6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Spend Time Camping at Least Once

When someone suggests a camping holiday to you, what runs through your mind?

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A bit small for some perhaps?

Is it the image of you crawling out of a teeny tiny tent each morning in an unceremonious way in order to make the crack of dawn dash to the communal bathrooms that just happens to be at the other end of the campsite?

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We appreciate that this camping set up in the Sahara Desert may be too much for some

Perhaps it’s the image of a large spider dangling down from the rafters just above your head as you take a lukewarm shower whilst trying not to think about how many other people have used it since it was first cleaned this morning.

Or maybe, you are one of those individuals, like us, that can’t wait for the first days of spring to arrive.  Why? Well early spring tends to be when the campsites open their gates to the first campers of the season.   

Campsite owners across Europe will shortly be waving those hardy individuals through their barriers, praying all-the-while that this season will be a good one weather wise.

Now, I understand that there are some very stereotypical views when it comes to camping, and who knows, us campers out there probably do not help with this image, but what isn’t always so obvious is why we all pack that little bundle of canvas and poles into the back of our car each year and head off into a field for a night or more.

The Benefits of Camping

#1 Fresh Air

I don’t care what anyone says, in order to really experience fresh air you need to get away from it all. Hearing cars going racing past every two seconds, horns blaring, and security alarms attached to the building next door going off plus copious high-rise buildings being seen in the background can only mean that there is definitely a lack of fresh air.

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Fantastic scenery all around us in the Lake District

Most campsites are situated away from everything.  They can often be found down little dirt tracks, or are attached to a working farm, nestled into the side of a mountain or have wonderful sea views. 

The idea is that you get away from it all and relax surrounded by fresh air –now who honestly wouldn’t want to spend time breathing that in.

#2 Get Away From the Pressures of Work and Life

In this day and age I know it frustrates some people, but campsites are still very slow on the uptake of wifi connections and phone signals.  Not great if you are a teenager addicted to facebook granted, but to know that regardless whether or not someone tries to phone you, they won’t be able to disturb your weekend away for me is complete and utter bliss.

Going into a hotel often means that wifi is available but it also means that the allure of work is always within touching distance.  When camping however, on the majority of campsite, internet signal is weak meaning that the desire to check emails soon wears off and you can get on with enjoying your holiday.

#3 Space to Make Friends

Even the most aloof of individuals will struggle not to smile and say hello on a campsite.  Perhaps it is the morning walk to the shop to pick up the fresh bread and milk that causes everyone to feel slightly more affable or maybe it is because everyone has actually forgotten about the pressures of work and home life and have started to unwind and enjoy themselves – who knows?

Camping entices people to socialise – to have a glass of wine together in the evenings, to strike up friendships strong enough to take the burnt sausages that will no doubt be flying off the BBQ on a warm summers evening. 

Children have the freedom to play without fear of being knocked over or told off.  It does of course mean that they have to get use to not being attached to the latest computer game all day, but once that hurdle is jumped games like badminton, rounders and cricket start to sprout up everywhere.  Games that they would never have dreamt of playing back home when technology will once again take over.

#4 Exploring the Great Outdoors

Mention going for a walk at home and everyone in your household will give you a look that says ‘have you gone mad?’  Spend a few days outside however and before you know it you will have the whole family hiking up the neighbouring mountain, going on a family bike ride to the local village for a pub lunch or sauntering through fields, leisurely taking in your local surroundings.

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The view from Striding Edge in the Lake District

It seems that, regardless of our lifestyle at home, camping brings out the great adventurer in all of us.

#5 Discover Wildlife and Enjoy Nature

Hands up if you have ever picked wild berries.  As youngsters my siblings and I would often be caught  picking the blackberries that grew randomly at the back of our parent’s garden.  It meant that when we did head off on one of our many camping trips we loved to go foraging for tasty treats whenever we went wandering.  Of course, you had to know what was safe and what would give you a funny tummy but after a few lessons from our dad we were well on our way and felt like little explorers.

That’s the great thing about campsites and their location.  On the whole many of them have places to wander where you can enjoy nature and potentially see a bit of wildlife every now and again.

#6 Fun Family Time

This for me is probably the best reason to go camping.

When you are able to switch off from the modern day world, you actually start to enjoy the company of your family again.  When I think back, every camping trip I have ever been on with my family has resulted in a lot of laughter and enjoyment.  Of course, the competitive edge of a family will always come out – for us it was normally over a game of cards or scrabble – but it was also a time where we would do things together as a family that we seldom did back home.

