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It's like Airbnb for tents
January 14, 2014 9:29 PM   Subscribe

"Camp In My Garden is the only online garden camping community in the world. It was launched in April 2011 with an open invitation to all. As a member of this community you can advertise your own garden as a campsite and/or book accommodation in other community members' gardens."
posted by paleyellowwithorange (17 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
If they had "Proximity to distant train whistles" as a search variable, I'd be on a plane tomorrow.
posted by mykescipark at 9:39 PM on January 14 [1 favorite]


Yay, hippies! :)
posted by eggkeeper at 9:40 PM on January 14 [4 favorites]


This kind of already exists for bicycle tourists, except it has the really, really unfortunate name of Warm Showers.
posted by bradbane at 9:51 PM on January 14 [7 favorites]


Interesting.

We usually camp on top of our car (like this), but I guess filtering for off-street parking would show what places are usable for us?

If we had the garden space, I'd consider letting people camp there as well.
posted by Harald74 at 9:52 PM on January 14


Thanks for posting this. It is something I would love to try.
posted by cairnoflore at 10:50 PM on January 14


I love the 'airbnb for...' variants.

My favourite is this French one Drivy, which lets you rent, or rent out a car by the day.

Half of my friends think Drivy is brilliant, the other half thing it's crazy...
posted by DanCall at 3:10 AM on January 15


I have visions of those awkward "running into the house to use the bathroom in the middle of the night" moments.
posted by louche mustachio at 5:06 AM on January 15


I have visions of those awkward "running into the house to use the bathroom in the middle of the night" moments.

Warm showers can be done outdoors as well...
posted by Dip Flash at 5:07 AM on January 15


But most people prefer guests not to shit in the garden...
posted by biffa at 5:35 AM on January 15


But most people prefer guests not to shit in the garden...

Sounds like "most people" don't like free fertilizer.
posted by snottydick at 7:05 AM on January 15 [2 favorites]


I recently learned from a good friend who grew up in Sweden that their entire country is this way. If you treat the land and space respectfully, you are welcome to camp or simply be almost anywhere.
Access to nature is protected by allemansr├Ątten, the right of common access to land. This law makes it permissible for anyone to walk and camp on almost all private property; landowners are not permitted to barricade their estates.
The Freedom To Roam is not peculiar to Sweden either. So I object to this site saying it's "The world's first" -- this kind of sharing and openness is expected and everyday experience for entire cultures. That Americans are unfamiliar with the idea doesn't make it a new one.
posted by fritley at 7:29 AM on January 15 [2 favorites]


You can wild camp in Scotland, as long as your away from a road etc. but not in England or Wales, FWIW...
posted by prentiz at 9:11 AM on January 15


My town has outlawed vacation rentals like VRBO. Their tiny brains are gonna explode when they get ahold of this.
posted by humboldt32 at 12:53 PM on January 15


You can wild camp in Scotland, as long as your away from a road etc. but not in England or Wales, FWIW...

I think you can camp on (parts of) Dartmoor without permission, but I don't understand why. (It's still private land, right? So why is an exception carved out there and not elsewhere? )
posted by hoyland at 1:49 PM on January 15


Being a child of the small town and rural Canadian West, I have a really hard time understanding that you can't just camp wherever you please, as long as your camp site is not obviously in use. Obviously, this isn't true everywhere, but the world is so very big, it seems like there should always be space.
posted by ssg at 2:49 PM on January 15 [1 favorite]


It's like Airbnb.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 6:51 PM on January 15


ssg: Many parts of Europe are rather crowded. Wild camping is also prohibited.

BTW, in Norway we have the same freedom to roam as in Sweden. In the lowlands you can put up a tent anywhere in the wilds, at least 150 m from inhabited buildings. You have to move the tent after two nights. In remote areas and highlands you can stay for longer.
posted by Harald74 at 12:09 AM on January 17


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