If you are wondering whether Hipcamp is a valid way to find affordable campsites and glamping sites or not, perhaps our review of our first time using the service will help you finally book accommodation through Hipcamp.
An Honest Review Of Hipcamp: A Legit Way To Book Unique Camping Sites
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What Is Hipcamp?
It is a website (and app) where you can find unique places to go camping or glamping. Private landowners list most of the properties that are offered. Usually there is just one campsite on their property, although I have seen some offering several campsites on their land.
These campsites vary from primitive sites for tents only to RV sites with partial or full hookups to treehouses with running water and electricity.
For our first stay, we found a unique property that had a day-use cabin, a flat gravel pad for an RV, and a 30 amp plug.
How Do I Sign Up For Hipcamp?
Jump over to the Hipcamp website and create a free account. Make sure to take a few minutes to fill out your profile so that the people who own the campsites you want to rent can get to know a few things about you (use my referral link or enter the code VICTORIAHOE8BCE when signing up and save $10 on your first HipCamp booking).
I Don’t Tent Camp Or RV, Is Hipcamp Still For Me?
Hipcamp is not just for campers and those who travel in RVs; there are also listings for tiny houses and rustic cabins. But Hipcamp is not Airbnb–you won’t find listings for large luxury cabins with water views or downtown lofts.
You can play with the filters to ensure that you get a place with indoor plumbing and electricity so you don’t have to rough it in any way unless you want to.
How Do I Make Sure I Get The Type Of Accommodations I Want? (Like A Toilet!)
Hipcamp has many filter settings that can help you make sure that you get the type of accommodations you want. I have found it easier to use the desktop version of the website rather than the app if you’re going to narrow down your search to include numerous amenities such as electricity, air-conditioning, heat, and running water.
How Do I Save My Favorite Hipcamp Finds?
Much like Airbnb on Hipcamp, a heart symbol lets you save your favorite places in lists. I found this option useful as I narrowed down my choices to where we ultimately ended up staying.
What is the average cost of a Hipcamp stay?
The price of accommodation through Hipcamp varies. If you want a place to set up your tent for the night, I have seen tenting campsites for as low as $15 a night, but then I have seen cozy heritage cabins with all the amenities go for upwards of $299 a night. It all depends on how luxe you want your accommodations and what area you want to stay near.
What We Thought Of Our First Hipcamp Stay
We were thrilled with our first Hipcamp stay. All the pictures in this post were taken on the property we stayed at. It was full of special touches like a tree swing, a fire ring complete with firewood, and even a three-hole putting course.
This posting can be found on the HipCamp website in the state of Ohio under “Cabin And Company RV Site”. It is located just outside the small town of West Alexandria. During our stay we visited nearby Dayton and Oxford, Ohio.
We found the booking process through Hipcamp to be simple and effective. We communicated with our hosts via text, which came in handy when we discovered that a swarm of wasps had decided to call the plug-in area for the RV home. The problem was quickly dealt with, and we were able to get our travel trailer plugged in and the A/C running.
The cabin was a nice extra space to hang out in and play cards, watch movies, craft (well, I did that, not Jack), and unwind from our busy lives–and it was air-conditioned, which is a must in the humid midwest summer weather.
I have already started three lists of favorite Hipcamp finds for states near us so yes, we will definitely be using Hipcamp again. We have already recommended the website to several others, both those that own RVs and those that don’t.
Save $10 On Your First Hipcamp Stay With This Code
If you want to try out Hipcamp for the first time and have yet to create an account, use our referral code during sign-up and save $10 off your first stay.
You can either use the link above or enter the code: VICTORIAHOE8BCE
I hope that you enjoy Hipcamp as much as we have.
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