Everything to know about Airbnb Plus, including how listings are vetted, if they cost more, and if it's worth it
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Airbnb launched Airbnb Plus in 2018 to highlight listings vetted in-person by a third-party inspector for the highest levels of style, design, and hospitality. We break down the benefits of Airbnb Plus listings, how they're vetted, and if they cost more. Read more: Are Airbnbs safe? We spoke to experts, a company representative, and an Airbnb host to share everything you should know before booking someone's home
As travelers are starting to feel more comfortable doing trips following lockdowns and travel disruptions due to the novel coronavirus, many are looking to vacation rental sites like Airbnb for accommodations. In fact, experts have actually noted that Airbnbs may be a safer option than hotels since you can opt to book an entire private home. Airbnb also recently rolled out a new Enhanced Cleaning Initiative so guests can easily identify Airbnb listings that adhere to the new vigorous standards. But when it comes to homes listed on Airbnb, the offerings can certainly be a mixed bag. On the same platform where you can rent a renovated lighthouse or Tyler Perry's former mansion, you'll also find small, drab rooms and even the occasional scam. Similarly, the hosts can range from Superhosts who go above and beyond to uninvolved third parties. Of course, savvy travelers know to be vigilant when it comes to checking ratings and reading past guest reviews before booking and to check other home booking sites too, but even the most seasoned Airbnb users can find themselves checking into a run-down home when they were hoping for a sophisticated stay. Plus, not everyone has time to devote hours to sifting through hundreds of listings and reading multiple reviews to compare every potential stay. For travelers who want the guarantee of hotel-quality design and hospitality, Airbnb Plus is the answer. Airbnb Plus was officially launched by Airbnb in 2018 to highlight the bonafide creme de la creme of Airbnb listings, homes renowned for designer aesthetics, magazine-worthy style, and thoughtful amenities provided by hosts for a next-level stay. It's important to keep in mind that there's no guarantee of safety for travel right now. But for users who are looking to book an Airbnb and are interested in vetted homes, there's an option to filter Airbnb listings to only show Plus stays. This can significantly cut down the time it takes to find your next top-notch accommodations. Here's how it works. What is Airbnb Plus? Airbnb Plus is a special collection of homes that have been verified in-person by a third-party inspector. According to Airbnb, it includes a "selection of only the highest quality homes with hosts known for great reviews and attention to detail." Hosts must meet the following requirements before they are even eligible to apply:
The listing must be either an entire place or a private room with a private bathroom. The host must have maintained an average rating of at least 4.8 over the past year. The host must not have canceled any reservations, with the exception of extenuating circumstances. The host must have accepted 95% of booking requests over the past year.
Once the host meets these requirements, a third-party inspector will visit the home to vet the listing on style, design, and hospitality (more on this below). If the home is accepted, a professional photographer is then provided to take new photos to showcase the property and ensure that all listing photos are high quality in terms of look and resolution. Once the home is officially part of Airbnb Plus, hosts must also agree to not list it on any other booking platform, meaning that all Plus listings are exclusive to Airbnb. As an added bonus, when you book a Plus home, you'll also have access to the Airbnb Plus support team, which is focused on serving Plus customers with quicker response times.
