Traveling full time leaves a lot of uncertainty around where you will sleep at night & if you are anything like us, we end up scrambling for random nights that we don’t have a set plan.
I think my least favorite part of this lifestyle is just that, not having a set plan at 8pm, it’s getting dark & tensions are high. You need to find a place but you are in a city where all of the Walmarts don’t allow overnight parking and you are running out of ideas.
Thankfully there are awesome memberships that can help you find parking spots much easier & save you money.
What we use:
Harvest host – this is my favorite membership we have because not only do you get a spot to stay for the night, the experience is so cool. Harvest Host is a collection of wineries, farms & museums that have ample space for you to park your rig for one night. The only thing they ask in return is that you purchase something from the local business. Free night of parking + supporting local businesses is a win-win in my eyes. The membership is annual for a small fee that I believe is well worth it. Use this link & get 15% off your first year!
Passport America – We like to split our time between boondocking & full hook ups but still have a pretty tight budget when it comes to what we want to pay a month for lodging. Passport America has been awesome with this. For an annual fee, you get access to a network of RV parks that offer nightly rates at 50% off. There are some restrictions on dates & number of nights that you are able to use the discount but we have saved over $500 within the first three months of travel with this membership!
Good Sam – Good Sam has a much smaller discount for RV parks specifically (10%) but the other perks make this membership a no brainer. Camping World offers very large discounts on a lot of there products for members & you receive 5 cents off gas per gallon at most Flying J & Pilot locations.
Thousand trails – this is a more expensive membership that allows you to book unlimited stays at their specific campgrounds. The way the membership works is that purchase by region with a few other rules. For this reason we did not go with this membership as we are moving too quickly through the regions but if you are planning to move at a slower pace the West coast region seems to be a really great deal!
Boondockers Welcome – this membership is much like Harvest Host but most of the locations are private homes. We didn’t learn about this membership until recently, otherwise we would have signed up from it at the beginning!
This just touches the surface of the services out there. I see new awesome communities and memberships pop up all the time for people living full time on the road!
Do you have any favorites that I missed? Drop them in the comments below!