UK goes crisis camping
If the Hollands Wood campsite in the New Forest, near England’s south coast is anything to go by, the recession really is altering the holidaymaking habits of the British public.
On the often rain-sodden site three Porches, a couple of Jaguars and numerous BMWs and Mercedes were spotted among the more typical, Skodas and Ford Mondeos usually associated with roughing it under canvas.
Unlike for the same period last year, the campsite was solidly booked out, despite no sign of the barbecue summer the weathermen promised.
One camper, Sarah, a senior publishing executive gave some clues to explaining the popularity of the cost-effective approach to getting away from it all.
“I’ve had a bonus every year for the last 15 years, until this year. I used it to pay off my credit card bills and then start again on the next year’s spending which included the holiday.”
It was the first ever experience for her family of five on a campsite and it was a bit less upmarket than last year’s holiday spent in a gite in the fashionable French Dordogne.
But the dark cloud of a severly impared income and a soggy English holiday had one silver lining.
“It has reminded me of the truth that all my four year old needs is a stick and a puddle to be truly happy.”
(Reuters photo: Eddie Keogh, Glastonbury 2005)