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Airbnb For Camping: These 4 Services Let You Rent Private Campsites.

People with land, meet people with tents.

There are two problems with camping in the summer: one, campsites are booked; and two, campgrounds are noisy. Which means if you’re an outdoor enthusiast who both procrastinates and enjoys solitude, you’re out of luck. Or, well, you used to. A number of companies modeled after Airbnb have launched over the past few years that help you rent a campsite.

They all work in the same way as Airbnb: You find the perfect campsite online, contact the owner to book your stay, pay through the website. Then you go enjoy the great outdoors. While not every destination is covered, four sites in both the U.S. and Europe do a pretty good job of offering campers a lot of cool places to bed down under the stars. Campers get a quiet scenic campsite away from the crowded KOA, while a dude with a lovely backyard makes a little extra scratch. Everybody wins.


Hipcamp -- rent a campsite

From “ranches and farms, to vineyards and nature preserves,” there are over 285,000 campsites listed across the country on Hipcamp’s network of both private and public property. And while they’re heavy on California and the West Coast, Hipcamp’s by far the biggest operation in the US; other choice locations include a cranberry marsh in Maine, a farm in Texas, and even Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park. Much like Airbnb, all you do is find a spot to your liking (on a beach? on a lake? In sombody else’s backyard?), fill in your dates, and request a booking. Everything, including the price per night, is coordinated with the owner. And not only does your group get the run of the land ⏤ so, no dealing with crowded campsite bathrooms or too much late-night noise ⏤ but some of the spots offer cabins, yurts, tipis, and even tree houses. Or, you could just set up your Qube interconnected tents and get that party started.
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Gamping -- rent a campsite

Not to be confused with glamping, aka. glamorous camping, aka. camping for people who want to sleep in the J. Crew catalog version of the woods, Gamping stands for “garden camping.” This French-based site started in 2013 and advertises over 10,000 private campsites around the world. Most are in France and Europe, but there’s a decent lineup of US spots including one in scenic Duluth, Minnesota. In addition to searching by geographic location, campers can also choose by category, such as “Oceanfront” or “Vineyards.” From there they can break it down by type of site (tent, motor home, etc.) amenities (electricity, WiFi, tumble drier), and activities. Booking is done directly with the property owner and you can bring up to 20 people per site.
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Tentrr -- rent a campsite

While similar to Hipcamp and Gamping in that you’re camping on somebody’s private property, Tentrr operates a little differently. Each site is equipped, much like a hotel room, with a stand package of amenities that includes: a large canvas wall tent on a wooden platform, inflatable queen-sized cot, outdoor sun shower, picnic table, two lounge chairs, a camp toilet, stone fire pit, the list goes on. Technically, you are still camping, you just don’t have bring anything. If you’ve got a big group, they also set up extra dome tents. Campsites are selected based on “privacy, location and the wow factor!” and are currently limited to New York and the Catskills. That said, they’ve got plans to expand to New England and the mid-Atlantic states.
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Camp In My Garden

Camp In My Garden -- rent a campsite

Camp in My Garden launched two years after Airbnb in 2010 and claims to be the world’s first “online garden camping community.” Similar to the others, but with a much more dated website, CIMG rents over 1,000 “micro-garden sites” to campers and runs on a single guiding principle: “We don’t do crowds!” Which means they try to limit sites to six tents or 12 people. Every campsite has access to a cold water tap and at least some sort of bathroom, “from a gardeners toilet to a composting loo.” Half the sites are in Europe while the rest are scattered about the globe, including a sizable number in the U.S. Also, Gambia and Uganda, in case you’re thinking about a family camping trip to Africa.
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