Half Term is upon us which means it’s that time of year when we all head off for that well-deserved holiday for a week. Holiday tastes and trends are changing, and it seems that with each year, more and more families decide to take up camping, and now more than ever it’s a hobby that is accessible to anyone, from those who want to go off the beaten trail and get closer to nature to those not quite willing to give up all their home comforts. Now the girls are getting older, we’re starting to wonder whether a camping holiday might be a good idea?
Since we had Bella, we have had a few holidays in Spain where we have rented a Villa which meant we could feel more at home, especially in the evenings where if we were in a hotel we would have had to stay in the hotel room – this way we could relax in the house whilst Bella was asleep in her room.
Between that, our other holidays have been visits to my family in Peru. Now the girls are getting older we can start to be a bit more adventurous with our holiday choices.
I’ve read a lot about camping recently, especially amongst other bloggers. I think it’s because there are a lot more options available these days to cater to all tastes and budgets. It would also be something quite fun for the children – something totally different to normal life at home. I think our girls would be really excited about the prospect of a camping trip.
I went camping a few times when I was younger, whilst growing up in Peru, although this was with my school rather than my family. To be honest, I don’t have particularly fond memories – I used to miss my home comforts too much.
As I’ve already mentioned, camping has moved on somewhat since I was young, and there are many more choices to suit all tastes. Take ‘glamping’ for example, probably perfect for someone like me, lol! We have ‘dipped our toe’ as it were with camping. We spent a long weekend with Nick’s parents in a static caravan at a campsite in Somerset. The weather wasn’t particularly great as I recall but there was plenty of entertainment on-site, swimming facilities, fair rides, children’s entertainment, etc. Bella really loved it.
Nick used to go camping a lot with his family when he was growing up. He has great memories of camping holidays around Britain as well as France. He used to enjoy going to some of the big campsites in France as there was always lots for kids to do as well as lots of other kids to play within a safe, family-friendly environment. He remembers his dad having a hunting knife. They are very handy when you go camping.
If you’re like me and want to know a bit more and see what options are available, Halfords have put together a camping guide with all the information you need for a great camping trip. The guide, which is available to download now, includes tourist hotspots as well tips for beginners, camping recipes and tips on picking the perfect tent.
Have you been camping before?
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