Lots of people wonder why they should go camping when they could holiday more luxuriously in a nice hotel in a hot sunny destination.
But going camping is a still popular option especially for families looking for a break close to home and also for those on a budget like us.
Let’s face it, getting away for a holiday can be pretty difficult in you’re in debt!
My hubby and I are very serious about tackling our debt and so gone are the days (for now at least) that we can jet off for a nice city break to appreciate some culture or soak up the rays on hot sunny beach somewhere.
Last minute deals just aren’t cheap in my opinion! Plus now that our daughter is nearly 3 years old, we have to pay for a full price ticket in air fare for her even though she’s a quarter of the size of most adults. We haven’t actually taken a holiday abroad since our honeymoon to Thailand four years ago (which by the way was done really quite frugally – backpacking – it was amazing!).
When the hubby and I were younger we spent lots of money on holidays (often racking up debt in the process) because we went abroad, stayed in hotels and apartments and took plenty of spending money with us. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t regret any of the good times that we had, but we didn’t consider that there were places to see and appreciate in the country where we live.
In actual fact, we’ve only visited and explored a handful of places in England. Shameful or what? Especially as we know there are lots of beautiful and historic places of interest all over England and amazing scenery in the countryside.
Over the past few years, we have decided to stay closer to home and this has been in the form of camping holidays to keep the costs down for us. It’s been brilliant! We’ve had some great times with our friends, explored a little of the countryside and have managed to get away from the hassles of daily life back at home for a while.
Why go camping?
Roughing it in cold wet weather is simply not fun. But if you can manage to go camping when you know the weather is going to be fairly good, you can actually see amazing sights on your doorstep which other people travel for miles to see! And there’s also the added benefit of exercise and fresh air. If you have a family, it’s a really cheap way of holidaying!
Once you have the necessities for camping (and you can buy it all second hand on Ebay), you’re well on your way to cheap camping holidays. These are the basics that you need:
- A good quality tent (ours is an Outwell tent)
- Sleeping bags
- Roll mats for sleeping on
- Gas stove (or disposable BBQ if just staying for one night)
- Fold up chairs
- A few plates, pans and bits of cutlery
- Compass if you intend to do some hiking
If you fancy making your camping holiday a little more luxurious, you can up spec to the following:
- Blow up pillows
- Camp bed
- Wind break
- Picnic hamper set
- Electric hook up at the campsite – you can even watch TV in your tent if you don’t want to miss your favourite program during your trip!
We went camping this weekend just gone and it set us back around £50 ($75) for the whole weekend for all three of us and the dog. This included our tent pitch at a great family friendly campsite for two nights (£15 per night for a family) and all of our food and drinks. We went out for lots of walks and explored the surrounding area. Our daughter loved it and keeps talking about the tent, it was all very exciting for her!
If you need any more reasons to give camping a try, you might also be interested in this article about the wonders of camping!