Glamping and camping is more popular that ever in the UK – with four in every 10 people having enjoyed a trip in the last year.
More than 17 million camping and caravanning trips were enjoyed during 2016, with a whopping 15 million being spent in Britain.
The holidays included a range of options from luxury yurts and safari tents, shepherd’s huts, tiny two-berth mini and large luxury caravans, sophisticated motorhomes and holiday lodges.
The total number of trips is expected to rise to 17.9 million in 2017 and to more than 21 million in 2020, according to market analysts Mintel, which says Britain’s camping and caravanning market will be worth £3.2 billion by 2020.
Of those choosing a camping holiday, ‘getting away from it all’ is one of the key attractions, as well as ‘connecting with nature’ (41 per cent).
One in seven relish the chance of being disconnected from technology with no wi-fi or internet.
Cheaper petrol prices and a move towards staycation holidays have also boosted the popularity of camping, caravanning and motorhome trips.
While ‘glamping’ in a luxury tent has attracted new wealthier fans, others watching the pennies have been attracted to cheap family holidays under canvas.