With an influx of over 10 million new campers over the last calendar year, it’d be remiss to overlook the impact technology has on camping. Growing steadily since 2017, more than half of all campers claim access to wifi and cell phone service plays a significant role in the length of their stay. Not too surprisingly, first-time campers and couples with children are more likely to camp more frequently if they have access to wifi.
Campers that claim access to technology has a significant impact on their camping trips state that they are able to spend up to nine more days camping. Wifi access specifically accounts for six additional camper nights, and that number has more than doubled since the beginning of 2018.
As a result of remote schooling and working, first-time campers appear to have an increased need for technology at the campground. Over ⅓ of campers claim that having the ability to work or go to school remotely allowed them more time for camping in 2020.
Technology is a prolific influence on the growth of camping throughout the country. Camper’s ability to stay connected to the outside world while camping is a driving force behind increased lengths of stay.
As this new generation of campers continues to travel and work remotely, campgrounds will need to respond to the demands to ensure the long-term growth of this new era of campers.