year. We not only have never had a bad experience but every host has went above and beyond to make us feel at home. We have made friends for life. A membership to boondockerswelcome was one of the smartest purchases we made while traveling! One night at a Boondockers property more than pays for the membership!
Having a ball hosting
As hosts we are having a ball meeting all the wonderful folks that have stopped here. Everybody has an interesting story and have shared their great experiences! It would be impossible to meet the variety of folks whom have Boondocked here any other way that I know. Have already scheduled Boondocking ourselves.
Thanks for creating this service!
warm welcome in Kalispell
Just a warning to anyone who does not like to park under a huge shade tree, on a newly mowed lawn enjoying a pastoral view do not visit Martys. Seriously, just her chocolate with banana brownies alone is worth the trip.
He too is as friendly and helpful as anyone might be. We enjoyed our first Boondockers experience, Thomas and Sally
We're hooked on BoondockersWelcome
We just arrived back home to Ontario from a 5 month trip southwest in our Roadtrek RS Adventurous. We joined your group thinking we might be able to make use of a few host properties for an overnight stay while travelling. We met some incredible people who welcomed us into their homes, shared great adventure stories and encouraged us to stay with them longer than we had planned.
Your system is amazing and we brag to everyone we meet that we are part of a great organisation - and that they should join too. Thanks for starting this growing concept!
Jane and Henry
Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Thank You Boondockers Welcome!
I just had a couple stay with me "sundowner". I can not tell you how much I enjoyed having them as guests! This was one great experience for me, having them stay on my property was like getting a great Christmas present in April!
Thank you for hosting Boondockers Welcome!
First boondocking experience was awesome...
We recently spent two nights boondocking at the home of Travlngary in Floresville, Texas. We cannot say enough about how welcoming they were... Giving us tips on the area, etc and even welcoming our little Charlie into their home. We felt safe and they were very generous in offering us power, water and even dumping. Thank you once again, Gary and Val, for your generosity...we hope to return the favour one day...
All the best and a big hug to your fur babies, Chelsea and Freddy!
Danny, Diane & Charlie
Shediac, NB, Canada
Great people, great stories
We have been offering our spots to BW folks for a bit over a year. We have met some fascinating people who share their travels and some come bearing gifts. We have shared our favorite places plus a map app that I find indispensable. Travel is an activity that broadens your education and outlook. It is refreshing to meet fellow explorers who are as excited about learning about the world as you are. Thanks for offering this opportunity.
Night in paradise!
Stayed at Wildside winery on our way out to Kansas. Beautiful level spot with wifi. Got a good night's sleep before heading off. Loving Boondockers Welcome. Just wish we could have met our hosts.
We're new RVers and new to this site. Traveling across country from FL to OR soon to visit with our adult children and stumbled upon this site. Joined and within 24 hrs had two invitations to boondock. How great is that? Wanted to say a big thank you to all who offer to host people like us, new at this and not sure what we're doing or how to do it. It takes a lot of the pressure off while we're learning the ropes. Hopefully, we'll be able to return the favor some day. Life can surely be wonderful when you meet the right people along the way.
Newtown, CT meeting Bella
I had my very first Boondockers Welcome experience a few days ago. Newtown, CT Bella was welcoming and the site, although small, was right on a river so I could hear water and night sounds. I was invited to swim which I loved and enjoyed the experience. I will go back again next month for I volunteer near there. Great experience! Thanks, Boondockers Welcome and thanks again Bella!
A great experience all the way.
I would like to make it known that I have stayed at 7 different B/D locations on my trip to Newfoundland and Labrador. Without exception all have been wonderful and all my hosts were great people to spend some time with. All were very helpful and cooperative with valuable information as a visitor to there area.
I have in the past used Bed & Breakfast locations in Canada Australia France England New Zealand Hawaii Ireland Scotland and the USA. I used them because they always know the area that you are visiting better than Anyone else. The information is something you will not always get for a Hotel or a Motel, and to me I find that this helps with my vacation.
