Camping is enjoying a surge in popularity as travelers seek to develop a deeper connection with nature and the world around them. The result, however, is that prices at campgrounds around the country are raising prices, according to a new report.

TravelPulse reported that as Labor Day marks the traditional end to the summer camping season, data gathered by CampgroundViews.com indicates that 2018 will have the highest overnight camping fees ever recorded. Average nightly rates for a traditional campsite have increased 6% from last year to $31.53 — still an affordable option for travelers.

“Even adverse weather out East earlier this season and fires out West late this season have not stopped record numbers of campers from getting outdoors,” said Mark Koep, founder and CEO of CampgroundViews.com. “Camping, either in a tent or in an RV, is back and this increased demand is allowing park operators to increase rates.”

An improving economy, the retirement of baby boomers and families seeking affordable travel options have led to record growth for the outdoor industry.

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