Gross sales of tenting, mountaineering guides rise as People take to the outside
And an important escape route such as a long trip seems to be combined with another important factor: a travel guide.
Sales of camping rallies have skyrocketed, sales analysts say.
“It was a perfect summer getaway, camping, driving, and walking around the house,” says Kristen McLean, an NPD Books research institute, which oversees business events.
Overall, retail sales are declining because travel to Europe and the rest of the world is not in the United States, McLean says, speaking by telephone from his office in Miami. However, he says, “maps and sleeping quarters sold well,” as well as tips in parks, camps, hiking, tourism and family outings this year. Some types of businesses provide information on where the new maps can guide modern travelers. Sales of travel shoes, for example, have risen by 10%, NPD expressions.
At Field Notes, a bookmaker and other journalist in Chicago, President Jim Coudal says three National Parks “records have been flying here since March.
“I think a lot of people have been planning, taking or dreaming of home trips once they settled in their homes. I know I have them.”
Barney Scout Mann, a former long-distance martial artist, whose “Journey to the North: Pacific Crest Trail” was just released by Mountaineers Books, says we were already in the middle of a journey when everything changed. “Covid-19 just shot the bomber on an old high-speed jet,” he says.
Mann shows American Hiking Society numbers showing 34 million Americans climbing in 2013 and 9 million backsliding.
“Walking is the most natural thing we do,” says Mann.
And right now, it can be even safer. As noted by Anthony S. Fauci, a well-known infectious disease specialist at CNN over the weekend of Labor Day: “Go on the road; breathing fresh air. ”
Many seem to be following Dr Fauci’s Rx.
Max Phelps, chief marketing officer at the National Book Network, which distributes the Falcon Guides, said US textbooks have been selling well in recent months.
Commenting via e-mail, Phelps wrote, “Most of the places you can go to get to a car and where cultural distances are not a concern (or not) are of interest right now.”
Buyers of the Falcon Guides, he says, have shown interest in mountainous towns in the Rockies, especially in the northern Rockies, and in Maine.
At Book Beat, an independent bookstore in Detroit, Colleen Kammer’s colleague says colleagues have felt the same way.
“At the end of August, before Labor Day, people are looking for literature on the Upper Peninsula,” says Kammer, referring to the sparsely populated northern areas of Michigan.
Although not exactly Somerset Maugham, these reference works encourage a strong desire to follow Henry David Thoreau, whose story, “Walking,” was published in 1862; Cheryl Strayed, whose history on the Pacific Crest Trail was made into a popular film; and Robert Taylor, the first Native American to ride both the Appalachian and Pacific Crest bikes.
The desire to research is old. And a few rare and old books have become popular, says Lucinda Boyle, a travel expert and manager of London’s Shapero Rare Books store, speaking via email.
“I always carry a couple of guidebooks with me when I travel, the old and the new about modern culture,” he says. “I really like a couple of Baedeker’s books.”
Founded by Karl Baedeker in 1827 and published by four generations of his family, the well-known Baedekid travel guides travel around the world in three languages. Baedeker was discovered in 1951 by MairDumont, a German tour operator, and is included in several of its genres.
In many cases, older textbooks measure time – even this strange time.
The Canadian guidebook Baedeker, published in 1907, urges modern-day advocates to seek fresh air.
The tour guides section illuminates snow-covered clubs in Canadian cities, each with a special uniform of a warm coat. Snow hunters say, “Walking on the snow at night, it’s the light of the moon … it’s a very exciting thing.”