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KOA Research Report Says Most Campers Changed Travel Plans Due to External Factors

Influenced by various external factors, the KOA Monthly Research Report – November Edition shows that leisure and campers plan to travel significantly through 2022.

A minimum of 74% of campers had made one or more changes to their vacation plans. This includes three-in-ten campers that stayed longer to reduce other forms of travel.

Kampgrounds of America, Inc.‘s (KOA) annual North American Camping Report is released every spring. The November report reveals that camping remains a favorite method of travel despite turbulent economic conditions, as per the News & Insights report of the RV Industry Association.

As per the research, the report found that inflation at 38% and rising prices for gas at 37% were the two significant factors that had the greatest impact on travel in the year to date. Other elements, like co-infection with COVID-19 at 27%  and the difficulty of flying at 17%, were notably less of an impact on leisure travel.

“The dramatic economic changes we’ve seen this year have affected campers,” said Whitney Scott, chief marketing officer of Kampgrounds of America, Inc. “What’s encouraging, however, is that we’ve seen a positive outcome for camping overall. People want to get out and explore, and camping provides a great way to do that affordably and easily.”

In the group that stayed in camp more frequently in 2022, 39% said that they canceled travel plans to go camping. Another 36% chose to make trips nearer to their home, allowing them to travel less. Overall, 78% of those who substituted other travel options for camping made some kind of change to their plans for camping.

They’re eager to try new experiences in the coming year’s camping. A majority, 35%, think they’re seeking a completely different experience that they’ve never experienced before. Notably, 34% of respondents are planning to leave their homes to explore new regions.

“KOA’s research shows that people have not only substituted camping to offset economic burdens and uncertainty, but many realize that camping provides an avenue for continued adventure without being burnt out on the travel type itself,” said Scott.

The report also shows that many campers are working on plans for 2023. In the early days of November, 11% of campers had already reserved most of their camping dates for the coming year. Another 32% say they have begun contemplating their travel plans or plan to begin their planning before the end of the year.

To view the November edition of the KOA Monthly Research Report, as well as the past and future editions, visit http://www.koapressroom.com/.

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February 25, 2024 12:45 am

Isn’t it inspiring how campers adjust their plans creatively? Extending stays, exploring new areas – it’s all about embracing adventure! The report might spark new camping ideas for unforgettable outdoor experiences.

April 6, 2024 8:53 pm

Isn’t it eye-opening to see how campers adjust their plans due to economic shifts? It’s cool to know that exploring lesser-known camping spots can create unforgettable experiences. I find it exciting how adaptability and flexibility play key roles in travel planning, don’t you think?


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