What the Heck is “Boondocking?”

From freecampsites.net:

What is boondocking? If you are new to camping, you may ask this same question. Boondocking is essentially camping without hookups. You may also hear it referred to as ‘dry camping’. Often, dry camping means staying in a campground without hookups, whereas, boondocking typically means staying in a completely undeveloped area. You may also hear people talk about ‘dispersed camping’, which is the official term often used by government agencies.

The real question to ask is whether or not boondocking is right for you. If you enjoy being outdoors soaking in peace, quiet and natural beauty, then it just might be. If you prefer to be surrounded by neighbors and have lots of defined recreational activities, then maybe you would be happier in a campground. While boondocking, you often need to amuse yourself rather than go to the campground’s swimming pool or the golf course down the street.

If you decide to try boondocking, you will find some of the most serene and beautiful campsites anywhere. You may very well end up with the kind of campsite that you, literally, can not pay for! If there was anyone around to collect your money, they’d stick fifty campsites on the land and ruin what makes it special.

My comments:

It’s FREE! – This is one way we will be able to not only save money but also make money. When we rent out our home on Airbnb, we’ll get income. But… we will be able to skip the expense of paying an overnight fee at a campground. Whoop!

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  1. Nina Dillmann January 4, 2018 at 12:33 am - Reply

    Sounds awesome!! When my hearse gets here, Doug and I may take some time off from kitty care and take a short road trip ourselves. Mattress in the back and everything else we’ll need for driving, then throw all that stuff up front to sleep! 🙂

  2. Kathryn January 5, 2018 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    When we get our new fifth wheel we would like to have a genset so we have more freedom to go off the grid. Of course a genset is not absolutely necessary. We have a solar panel now and will have one on the new rig. Happy researching.

    • outofnowhere January 5, 2018 at 9:15 pm - Reply

      Kathryn, Do you ever use just solar as your main energy source? I’m starting to research solar panels and batteries. My brain is spinning.

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