Glamping, Burnout Fuel Camping Boom

New motivations are driving a wave of first-time campers.

What’s happening: New data from The Dyrt revealed an uptick in camping participation.

  • One in four Americans camped in 2023.
  • 5.5M people camped for the first time, marking 20M newbies since 2021.
  • One-third of first-timers were aged 18–34.

Fueling the rise, campers are combining creature comforts with off-grid intentions.

Home on the range. Easing into it, more campers opted for less-rustic “glamping” — 42% of reported glampers took part for the first time in 2023.

Aligning with developments in adventure lodging that take city-dwellers into the wild, 10% of campsites added upscale options like yurts or tiny cabins.

Lost and found. Leaving stress behind, more campers see time in nature as medicine for mental and emotional health.

Nearly a third camped alone at least once last year, up 11% since 2021. Meanwhile, remote overlanding doubled, with the majority of campers wishing to try it in 2024.

Looking ahead: In high demand, campsites are racing to accommodate every type of camper. But as endless amenities add up, pricing people out remains a pitfall — as the most sought-after benefits of the great outdoors are free.

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