from The Guardian

‘Everyone wants to get outside’: boom in camping as Americans escape after months at home

by Miranda Bryant in NEW YORK

A campground at Joshua Tree national park in southern California. The National Park Service said 330 of its 419 sites are open, although some services are limited. Photograph: Jae C Hong/AP

The pandemic has put many people off hotels and planes – but socially distanced outdoors holidays are enjoying a surge

The coronavirus has sparked a surge in RV or motorhome purchasing and rental, and enthusiastic camping and “glamping” bookings as Americans attempt to escape months of quarantine for a summer break while avoiding flights and keeping their distance.

The pandemic, which continues to rage across the US, has made many traditional holiday activities either impossible or unappealing, putting millions off flying abroad, going to crowded resort hotels, group holidays or cruises. But experts say the apparent lower risk of transmission in the open is making outdoor holidays in demand – and attracting new fans.

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