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Tired of Work from Home? Try Work from Campsite

The pandemic made remote work ubiquitous, but campers soon realized that "work from home" could just as easily be "work from campsite."

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The number of people who worked from a campsite nearly tripled between 2018 and 2021, according to The Dyrt, a popular app for camping. The pandemic made remote work ubiquitous, but campers soon realized that “work from home” could just as easily be “work from campsite.” In the recently published 2022 Camping Report, 24 percent of campers said they worked from a campsite in 2021.

“I’ve been traveling on the road in my camper van for the last year and a half,” says Michelle Micallef, SEO manager at The Dyrt. “It began as a pipe dream; maybe one day I’d find a remote job and spend time seeing the country. The COVID-19 pandemic ended up expediting my vanlife into reality. With remote work becoming the norm, I realized that I could be creative and productive while safely nurturing my love for nature and the outdoors.”

According to the report, 70 percent of campers said their trips include weekdays—camping on weekdays no longer has to mean using PTO or vacation days.

“Our company, like many others, made the decision to go permanently remote,” says The Dyrt CEO Kevin Long. “If you love camping and your company has embraced remote work, why stay home? A campground beats a home office any day of the week.” Long and his wife, The Dyrt founder Sarah Smith, ran the company from a camper van for the latter half of 2021.

Eighty percent of first-time campers reported using a mobile app or website to find campsites in 2021. Some of the information people were looking for was the quality of the cell service and Wi-Fi availability at campgrounds, one of dozens of criteria The Dyrt includes for the more than 44,000 campgrounds listed on the app.

“The most essential part of living on the road is being able to find reliable service and Wi-Fi for video calls and other tasks, because my career is what’s funding the lifestyle,” says Micallef. “Being able to change my office view from mountains and deserts to lakes and beaches has been a dream come true for my work-life balance. Camping in beautiful areas of the country while analyzing data, developing comprehensive SEO strategies, and executing successful digital marketing campaigns has allowed me to be the best version of myself.”

About The Author
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Julie is the co-founder of Well Defined and a longtime influencer and advocate in the wellness world. Along with her work at Well Defined, she is an executive recruiter and marketing specialist for Hutchinson Consulting. She is also a consultant and content strategist for numerous wellness brands. She is the former editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa and was named a 2019 Folio Top Woman in Media in the Industry Trailblazers category and a 2018 winner of ISPA’s Innovate Award. She is also a seasoned journalist, specializing in spa, travel, health, fitness, wellness, sustainability, and beauty. She has been published in Departures, ForbesTraveler.com, E! Online, Gayot.com, Insider’s Guide to Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Marin Magazine, Ocean Home, Smart Meetings, Spa Asia, and Travel Agent.