Australians might be tightening their belts in tough and uncertain economic times, but many are rediscovering the simple pleasures of time spent together, on the road caravanning and camping.
More and more Australians are holidaying on the road said Stuart Lamont, Chief Executive Officer of Caravan, RV & Accommodation Industry of Australia (CRVA).
“Between 2008 and 2011, caravan and campervan registrations rose by 14.7% across Australia, with now over 474,000 registered RV products throughout Australia,” he said.
“In 2010, campervans in Australia alone travelled approximately 607 million kilometres which is equivalent to driving to the moon and back 790 times, or around Earth 15,172 times!”
“That means on average, each campervan travelled nearly 12,000 kilometres, an increase of 39% in the distance travelled by the average campervan in 2007.”
These findings supports a recent consumer report that revealed 7 million Australians have visited a caravan holiday park in the last two years and 9.3 million are intending to holiday in the Caravanning & Holiday Parks Industry in the next 2 years.
Mr Lamont said that the strong growth in the Caravanning & Holiday Parks Industry is a result of Australian’s looking to get better value out of their holidays.
“The Caravanning & Holiday Park Industry provides some of the most affordable holiday options in Australia not to mention the many lifestyle and health benefits that people get out of this type of holiday” Mr Lamont said.
“It’s the freedom from daily routines that is so appealing about a caravan and camping holiday.”
“Bonding with like-minded people over happy hour, swapping recipes, travel stories and making friends for life- these priceless experiences you have on the road are what matters most,” he added.
“Caravanning and camping promotes Australians holidaying at home, and offers one of the best value holiday options in Australia today, in many cases supporting regional communities due to the locations of caravan holiday parks, and the nature of caravanning and camping.”
Ever wondered which celebrities are hitting the road and experiencing the caravanning and camping lifestyle? In no particular order, below are the top 5 most famous names to have chosen to go on a caravanning and camping break.
1. Beyonce, Jay Z, Chris Martin and Gwyneth Palthrow
Beyonce, Jay Z, Chris Martin and Gwyneth Palthrow will be giving up their Maybachs and Range Rovers keys as they plan to shack up in a Winnebago and hit the open road in Florida once Chris and Jay Z finish their touring commitments. Gwyneth and Beyonce think the jaunt, going back to nature on a high-end Winnebago, will be the ideal getaway for all of them.
2. Matthew McConaughey
Matthew’s perfect abs often grabs the headlines, but the American actor’s love of campervans is fast becoming known outside the normal RV circles. When asked about the caravanning lifestyle, he said: “There’s nothing not to like about it. The freedom of being able to pull up, stop, power up anywhere you want – beach or whatever. Set up and have your front yard different every single day.”
3. Justin Bieber
During the summer of 2011, US pop heartthrob Justin Bieber revealed to his Twitter followers that he had gone on a camping holiday. He tweeted: “Enjoying time with my family, literally in the middle of nowhere, but this nowhere place is pretty beautiful. On the water, about to have a campfire. Camping is legit.” Justin also recently revealed that he wants to try out glamping because it is ‘cool’. He told UK’s We Love Pop magazine that glamping is cool because you can have similar luxuries as being at home. He said: ”You sleep on a bed. It’s a mattress bed! In a huge tent with TV and everything. You have electricity and stuff but you’re still in amongst the wildlife. It’s pretty cool.”
US singing star Pink is another celeb who revealed her love of camping via Twitter. She recently told how she spent US Independence Day under canvas, telling her followers: “So fun camping out with family and buddies.”
5. Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria got tongues wagging in 2009 when, according to the Daily Mail, she was spotted emerging from her tent on a campsite in Normandy looking well rested and absolutely gorgeous.