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Airbnb for Camping: 4 Services That Let You Rent Private Campsites

People with land, meet people with tents.

Private camping is made for the summer of coronavirus. With lots of campsites and state parks still closed to overnight camping, and summer house rentals complicated by concerns over COVID-19, private campsites via services like Hipcamp and Tentrr offer the best kind of social distance: peace and solitude in the great outdoors. A number of companies have launched services and camping apps over the past few years to help you find the perfect campsite (which, relative isolation aside, still adhere to coronavirus safety guidelines).

Airbnb now includes extensive camping and other rustic listings, and these camping-centric services all use the same model: You find a campsite online, read through the details and reviews, contact the owner to book your stay, pay through the website, and you’re on your way. 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 few wild acres makes a little extra scratch. Everybody wins.


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 standard 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!” — originally limited to sites in New York state and the Catskills, Tentrr has since expanded to include more than three-dozen states and Puerto Rico.
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Hipcamp -- rent a campsite

From national and state parks to “ranches and farms, to vineyards and nature preserves,” there are more than 400,000 campsites bookable through Hipcamp across the country, making it the biggest such operation in the United States. While sites can be heavy on California and the West Coast, 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 somebody else’s back pasture?), 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 designated 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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Through Dutch startup Campspace you can book one of hundreds of private camping sites around the globe. While most listings are in Europe, they have offerings on six continents, and in locations as varied as Paris, the Australian Outback, and Kazakhstan. Whether you want to park your RV across the street from Yellowstone, stargaze deep in the Namib Desert in Namibia, or pitch a tent in an English garden, Campspace has you covered. In 2017, Campspace acquired Camp in My Garden — founded before in Airbnb, in the U.K. in 2010, it was the first website to let people list their gardens and yards as campsites.
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Gamping -- rent a campsite

Not to be confused with glamping, a.k.a. glamorous camping, a.k.a. 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 U.S. 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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