So for anyone that is considering Boondockers, do it and join it is very good.
This was not sulisited by anyone from me.
Thanks to B/D
We had our very first Boondockers, Nigel and Sandra, E-mailed us 05/17. And they stayed Sunday night - so cheerful and welcoming . They were on the way to the Grand Tentons and next Yellowstone. Our boon docking is in a great spot for travelers on the way to Jacksonhole Wyoming. We are right off 191, 60 miles away. Well we enjoyed making new friends and sharing a toast of wine with them. Thanks again Nigel and Sandra. Great guests.
Jack and Carolyn
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS SITE
I love this site. As a single older woman I feel safe. and I love meeting new people. I have recommended this site to many people.
Wonderful Support System
I LOVED, LOVED the folks I stayed with - what a wonderful system this is, especially for someone like me on the road alone for the first time towing a tiny trailer. I felt so supported and encouraged at each and every stop ! ! ! The web site was easy to use and helped me tremendously in planning my trip and my overnights. The hosts I contacted responded quickly to my emails and were all welcoming and kind. Everyone offered helpful advice and ideas about what to visit on my trip. And best of all they all shared wonderful stories about their lives and their travels. I certainly am recommending this site to all my traveling friends.
fun new friends
We live in central Michigan and recently met some fellow Boondockers who live west of us half an hour but both grew up in the area we now live in. Nuttyfabes are really nice folks and we expect to do some things with them in the future.
Through our conversation over dinner a few days ago we discovered that the first farm we owned was bought from Ray's Uncle. His wife Pat was very nice to get to know as well. We didn't boondock at their place but I am sure it would be pleasant and fun to do that for anyone coming through central Michigan area.
Boondocking virgin. Nope, not anymore!
I just wanted to thank my hosts Marianne & Randy of Elora, Ontario, also the founders of Boondockers Welcome, for my first overnight trip in my Taylor Coach. It was a very peaceful and quiet place to get my feet wet (I live in Toronto). I hope to meet some more boondockers in the future.
Gotta Love It
We have had about a dozen BDW members stay with us the last couple years, many of them from Canada, and we decided to turn things around and visit them this time. We just got back from a 3 1/2 week, 6,000 mile trip from Texas up through several north eastern states in the US as well as New Brunswick, Prince Edward and Campobello Islands and Ontario Canada. We used BoonDocker Welcome (BDW) all but two nights. We were able to plan ahead with confidence knowing when we got there the host family was expecting us. We stayed with 9 different members and enjoyed each and every one of them. The hosts were friendly and very accommodating.
With BDW, not only do you get a safe place to stay but you meet new friends as well. We find that we have many things in common with most of the host members. We are so glad we found BDW and we look forward to future opportunities to meet and interact with other members.
Thanks Marianne for creating such a wonderful thing.
Gary & Valinda
First Time !
We hosted our first Boondocker from Maryland this past Friday . Enjoyed meeting her very much , it was a great experience ! Expecting another on Monday evening. Looking forward to it !
The Snyder's , Lowell, MA
We just had our first visitors compliments of boondockerswelcome.com - Fritz and Monika Gadermeier. They have a small self-contained RV, really neat. We listened to their stories of traveling in Equador, down to Tierra Del Fuego and in Africa as well. We shared many stories during the evening that they stayed on their way to the US. If you have not hosted before and are thinking of trying it, my advice is "go for it " it's a great way to meet people and learn of our world.
Walt and Judy Kaiser
Camp los Compadres, San Felipe, Baja, Mx.
We are very happy that we joined Boondockers Welcome. We have thoroughly enjoyed meeting new RVers and having them visit us at our site. We can't wait to use Boondockers Welcome from the other side. We have a motor home that has been idle for awhile and we are now preparing it to get back on the road. We plan on taking short trips around the state of Florida and then on to longer trips later. We will be using the Boondockers wherever we find them and getting to know more new RVers and tossing experiences back and forth. This is a GREAT idea. We are also very pleased with the Boondockers Welcome site. It's very easy to find what you're looking for, and easy to edit your own personal profile if needed. We love everything about Boondockers Welcome. Thank you to the ones who started all this and for your continued interaction and availability to us all.
