Camping - An Economical and Eco-Friendly Alternative for Your Next Family Vacation by:Margie Dettman
With the skyrocketing prices of gas and food, many families simply cannot afford
to hop on a plane and head to an exotic locale for their yearly family vacation anymore. However, don't let the economic downturn ruin your plans to have a family vacation this year. One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to have a family vacation on a budget is to go camping.
There are a variety of campgrounds across the US so you don't have to go very far to enjoy a unique camping adventure. Because you won't have to travel a long way, you will save on gas and thus help to preserve our environment. For an eco-friendly vacation that is equally friendly on your pocket book, go camping for your next family vacation. Whether you want to head to a campground in an RV, stay in a cabin, or pitch a tent, there are numerous activities you and your family can enjoy in the wild.
Activities Families Can Enjoy on a Camping Trip
When you go camping there are activities appropriate for family members of all ages. Some common activities associated with camping include: golfing, hunting, fishing, canoeing, swimming, kayaking, biking, river rafting, hiking, caving, and bathing in hot springs. Many campgrounds also have activities especially for children. Whether you want to relax and read a book by the waterside or enjoy adventurous activities and get some exercise, you'll find plenty of activities to keep you entertained on a camping trip. Also, don't forget the classic camping activities such as telling stories around the campfire and making s'mores.
If you'd like to enjoy the conveniences you have back at home on your camping trip, consider renting a cabin or traveling in an RV. Approximately seven million Americans now own RVs, making them a popular vacation option. Camping out in an RV or staying in a cabin is certainly a more comfortable option but if you are on a tight budget, consider pitching a tent. All you need to go tent camping are tents, sleeping bags, and other basic supplies.
If you have never been tent camping and you have young children, consider trying it out for a night in your own backyard first to get everyone used to it.
Food on a Camping Trip
When you go camping, one of the areas you save the most money in is food. You typically won't spend any more money than you would if you stayed at home. If you have an RV you can prepare all of your food in its kitchenette but if you are traveling by car, you may need to take a camping stove and other supplies with you, depending on what facilities are available at your campground. It's a good idea to take all of the food you think you'll need so you don't have to spend your vacation at the super market. Plus there may not be much available near your campground.
In conclusion, it's possible to have a fun-filled family vacation without breaking the bank. There's no need to travel halfway across the world to give your family a vacation to remember when you can take a local camping trip and have a blast. Go to a campground close to natural attractions so you can enjoy all that nature has to offer while saving money on food, activities, and accommodations.
About the author
Margie Dettman, is the owner and operator of the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Natural Bridge. Her work has allowed her to become very familiar with cabin rentals in Virginia and the campground at Natural Bridge, enabling her to give insider tips on VA camping. For more information visit at http://www.campnbr.com
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