After months of being in lockdown and living with coronavirus restrictions, many Canberrans will be itching for a change of scenery and to hit the road for a holiday.
And Peter Dimmock believes many of them will be doing it with a caravan or camper trailer in tow.
The director of Trailer Camper Australia said there had been a surge in interest and sales of caravans in recent weeks at his Fyshwick store, as lockdown measures eased and non-essential travel was allowed once again.
"There's been definitely more people coming through the doors, about 30 to 40 per cent more," Mr Dimmock said.
"Normally in winter, sales drop off, but we've been seeing a lot more people come through talking about going away in a caravan."
With international travel off the cards for at least several months, many are setting their sights closer to home for their next getaway.
Mr Dimmock said there had been a variety of demographics seeking out caravans in recent weeks.
"There's been lots of families and we still get a lot of grey nomads as well," he said. "There has definitely been a surge in people coming through and people get the idea they want to see more of Australia this year."
Tentworld director Jon Burrell said sales had been up at its Canberra store by 30 per cent compared to the same time last year, while online sales were up 70 per cent.
He said many people who were used to travelling overseas or staying in hotels were seeing camping as a more feasible holiday option post-coronavirus.
"At the moment, hotels are still a little scary for people, with lots of common areas that you can't avoid," Mr Burrell said.
"With camping in areas such as a national park, there are fewer communal areas and people are still exercising a degree of caution."
In the past few weeks, Mr Burrell said there had been an even mix of seasoned campers seeking repairs or a new model as well as those who were new to camping.
"The last few weeks has seen a resurgence in interest, and for those who have a caravan, people have been talking about now being the time to use it," he said.
Data from the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of Australia has shown 80 per cent of members intend to travel during the next two months.
It's expected to be several months until sales data post-coronavirus is released for new caravans, according to the association, but national sales manager of caravan manufacturer Jayco, Scott Jones, said there had been a significant increase in the number of caravans being purchased.
"We've been seeing more owners upgrade and a lot of first-timers as well," he said.
"It's been up on the same period last year."