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More Americans Want To Go Camping, Reports Say

Travelers Today       By    Glory Moralidad

Updated: Mar 23, 2017 05:03 AM EDT

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Leisure camping is becoming more popular among teen campers and even parents in the US. The 2017 North American Camping Report by the Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA) shows that 48 percent of North Americans would plan to camp, even more, this year and about 50 percent of campers are taking their children along.

In 2014, there was only over a million household who camps. Now, a total of 3.4 million new campers go out and bask on the great outdoors. However, it's the Millennials who are driving and changing the landscape of camping. There are over 112million Millennials in North America, and 40 million of them have gone out to the woods. Nearly 60 million of today's youth are still planning to camp this year and would enjoy camping in large numbers while being in a campground that can accommodate big groups.

Recreational activities have been increasingly popular even with families. Hiking, backpacking, and biking constitute as the top three activities people will do when they're out camping. Though many adults expressed concern over their teens in not giving up technology, the study shows that 71 percent of the surveyed teen campers would be too happily to stow away their phones for the sake of enjoyment, family time, and relaxation.

But, of course, that does not mean that they won't bring their phones to their trip. According to the same report, "access to technology is allowing a substantial bloc of campers to spend more time outside." About 37 percent of all kinds of campers would want to have access to technology that will allow them to devote more time camping. How? Regular check-ins with their office jobs using mobile phones made it a lot easier to work and relax at the same time.

What spiked the enthusiasm for today's generation to camp more this year was the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service where it gave them a reason to visit parks and camp more outside.

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