Staycation nation

It’s hard to tell why UK holiday makers are choosing to stay at home – and harder to track our spending. But the facts are becoming clearer year by year as more and more glamping sites are opening across the UK. It seems that while the idea of sleeping beneath the stars is romantic, we’d rather not leave our luxuries at home. So, why is glamping becoming more popular?

Luxury

Glamping (‘glamourous camping’) sites offer their visitors the chance to enjoy the great outdoors without losing the comforts we’re used to – like electricity and comfy beds. Perhaps this is why celebrities like Jamie Oliver, Kate Moss and Tom Cruise have taken their families into the great outdoors. But as each campsite has different amenities, let’s look at the more obvious benefits to glamping.

Greener holidays

Glamping is a great alternative to travelling abroad – not just for us, but for the planet too. According to Alpha Batteries’s recent infographic), families can prevent 95% of their CO2 emissions by choosing to have a ‘staycation’ rather than travelling abroad.

Cheaper adventures

By staying in the UK, AlphaBatteries have calculated that families have been spending 92% less on transport, and saving more than 8 hours of travel time. Do I dare to mention Brexit? If plans for visas go ahead, then those of us who decide to explore the beauty of our national parks, forests and campsite will be much better off.

Glamping can save you money in other ways, as you don’t need to buy, maintain or store your own tent, camp beds, sleeping bag, etc. When you only camp once or twice a year, and need the space in your home the rest of the time, hiring a ‘glamp’ tent could be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Less hassle

Glastonbury’s new accommodation options for their festival have been popularising glamping. And if you’ve seen pictures of their campsites after the event, it’s clear to see why some festival-goers prefer to pay a little more for tents which are closer to the venues, set up before they arrive, with no need to take them down afterwards. And if you don’t fancy a bell tent, Glastonbury has many other glamping options – like yurts, and even a converted railway carriage.

The weather

The British are always complaining about our weather. And with forecasts so changeable, we should be forgiven. According to camping.com many glampsites are offering us a solution. While most of us book in advance, 25% of us only book ahead by a few weeks – allowing us to more accurately predict what kind of weather we’ll be having. 12% don’t book ahead at all, and just make a quick email, phone call or internet booking before we get in the car.

Thanks to AlphaBatteries and camping.com we’re able to see that glamping’s popularity is continuing to rise. After all, domestic camping and caravan trips increased by 10% last year, and I can’t wait to find out this year’s figures. What do you think will we find out about our holiday habits this year? Do you think we’ll beat last year? I think we will!

Written by Oliver Carding from Alpha Batteries