What’s one of the fastest growing segments in the travel industry?
The answer might surprise you. It’s camping!
According to a survey conducted by Kampgrounds of America, about 28 percent of Americans are camping each year.
That’s an increase from 24 percent in 2012.
Last year alone, one million households went camping for the very first time.
And now, folks are camping more frequently—at least three times per year.
But where are they camping?
It’s almost an even split between national and state parks.
A majority of Americans drove about 100 miles from home to go camping last year.
One of the overwhelming reasons for the increase in camping is affordability, as well as physical and technical improvements at the campsites themselves.
It’s not just better recreational and bathroom facilities that entice visitors.
The one thing campers say they crave is connectivity.
You may be out in the woods, but WiFi accessibility determines how long you’ll happily camp.
This is proof that we don’t necessarily want to change our lifestyle when we change our location.
For more information about visiting national parks, check out:
- Where You Can Go Stargazing at National Parks This Summer
- Celebrating 100 Years of National Parks
- Peter Greenberg’s Hot Destinations for 2016: National Parks
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