UK camping holidays have been a popular pastime for centuries, and the past few years have been no exception; 2015 saw an increase in UK camping trips by 10% compared to the previous year, but we believe that 2017 is set to be the year that UK camping holidays really make their comeback, and here’s why…
Brexit has made European holidays more expensive
Since the vote to leave the European Union was announced last year, the value of the pound has been up and down as much as a 1979 VW camper pop-top! And this trend is likely to continue as the UK negotiates its exit from the EU. To put it into context, if you had a holiday budget of £1000 before the vote it would have got you €1300. At its lowest since the vote, that £1000 would only just get you €1000!
One obvious way holiday makers can tackle this in 2017 is a great British holiday! There are a range of great campsites across the country that now offer family entertainment, on site restaurants and a plethora of outdoor activities for the whole family.
Household debt is on the rise
The BBC recently published an article that claimed that household debt grew by over 10% last year. With monthly payments on things like a car or fridge-freezer taking a priority, a holiday can easily be pushed to the bottom of the list. However, a long weekend camping could be the answer; families can make a significant saving choosing to camp over a hotel stay. This will allow them to explore somewhere new, get away from the daily grind, and with clever budgeting, have a great time without adding to the debt.
Cheap holiday destinations are being wiped off the map
Another factor that is impacting holidaymakers is the reduction in safe places to travel. With terrorist attacks in places like Tunisia, Turkey, and Egypt, a holiday closer to home is becoming much more desirable. And now that places like France and Germany are becoming riskier, UK camping holidays really do seem like the best option.
If the last few weeks are anything to go by, we are set to have a warm spring and scorching summer in 2017. A lot of the top camping destinations sit along the south coast, so if you fancy the idea of a safe UK camping holiday in Cornwall or the New Forest instead of heading abroad, then we suggest booking up asap!
Glamping has spread across the entire UK
The last few years have seen glamping come into the mainstream, with the likes of Glamping Hen-dos, Glamping on a Farm and even Glamping at Glastonbury. Specialist Glamping sites have now spread across the entire country, with almost 300 sites listed on GoGlamping. For those new to camping this can be a great way to test the waters in 2017, without investing in any camping equipment. It’s also a great way to enjoy all the benefits of camping whilst also keeping some home comforts like a full-size bed and a toasty evening by the log burner.
#VanLife is the camping trend of 2017
Another factor that will contribute to the popularity of UK camping holidays in 2017 is #VanLife. This is a major trend right now, with many people opting to ditch the 9-5 and the monthly mortgage payments to live life on the road. The great thing about Van Life is that many people are sharing their experiences on YouTube, which is introducing campervans and motorhomes to a younger generation.
Obviously Van Life isn’t for everyone, and it’s not always as glamorous as it looks (just check out this video from Kirsten Dirksen!), but its definitely selling the idea of the freedom you can get with a campervan. Pull up on any campsite today and you are sure to see a few VW transporter campervans making an appearance, usually with a younger generation inside.
So, 2017 looks set to be the year that UK camping holidays really make their comeback, and personally we can’t wait to see more people enjoying the great outdoors!