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THE TRUTH BEHIND AN URBAN MYTH: CAMPERS REALLY ARE HAPPIER There are a lot of different ways of taking care of both our physical and mental health, but did you know camping holidays are one of them?

There are many factors that impact our overall health- while some of these are out of our control, there are certain things we can do to help our bodies and minds be the best they can be. For some people, simple lifestyle changes can make a world of difference in ways you never thought possible. We’ve all heard of the phrase ‘happy campers’, but it turns out the urban myth actually has a lot of truth behind it. Research from Caravan Industry Association of Australia’s ‘Real Richness’ report has revealed those who regularly go caravan and camping are not only happier, but also more satisfied, optimistic and energised than those who do not go camping. Data collected throughout the report demonstrated that 96% of campers believe that camping can make you happier, with 95% believing camping can reduce stress. Campers say that camping makes them more productive, healthier and more grounded and more in touch with nature, healthier and gives them time to connect with loved ones. Camping has also been proven to be beneficial for relationships, with 85% of campers feeling closer to their spouse or partner compared to 65% of non-campers. Relationships are a contributing factor to health (both physical and mental) for many people, and for couples looking to make the most of time away together while also benefitting their wellbeing, camping holidays are a fantastic option. Trips in nature offer a chance to disconnect from technology and enjoy a stress-free

break from busy day-to-day life, with 94% of campers believing that camping creates happy memories. Not only do trips make campers happier, they also give people an opportunity to connect with themselves and their feelings, with 53% of women and 44% of men strongly agreeing that camping trips enabled them to gather their thoughts. For many of us, an active lifestyle and physical health is also an important element of our overall wellbeing. Caravan Industry Association of Australia’s new RV Consumer Report found a clear link between RV ownership and increased participation in outdoor activities and adventures and were more likely to visit regional areas. According to the data found in the report, Recreational Vehicle owners indicated they were more active, preferred the outdoors and had a higher tendency for regional dispersal than consumers who have never owned an RV. Hiking and Fishing activities, which traditionally have been associated with the caravan and camping lifestyle, continues to remain popular among current RV owners with 87% of respondents indicating preferences for the activity. RV owners were also more likely to participate in outdoor activities with their family, and people were more likely to purchase an RV if they had camped in their childhood. So there you have it- caravan and camping trips really could be the secret ingredient to improving your health and happiness! n

For more information about the research reports contact jessicab@caravanindustry.com.au.

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