3 months with Boondockers
Hi! We have been on the road for 3 months and have 9 more to go. We are traveling from Seattle, have gone across the northern US, the Maritime Provinces and are now heading back down into the US for the rest of our time. We have used Boondockers Welcome about a dozen times and have had excellent experiences each time! People are friendly, knowledgable, and will help you navigate their community. We have helped people with projects, shared meals, run errands, borrowed equipment and made friends that we hope to see again. I recommend Boondockers to everyone I talk to who says "I've always dreamed of doing a trip like you are doing!" Boondockers makes it easy and fun!
Our first guests
We have been members for over a year and just had our first guests, International guests! What a great way to meet new people and learn about where they call home. We were so excited about hosting, we could hardly wait for them to arrive! I hope they enjoyed their stay as much as we enjoyed having them. THANK YOU so much for developing this site, may GOD bless you.
Three For Three
I've had three couples come and stay at my location in Oakland, California. Everyone was awesome! Just the nicest folks you'll ever want to meet. First it was Arie and Ingrid from the Netherlands. Then came Richard and Eve from the U.K.. And just recently Barry and Dot from Spain stopped by. It's amazing how easy it is to talk to nice people...and how much we have in common. I've enjoyed the whole Boondockers Welcome thing and look forward to the next visit.
To my new friends...Thanks, hope to see you again.
Boondocking All The Way
Last fall, we had a couple boondock with us a few days in PEI after they spent 5 weeks in Newfoundland. We enjoyed it so much that we decided to use Boondockers Welcome in our trip to Mississippi last winter. Setting up the locations ahead of time, we boondocked all the way from NE Canada to southern Mississippi using eight sites! The pressure was off, because we knew we had a warm resting place each night. Every host went out of his/her way to make us comfortable. We enjoyed meeting a diversity of hosts. And every host said, "What a great idea -- Boondockers Welcome!"
The best thing to happen since the invention of the wheel
We LOVE it. Great people, very friendly and helpful. It is great to be able to pull into a driveway and feel at home, you dont have to worry over getting that knock on the door in the middle of the night. I just wish someone had thought of the idea years ago, but am glad to be part of it.
Terry and Malcolm were great guests!
Terry and Malcolm camped with us on Friday and Saturday nights at our farm in Alabama. They were very pleasant guests and we enjoyed meeting them. I hope they continue to enjoy traveling. As it happened, we had another boondocker request for Sunday night but I didn't get the e-mail in time and she found another spot. I was disappointed at first, but we had six inches of rain last night so I think she made the better choice. lizzie
We just hosted Maryanne and Randy and had a blast. Very interesting conversation and lots of laughing. What a great service. We'll definitely try to stay at hosts' locations in our future travels. Not going many places this year, but welcome others to come see us in Punta Gorda Florida
Made New Friends
We had the pleasure of having Vinnie (the name of the RV) in our driveway for the night. We loved meeting Vic & Patty and really enjoyed hearing all about their travels (all the way from Arizona heading to the Maritimes!).
Hosting was a great experience and I feel we have made new friends. Hopefully, we'll get to meet up with them again when we travel to Arizona this winter.
System Worked Perfectly
We joined in August. Used the search and found an overnight "haven" from Butch and Fonda in Twelve Mile, IN. They were extremely hospitable and we felt very safe on their property. The search worked well and the whole experience was great. We will definitely try it again. I just feel bad that we live in an area that has an ordinance against overnight parking and cannot reciprocate for others at this time.
We did our first boondocking trip in August and I can't say enough about the kindness and helpfulness of our fellow members. Many thanks to joeandkathy, Faz, Marianne, Lesara, and, especially, Joseph Bonneville. This is such a great idea on so many levels. It attracts people who know what it's like to be burned out from a long day on the road, only to end up at a truck stop or a Walmart. It's true travellers are cut from different cloth then the park crowd, but still, we all get tired. Everyone was so considerate and helpful. I can't wait to welcome our first guests and start repaying the kindness that's been shown to us.
WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!!
Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful site. My husband and I are new to traveling, 2 years in, but we love it. This is a great way to travel and not break the bank.
Great site and we're meeting great people
Visited the Roadtrek factory in Kitchener, and boondocked at Marianne's home overnight in Elora, ON. Unfortunately Marianne was not there, but was still gracious in letting us stay anyway. Hats off to Marianne for the Boondockers Welcome site. Elora is a very quaint and pretty town. Make sure you visit the Elora gorge and falls, and check out the pastry coffee shop in town. We met some very nice people there and stayed for a couple of hours. Wonderful coffee and pastries.
Just read the Motorhome Magazine article
We just got back from a 3 week trip driving to Nova Scotia and I just got to the magazine. I had to come check out the site! Boy... if I had known before we left! We added our location for available boondocking and am courious to see how it goes. We will most certainly try to check out some other locations on our next vacation.
Our First Boondockers
June 14-16 we had our first Boondockers stay in our driveway. They had a 27' Lazy Daze and a toad and fit quite nicely. It worked out well for us and for them.
What a great site/idea. I got the link from RV Gazette. So glad they did the little blurb about you. Keep up the great work!
Steve Jobs would be proud!
As usual, genius manifests itself in the simplest of ways. All the ingredients were there, it just needed someone to put them together. This idea is going to spread like wildfire. It evokes the communal spirits of years past and intertwines them with the reality of diminished 401k's and the need for real plumbing. Can't wait to get out there and take this site for a test drive!
A Great Resource
Just found this place, and am impressed, this is a great resource. However, I am looking for a real boondocking spot/places, such as deep in da woods, up on the mountain next to the stream, lol.
Thanks to whoever started this site. dick
Couch surfing for RVers-Brilliant!
What an absolutely brilliant idea Marianne. I expect this group to grow and flourish. Whether a boondocker or a host, this can be a community of sharing and that's what life is all about. Thank you for setting this up!
BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD!!
I had thought of a similar concept many, many years ago. This is a great idea and I thank Marianne for bringing it to the RV community. I have already sent my first request for a stay and anxiously wait for a reply.
THIS IS THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD!!
A Terrific Idea
This is a terrific idea, and so logical. The simple ideas are often the best and most innovative.
I think this type of service to our friends has been a long time coming. Great to see this for our RV friends. Many times I have searched for spots along my trails n so happy to be a part of this wonderful idea. My Aloha and credit goes out to the staff..
Mahalo and Aloha Greg (retired from Kahuku, Hawaii)
Just what is needed!
We've long thought that a 'driveway surfing' community needed to form. This is perfect. Thank you for providing this resource.
Best Idea Yet
I think this is the best idea to come down the pike in a long time. Jay sometimes drives 12 to 14 hours a day simply because he cannot find a suitable place to park for the night. With this web site I should be able to enjoy my trips a little more. I only regrete that we cannot at this time offer the same to others. However this may change in the future, if so, I'd be more than happy to offer whatever assistance we can. We are currently buying a hobby farm with another couple. When things get straightened out more we will inform all of you.
I think this is a great idea so I have opened an account with your new group. When we were active in bicycle touring we listed our home as a Hospitality Home for touring bicyclists on a national register. We had many great experiences meeting new people that stopped at our home as well as those that afforded us a place to spend a night or two where otherwise we might not have been able to stop. This is an excellent way to meet new people out enjoying the RV lifestyle.
This is a brilliant idea! I love your guides, and now this! If it wasn't for the fact that we have no more space in the alley, with our daughter and husband staying with us, and both the neighbors old cars, we would LOVE to offer space to others...
Keep up the great work - thanks for doing this, and I look forward to seeing this grow!
David - dsh1705