While most international travels are out of the equation, glamping and camping holidays within Northern Ireland have become increasingly sought-after, a report said.
Glamping (“glamorous” and “camping“) is a more lavish staycation that usually involves private facilities, hot tubs, and even electricity.
A study conducted by Cotswolds Outdoor revealed that sales of camping equipment have grown by 60% in the period 2019-2021.
Mid Ulster, as well as Mid and East Antrim, saw the highest increase in sales, with an increase of 300%. Cotswolds Outdoors says this proves the fact that individuals “have been eager to explore nature during the pandemic.”
Fermanagh and Omagh increased by 156%, Antrim and Newtownabbey by 127%, and Causeway Coast and Glens by 86%.
Armagh, Banbridge, and Craigavon witnessed sales decline by 25% when compared to the pre-pandemic.
The most sought-after products were sleeping mats, tents for two people, as well as camping stoves, according to Cotwolds Outdoors.
The study conducted through Holiday Cottages showed that 84% of Brits were planning staycations in 2021.
The study also shows that people are more likely to go to rural areas. Tourism NI said this shows “the shift in staycation priorities away from urban areas and into natural beauty spots.”
42% of 18 to 24-year-olds have said they would not have thought about a getaway had it not been because of travel restrictions.