One step above a staycation, camping is a cheap way to get your trip on. ReserveAmerica.com which works with more than 4,000 campgrounds nationwide, set a record in February, booking some 20,000 reservations in a single 24-hour period. And during these tightfisted times, companies like REI and Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) are reporting an uptick in the sale of family tents.
…Meanwhile, Kampgrounds of America (KOA), the largest system of private campgrounds in the U.S., is cashing in on the spike in family camping by touting its array of cabins and lodges. And yes, there are still places to pitch a tent. The company reported that 21% of its campers last year were first-time KOAers, the highest percentage in 18 years.