Camping in the woods may not be a five star hotel but adventure is always nearby, pets are allowed and you don’t have to pay an admission fee to climb a mountain. For your next vacation, instead of visiting crowded beaches, why not live among a secluded forest for a week. There are many benefits to camping for vacation and exploring the outdoors.
Cost: The cost to go camping is relatively low, considering you buy the equipment and have it for years to come. Once you pick a place to camp, campgrounds may require a site fee but considering you won’t get samples of shampoo and conditioner, pristine hotel rooms and a complimentary breakfast in the morning the price is modest. Overall, the price of food is low from making your own meals, trails have no fee to hike, and there are no hidden fees when it’s time to check out.
Occupancy: Tents come in a variety of sizes; a nine person tent can still fit into a site as long as it can fit between the trees you’re sleeping under. The wilderness doesn’t mind loud, screaming children or a group of
adventurous adolescents climbing trees, hiking through forests and exploring. At a campground, other tents may be pitched nearby but nowhere near as close as two hotel rooms separated by a paper thin wall.
Activities: Camping can be like an amusement park. There are many sights, sounds and locations to be explored without long lines or ride fees. Campers can hike, fish (with a fishing license), bird-watch, canoe, or just lie around the campground and relax. When the sun goes down, the stars come out. Campfires are the only entertainment needed with endless possibilities. Instead of ordering room service, there are s’mores to be made, old fashion popcorn to pop and stories to tell. If you want to take a step back from the fire, the stars are a sight to see while nocturnal animals are heard.
Camping can be demanding at times but the memories created will last a life time and it won’t be $19.95 for a picture of the experience. There will be bug bites, dirt on your jeans and the smell of campfire on your clothes when you leave. However, there will be a smile on your face from the accomplishment of knowing the trip was worth every penny and a few scratches along the way.