Have you ever thought about living in an RV?

Have you ever thought about selling everything and living in an RV? You might be surprised at how many people are making that choice these days. With remote work arrangements becoming more accessible every day, it’s not always necessary to live anywhere close to your company’s headquarters. In fact, many employees NEVER need to visit the company’s headquarters. That opens a whole new world of travel and adventure for those who are so inclined.

We had a chance to chat with Anna at Boondockers Welcome a few weeks ago. They run a platform that connects RV owners with hosts who have a place for the RVs to park. It functions a bit like Airbnb or VRBO, but focused on RV owners.

Tell us about your company and your role there.

Boondockers Welcome is a digital platform for RVers that allows them to connect with hosts who will let them stay on their private property for free for a night or two while traveling. We have over 2100 hosts all across North America, with a smattering in Europe and Australia too! I am the co-founder and CTO.

What inspired you to start your company?

My co-founder Marianne – who also happens to be my mother – started RVing seriously as soon as my sister and I had moved out of the house. She learned how to find free camping on public land all across the southwestern United States, but there was little opportunity for affordable overnight stops in more populated areas of the US and Canada. The idea of Boondockers Welcome borrows from the great work of communities like Couchsurfing, but geared specifically towards RVers, who are easier guests – they bring their own bed and you don’t need to clean the bathroom before their arrival!

My background in software development made me a good partner for this venture, and the flexibility of being my own boss was greatly appreciated as I raised my family. We now have our own travel trailer that we take on week-long jaunts in the summers.

What has been your biggest surprise from working on Boondockers Welcome?

My biggest surprise has been how much I’ve come to love the business side of running things, rather than just the software development. I still do some of our dev, but since Marianne has mostly retired, I now deal with marketing, finance, etc as well.

If we’re having a conversation three years from now and everything has gone very well, what does Boondockers Welcome look like then?

We have 5000+ hosts across the globe, and are a well-known international brand in the world of RVing. We have a team of a half-dozen or more staff, all working remotely from their RVs or wherever their journeys happen to take them.

What else would you like to say about Boondockers Welcome that others might find valuable?

Being a host is an amazing way to learn about RVing firsthand from your guests! If you’re at all considering purchasing an RV and becoming a full-time digital nomad, definitely consider offering a host location if you can before you give up your sticks-and-bricks home. The guests you will meet will be more than happy to share their knowledge and help you become part of an amazing RVing community. Hosts also earn credits to redeem towards their own guest privileges subscription, and those credits never expire. We welcome hosts from across the globe!

For more information on Boondockers Welcome or how to become a host, check out the video below!

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