Half of the Czechs will spend the summer in nature

Almost half of the Czechs are planning to spend their holidays in the mountains, at a campsite, or on the water this year, according to a survey conducted by the 4camping.cz e-shop. Approximately two-thirds of people plan to go hiking, and a quarter of respondents intend to spend the night in the countryside.

The survey results, conducted by MNFORCE for 4camping.cz among 1,000 people at the end of May and beginning of June, are confirmed by online retailers, who have noticed a higher interest in hiking boots, backpacks, and raincoats.

In the survey, a third of people said they would go cycling in the summer, and one in eight respondents planned a hike in the mountains. No outdoor activity is designed for the holidays, with 16 percent of respondents planning to do so.

About a third of the respondents intend to spend up to CZK 10,000 on a summer holiday for the whole household, including transport, accommodation, and food. 27% of Czechs anticipate spending between 10,000 and 20,000.

It has become quite expensive

E-shop Alza.cz, on the other hand, is seeing higher demand for more premium goods, according to its spokeswoman, Daniela Chovancová. For example, this city’s average price of trekking poles has risen by 70% since 2019. Hiking backpacks are up 12 percent, but Alza is selling about a quarter more of them this year, with the most significant demand for models between 30 and 50 liters, Chovancová said.

The Mall.cz online store has been tracking growing demand for tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks for several weeks, with sales up by half year on year. Demand for ponchos, raincoats, and water bottles has risen by more than half. People are also buying outdoor clothing, trekking poles, and travel food, according to e-shop spokeswoman Paula Hobíková.

“We can also see the interest in active holidays in the growing numbers of people in the cycling and boating categories, where we have managed to prepare well for the season and have stocked enough bikes and boats,” she said.