What is the difference between Airbnb and Airbnb Plus? The main difference between a regular Airbnb and Airbnb Plus is the fact the homes are verified in-person and held to a higher standard. However, eligibility to apply for Plus certification is not available in all destinations. Airbnb currently lists Plus homes across all six continents, but these are usually in major cities like Los Angeles or island countries like the Dominican Republic. The program is constantly expanding but still lacks some major world cities. For example, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo are the only destinations where there are Plus listings in all of South America. And while you can find a Plus home on the Hawaiian island Maui, you won't find any on Oahu. A verified Plus rating doesn't necessarily mean that the home is better than non-Plus listings, especially because the distinction does not cover every destination on the platform. However, it can offer stronger peace of mind that someone has verified the listing in-person and that what you will be getting will at least match the quality of the photos. It's also worth noting that Airbnb Plus is also a different service than Airbnb Luxe, which exclusively lists private villas and includes a personal trip planner and airport pick-up in the price. What is the difference between Airbnb Plus and a Superhost? Superhost status is earned by maintaining at least a 4.8 average rating with zero cancellations over the past year. You don't have to operate an Airbnb Plus listing to be a Superhost. Additionally, hosts must have completed 10 stays or three reservations totaling at least 100 nights. They must also maintain a 90 percent response rate. Superhost status will automatically be earned if the host meets all these criteria by the end of any given quarter. On the other hand, Airbnb Plus status must be applied for and verified in person. However, Plus hosts are required to sustain their Superhost level of hospitality, in addition to having a listing that is well designed, equipped, and maintained. How are Airbnb Plus listings vetted? Homes are vetted based on three standards: style, comfort, and hospitality. By being eligible for Airbnb Plus, the host already meets the hospitality standards, but an in-person visit is required to confirm that the home also meets style and comfort standards. The interior design of the home is expected to be cohesive, clutter-free, and reflect style and personality like this Los Angeles home, which has a clean design scheme punctuated by eye-catching houseplants and funky furniture pieces. The home must also be unique in some way and the listing will score points for personal touches like this Roman loft, for example, which really pulls off its vintage nautical theme. Airbnb Plus homes are required to be fully-equipped with cooking essentials, filtered or bottled water, and an iron and hairdryer, among other desirable amenities. The property must also be well maintained, which means that everything is clean and works, from the coffee maker to all the locks on the bedroom doors. Lastly, self-check-in, via a lockbox or door code, is mandatory to ensure that all guests have a smooth check-in experience.
Is Airbnb Plus more expensive? The biggest misconception about Airbnb Plus is that you'll pay a lot more for it, but that's not necessarily the case. Although some hosts may raise their nightly rates after being accepted into the program, there are still plenty of affordable listings like this private room just outside London that starts at $47 per night. If you're searching by location though, you might find that Plus homes do cost a little bit more than competing listings in the same neighborhood. For most hosts who enroll in Airbnb Plus, the incentive is to stand out from the crowd and attract more bookings with a Plus badge. However, an Airbnb Plus stay does not mean premium or luxury services, so hosts can't hike up the prices too much if they want to stay competitive. At the end of the day, you'll have to decide if it's worth it to pay a little bit more for the peace of mind that your Airbnb will be stylish, sufficiently-equipped, and under the care of a highly-rated host. Wondering if Airbnbs are safe right now?
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Summary List Placement As Americans slowly get back to domestic travel, many are looking for destinations...Summary List Placement As Americans slowly get back to domestic travel, many are looking for destinations within 200 miles from home according to recent Airbnb data. Private home rentals are a top lodging choice since they limit encounters with others and promote social distancing. California is one of the most popular locations for Airbnb rentals, with spectacular homes near beaches, deserts, wine country, national parks, and urban centers. We combed Airbnb listings to select top-reviewed homes with impeccable amenities in cities such as San Diego, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Francisco, and others. As people begin to return to domestic travel, safety tops many