The tourism industry is quickly evolving as friends and family seek to experience socially distanced and unique vacations that are away from crowded pools, long lines, and basic traditional hotel rooms. Travelers are seeking a greater connection with nature and are gravitating towards glamping (glamorous camping) as a way to fulfill this desire. More and more glamping accommodations are popping up to rent, but these rentals are not keeping pace with the ever-growing demand.
With a little upfront work and low investment (check out our Life inTents Bell Tents), you can join the growing glamping trend by sharing your property with adventurous travelers from around the country. Top-performing Airbnb tent hosts in North America earned on average $15,000 per tent listing in 2019 after becoming an Airbnb tent host.
Are you interested in becoming a tent host on Airbnb? Learn more, list your space, or get help with any questions here.*
*Life inTents is an Airbnb partner, so when you create a listing and host on Airbnb through our partner link, we receive a percentage in earnings. Then, Life inTents donates 100% of Airbnb partner earnings to theNational Coalition for the Homeless, because everyone should have a roof over their heads.
Is Your Location Desirable for a Glamp Site?
Would anyone actually want to stay in your backyard? Do you live in a desirable place that’s near a popular destination, or alternatively, a remote location that’s nestled in nature and far from cities and hotels? Do you have unique activities for guests to be entertained or to exercise?
You don’t have to be in a particularly busy area to make a backyard tent rental worth it. Access to trails, vistas, lakes, vineyards, beaches, or restaurants that are just a short drive away create built-in demand for a glamping business. Also keep in mind any local festivals or events that require additional local lodging for an influx of visitors (festivals, holidays, conferences, school vacations, etc.).
You’ve already won half the battle if you can say “Yes” to any of the above!
How Much Money Can I Earn With A Glamping Business?
Becoming a glamping host will fill your emotional bank with joy and pride as you share your property with happy glampers. But your bank account also needs to be looked after as well. You’ll need to do the math based on your unique situation to confirm that your forecasted income exceeds your ongoing expenses—anticipating a financial investment for your initial site build and asset purchases.
We’d recommend starting small for the first season, say one to three units, then growing from there. Let’s do some back-of-the-envelope math on what your ROI could be based on average furnishing costs ($1,500) and amenities ($500) when using one of our tents ($1,600).
Average nightly rental rate $125 x 55 Total nights booked = $6,875 Gross Revenue
Year 1 Gross Income: $3,275
That is for year one. Year two earnings could be much higher per tent since you don’t need to buy a new tent and furnishings, and your positive host reviews on Airbnb will hopefully help to secure even more bookings.
Not only can our bell tent bring relatively easy, passive income to your property, but there's also the added benefit of travelers arriving at your doorstep enjoying your property. If you want to keep to yourself and don’t dig conversation with strangers, OK, that’s cool. But for many of us, the possibility of sharing coffee and stories with a few kind adventurers every once in a while—in your own backyard—seems like a real nice perk.
Are you interested in becoming a tent host on Airbnb? Learn more here.
Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Your Tent Ready to Share With Others
So you have the land and are digging on the potential glamping income of becoming an Airbnb tent host, now it is time to get your glamping site ready for your first guest.
Select a Spot For Your Bell Tent Rental
Step one is to identify your glampsite locations. Select flat, private and “Instagram-able” locations for your bell tent placement. Yes, we’re serious about that last part.
The most important criterion is to identify a fairly flat piece of ground to set up the bell tent(s) - you don’t want your guests rolling off their bed when they sleep. Trees logically provide good shade from the hot sun, but they are actually an enemy when it comes to long-term set-up of canvas bell tents. Sap, debris, and bird droppings can fall onto the roof and are difficult to clean, while encouraging the growth of mold and mildew. So, we suggest keeping a distance from trees if possible.
If the grade of the land is up to snuff, then hopefully you can visualize an appealing background composition that enhances photos of your tent. Your visitors will love to share their adventure with their own network, so providing fun and attractive backyard glamping photos will do wonders in helping to book more guests.
If you are considering multiple tents, then take into consideration the privacy of each site. The beautiful thing about sleeping in a tent at night is that it lets in many sounds from nature – both near and far. To account for this, set up multiple tents as far away from one another as possible. It is also a best practice to avoid having tent doors facing each other so that your guests aren’t forced into inadvertent peeping during their stay.
Prepare Your Glamping Tent Site
Start by trimming back any grass, branches, or plants that could interfere with your set-up or guests. Once the space is clear you will want to think about the bell tent foundation that it will be placed upon.
Next, grab a metal rake and shovel to level the ground where the tent will be set-up, taking care to remove any sharp ground debris.
To help with water drainage we would suggest laying down some finely ground rock, such as decomposed granite.
If you want to go the extra mile you can build a wood bell tent platform deck to set your tent up on. This not only looks great, but it virtually guarantees a flat surface and comfortable barrier from groundwater.
Finally, we suggest taking extra precautions when performing a long-term tent set-up and use a bell tent footprint tarp to help create a protective barrier between the dirt, rock, or wood foundation and the tent.