Explorers of previous centuries relied on the stars to navigate or sometimes set off on oceans unknown to see what was out there.
With the right preparations, there’s no reason present-day adventurers have to endure the same hardships experienced by the globetrotters of yesteryear.
Here are some tools to assist with planning modern expeditions.
— Glamping Hub is the aforementioned Airbnb-like platform for finding luxurious nature-based stays in locations around the world. Explore 30,000 listings. Visit glampinghub.com to learn more.
— The Dyrt is akin to Yelp with reviews of campsites and campgrounds by fellow campers. Browse more than 1 million campsites and, in some cases, check real-time availability for sites. A paid “pro” version offers discounts on select campgrounds, trip planning and offline access. Visit thedyrt.com to learn more.
— Hipcamp’s platform brings campers a range of bookable overnight stays ranging from tiny homes to tent sites and treehouses across the U.S. Camp on private or public land, and filter listings with options such as “lake camping,” “beach camping,” “pet-friendly camping” and “available this weekend.” Visit hipcamp.com for more.
— AllTrails serves as a popular resource for recreationists with 100,000 trail listings and 20 million users. View paths for hiking, cycling, trail running and more, filtering options by difficultly or pet-friendliness. Learn more at alltrails.com.
— Under Canvas sets up luxurious sites with canvas tents, plush mattresses, on-site dining, camp activities and picturesque views near some of the country’s most magnificent national parks. While the company’s 2020 season is coming to a close in the next several months, they’re already accepting reservations for 2021. Learn more at undercanvas.com.
— Outdoorsy is an online marketplace allowing RV owners to rent their homes on wheels to campers. The company offers some delivery listings for those who don’t wish to tow. Similar RV rental options include RVshare, Cruise America, El Monte RV Rentals and Escape Campervans. Learn more at outdoorsy.com, rvshare.com, cruiseamerica.com, elmonterv.com and escapecampervans.com.
— Reserve America is the go-to source for many state park campground bookings, as well as some private campgrounds. View real-time availability and find amazing listings around the U.S. at reserveamerica.com.
— Arrive Outdoors offers gear rentals for new campers who want to dip their toes in before investing in their own tent, sleeping bag and other gear. Browse pre-built camping and backpacking sets or rent individual.