Americans' priority lists, with travelers choosing close-to-home driving trips bound for private home rentals as opposed to boarding a flight to a crowded resort. That's because doctors consider the private residential environment to be low risk for virus transmission, given the fact that the virus is known to transmit primarily between people via respiratory droplets. And when compared with hotels, the number of face-to-face encounters at a private home rental is especially low. Airbnb also recently released data underscoring these travel trends. They showed nearly half of 2,200 adult survey respondents in the US prefer their first post-pandemic trip to be within 200 miles from home. However, before you jump into making any travel plans, it's vital to know and consider that without a vaccine there's no guarantee of safety right now. We always recommend following guidelines from the CDC and WHO and taking safety precautions like hand washing and social distancing. Additionally, many parts of California are experiencing extreme wildfires and even places not directly affected by the fires are experiencing low air quality. You can check the daily wildfire update here. But, for some added peace of mind, Airbnb recently announced they are requiring all hosts to follow stringent new cleaning policies. This includes wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and, for hosts and their teams, abiding by a five-step enhanced cleaning process. Still, some travelers may feel more comfortable taking added precautions like bringing their own sheets and running dishes through the dishwasher before use. Of course, that means you're now cleaning the home for which you likely already paid a hefty cleaning fee. With that in mind, if you are planning a future trip to the Golden State, there's plenty of accommodation choices, including beach bungalows, mid-century desert homes, and tiny mountain houses. We rounded up top-rated Airbnbs in cities such as San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco; as well as coastal getaways in Santa Barbara and Big Sur, wine country retreats in Napa Valley and San Louis Obispo, desert homes in Palm Springs and Joshua Tree, and listings near national parks like Yosemite. The following properties were all selected based on the following criteria: Airbnb listing is for the entire home (no awkward hallway encounters). All are highly-rated, well-located Airbnb listings with a rating as close to 5.0 as possible. All homes are listed by Superhosts to ensure a positive experience, with exceptional design, charm, and amenities to guarantee a great getaway. Homes offer an affordable price range, starting at $93 for a Yosemite tiny home and rising to $425 for a Big Sur splurge. Looking for more Airbnbs? The best Airbnbs in New York's Hudson Valley The best Airbnbs in Vermont The best Airbnb cabins in the Catskills The best Airbnbs in Maine The best Airbnbs in Florida The best Airbnbs in Connecticut The best Airbnbs with pools These are the best Airbnbs in California, sorted by price from low to high.SEE ALSO: Are Airbnbs safe? We spoke to experts, a company representative, and an Airbnb host to share everything you should know before booking someone's home Tiny house in Yosemite, $93 Book this tiny house starting at $93 per night When visiting Yosemite National Park, the goal should be to spend as much time absorbing wide-open nature and the jaw-dropping beauty of famed peaks like Half Dome and El Capitan as possible — not cooped up in your lodging. That's why a tiny house is a perfect complement to such a trip, and this one is located just about 30 minutes from the park entrance. It's also a great launchpad to explore Bass Lake, and there are llamas to boot. With this listing, you'll receive access to the whole tiny house, which includes a real bathroom with a hot shower, flushing toilet, and a sink. The downstairs bedroom has a Queen-sized bed in a room done up in cozy farmhouse style that feels wholly welcoming despite the diminutive size. Plus, you can feel good about booking here: 15 percent of the proceeds from this listing will support three charities: Thistle Farms, Equal Justice Initiative, and Charity Waters. The property is mostly booked up, but has a few days available in November. Rating: 4.97 COVID-19 cleaning procedures: No specific cleaning procedures are noted yet, but the listing holds a 4.9 cleanliness score across 214 reviews. Beach home near Santa Monica and Venice Beach, $128 Book this Venice Beach guest studio with pool starting at $128 per night After months of isolation, access to a beach feels both exotic and essential. Santa Monica and Venice are among LA's most popular and central beach areas, and lodging in the area can be quite pricey. But this affordable option in Venice offers a lot of value before you even consider there's also a pool. It's technically a Spanish architecture pool house, but it's totally private, and charming to boot, with room for two adults. The cozy space boasts a private outdoor bathroom, a sauna, three fire pits, hot tub, plus loaner bikes and