In an era where work is no longer tethered to physical offices, digital nomads are scouring the globe for the next serene spot to set up their mobile offices, making this unique need for remote workers pivotal.
According to the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) 2022 North American Camping Report, the percentage of campers who work while camping in the great outdoors rose from 37% to 46% (including 50% of U.S. campers), emphasizing the continued growth in the number of campers that are now working from the road.
To meet this demand, campgrounds are now evolving into cutting-edge workspaces, catering to the needs of this burgeoning population. They offer amenities that ensure both a productive work environment and a rejuvenating recreational experience.
The 2023 State of Digital Nomads report shows a significant portion of digital nomads predominantly fall within the age bracket of 23 to 44 years. Notably, individuals aged 34 emerge as the most represented age group, constituting 8% of the digital nomad population.
While there is a noticeable presence of digital nomads in their twenties and early forties, it is those in their thirties who predominantly characterize the demographic landscape of the Nomad List members.
Consequently, campgrounds are evolving into vibrant communities where they can network, collaborate, and socialize. Regular events, workshops, and social gatherings are organized to foster a sense of community, enabling professionals to mingle, share ideas, and perhaps, concoct the next big startup plan around a bonfire.
Island Retreat RV Park, an RV park located in Gulf Shores, Alabama, for instance, boasts complimentary WiFi across its premises, along with picturesque campsites. Additionally, it is conveniently situated near various local attractions such as a golf course, restaurants, coffee shops, and retail stores, offering alternative internet access points if needed.
“Nice clean bathrooms, cable, good Wi-Fi, and very family-friendly,” wrote Michael from El Reno, OK, in a review on the park’s website. “Close to the beach. Enjoyed our stay, will be back.”
The future of digital nomadism is bright and is poised to further influence the camping industry. Campgrounds are continually evolving, with plans to introduce more innovative solutions like AI chatbots, IoT-enabled living spaces, and sustainable practices to stay ahead of the curve and offer unparalleled experiences to digital nomads.
The rise of digital nomads is not merely a trend but a shift in how the world perceives work and life. Campgrounds, by offering a unique blend of work and leisure, are not only catering to this shift but are also redefining what it means to work remotely.
As we move forward, these spaces will not only serve as a testament to the changing work landscape but will also stand as examples of how industries can adapt, innovate, and thrive amidst changing tides.