Does your preferred holiday involve hitching on the caravan or packing the tent? You’re not alone.
The Caravan Industry Association of Australia’s Real Richness report revealed campers are happier, more satisfied, optimistic and energised than non-campers, with 96 per cent of campers believing that camping makes you happier, and 95 per cent believing that camping reduces stress.
The report also found 75 per cent of campers feel close to their children compared to 63 per cent of non-campers, and 85 per cent of campers felt close to their spouse compared to 65 per cent of non-campers.
“Camping is family time, where we all go to bed in the caravan together and wake up together,” one respondent said.
“Have breakfast together and no-one needs to go anywhere or do anything separately. It’s time well spent. The kids love this concept and so do we.”
“We enjoy multi generation camping. It’s fun to spend time with the family especially grandchildren and share stories and experiences in a relaxed way,” another said.
That closeness isn’t just because everyone is sleeping in the same room. The study also found camping gives people from all ages and all financial positions an opportunity to spend quality time with people who are most important to them.
Almost 90 per cent of campers surveyed said they believed camping is accessible to everyone regardless of income, and a bit over half agreed camping is a cheap holiday option for times when there are increased financial pressures.
Caravan and camping trips also offer the perfect opportunity to switch off and reconnect.
The Real Richness study found 93 per cent of campers believe it brings families closer together and 92 per cent of campers believe it is fun for the whole family.
And it is not only Australians who are embracing camping as a way of seeing this country.
Data has revealed record amounts of international visitors choosing to caravan and camp in Australia.
In the year ending June 2018, 381,888 visitors chose to caravan and camp, spending 4.87 million nights around Australia, with shorter trips to Australia also remaining a trend.
This represented an increase of 1.3 per cent of visitors choosing to caravan and camp while in Australia.
While overall nights spent caravan and camping declined by 5.5 per cent in a reflection of broader trends of shorter stays in Australia, there was positive growth in a number of emerging markets.
Caravan and camping visitors from the Netherlands increased by 42.8 per cent, while China grew by 21 per cent and French visitors increased by 7 per cent.