When someone mentions vacation planning, their first thoughts are of fancy resorts and exotic trips. However, one of the most popular vacation options is too often overlooked: camping. This tried and true vacation is still an excellent choice today. Here are 5 reasons to take a camping vacation in 2018.
Camping is one of the cheapest ways to go on vacation. If you drive somewhere and set up a tent, you could stay in an area for only a few dollars a night. Rent a cabin in the off-season, and you could enjoy walls and probably off-the-grid utilities for less than a hotel. You might be able to rent an RV for a price comparable to a hotel, letting you drive when and where you’d like without having to worry about room reservations. With a little advance planning or renting a privately-owned RV, you could enjoy the amenities like a bathroom and kitchen for less than the cost of a hotel room.
One of the greatest benefits of a camping vacation is the educational potential. Your children could get lessons that integrate knowledge about biology, geology, astronomy and ecology into everything you do. You can tell stories about the area, letting them feel connected to the place as well as the history.
Camping is a versatile activity. Do you want to go hiking or swimming? Depending on the campsite, you could choose to do either one based on the weather – or do both in the same day. Love hunting? Then get the most accurate ar 15 barrel you can find and go on a field day. Rock climbing, bird watching, canoeing or cooking over a campfire are all excellent activities everyone in the family will enjoy.
The Family-Friendly Side
A major benefit of camping is that you can bring children of all ages on the campout. Young children will want to learn about the animals and plants and simply be thrilled to be allowed to play outside all day. And they can do this while older children are off on their own adventures. You avoid the problems of trying to figure out who will watch the toddler on the side because the child isn’t old enough to go on a ride.
The Healthy Benefits
If you’ve ever wished the kids would put away their devices, going to a campsite without Wi-Fi nearly guarantees they must, and that’s aside from forcing them to leave devices at home. Camping can be an instant digital detox. Camping is good for your health, too. You’re out in the fresh air, the family gets exposure to much needed sunshine, and the entire environment encourages physical activity. That the kids get exposed to mud and germs shouldn’t be a deterrent; this builds up their immune system in a healthy way.
Camping is an affordable, flexible and family friendly vacation. It’s good for the entire family and will give you the chance to create a lifetime of memories while learning valuable life lessons.