As a traveler who, based on my age, falls into the millennial generation — and as a travel writer who’s written about how millennials relate to the outdoors and how the outdoor industry is changing to relate to millenials — I was happy to help out when a producer from CBS This Morning asked me to be part a segment on how millennials experience the outdoors. So to get the story, a CBS crew tagged along on a Catalina Island camping trip I had planned for a group of my friends.
And while I’ve camped much further off the grid, and without cell service, the message I tried to send in this segment is simple: you don’t have to be Bear Grylls to go camping — camping can be whatever you want it to be — just get outside in whatever way you feel most comfortable — just. get. outside.
And sure, I’m a proponent of putting your phone away and experiencing the moment, but I’m also a realist and know that’s much easier said than done for many people these days (not just millennials). And if getting an awesome shot for Instagram is what motivates you to get you outside (while I’d prefer you want to get outside for your own physical and mental satisfaction, instead of the satisfaction of “likes”), then go for it! Again, just. get. outside.
And in a atypical millennial move (and just an atypical move for me in general), I really didn’t take many photos on this trip. But, here are a few that I managed to snap: