Converting your home into a short-term rental has recently become one of the most popular side hustles out there - especially for Idahoans. A couple of months ago, Airbnb released a report saying that people are more often seeking "off-the-beaten path locations." The top search terms on the app include: tent, yurt, campsite, earth house, houseboat, dome house, farm stay, treehouse, tiny house and barn.

Back in 2018, the company reported that the more than 4,400 hosts who share their homes in Idaho on Airbnb typically earn about $6,600 each year. That was 3 years ago! Imagine what these numbers are in 2021 with both Idaho and Airbnb booming in popularity.

In that 2018 report Airbnb also noted that hosts experience successful booking periods during times when hotels typically sell out during big events and popular weekends.  For example in Boise this could mean Bronco football weekends and mountain communities during the ski season.

If it's ever crossed your mind how much you could profit from listing your home or guest house on Airbnb, personally I don't blame you. Airbnb can be lucrative for Idahoans considering we have everything people are looking for during their "outdoor vacations."

Thanks to an online tool, it's pretty easy to see how much you could make based on your zip code. Listed below are popular Idaho destinations and the average price you could charge and profit.

  • Boise
    • Daily rate: $100
    • 6 month revenue: $1,892
  • Meridian
    • Daily rate: $164
    • 6 month revenue: $2,804
  • McCall
    • Daily rate: $255
    • 6 month revenue: $1,880
  • Coeur d'Alene
    • Daily rate: $220
    • 6 month revenue: $3,405
  • Sun Valley / Ketchum
    • Daily rate: $222
    • 6 month revenue: $1,237
  • Idaho Falls
    • Daily rate: $97
    • 6 month revenue: $1550

Valley Village Glamping is Perfect For People Who Hate Camping

Valley Village is a tiny home and RV park located in Irwin, Idaho. It's about a five hour road trip from Boise. A stay in one of their "glamping" tents is about $115.