Camping is hugely popular in the UK. It’s an idyllic idea – setting off to a woodland or beach, pitching the tent, then immersing yourself in nature, free from the interruptions of everyday life.
However, there’s an alternative image of camping, which usually involves lots of rain, frustrated children, and soggy sausages on the barbeque. Sadly, it’s this latter notion that tends to put people off!
If possible, try not to let it. Camping is an amazing way to spend quality time with the kids.
Why should you consider camping?
- There are some epic sites out there. Some of the UK’s campsites are out of this world. There are sites that are on working farms, letting kids have a chance to feed the animals. Other sites are situated next to mountains, or right beside some of the country’s most scenic coastline. When you’re in a tent, you tend to feel far more involved with your surroundings too.
- You’ll save money. Okay, so the initial outlay of buying the tent can be a bit costly, but once you’ve got a tent, it’s wonderfully cheap to camp virtually anywhere. This means you’ll have way more money to spend on special days out with the kids.
- It’s a completely different experience. Camping is refreshingly different to staying in a hotel or holiday cottage. It does take you slightly out of your comfort zone, but in a good way.
- The kids have lots of freedom. Part of the attraction for children is that they can muck around, get muddy, race down to the sea, splash in the nearest lake, and do what kids do best – have a lot of fun. Chances are that there will be other children around too, which gives them the chance to make new friends.
- It’s easier to be spontaneous. There’s something about the camping environment that makes it so much easier to make snap decisions about what you’ll do that day. If the sun’s out, you can easily hike along a coastal path to a nearby village for breakfast. You could get in the car and discover somewhere new. There aren’t really any restrictions, which is liberating!
- You’ll get fit. If you’re looking for an active holiday, camping is a good choice. If you’re staying in a holiday park, there’s likely to be a swimming pool for the kids (and you) to play around in, and there will be plenty of walking trails to explore, or even use for a morning jog, if you’re feeling energetic.
- You can still go out. Some people have dire images of cooking over a tiny gas stove each night. However, it’s easy enough to still go out in the evenings. With all the money you’ll be saving, you can even treat yourself to a new summer dress, or a splash of new perfume (the Baccarat Rouge 540 review sounds particularly good as a summer scent).
- You can star-gaze. Campsites are often right out in the heart of nature. This provides the perfect chance to leave the tent, sit in a field, and stare at the amazing array of stars above you. The kids are likely to relish the opportunity to stay up late, and they’ll love it even more if you toast a few marshmallows for them while you’re doing it.
- You can go to more than one location. If your tent is relatively easy to pack away, it’s so simple to stay in one location for a few nights, then move on somewhere different. It’s an amazing way to see more of the UK, without spending a fortune in the process.
Disclosure: This is a guest post.