If I had challenged my father to a game of badminton at home he would have flatly refused and yet, with each camping trip the badminton set was packed once again, in order for us two to continue our tournament (of course, there was never a winner because neither of us would accept defeat!).

Camping is ultimately a place where fantastic memories can be made as a family.

However, I understand not everyone wants to stay in a tent.  Or perhaps, they like the idea of a tent but hate the thought of pitching one for themselves and then spending two weeks on hard ground with just a thin roll mat for comfort each night.

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Thanks to our camping obsession we have found places like this in Thailand

Don’t let this put you off the idea of camping though.  Especially not now, when there are so many companies out there that take the pain of all of that away for you.  No longer do you have to embarrass yourself by attempting to put up the family tent on your own or struggle to keep the butter cold in searing hot weather with just a battery operated cooler box to help you.  

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Luxury Eurocamp Safari Tent

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Bedroom area inside a Eurocamp Safari Tent

With growing popularity camping and glamping have come into a world of their own and it’s thanks to companies like Eurocamp that these types of holidays have become so popular.  Whether you would prefer to sleep each evening under canvas or in the luxurious surroundings of a mobile home, some of which now come complete with dish washers, coffee machines and blue tooth speakers, the option is yours; everyone is catered for, meaning that there is no reason not to try camping this summer for yourselves.

 

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A Eurocamp Family Tree House

Have you ever tried camping?  Would you recommend this type of holiday to others?

19 Comments

  • Dexter Vega says:

    exactly what i think. we camp at least four times in a year and this is no ordinary camping… we are bunch of family members… we camp on average for 5-6 days and it is hell fun and refreshment

  • I’ve tried camping (although it’s been a while) and always encourage nay-sayers to re-think their perspective because of how wonderful it can be, and it’s so healthy for you mentally, too, to get away.

    I will say that don’t do like a friend of mine and I did when we were young – don’t go camping with almost no thought or preparation. It doesn’t go so well and you can end up with giant ants in your bread you needed for sandwiches.

    A little preparation goes a long way! (and containers!!)

    • I agree Grant, you need to be prepared and think about where you intent to camp. Different locations have different considerations. It is so easy to overlook something as well – so I always say to double check everything before leaving to go on a camping trip. 🙂

  • You could probably come up with a hundred reasons to give camping a try, but my number one is what you have listed at number 2. I love to get away from the stress and pressure of every day life, work and the busy things going on. It’s good to just take a brake and relax.

  • Camping guy says:

    My favorite reason is you number 2. I love to get away from it all.

  • There are tons of benefits to camping but I love the 6 you outlined in your article!

    The one I love the most is getting out from the city into the nature. It is just that we don’t have any way of experiencing real nature in the city like environment.

    The change is massive and for someone who hasn’t camped before it is a must experience worth living for!

  • Camping has been on my list of things to do for a long time. I’m most looking forward to the fresh air, and being able to disconnect for a while. I try to explore the outdoors as much as possible especially since I’m a city girl. Now my only question is what would I need for my first camping trip?

    • Danielle, you will love it. When we first started camping we brought ourselves a little two-man tent, a good quality sleeping bag and a roll mat, a single burner stove and a few things like a kettle and plates etc and then just went for it. Let me know how your first trip goes.

  • Lara Dunning says:

    I feel in love with camping as a kid when we’d go on extended camping trips all over the West. It is so important to connect with nature and camping is such a great way to do it. I don’t get to camp as much as I like, but I do get to go on hikes every week and that helps put me in a natural state of mind.

    • Wow, I would love to do more hiking. We are currently living in Lake Garda, Italy so I hope to be able to get out and about a bit more over the next couple of months. 🙂

  • It surprises me that I like camping as much as I do. I’m terrified of bugs and critters, but love being outside and in the fresh air. I’ve really embraced my nature girl after moving to Florida. Do you think you find out what your really made of camping? giving up my comforts and electronics to just be still is great for testing my patience limits. LOL

  • This is nice. I love camping and do not do it as much as I should Thank you for the reminder.

  • Vibeke says:

    This looks incredible. If you visit Ecuador one time. I recommend camping at the crater of Quilotoa, truly an amazing experience. I wish I got to camp more. I haven’t camped that much except festivals which are not the same at all. Camping in the desert must be a cool experience. The treehouses look so cool. I have camped at the beach in Norway one time, so refreshing 😀 Thank you for this 😀

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