Whether it`s a need to watch the pennies or a concern for the environmental impacts of our leisure time, many UK households are choosing to ditch the package holiday abroad and instead opt for the far more wholesome experience of camping in the great outdoors. Whether it`s a two man tent on a windswept hillside or a luxury caravan on a popular holiday park, camping has something to satisfy every taste and budget, making it a top choice for summer holidays this season.
Families looking to avoid the airport queues and the expense of holidaying abroad are discovering the beauty and diversity of the British countryside actually offers a good deal, especially to adventurous children. Whilst our home country may not boast the white sandy beaches and sweltering temperatures of foreign holiday destinations, the UK countryside offers some spectacular scenery and unforgettable experiences for people of all ages. Whether the preference is for long walks up mountains, fast bike rides down hills or lazy days exploring rock pools and building sandcastles, when we stop to look we find everything we need is right on our doorstep.
Camping in the traditional sense can still be achieved and often on a very low budget. Apart from the initial expense of a tent, stove and sleeping bags, many campsites offer pitches from just a few pounds a night. The pitch fee will usually include the use of a basic toilet and shower block and often a laundry or kitchen too. For a higher pitch fee, families can find campsites offering adventure playgrounds, swimming pools and even a bar with evening entertainment.
Of course, sleeping on a cold floor amongst the British insect population is not for everyone. Since the rise in popularity of camping, a new breed of camping has been born. Glamorous camping, or Glamping as it has become known, offers people the chance to experience sleeping under canvas and connecting with nature, but without giving up the home comforts they are used to. Glamping sites have sprung up all over the UK, offering super comfortable accommodation in everything from a yurt or a tepee to a geodesic dome or gypsy caravan. Most glamping accommodation offers a proper bed to sleep in, a wood burner for heat and some even have electric hook ups, so the users can enjoy electric lighting and even TV and audio entertainment.
Another alternative for those who don`t enjoy the tent experience is to invest in a caravan or campervan for holidays. These give the perfect opportunity to get away from it all at a moment`s notice and in complete comfort. Caravans usually have toilets and showers, kitchen areas as well as TVs and radios built in, however some consideration needs to be given to the abilities of the owner`s car to tow the unit safely. Campervans can be the perfect solution as they provide spacious, comfortable and all in one accommodation for the whole family. If you are planning a holiday in a campervan, it can be worth looking into 121 car hire
as it can be a pain to pack everything up to leave the site each day. By hiring a car you will be able to get out and about without having to disrupt your pitch.