14th Nov 2018
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Caravan and camping trips beneficial for health and wellbeing
Author: Ben Hocking
The health benefits of camping

Research has found that caravan and camping trips can be beneficial for health and wellbeing.

The Real Richness Report, commissioned by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia, found that campers are competitively happier, more satisfied, optimistic and energised than non-campers.

Not only do trips make campers happier, they also give people an opportunity to connect with themselves and their feelings, with 53 per cent of women and 44 per cent of men strongly agreeing that camping trips enabled them to gather their thoughts.

Respondents’ answers also revealed 96 per cent of campers believe that camping can make you happier and 95 per cent of campers believe that camping reduces stress.

Alistair Mitchell was introduced to caravan and camping from an early age, and mental health is a topic close to his heart.

After previously working in the caravan and camping industry as a park manager and in corporate management, he is now a mental health advocate and health and wellness coach. 

Mr Mitchell found his way following a series of challenging circumstances. He fell into an expensive drug addiction and faced his own mental health battle. He is now passionate about helping others to overcome similar circumstances.  

“Camping allows us to break away from the chaos of life and enjoy the simplicity of nature,” he said.

“Physically being outside connects us more, and relaxes us. People forget [that] the most basic things are the most important sometimes.

“Although many campsites offer wifi, it is important to allow yourself time away from technology and connectedness … the decrease in constant stimulation [through] technology will encourage greater psychological and emotional health.

“With anything to do with mental health, open dialogue and communication is key to wellbeing, and in the past, mental health hasn’t really been an open discussion.”

What do you think? Are you a regular camper? Do you find it helps reduce stress and make you happier and healthier? Would you recommend it to non-campers?

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    Hillbillypete
    17th Nov 2018
    7:43am
    The only way to go!!!
    MICK
    17th Nov 2018
    8:10am
    I though many of the caravan parks had been bought up by developers and turned into cash cows.
    Thoughtful
    17th Nov 2018
    10:33am
    Totally agree with the exception of 2 days per trip - setting up and packing up. Do not count these as part of a vacation.
    vincent
    17th Nov 2018
    7:24pm
    Depends on your idea of camping. Caravanparks forget it, same for some extravagant prices asked for campingspots in national parks. The time of free camping anywhere has well and truly gone. Way too many restriction everywhere, we campers have become a cashcow to be milked in anyway possible. A lot has changed in the last 40yrs that I have been traveling around in Oz.
    Discontented
    17th Nov 2018
    11:33pm
    so true so sad

    19th Nov 2018
    3:25am
    “53 per cent of women and 44 per cent of men strongly agreeing that camping trips enabled them to gather their thoughts.”

    Women are yearning to return to the caveman era.
    Men on the other hand have become the more civilized gender


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