If you’re looking for a vacation idea that the entire family will love, try camping. In fact, it offers an especially great holiday for your kids!
1. Camping is stress-free
Most kids spend their time wrapped up in school, homework, and a multitude of extracurricular activities. But, by getting them out of the city and into nature, you can leave all of that stress behind. Instead of worrying about their book reports, math tests, or spelling bees, your kids can have fun exploring the campsite, looking for animals, and “living off the land”. Something like a camper trailer can make it really easy to pack up and be gone in almost minutes!
2. Camping isn’t expensive
If you try to take your kids on a snazzy vacation, you might wind up being so worried about how much everything is costing you that you never actually settle in and enjoy yourself. And, unfortunately, your kids can pick up on those feelings – and wind up feeling anxious themselves.
Instead, when you go camping, you don’t have to worry about plane tickets, hotels, pricey theme parks, or expensive restaurants. Depending on your budget, you can make the trip as basic or as extravagant as you want – and still have a great time. That way, everyone can have a good time, without money worries hanging over your heads.
3. Camping is great exercise
Sadly, kids are getting bigger and more out of shape than ever. But by taking them camping, your kids can put down the video game controller and pick up some much-needed exercise. And, when you go camping, everything is so much fun – so it doesn’t “feel” like exercising. After all, activities like rowing, hiking, and swimming are much more fun than hopping on a treadmill or jogging around the block!
4. Camping is a great way to get in some quality “family time”
Without the distractions of the TV, the internet, or cell phones, you and your kids can settle into your campsite and simply enjoy spending time together. Whether you play silly games, try new sporting activities, or snuggle up next to the fire, a camping trip can create wonderful family memories that your kids will remember fondly forever.
5. Camping is unique
For kids, camping can bring out their sense of adventure. After all, it’s not like they get to sleep outside and cook on an open fire every day! If you live in the hustle and bustle of a city, your kids probably don’t get to interact much with nature. However, a simple camping trip can expose them to all sorts of new things, new interests, and new adventures!
Kirsty LaVier is editor for Great Aussie Campers in Sydney, Australia.