Top 7 Reasons Why Everyone Should Go Camping

By Martha Li

When's the last time you slept under the stars and cooked dinner over an open fire? Here are seven reasons why you should give camping a whirl. You never know – you may just fall in love with the great outdoors and turn it into an annual holiday!

Top 7 Reasons Why Everyone Should Go Camping
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1. Camping Lets You Escape the Hectic City Life
Why go camping? Well, unlike many other types of trips, a camping holiday gives you the opportunity to literally do nothing for a weekend – or even longer. Once your tent and campsite is set up, you don’t have to worry about cleaning, laundry, putting on your best outfit for an evening out, grocery shopping or any other tasks that seem to consume our everyday lives. And it’s a chance for you to turn off the smartphone, computer and other electronics to just sit back and relax.

2. Camping Gives You a Newfound Appreciation for Mother Nature
There’s so much beauty in the outdoors, and city folk rarely get the chance to appreciate it. From gorgeous mountains perfect for hiking to freshwater lakes ideal for canoeing, kayaking and swimming, you’ll have your pick of outdoor activities to engage in. And when was the last time you laid on the grass, admiring a pitch black sky dotted with brightly shining stars? You may even spot a falling star – don’t forget to make a wish!

3. Camping Is Quality Time With Friends and Family
Make it a rule to leave the electronic games and gadgets at home – or at least, ban them for certain periods of the day while on holiday. This will give your friends and family a chance to have some true quality time together, whether it’s playing sports, cooking or simply talking to one another – without the usual distractions.

4. Have Fun Cooking Outdoors When Camping
Cooking outdoors means even if you make a mess, there will thankfully be little clean-up to worry about afterwards. Another bonus: you can get away with eating less nutritious foods for a several days, such as sausages, hamburgers, and of course, every camper’s favourite – marshmallows!

5. You Can Teach and Learn New Skills While Camping
Living outdoors gives you the opportunity to pass on some survival skills, as well as hone some new ones for yourself. After a camping trip, you’ll likely have learned how to build a fire and teach kids how to be safe around one, how to protect yourself from mosquitoes and other insects, as well as experience how many material possessions you really can do without.

6. Camping is a Dog-Friendly Holiday
Camping truly is a holiday for the entire family – including the four-legged members of your household. Pets are often permitted at camping facilities (verify this during the trip-planning stages), so there’s no concern of having to leave Fido behind with a pet sitter or in a kennel.

7. Camping is Affordable
When it comes to budget holidays, a camping trip is one of the most economical choices for a family getaway. Groceries can be bought ahead of time and once you’ve settled into the campsite, there’s no need to worry about purchasing more food, filling up the car with gas, buying souvenirs or paying for tourist excursions. So if you’re looking for a trip that’s going to give you the most bang for your buck, get out there and pitch that tent. Happy camping!

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