The Ultimate Vacation: Recreation Meets Comfort

By: Caroline Silverstone

As the massive bulge of baby boomers begins to slowly reach their retirement years, a definite change is taking place in the way they want to take their holidays. This is the generation that revitalized the roughing it industry; when the baby boomers were in their early twenties right through to the beginning of the forties, the traditional outdoors pursuits saw a huge rise in popularity; hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and camping were all at the top lists of to do activities.

As time passes on, though, the need for creature comforts began to vie with the need to get closer to nature. Fifth wheel trailers began to take the place of tents and even campers as the accommodation of choice when it came to staying in the great outdoors, and hotels, cabins, and bungalows in popular vacation spots were soon outselling space long before the local campgrounds filled up.

The reason is simple; while baby boomers still enjoy outdoor pursuits, they no longer wish to make the great outdoors a 24 hour experience during vacation time. As a result, outdoor recreation is more popular than ever, but when it comes to long trips the too much fresh air is regarded as a bad thing.

This could have meant doom for traditional guiding industries such as those in hunting, fishing, and rafting, but rather than tough it out many enterprising businesses have chosen to adapt. Today, hundreds of companies are combining a day of the best outdoor pursuits with nights of comfortable living.

The ideas incorporated in North American sports are most likely an adaptation of those used by safari companies in Africa. After a long day out on the savannah, tourists who use the companies can come back to camp and rest secure in a cool bungalow, surrounded with the very best in food and wine, with clean beds to lie down on and hot water in the morning.

This concept of the safari is now being incorporated into hunting, fishing, and rafting operations across North America. Rafting trips in California include wine tasting tour and onboard music options, and those who sign up for multi-day trips can expect some of the finest wining and dining that there is. Fishing and hunting outfitters have also picked up on the idea, and a hard day outdoors can be combined with an easy evening, with a guarantee that participants will not be skunked.

Often, the end of the day amenities will include some of the finest wines and food available. The companies offering such delectable fare are clearly appealing to a generation that still craves the outdoors, but is also interested in leaving the more mundane aspects of the life behind. These operations can truly be said to incorporate the best of two worlds!

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