Campfire cook-ups, drifting to sleep under the stars, and waking to the sounds and smells of endless greenery; in our fast-paced, technology-driven world, camping offers the perfect opportunity to reset and recharge. It’s, therefore, no surprise that millions of people each year choose to spend their precious holiday time in tents, campervans, RVs and caravans. From restoring our health and sleeping habits to offering a budget-friendly adventure for all ages, the benefits of camping are endless.
Camping helps us to get back to nature
A well-deserved first benefit: camping takes you (back) to the wild. Most campers are true nature lovers, and how can you be closer to nature than sleeping under a starry sky or waking to catch the dawn chorus? Without all the mod-cons and distractions of hotel rooms or apartments, pitching up is an excellent way to slow down and take more notice of the natural world. Whether sleeping in a tent, caravan, camping pod, glamping or even just a hammock, camping is energising, revitalising and calming thanks to the slower pace and endless fresh air.
Camping is budget-friendly
Another significant advantage of camping is that it can be tailored to suit all budgets. On one end of the spectrum, wild camping (only allowed in some countries) is free, on the other, camping or caravanning holiday parks with spas, pools, sporting facilities and kids camps are more expensive. In between, there’s everything from simple road trip stopovers offering clean showers and a quiet night to remote woodlands providing back-to-nature adventure at bargain rates and pricier boutique glamping yurts and treehouses.
Camping is ideal for bonding and socialising
Camping can be a very social affair. People of all ages often come together to camp, including gen x and millennials, young couples, retired people, multi-generational families and groups of friends. So, whether you’re looking to spend some quality time with old friends and loved ones, or make new friends, camping is the ticket. From dissecting the day’s activities over local aperitifs to campfire games and marshmallows before bed, camping is often a communal affair that not only brings you closer to nature but closer to one another. Of course, if privacy is a priority, there are plenty of sites that can offer that, too. In the current climate, social distancing is a priority — read about how campsites are adapting due to Coronavirus here.
Camping offers the freedom to roam
Road trips, adventures by train, travelling by bus, cycling or hiking holidays, or pitching up in a less-explored corner close to home; camping offers the freedom to experience a destination at your own pace on your terms. If spontaneity is what you’re looking for, booking is flexible and can often be done last minute. Alternatively, start your trip months before by excitedly mapping out a route and booking overnight stops. Camping is also suited to all seasons, particularly when an RV, campervan or trailer is involved. Summer is, of course, the most popular camping season but camping in the shoulder seasons, autumn and spring, can be quieter and the natural world is full of change. Either way, with live availability and online booking, CampInn is designed to make the process easier.
Camping is versatile from a quick getaway to a grand adventure
Camping is available all over the world, and so adventures can be as big or small as you like. If you’re new to the camping world, perhaps start on home turf with a weekend camping staycation before spreading your wings for a bigger camping adventure — in Europe alone, there are 29,000 campsites to choose from. In Italy, you can camp moments from clear waters and a sandy beach at Camping Village Santapomata in the heart of the Tuscan Maremma, or in Slovenia, head to the foot of the Julian Alps for outdoor adventures of every variety from Camping Šobec. If you own or rent an RV, or book an alpine cabin, you can camp while hitting the slopes. Campsites in The Dolomites stay open year-round, welcoming guests to enjoy winter sports and skiing between vin brulé (mulled wine) and cioccolata calda (hot chocolate).
So, whatever kind of trip you’re looking for, camping is likely to have the answer. Whether a seasoned camper or complete newcomer, get some inspiration for your next trip from CampInn’s campsite listings throughout Europe.