skateboards to hit the beach. There's also a ping-pong table in the rec area. The laid-back California decor includes a framed map of Venice, distressed furnishings, and tile flooring. This home has sporadic availability in October with more days open in November and December. Rating: 4.94 COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts. Zen-like studio in San Diego, $130 Book this zen-like studio starting at $130 per night Experience the sprawling city that is San Diego without feeling overwhelmed by all the urban buzz. This calming, even zen-like studio is just steps to the bay and an easy walk to the beach. It's great for a relaxed, car-free beach getaway — even just from the city's more congested center. Vaulted, beamed ceilings make the space feel airy, and a skylight makes it bright and cheerful. It sleeps two with a queen bed, and there's a small patio with a grill for cozy home-cooked meals. For the active couple, travel light and make use of the two included boogie boards and beach cruisers for outdoor fun and exercise during your stay. There's also private off-street parking for when more than a bike is required. The property is booked up for October but has plenty of availability for November and December. Rating: 4.87 COVID-19 cleaning procedures: No specific cleaning procedures are noted yet, but the property is newly renovated, and it holds a 4.8 cleanliness score across 337 reviews. Remodeled home in the San Francisco Bay Area, $151 Book this remodeled private home starting at $151 per night With its palpable tech wealth, San Francisco and the Bay Area has become one of the most expensive places in the country. But you can still visit the city without going over your budget in this lovely, and affordable Airbnb located near Golden Gate Park and the beach in the Outer Sunset. The home is chic, bright, and sparkling. There's a Queen-sized bed with a memory foam mattress and a cool blue headboard under a nautical whale wall hanging. The bathroom gleams in crisp white, and the elegant furnishings and living room pieces lend a sophisticated, curated feel. The property still has several dates available in October and November. Rating: 4.95 COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts. Bungalow in Hollywood, $151 Book this rustic Hollywood Hills bungalow starting at $151 per night Hollywood and its environs are as cacophonous and congested as they are lively and exciting. But this cozy Hollywood Hills area listing will make you feel like you've gotten away from it all while still staying within LA's core. This private guest unit nestled in the hillside makes for a peaceful retreat that allows for full relaxation or full focus on work or creative projects — ideal, perhaps, for an inspiring new work-from-home situation. There are panoramic city views from Hollywood to the Pacific ocean from the freestanding bathtub, as well as a sunny terrace with an inviting daybed swing, and a distinctly bohemian vibe. The listing has room for two guests with a Queen-sized bed and 1.5 baths, so come here with a loved one, or check-in solo to work on your screenplay. The property still has plenty of days open in October and November. Rating: 4.91 COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts. Minimalist home in Joshua Tree, $172 Book this minimalist industrial home starting at $172 per night Admire and adventure through the wide-open spaces of Joshua Tree National Park with this home, located minutes from the park entrance and walking distance to the village. The idea here is to feel lost amid nature; it's called the Lost House after all. The two-bedroom, one-bath home is designed in a minimalist, industrial style. There's a hot tub for soaking after hikes, and a covered patio for watching sunrises, sunsets, and oh-so-many stars. A hammock triangle in the back allows three to lounge together and the backyard also features a shade structure, seven-person outdoor couch, and coal barbecue. Bluetooth speakers, a record player with records, and various analog games like horseshoes and Frisbee will help keep you busy while remaining unplugged. This home has just a few days left in October and November. Rating: 4.95 COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts. Secluded retreat in Santa Barbara, $209 Book this secluded Montecito retreat starting at $209 per night Take a romantic coastal drive to the Santa Barbara area and settle into this 717-square-foot ultra-posh Montecito retreat. It has a comfy Queen-sized bed, a big living room with sleeper sofa, fireplace and kitchenette, private guest's laundry room, and even a bathroom with steam. The home is located on the bottom floor of the host's tri-level home with a separate entrance at the side yard, but it feels quite private. A seasonal creek surrounds the large wraparound wooden deck, fully ensconcing you in nature, and the home offers easy access to great nearby hiking trails, and beautiful Butterfly Beach is a five-minute drive away. This listing has plenty of availability throughout October and November. Rating: 4.93 COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts. Farmhouse cottage in Napa Valley, $221 Book this farmhouse cottage starting at $221 per night The challenges of recent months have undoubtedly created a slew of new wine devotees, joining the ranks of those who've long loved to visit wine country for winery tours and barrel tastings. Book your wine country stay in this fully renovated farmhouse cottage located in a tranquil neighborhood on Main Street, just a mile from the downtown area. The sweet 600-square-foot space has two Queen-sized beds, a couch, and a kitchenette. This home is best for a couple or friend getaway as children under 12 are not permitted. Here, the amount of interaction is up to the guest — a key concern in the pandemic age. Hosts can make themselves available to talk about restaurants and wineries … or make themselves as scarce as you prefer, leaving you to enjoy a glass of wine on the patio after a day out touring the vineyards. This property still has many available dates in October and is almost entirely open in November. Rating: 4.92 COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, meaning the host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts. Midcentury home in Palm Springs, $284 Book this private mid-century getaway starting at $284 per night Palm Springs is an easy road trip from Los Angeles — just about 100 miles from Downtown. And for the full Palm Springs getaway experience, you're going to want to rent a home in the vibrant midcentury modern style for which the town is famous. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is in the desirable Ruth Hardy Park/Movie Colony East neighborhood, with views of the dramatic San Jacinto mountains, with room for four adults. An additional two children can fit in the foldout sofa in the living room. The entertainment setup includes Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming channels. But you'll probably spend most of your time here outdoors in the sleek saltwater pool, spa, and lounging area. The property is mostly booked for the next few months, but availability is subject to change. Rating: 4.93 COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home doesn't list any specific new policies, but the hosts have a 4.9 rating for cleanliness. Scenic mountain home near Big Sur, $425 Book this sunny mountain home with views starting at $425 per night The coastline around Big Sur is the stuff of screen savers, and the cliffs make for an awe-inspiring if harrowing road trip. Here, it's all about the stunning views and the raw natural environment — this rental lets you take savor both in serenity and privacy. View tons of stars at night, hear the birds sing, and watch the red-tailed hawks circling above. Arrive via a private paved and gated driveway to this home with a full 365-degree view of redwoods and oak ridges; it enjoys full sun all day long. The listing is just right for a solo traveler or a couple with two bedrooms, each with a Queen-sized bed. There are also lawn chairs, an outdoor fireplace, and a distinctly indoor-outdoor vibe. This property still has a few scattered days open in November with more dates open in December. Rating: 4.95 COVID-19 cleaning procedures: No specific cleaning procedures are noted yet, but the property is newly renovated, and it holds a 4.9 cleanliness score across 151 reviews.
5 trip-booking sites where you can find last-minute camping reservations, including for private campsites
Summary List Placement When it comes to traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic, vacation rentals are generally...Summary List Placement When it comes to traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic, vacation rentals are generally agreed upon by experts to be safer than hotels. Camping, however, is likely to quell nerves even further as there's far less risk when staying in remote areas and pitching your own tent. According to the North American Camping Report, 47% of leisure travelers who like to camp plan to do so in place of one of their canceled trips this year. As a result, many traditional campsites are booking up fast, but these lesser-known sites offer convenient alternatives when national parks are full or if you're new to camping. Read more: 17 best campsites across the US for a scenic outdoor getaway After hitting another dead end on Recreation.gov, I was just about to give up on my dream of a last-minute, mid-September camping trip to Washington's Central Cascades. The site was either already booked up for every weekend until Thanksgiving, was located too far, or didn't provide enough amenities to satisfy my camping troupe. As my desired weekend inched closer, I felt more and more like I was in over my head, until I remembered, "doesn't Airbnb list campsites?" Indeed they do. Scroll through the search filters and you'll find a box to check: Campsite. I quickly came across a private campsite that fit all my needs. Not only was it available, but as with all Airbnb listings, I could see that it was well-reviewed, with a clear breakdown of pricing and policies. However, at