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 the National 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.