Creative use of land in the Hipcamp community has demonstrated that the rewards of hosting campers goes far beyond tent fees. Here are 5 unique ways Hipcamp hosts also benefit from having campers on their land:
Hosts frequently report that their connections with their guests are one of the most rewarding parts of hosting campers. As a host you get to share the land you love and work hard to preserve, and discover what it excites in visitors from around the world. Many of our +3.5 million campers choose Hipcamp to connect with nature and so that their travel money goes towards the security and stewardship of private land. Our hosts have found friends and collaborators in their relationships with their guests – we are certain you will too.
Hipcamp Hosts participate in the design of the company’s growth. With the Hipcamp Host Transparent Product Roadmap, hosts can submit ideas for new website features and vote on the ones they want to prioritize adding. No one knows the ins and outs of using our platform like our Hosts, and the Transparent Product Roadmap is where Hosts and designers come together to improve the system. The new Extras feature, in fact, was inspired by host input on the Roadmap!
Hosting a Hipcamp is a great way to create a new revenue stream for your property. These funds can launch new projects, allow you to further develop and expand your land, or keep it exactly as it is.
If your property already hosts a land-based business, such as a farm, vineyard, or ranch, adding a Hipcamp site will increase exposure to your product with on-site visitors.
And now, with our Extras feature, hosts can sell high-quality goods and tours as add-on items when a guest makes a reservation. An Extra can be a guided hike in the region or a hands-on lesson in an area of your expertise – from birding, to bee keeping, to barbecue.
As a host you’ll essentially be running a small business. We’ll support you with guidance and best practices for building your site and the booking process, but you’ll also gain experience in land development, marketing, hospitality, and finance. Hosts frequently network with other providers in their area to steer guests to the best food, activities, and experiences on their visit. Hosting a Hipcamp will develop these business skills and allow you to gauge your market to potentially seed a larger business project on your land.
The Hipcamp Host community gives you access to ideas from hosts across the country, and insight into how they are monetizing and preserving their land. See what other land owners are doing for inspiration for your own projects. Here on the Hipcamp Journal we regularly publish content for Hosts with guides for camp site development, from DIY fire pits to composing toilets. We’ll also share the newest trends and ideas in land conservation, such as successful efforts to restore public access to cherished sites and re-wilding. Our hope is that the Hipcamp network pollinates your imagination and empowers you to preserve and share your land for generations to come.
Want to know more about hosting with Hipcamp? See if your land fits the bill, and how to get started hosting here.