The northern Province, which has some exceptional landscapes, is a firm favourite with those opting for a ‘staycation’
Hospitality entrepreneurs in Drenthe are reportedly to be inundated with holidaymakers this year, with campsites especially popular. Bookings are coming in from across a range of socioeconomic groups, however it seems that young people in particular are looking forward to a night under the canvas in Drenthe, reports RTV Drenthe.
Those looking for an alternative to a five-star hotel might be in for a bit of a disappointment, but for getting close to nature camping in Drenthe is hard to beat. “Camping is tough, pure and a challenge”, says Manilde Matthijsse of Tralaluna in Mantinge.
Together with her husband, Matthijsse rents out camping buses and caravans, and they are seeing more and more people in their twenties and thirties renting them out. “These are people who sometimes still know the camping feeling from the past. Some of them don’t, but they can’t go overseas now, and so they think: what other exciting things can we experience here?”
Richard Kremer of the Camping Hall in Roden also sees the trend: “where we normally see mainly older people in the preseason, there are now a striking number of couples between the ages of twenty and thirty. We see that they leave the store with full carts. That means that they buy everything new and that they really start with camping.”
It is noticeable that young people buy different camping gear than adults. “You see that the elderly really go for comfort and luxury and young people are more for basic”, Kremer explains. “Younger people don’t need a dishwasher when camping, while older people might. Just put your guitar and chair under their arm. Not too much stuff, just enjoy the outdoors.”
In addition, more and more young adults are discovering Drenthe. “Our province has of course been on the rise for a few years now,” says Matthijsse.
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