Updated: Apr 4
Recently I became aware of a super fun and unique camping option and wanted to share it with you guys! Did you know that you can go camp on peoples homesteads? That, while camping at these homesteads, you may get the opportunity to experience different types of homestead life? Or, if you live on a piece of land and want to share it with others, you can earn an income by hosting campers at your place? If you had no idea about this, you are not alone. I only found out about it this summer.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hipcamp. I was so excited to hear of their mission and have the privilege of working with them.
My Experience Hosting Through Hipcamp
This weekend we hosted campers on our property through the Hipcamp website. We had a wonderful family come out to camp at our place with their little girl. She was so excited to see our chickens and help collect eggs! It was a joy to walk through the garden with the family and help their little one pick some carrots, peas and cucumbers. To watch her be able to wash them up and eat them so fresh. I think sometimes we take so many of these wonderful privileges and experiences for granted when we have them everyday. Seeing them through fresh eyes gave me a renewed heart of gratitude for our home and all we have been blessed with.
What is Hipcamp?
Hipcamp is a website and company that connects private landowners and campers in an opportunity to share all different types of land and homes with those who camp there. If you are a homesteader wanting to earn some extra income from your homestead, working with Hipcamp is an easy way to do that. One thing I thought was so amazing is that they ask that you don't stop your normal homesteading activities while hosting campers, rather continue on as normal so that your campers get a chance to see what is involved in homestead life. This may be watering and harvesting your vegetable garden (like me), getting eggs or feeding and caring for your animals. Maybe it is harvesting fields of grain. This may just seem dusty and dirty to those who do it everyday, but for a camping family this may be a once in a lifetime chance to see where their food really comes from!
Creating a Hipcamp Host Account
As mentioned, I had the privilege of signing up with Hipcamp to host campers in our own backyard this summer. The application takes about 30 minutes to fill out and allows options for what type of tent/trailer you allow on your site, how many people you accept, what dates you have available, what price you are charging (yes, you get to decide that yourself) and so much more. You are able to curate the camping experience to just what you want it to be. If you don't have an outdoor bathroom available, not to worry. In this case, Hipcamp allows only for camping units with self contained bathrooms.
Other Hipcamp Earning Opportunities
If you don't own more than 2 acres of land and are not able to host campers, there is still opportunity here for you. Anyone can earn $100 by creating a Hipcamp account and signing up to refer other hosts. When a host signs up and receives a booking through your link, you will earn $100 commission.
Benefits of Working with Hipcamp
There is no sign-up cost to joining Hipcamp as a host or a camper. If you decide you no longer wish to host you are able to cancel at any time. Hipcamp earns a 10% commission on bookings through the website, meaning 90% of the booking fee goes straight to you!
Hipcamp not only connects land owners and campers but also provides insurance to both the host and the camper (see below for more details). Other unique features the Hipcamp website allows is that the host has the ability to create their own discount codes.
From the Hipcamp website: "Hipcamp provides Registered Hosts insurance for third party claims through the Hipcamp Host Protection Plan. The Insurance Policy covers both Hipcamp and its registered Hosts as insureds. This insurance does not replace a Host’s homeowners policy, but rather is designed to provide liability protection not typically afforded by a homeowners policy. Insurance is provided at no additional charge, for all bookings processed on the Hipcamp platform. Insurance is only available to valid, uncancelled bookings made through hipcamp.com. It is the responsibility of the host to confirm any changes to their eligibility under the requirements listed above."
Find the Best Campsites through Hipcamp
If hosting isn't for you, maybe it is the camping experience you want to check out! Whether it's camping by the beach or the ocean, staying in a cabin or finding that hidden gem spot, there are so many options through Hipcamp!
If you have any questions I haven't answered, definitely reach out to Hipcamp. I have found them to be very helpful and quick to respond to the questions I had.
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The beautiful photos are thanks to Kalla Ramberg Photography.