We just showed our bus to hundreds of people at the Tiny House Festival in Orlando and A LOT of people asked where do we stay when on the road. When we told people that we mostly boondock using Boondockers Welcome or Harvest Host and we get to stay for free people were pretty surprised. For those of you who haven't heard of these awesome resources, Boondockers Welcome is a membership program that enables you to stay for free on properties all over the United States and Canada. There is a cost for membership, I think its $50 yearly, but if you have property to host travelers you get 3-months free membership for each traveler you host. We highly recommend Boondockers Welcome! Harvest Host is a network of breweries, wineries, farms and other businesses that you can stay for one night. There is a yearly membership fee, I think we paid $40 for the year but it is so worth it.
I thought it might be cool to make a list of all the places we have stayed from Maine to Florida and how much we paid. I hope this is useful to anyone thinking of setting out to travel but trying to do it on the cheap.
In between these stays we did stay with friends and family and did a few Walmarts and a Cracker Barrel or two. We have a stay coming up in the Everglades that we did pay $18 per night and then we are staying with friends or family right on until New Years. We have met so many great people, fellow travelers, and now friends in these places. Not all of them are our favorites but it is hard to pick which one is! As you can see we haven't paid to stay in very many places, although if we use water or electric at any of the Boondockers Welcome locations we usually pay them something and we always buy something from a Harvest Host. Travel is full of so many experiences, it really is true about it being the journey not the destination.
Note: I do realize I am behind blogging but traveling is so much fun I don't always stop to write about it. I will get better I promise.