Camping overtakes B&B popularity

Camping overtakes B&B popularity

More travellers are camping than staying in bed and breakfasts, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics. Numbers from 2009 show that 5.43 million camping trips were made last year, up 29% from the year before. The trend overtook B&Bs, which had 4.98 million guests, reported the Daily Telegraph. Reasons behind the new trend include the recession, cheap camping equipment, the high cost of an overseas holiday and the rise of ‘glamping’ - where a well-stocked tepee or hut provides running water and stoves. Additionally with the hot weather and increased hassle over air travel, it is expected that six million Brits will camp this year. Furthermore, research from Hiscox insurance has found that more middle-class professionals are willing to camp while taking their home comforts. The majority of its 2,000 respondents said they would take a duvet, pillow and iPod docking station and one in eight would take china from home.

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