approximately $100 per night, the site I booked was admittedly five times more expensive than a federal campsite. But, it was located on private property with panoramic views, included a toilet and running water, and was very remote for safe social distancing. As my trip approached, I discovered another benefit to booking this way. Wildfires were resulting in toxic air actually hovering above my weekend plans. Thankfully, rescheduling on Airbnb was easy. All I had to do was directly communicate my concerns to the host who graciously allowed me to postpone twice while waiting for the smoke to clear. Had I managed to squeeze in a reservation at a federal campsite, there wouldn't have been an easy way to reschedule and I would have incurred a cancellation fee. As such, if you're a latecomer to camping like I am, it's important to know that there are many options to consider besides federal sites, which are likely to be booked in your area as well. And Airbnb is only one such other offering. But you may still encounter some competition as many travelers seek safer ways to travel close to home right now. In May, RV booking sites reported over 1000% increases in RV rentals and Kampgrounds of America (KOA) reported that advanced reservations for the fall months are 28% higher than they were in 2019. Keep in mind that while campgrounds, and especially private campsites, are largely a safer alternative to hotel stays, there is still no guarantee of safety when it comes to travel right now. We always recommend following guidelines from the CDC and checking local and state regulations before making any travel plans. It's also wise to read up on the CDC's recommendations for best practices for visiting parks and recreation facilities. Additionally, there are currently unprecedented wildland fire conditions in the US and some campsite locations may be closed right now. That said, if you do want to pitch a tent, these platforms make it easy to search for, plan, and book, great camping getaways. Additionally, KOA and ReserveAmerica are two good resources to keep in mind where you can easily search a large number of campgrounds quickly for availability. However, many of the campsites listed are the same as those you'll find on Recreation.gov and other popular aggregator sites — which means they may not help you out when it comes to finding under-the-radar spots to book in a pinch. Experienced campers can also look to pitch a tent on public lands away from developed recreation facilities on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) areas. But for those not quite ready to set off on a backcountry trek, I've compiled the following list and recommendations based on my experiences, along with extensive research, and selected platforms that offer an easy booking experience and solid availability of campsites over the next few months. Additionally, several sites listed below offer private campsite bookings, which is particularly relevant in the COVID era. These are the best lesser-known websites for finding a last-minute campsite.Airbnb Book a camping trip through Airbnb The world's largest vacation rental site is filled with people who are more than happy to let you pitch a tent in their backyard, as well as small independent campgrounds that promote listings on the site, too. All you have to do is plug in your desired location and filter for campsites specifically. You can still find plenty of the unique experiences that Airbnb is famous for, like camping on a farm in Maine or in a riverside meadow in California. Although you won't be able to find a private campsite inside a national or state park, you can still find campsites close to the entrance like this well-stocked campground just 7 miles from Utah's Zion National Park or this beautiful forest-adjacent field just 10 minutes Washington's Olympia National Park. Pros: It's familiar and if you've built up a high rating as an Airbnb guest, you might be more inclined to stay on the platform. Cons: It's not commonly known as a place to list campsites, so it may not offer a good representation of all the private campgrounds in the area. Additionally, service, cleaning, and occupancy taxes may be applied to the total bill. COVID-19 cleaning procedures: In April, Airbnb announced a new optional cleaning protocol that would distinguish listings that commit to them. If a campground has shared amenities like a pool or hot tub, these may not be available. Hipcamp Book a camping trip through Hipcamp A site that is touted as the "Airbnb of Camping," Hipcamp lists hundreds of campsites, RV sites, and glamping tents on its streamlined platform. Built with campers in mind, you can filter specifically for your camping needs from running water to ADA accessibility to equestrian access. You'll also be able to find many listings near popular national parks like this plateau plot near the Grand Canyon, or this site at the largest campground overlooking the sweeping views of Shenandoah National Park. Hipcamp is also a great resource for less traditional camping alternatives and you can rent everything from