Campers: A Breed Apart?

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Let me say from the outset that I am not a natural camper. My sole experience of camping was many years ago when a deluge descended during the night, my tent was flattened with hailstones and I slept in the car. Since then, no! But I might be missing out on things because recent research suggests campers are happier with the quality of their lives than non-campers.
Non campers instinctively might say that research can show anything. But this isn’t just one piece. Dr Kaye Richards led a team from Liverpool John Moores University which looked at 60 different studies before they came up with their conclusions. Plus a small survey last February. Some results are quite startling. For example, 76% of campers are happy with their quality of life compared to 59% of non-campers and 86% of children reckon their parents are less stressed when camping. A third even think that camping should be prescribed on the NHS and a quarter believe that camping is a great way to lose weight. All of this comes in a 12 page document called “Real happiness – The List” from The Camping and Caravanning Club published last week which was, coincidentally, National Camping and Caravanning Week.
Maybe camping is no longer the figure of fun it once was. Those of us who remember soggy weekends and the Carry on Camping film probably irritate true devotees. No doubt they have been trying to kill this image off for years. As it deserves to be. Camping has substantially changed over the years. Even I know that. Ben Fogle, David Bellamy, Julia Bradbury and even Simon Calder are quoted lauding the life of camping along with individual members of the club.
In the last couple of years as more of us have opted for staycations, the appeal of camping has grown. Now The Camping and Caravanning Club has over half a million members. That’s substantial in anyone’s words. Good weather has contributed to this as summers have seemed to become drier than I remember. But then tents have improved enormously and we don’t have to sling canvas across a couple of poles like Ray Mears does. In fact who uses canvas?
Camping has completely altered since my one excursion. Maybe it’s time to give it another try.

image courtesy of The Camping and Caravanning Club

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