Are we going to see an end to the Glamping trend now that international travel is becoming easier?
This week the government announced that they are scrapping the traffic light system for international travel and that only countries on the red list will have restrictions in place for both UK and non-UK residents travelling to the UK.
So does that mean an end to the staycation boom we have been experiencing since the end of the first UK lockdown in July 2020?
As a Glamping business owner I thought I would do a bit of research as to what the change in demand has been over the last 18 months and what the predictions are for the future.
It made for some interesting reading so I thought I would share it with you.
I started out by looking at some statistics from 2020 (2021 stats aren’t out yet) the CoolCamping ‘UK camping trends report 2021’ published in Jan 2021 showed that:
We’re also very proud to say that from the same report we boast 3 out of 5 of the most popular glamping features:
The latest data from statista shows that amongst holiday related search terms, following the first Covid lockdown in the UK, the term ‘staycation’ received a 511.11% year on year growth and ‘glamping holidays UK’ receiving a 404.17% increase. With ‘peak district holidays’ seeing a 237.5% rise and ‘luxury UK breaks’ also seeing 237.5%.
As we came out of lockdown last year we knew things were going to look very different in terms of travel for a while, and it didn’t take a genius to predict that ‘staycations’ were going to be the way forward for the foreseeable future, but what made glamping so popular?
Well you are best equipped to answer that as you are the one choosing what type of holiday you want, but if I were to speculate on why, I would guess that these are some of the reasons:
One of the great things about glamping is that it is a natural trend, by this I mean it has come about naturally by word of mouth and the images we see on social media appealing to what I believe is one of our natural human instincts; to be more connected to nature, ourselves and each other rather than the technology we find ourselves faced with on a daily basis. There have been little to no huge investment or government schemes to promote glamping (that I am aware of) because they have simply not been needed. With mental health issues on the rise and a world in which it is increasingly difficult to ‘switch off’ glamping allows you to go ‘offgrid’ without compromising amenities, comfort and luxury.
With so many more people having ‘given glamping a go’ it is my personal prediction that many will have been converted, and enjoyed it enough to do it time and time again even when travel becomes easier.
So WHO exactly is glamping? Info from Kampgrounds of America shows that 60% of glampers are either Gen Z or Millennials (born 1981-2012). Given this younger demographic absolutely dominating the market it would suggest that we can expect the trend of glamping to be around for some time and to keep growing as more and more people try it out. We regularly get guests from this GenZ/Millenial age range who visit as a couple or as a family unit only to return at a later date with extended family and friends in tow, therefore encouraging more people to try it out. In fact this year we had a young family (late 20s), who stayed on their own, go on to book the entire site out for their mums and dads, brothers and sisters, which then led to the mum of one of the original couple booking again to come back with her brothers and sisters. In other words several generations were introduced (and I would like to think converted) to glamping just from one millennial stay.
Glamping provider Canopy and stars have reported a four-fold (yes four-fold!!!!) increase in forward glamping bookings for 2022 on the same period in 2019.
Based on all of these statistics and personal experiences I would expect the trend of glamping to continue to not only be popular into 2022 but also to grow. So if you are thinking of booking a trip get in there early so as not to be disappointed.
There are so many different standards of glamping from the really high end to the more basic, so if you want to get the accommodation you want BOOK NOW.
The final statistics I want to leave you with are from glampitect.co.uk who have accumulated information showing that glamping accommodation favourites in 2020 were as follows:
Shepherd huts 24.62%
Glamping pods 18.06%
Bell Tents 12.8%
The Peake’s Retreats 2022 calendar is now open, so don’t miss out and book your stay in one of our luxury yurts today.