Camping, the most ancient form of holiday accommodation, has seen a resurgence. In tandem with the heady fortunes of 2007, last year we saw the height of glamping (glamorous camping), which featured four-poster beds, lavish bed linens and fluffly towels, as well as tents for lounging, gaming and reading. Guests could dine on regional high-end food and wines, then commune in the fresh air while enjoying reflexology, massage and other top spa treatments.
The next iteration: the outdoor experience is going peer-to-peer. Single Spot Camping connects anyone who owns a suitably sized piece of land with those looking for a reputable place to pitch their tent. The Swedish startup aims to create travel experiences that are more unique and personal than staying at a regular hotel or camp ground. This ties into an economic/travel trend we’ve spotted for 2009, called “localism.” The appeal? Savvy, tuned-in travelers will want more authentic experiences, the chance to interact in local neighborhoods, by living, eating and paying local, non-tourist prices.
Any plots of land sitting empty in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Australia or the United States can currently be registered. We can’t wait to see what comes next!
By: Chelsea Orth, KWE group