open-air treehouses to shipping containers. Pros: Campsite listings are incredibly thorough and they don't stop at just listing amenities. You can also filter by available activities like swimming and climbing or terrain features like hot springs, waterfalls, and caves. Unlike Airbnb, reviewers are able to upload photographs with their reviews which helps create a realistic picture of what to expect. Cons: You will have to pay a non-refundable 8% to 18% service fee with every listing. COVID-19 protocol: Hipcamp has introduced a set of safety standards for their hosts to commit to. This includes adjusting the space between sites to ensure social distancing and disinfecting shared spaces and allowing for contactless or physically-distant check-in. The Dyrt Book a camping trip through The Dyrt Like Trip Advisor, but specifically for the outdoors, The Dyrt is an incredible resource for planning a camping or hiking trip. It's full of detailed information, reviews, and user-uploaded photographs that can help provide a realistic expectation of what you find before you head out into the great outdoors. Although you can't book campsites directly on the website, you can still use the website to find thoroughly-reviewed cabins and campsites in state and national parks, as well as private campsites. Every campsite listing includes a link where you can book directly, whether it be on recreation.gov, KOA, or an independent campground. Pros: Along with campsites, you can also find information about nearby hikes and other things to do, which can help you thoroughly plan your whole trip. Cons: You can't book directly on this website, but you will be able to check availability for state and national parks. COVID-19 protocol: Because it's a resource and not a direct booking platform, the Dyrt cannot influence how campsites are managed, but they are compiling information on which campgrounds are open. Glamping Hub Book a camping trip through Glamping Hub If you're not quite ready to rough it at a traditional campsite, there's always glamping. Glamping Hub has listings all over the world with over 15,000 glamorous camping sites in the US alone. This booking site is chock-full of unique accommodations from cabins and tiny houses to train cabooses and geodesic domes and there's no need to pack a sleeping bag. Granted, you're not going to convince everyone that a weekend in a cabin with running water and Wi-Fi is still camping, but with a little digging, you can still find off-the-grid locations, like this romantic tent on Washington's Whidbey Island, and hosts that offer traditional camping with a twist like this hanging tent playground in California. Pros: Glamping Hub's specialty is in unique accommodations, so if your travel tastes align with the eccentric, this is a great place to find hidden gems. Cons: Prices for some of the most upscale and decked-out glamping sites will be much more similar to a hotel stay than a traditional campsite. COVID-19 protocol: Glamping Hub has not introduced a standard cleaning protocol for their hosts to follow, but has instead encouraged hosts to highlight their sanitation practices on the listing. Tentrr Book a camping trip through Tentrr A site that is exclusive to listings from private landowners, and even includes property in state parks, Tentrr features listings in 41 states and Puerto Rico. You can filter by the website's "signature" or "backcountry" campsites depending on whether or not you want to bring your own camping equipment or shack up in a glamping tent. The model of this site offers unique camping opportunities like this abandoned zoo in the Catskills or this quiet forest just five miles away from the Oregon Coast. Tentrr also lets you purchase extras for your trip right when you book your reservation. These extras are offered by the hosts and vary based on the site. They could be anything from a prepaid firewood bundle and a cooking set to a tour of the on-site apiary or a needle felting workshop. Pros: Booking a campsite on private property offers seclusion and the opportunity to enjoy landscapes not accessible at any other time. Tentrr also sells its own glamping tents, so many listings will have both a backcountry and signature option. Cons: At the time of writing, the majority of listings are concentrated on the east coast, particularly in New York. Also, the platform does not allow you to click through to a user profile to see other posts by reviewers. COVID-19 protocol: Tentrr requires all hosts to follow strict guidelines and an enhanced cleaning procedure that includes providing guests with potable water and disinfectant, allowing self check-in, and thoroughly disinfecting campsites between stays.
We’re many months into a global pandemic (have you heard?) with no end in sight, and...We’re many months into a global pandemic (have you heard?) with no end in sight, and while it shouldn’t need to be said, please: stop throwing in-person parties. And definitely don’t throw a party at your rented Airbnb—if you do, you could be banned from booking with the service in the future.Read more...