More travelers are expected to hit the road for camping trips as restrictions are eased in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)
After months confined in their homes, many people who would normally hop on an airplane or crowd into popular tourist destinations are instead rediscovering the joys of camping, with help from technology.
As COVID-19 restrictions ease in many states, companies whose platforms connect people to the outdoors are reporting a major spike in the desire to camp — or glamp — closer to home.
“Camping is going to see a huge jump in popularity this year, with 2021 and beyond being even bigger,” said Kevin Long, CEO of the Portland startup The Dyrt, which has the top-ranked app for camping in the Apple Store and Google Play.
“This virus was not just a temporary speed bump, it’s been a giant pause button that forced Americans to reset their priorities,” he added.
Investors are noticing the trend. “I have two predictions about the travel market,” tweeted Silicon Valley venture capitalist Bill Gurley. “Airbnb will rebound much quicker than traditional lodging, and camping will explode as an alternative to both.” Gurley said the shift will be …read more