We’re all living through one of the most challenging and stressful times in living memory right now. The country (and the world) have never been more divided at a time when we should be more united than ever against the biggest threat to public health since 1918. The past few months have seen us isolated, out of pocket and yearning for a return to something that feels remotely like normality. Of course, there’s also a lot to be grateful for, too. There’s a sense that real change is in the air, and that the lessons learned both from COVID-19 and the widespread BLM demonstrations could lead us into a brighter, fairer and happier future.
Why Camping is the Perfect Family Vacation Right Now
That said, it feels as though we’ve lived through a lot of history in a very short space of time. These transformative times have taken their toll, and we’re all itching for the opportunity to get away from it all, even if it’s just to drift off to sleep. While many families may yearn to take a vacation, the combination of travel restrictions and significantly reduced income (for many of us) may make the idea of a family getaway seem untenable.
But could a camping trip with your family be the perfect vacation for our times?
It’s cost effective
Between the cost of travel, accommodation and meals out, the average family vacation can prove an expensive endeavor. The same cannot be said of a camping trip. 4-person camping tents are cost effective and have plenty of room for your nuclear family.You don’t have to pay a fortune for the ability to dine in comfort around a camp fire with your kids. And who needs the cramped confines of a hotel room when there are camping tents that have 3 room capacity at around the cost of a night’s accommodation in a modest hotel?
When you camp out with your family, you don’t need to worry about being late for your flight, going through immigration or what happens if you realize your youngest has lost their passport. All you need to do is find a local beauty spot where camping is permitted, pack up the camping tent, hop in the car and prepare for adventure.
It’s easy to socially distance
As much as you may feel like you need a vacation right now, the idea of relaxing on a beach is likely sullied by the idea of thronging masses with no respect for social distancing. A camping trip, however, makes it easy for your family to keep their distance from others and stay safe in this troubled time.
It gives the family a change to “tech detox”
There’s a fine line between burying your head in the sand and recognizing that you need a break from the relentless influx of data that is 21st century living. A tech detox is good for the whole family, especially the younger generations whose brains are still developing. A camping trip eschews digital devices and focuses on the humble wonders of nature, and the mental health benefits that we gain from spending time with trees, plants and fresh air.
If you feel like you need a getaway but also need to keep your family safe, you could do far worse than try a camping vacation.