One year ago, we set out to pave the way for a new travel experience. What if you could bring your hotel with you? How much stress would be avoided if you could book your hotel and car in one reservation? How would it change travel if you had the ability to make and change plans on the fly without canceling reservations? And, could we really design a campervan that is as good or better than a hotel room?
Today, we’re celebrating a year of doing just that, with new financing under our belt. We’re thrilled to announce the close of our $10M Series A funding round, led by Craft Ventures and Goldcrest Capital, that will allow us to further improve the Cabana experience and bring that experience to travelers in new cities. Launch, Castor Ventures, Gaingels, Nordic Eye, and other key angels and syndicates joined the round as well.
With new financing and investors come new mentors for cultivating Cabana’s culture and service. Paul English, co-founder of Kayak, is excited about the prospects of Cabana. “Cabana is leading the thinking behind how Americans will vacation today and in the future. Their custom ‘hotel on wheels’ gives travelers the best of both worlds, a comfortable modern stay and the freedom of the road,” Paul explains. “It’s the best experience to get a taste of both the city and its surrounding outdoor beauty.”
More Vans and More Cities
In our first year, we expanded our fleet in our homebase of Seattle, and we launched our second market in Los Angeles. With new funding, we’ll be adding over 100 new vehicles to our fleet.
Guests have already spent over 6.7K nights out on the road with Cabana, and vanlife is continuing to gain momentum. “Cabana’s growth during the pandemic proves the increasing consumer shift away from traditional modes of travel,” explains David Sacks, co-founder and general partner of Craft. “We look forward to seeing Cabana expand into new markets and enhance its superior fleet of upscale, affordable mobile hotels.”
In addition to expanding in Seattle and LA, you’ll see us in new cities shortly! We’ve noticed you in our Instagram comments asking when we’ll be in San Francisco, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, and so on… and we can’t wait for the day everyone can walk down the street and hop in a Cabana. To be the first to know where we’re going next, sign up for our emails.
Getting your feedback over the past year has been invaluable, and our team is already making changes big and small to make your next Cabana trip even better.
One of our most exciting upcoming additions to the fleet is a four-passenger van. We’re excited to help your go-to travel team hit the road, whether it be your best friends for a West Coast wine tour or your kids for the classic national park camping trip, leveled up.
Easier, Smarter Trip Planning
Did you know that nearly 70% of our guests have never rented a campervan or RV before? We are honored that so many travelers trust us for their first trip, and we plan to continue removing barriers of entry in van travel.
When we heard that some guests had trouble knowing where to stay overnight, we launched Cabana Concierge to help plan your route, your overnight stops, and your activities along the way. Our trip planners have created over 200 unique itineraries and have helped guests find safe dispersed camping, one-of-a-kind scenic sites, and everything in between. We’ll continue to personalize our planning to fit every type of traveler, from the schedulers to the spontaneous.
We wouldn’t have had the amazing year we’ve had if it wasn’t for the hard working, creative, never-say-no team of Cabana employees. We’re excited to bring on more talented individuals for the projects we’ve been dreaming about. In fact, we’re hiring now!
As we expand to new cities, we’re coming up with new ways to do business, too. Working with platform partners will allow us to expand more quickly and help guests explore even more ground. Interested in becoming a partner? Contact us here.
Creating Exceptional Experiences
As excited as we are for all of the ways Cabana is about to grow, at the end of the day it’s all about you. Your time is valuable –– especially your vacation time! We’re so thankful for everyone who has chosen Cabana to make the most of theirs and given their feedback to help us improve. Our team is full of ideas of how to continue to make Cabana the most special, most seamless way to travel.
As we embark on our second year, we look forward to seeing you all on the road!