Camping and caravanning accounted for 76.8 million UK bed nights in 2009, according to data from camping specialist Pichup.com. The company’s Managing Director, Daniel Yates told Travel Daily that while traditional camping remained popular in the summer, stays in motor homes and static caravan trips increased year round. “The recession has obviously played a part in the popularity of camping and staycations,” Yates explained. “In the last year there was a big dip in overseas travel.” However he speculated other reasons for the new trend may include the increase in outdoor music festivals; the convenience factor; the poor Euro exchange rate and the level of choice now available in the sector. “In the past 30 years camping and caravanning holidays have developed tremendously. Now people have the option of trendy motor homes, glamourous camp sites, log cabins and a new twist on camper vans with companies like Wicked campers. As well as that there’s been a rise in ‘wild camping’ for those that want to get away from it all.” Meanwhile, Yates added that many people are keen to minimise their carbon footprint, making camping in the UK an excellent choice. “It means they don’t have to fly abroad and can take advantage of natural surroundings. They can indulge in local organic foods and it’s a very environmentally friendly form of travel.” The company, which has witnessed a 25% rise in booking in last minute bookings, also said ‘spontaneity’ was a key attraction to camping holidays. Pitchup.com currently sells directly to consumers but is launching its trade affiliate scheme in within the next six months. For more information agent should visit www.pitchup.com/about/contact.