It took me over 50 years to discover the joys of camping. As a young person, the thought of “camping” made me think of the 3 weeks each year my siblings and I were sent away to a children’s summer camp. We were loaded into buses with our sleeping bags and flashlights, and went to live in the woods with 20 other kids. Most of my memories of those camp days were happy; songs by the campfire, days on the lake, mess-hall rituals, and other activities.
But then there were the not so good associations that followed me into adult life; like cleaning the out-house, spiders, insect bites, mean kids, cold food, strict rules, and so on. So, I avoided camp as an adult for many years.
As a Mom, I followed tradition and sent my own children to camp for a 2-week adventure for them, and a little rest for me during the summer. No guilt. They loved it, and told me it was a good experience for them. But, I never thought of taking them to camp myself. I never really associated “camping” with “vacation.”
As I raised my family, we vacationed during many summers at well-commissioned resorts and popular destination locations. We were frequent visitors to all the places I was told I had to take my children to be a “good” parent. You know which ones I’m referring to.
“I Wished I’d Found Camping Sooner!”
My youngest son continued the vacation tradition and visited the popular destinations with his young family. As he drove the country, he was always a bit curious about the beautiful campers he would see at rest stops and on the road. His curiosity led him to depart from tradition, and to explore camping as an additional option for family travel and fun. I was surprised to hear that he was camping, this wasn’t something I’d passed down to him. Soon, he talked me into trying it, and now, a whole new world has opened up for our family.
I now enjoy watching my grand-children play freely at the campsite during the day, and the enjoying beverages and good conversation at the fireside at night. I’m a beginner, at the young age of 50 something :). I wish I’d found camping sooner.
ON YOUR OWN TERMS
Camping is for everyone. If you are like me, and you have associated camping with early childhood experiences, don’t – it’s different when you are camping on your own terms. Camping can also cost less than most of those trendy destination vacations. You can then add more activities or do more shopping with that extra cash!
There is an entire camping community out there, and plenty of well-equipped, friendly, campgrounds. And you can pick your level of “roughing it”. Do you want to sleep in tents or in a cabin? You can decide if you want to be near the water, the mountains, or in the woods. Do you want to camp in a vehicle that you rent or own? You can decide to be close to others or find your own private piece of paradise. The options are limitless.
MAKING CAMPING MEMORIES
Regardless of your experience level, YOU can plan exciting camping trips. I have found lots of information about what’s needed to plan a great camping trip. I’m getting better at it each time. Don’t put off camping with your loved ones any longer. Start creating experiences that you will never forget.
Please join me on my journey, and I’d love to hear about yours. And as they say, “happy camping!”.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,