With the multitude of health benefits camping can give you, it is not surprising that even millennials are drawn to this exciting recreational activity. In fact, these young people are giving a whole new meaning to camping. As reported by the Kampgrounds of America’s 2018 North American Camping Report, 40 percent of all campers are millennials.
Why millennials Love Camping
The reason behind the drastic increase in millennials’ interest in camping may be because of their love for exploration. To prove this, the US Outdoor Foundation’s 2016 report showed that millennials go out more than any other age group. As opposed to the common misconception that millennials are less active and more attached to their phones, they are, in fact, more into open-air activities, such as swimming, biking, and kayaking to name a few. That is why it isn’t surprising they are also attracted to camping as well. Aside from their adventurous disposition, millennials are also very health conscious. They do rigorous exercises to enhance and improve their physique, since looking good lifts their self-confidence. Since camping offers this benefit and more, they opt to combine camping with extreme outdoor activities like hiking and mountain climbing. Not only are they physically active, but they are also well aware of how camping can reduce their stress and improve their mood. Similarly, being away from home makes them more independent. Camping allows them to decide and live for themselves. Traveling the globe also gives them the opportunity to discover more distant areas, giving them a sense of achievement.
How millennials redefine camping
Despite the fact of the rising technological dependency of these young people, they still opt to divert themselves with camping, not to disconnect from the world and their social media friends, but for their associates to be connected to the real world that is found through camping. Camping gives these young people the chance to take more instagrammable and shareable posts and pictures that will make their friends back home hit those likes and hearts. Camping has also evolved into hotel-like structures. Most campsites are now providing free WiFi for their campers, and plenty of public and private campsites can now be booked in advance through an AirBnB-like platform called Hipcamp. Lots of millennials are also attracted to a more luxurious kind of camping called glamping. One night at Australia’s Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris costs up to $1,871.80. In the US, Dunton River Camp’s one-night stay can spike up to $1,538.47. Aside from glamping, most young people of today prefer to stay in RVs rather than tents and sleeping bags outside. One out of four millennial campers use an RV as a primary means of camping. Millennials also love exploring outside of the comforts of their homes. As a matter of fact, in 2017, six of the ten households with millennials have tried a new camping ground. Among those millennials, black and Hispanic campers are more open to experimenting with new varieties of camping.