We Brits love camping and here's 10 good reasons why that’s the case.
There’s something so exciting about sleeping under a canvas, making tea on the portable stove, and not touching the side of the tent when it rains for fear that the water will soak through.
1) You can choose your own view
The beauty of camping is that you can pretty much decide what you want to wake up to; be it the mountains, rolling green hills, a trickling brook or an eerie forest (though do seek permission before pitching up).
2) Anyone can go
You don’t have to be a strapping 21-year old camping aficionado, you can be a slightly portly person of indeterminable age who’s never camped in their life – it doesn’t matter; anyone can go camping. Plus those who’ve struggled to get foreign travel insurance should have fewer problems with a UK camping trip.
3) Peace and quiet
What better way to get away from it all than camping? In a survey of campers by GO Outdoors, 61 per cent said that they use this activity as a way to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. Eight per cent of campers said they used it as a way to get some ‘alone time’.
4) Pretty wellies
So many colours and patterns…
5) Camping is perfect family time
Without a connection to the web - possibly without electricity full stop - camping provides the perfect opportunity for families to reconnect without the usual distractions. They’ll eat together, play together, sleep huddled up together and create some wonderful, long-lasting memories.
6) It can be luxurious
Don’t fancy slumming it? You don’t have to! Camping can be luxurious, you know. Glamping is commonplace now, with many holiday companies offering huge, fitted out tents that are complete with double bed, table and chairs, a stove, sofa, external fire pit and the requisite bunting.
7) It’s okay not to wash every day
Well, it’s acceptable at least. Communal showers can be grotty and the whole point of camping is to rough it a bit, isn’t it?
Aside from choosing your location, campers also have the freedom to come and go as they please, not needing to adhere to schedules or timetables that other types of holiday might prescribe. With camping, breakfast can be served all day, you can visit whatever you like whenever you like, and there won’t be that awkward moment when you return to your room to find housekeeping clearing up your mess.
9) It’s cheap
Well over half of those polled in the GO Outdoors study said that the cost savings were one of their biggest reasons for going camping. The low cost means you can go more than once a year, and many do – 58 per cent of campers go more than three times a year.
10) You can take your dog
So many campsites are pet-friendly, you won’t have to leave your best friend with your mum or at a kennel. What’s more, with the wide blue yonder as your disposal, your pooch can enjoy as many outdoors activities as you do. Plus they also make a good sleeping-bag warmer.
And one more for luck…camp fire food
Cooked bananas and bread on sticks, you just don’t do this at home.
By User:Steffenpihl (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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