Tents vs. Beds

August 5, 2010 at 4:28 pm Leave a comment

Whether the effects of the recession are hitting hard or whether British holidaymakers are just becoming more adventurous, the Telegraph have recently reported that camping is now one of the most popular holiday types in the UK, overtaking bed and breakfast stays for the first time.

Figures from the National Office of Statistics showed that British people took a total of 5.43 million camping trips last year, as opposed to 4.98 million bed and breakfast stays.

The current economic climate is undoubtedly a factor in this turnaround; tents can be bought for as little as £20 while a B&B will usually cost around £50.

Another contributor could be the rise in popularity of ‘glamping’, in which well-equipped teepees and yurts remove most of the hardships of ‘real’ camping,  offering such luxuries as running water, log fires and, most importantly, decent toilets.

As this year is set to have the hottest summer on record since 1976, more and more people may be encouraged to take to canvas and brave the great outdoors.

Do you own a bed and breakfast? What do you think B&Bs offer that can tempt back the campers? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts.

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