What happens if you can’t immediately upload that scenic photo to Facebook or Instagram? Did your visit never happen?
What if you can’t Snapchat yourself after that long hike up to the peak of that mountain? Will anyone believe you if you don’t have any proof?
Would your views on top of that mountain be any less favorable if you weren’t able to Instagram it?
A study has shown that 41 percent of all campers are more likely to choose a campground based on whether or not it has free Wi-Fi. In fact, it was the third most important factor when choosing a campground. In turn, 70 percent of campers will go online when camping with 50 percent going online everyday they are on their trip.
There is this urgency and need for campsites, parks and other outdoor destinations need to acquire this technology if they don’t already have it in attempts to stay relevant and encourage visitors. The failure to deliver this top priority need to prospective visitors might now induce negative feelings about the visit.
Come on people. Really?!
Understandably, technology has become a staple in our modern lives. We’re on it on a daily basis, we embrace it and we quite frankly, we take the rest of our lives for granted when we’re so immersed in what’s happening on our screens.
Sometimes we get so involved in the false representation of other people’s lives through social media that we forget what’s right there in front of us – and hey, sometimes what’s right there in front of us is some beautiful, natural outdoor scenery!
In contrast, there has become somewhat of a need for this technology in a different, less superficial sense. Accessing Wi-Fi can give us so much more than Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook. Accessing Wi-Fi can now allow us to track weather and trail updates, make emergency calls and navigate the terrain you’re surrounded by.
When you look at things from this perspective, maybe Wi-Fi is seemingly a little important. What’s a little concerning as time and technology progresses is that people are choosing their camping locations on their ability to connect to free Wi-Fi. Doesn’t this defeat the whole purpose of getting away from it all?
Just think about all the places you could possibly be missing out on just because they don’t allow for surfing the internet.
At the end of the day, camping is the original ‘social media.’
Before there were channels for social, there were campfire conversations. Before there was ever Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, there were binoculars and mental snapshots - actually taking in the scenery before you for what it was.
While there are pros and cons to having Wi-Fi, just consider all there is out there – all of that natural beauty. Is the crucialness of free Wi-Fi worth taking away the opportunity to see the world that’s out there?