Camping at home: escapism, self-care, and social bonding during the COVID-19 pandemic

Nina Morris*, Kate Orton-Johnson

*Corresponding author for this work

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The restrictions imposed by COVID-19 lockdown(s) left many feeling trapped at home. One leisure activity that saw a surge in popularity during lockdown was ‘home’ camping. Camping has long been associated with positive health and well-being outcomes and during lockdown camping at home was documented across social media platforms as people shared experiences of their micro-adventures. This paper will draw on social media (Instagram) and survey (> 260 responses) data gathered from ‘regular’ campers and those who had never previously camped during the UK lockdowns. Specifically, we explore: (i) what motivated home camping; (ii) the impact of camping activity on physical and mental well-being; (iii) the role it played in fostering and/or nurturing social relationships in isolating circumstances (iv) how digital practices were incorporated into camping as an activity. As such, the paper will provide a valuable contribution to understand the transformative potentials of restricted leisure practices in the pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAnnals of Leisure Research
Early online date16 Jun 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Jun 2022


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