The why, what and where of camping: part one

There is no doubt about it; the last year has been a challenging one for everyone. Now is the best time to consider taking care of yourself and finding a way to relax and recuperate.

Holidays have always been an excellent opportunity for resting and recharging your batteries so that you are ready to face the world again. Unfortunately, taking a holiday has been a difficult choice to make in recent months, but things seem to be starting to improve, so now might be the right time for you to consider planning your next holiday.

You might be wondering what the best type of holiday could be. It is important to ensure you can truly take a break and leave all your worries of home and work behind. Camping is a great option for these and many other reasons. You can stay as close to home, and you want or travel a little further and explore somewhere new. This is just one of the reasons why you should go camping for your next holiday.

Not convinced that camping is for you? Here are some awesome reasons why you should go camping.

Camping calms you

Relaxing is one of the most important things you do on any holiday. What relaxing looks like can be very different for different people. Some people like lazing on a beach, others like to partake in exhilarating activities, some like to get back to nature or perhaps a glamping trip is more your thing.

No matter how you like to relax, camping can provide the base for you to do it. You can pack up your tent or caravan and take it with you to your chosen activity or destination. No matter where you go or what you decide to do there will be a fantastic campsite nearby.

You will naturally be spending lots of time outdoors, which offers you some fantastic opportunities to get back to nature and appreciate the simpler things in life. Sometimes a flask of tea, a blanket and a beautiful place to sit is all you need to feel mindful and relaxed.

Camping can do

Whatever your hobbies are, camping is a great excuse to spend lots of time doing them. The first and most apparent hobbies that come to mind are natural and outdoor pursuits such as walking, cycling, mountain biking, fishing and wildlife spotting. Camping is perfect for all of these hobbies, but there is so much more you can explore too!

Fancy an exhilarating zip wire or adventure holiday? Water sports, skiing or zorbing? Perhaps a gentle forest stroll, easy cycle ride or boat trip? Camping is perfect for all.

If you want to draw, sketch or paint, then pack up your equipment and find a great beauty spot to inspire you. You can also write and develop ideas for your next creative writing project by just taking a notebook and pen with you. The more you relax, the more room there will be for creativity in your mind.

If all you want to do is read and listen to music or catch up on your audiobooks and podcasts, you can do this too. Make sure you take a charger with you and find a lounger to relax on and listen to or read to your heart's content.

Camping is cost-effective

One of the key reasons people choose their first camping holiday is just how cost-effective it is. Holiday costs can soon start to mount up, and even package deals can become expensive once you have added in all those extras you want while on holiday.

Camping has none of these problems. There is a little upfront cost to ensure you have the right equipment, but once you have your tent or caravan, you can go on holidays and short breaks as often as you want throughout the year! If you're going to holiday regularly but not fork out the hotel costs, this is a great way to take plenty of holidays.

Once you get on holiday, you can often find that camping still saves you money. There is something about the simplicity of a camping holiday that encourages you to appreciate the simpler pleasures life can bring. Cooking your meals on a campfire or bbq and spending lots of time outdoors saves you on restaurant bills and entertainment costs.

So many camping activities are entirely free or cheap to do. If you pick your campsite well you could even find that you are fully catered for on the campsite you choose.

Camping calls for adventure

When choosing a camping trip, you are not as restricted as you might think. The world is there for you to explore, and many countries have a fabulous camping culture.

You might be surprised at just how many camping opportunities there is the world over! We often think of camping as a quintessentially British thing to do, but this could not be further from the truth! It's true, the UK has so many beautiful places to visit and explore, but if you want to travel a little further, head to mainland Europe. We have wonderful campsites located in Spain, France, Germany, and more! Take a look and see where your next camping trip takes you.

Camping keeps you healthy

Your health is important, and it might seem like a strange idea, but camping can be good for your health, both physically and mentally. Holidays, in general, are considered a great way to relax and destress, and this is true whether you are staying in a hotel, taking a cruise or camping.

When you go camping, you often spend lots of time outdoors and taking part in outdoor activities. Walking is one of the best ways to get some exercise, which is one of the primary reasons people choose to camp. You can work on your fitness whilst taking a little time for yourself in nature. 

Camping can give you plenty of opportunities to take time to improve your mental health too. De-stressing can be a vital part of ensuring you are mentally fit enough to keep up with a busy work, school and family schedule. Some campsites offer spa and wellbeing treatments so truly help you relax.

family cycling

While camping, you could even take a little time to practice some extra mindful techniques and relax your mind. There are lots of books and websites that can help. You can even download some relaxation meditations onto your phone and take a few minutes now and then purely for yourself and your mental health.

Whilst camping, you can also encourage yourself and your family to digitally detox. In some cases, this is easy because the phone signal might be limited. You can also encourage this further by turning your phone off and unplugging your devices. It doesn't take long before you start to relax and stop worrying about those unanswered work emails and hundreds of notifications you need to deal with. There is plenty of time to deal with work and your daily stresses once you have taken a little time for yourself to unwind and relax.

Ready to start planning your next camping trip?

Please take a look at our online campsite finder and choose your location and desired facilities. We have many beautiful campsites to choose from. If you are unsure of any aspect of your holiday, you can look at our travel advice page for further information. We also have a COVID-19 advice page with the latest advice. Don't forget to enjoy your holiday and take some time for yourself and relax and recuperate too.