Why are people more friendly in campgrounds?

This is an old post but I continue to think about this. While I have no more recent experience it is still something I don’t understand.


I meant to write this post a few weeks ago while on my camping trip, but better late than never.

I’ve noticed when traveling to western U.S. vacation spots but also while camping or hiking trails that there seems to be a different behavior than normal life that people, at the very least, speak to strangers, even if just to say hello. However, rarely did this surface friendliness lead to much conversation. But when I began to travel solo I discovered that longer and pleasant conversations with strangers was common. It means that while traveling alone I rarely feel “alone” and that is an unexpected consequence.

So I wondered why this is. So here’s some of my ideas.

  1. herd effect: Everybody does it so quickly all people accept this is the standard behavior. At home it’s different, contact with strangers is rare, but under these circumstances most people seem to…

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About dmill96

old fat (but now getting trim and fit) guy, who used to create software in Silicon Valley (almost before it was called that), who used to go backpacking and bicycling and cross-country skiing and now geodashes, drives AWD in Wyoming, takes pictures, and writes long blog posts and does xizquvjyk.
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