For me I started in 2011 purely down to money. We were going through a difficult time financially and camping was a way we could go away as a family. Also, because my husband and I both work we often take our holidays separately to cover the school holidays and camping has been a way I have been able to go away on my own with my children and visit different places and areas. My financial circumstances are much better now and we are going to Florida for 3 weeks this year so not camping much in 2014 as saving our pennies. I will continue to camp because I love the whole experience and freedom it brings.
I started camping 2 years ago. Mainly down to finances. Myself and my 3 children love it!!! As a single parent I find it far less stressful that planning a major trip away. I have booked 3 'Holidays' so for this year for the price of a week away at a Haven resort. I persuaded my best friend to come along for a long weekend and they are now hooked along with 3 other families. We all go together, the 11 kids cannot get enough, always a different playmate and hardly ever an arguement. The quality time altogether with very good friends is a big plus for me. Looking forward to our first trip in June already!
Message posted by dmsplat06/2/2014 at 1:51pm Outfit: Obelink Familia 6; ESVO Bedouin 280 Location: North West
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Hi fellow campers!
Me and my son are newbie campers only starting last year, having always been an outdoor loving person i wanted a "new" experiance and with camping i surely got! Camping is my outdoor fix, from searching for the right site, pitching and the moment of opening that zipped tent door/window and thinking WOW look were we are! Natural outdoor beauty is soul touching and being able to temporarily live amongst it is satisfaction, just wish i had experienced it sooner!
------------- Travel as much as you want, as far as you can, as long as you can, life's not meant to be lived in one place...
My reason is three fur babies. Hubby has given up on mentioning us going away on holiday together as I hate leaving my doggies. I must miss them more than they miss me when we are parted. Therefore Hubby goes away with the lads and I camp with the dogs. As I have three dogs It is so much easier to do camping. Not many B&Bs would take on three dogs I don't think and my fur girls love it.
------------- Julie x
Woodland Waters Sept 2012 4 nights
Holme Valley May 2013 5 nights
Beech Croft Farm July 2013 5 nights (the most dog friendly place ever)
We came into camping last year, my other half persuaded us to get a tent after years of me saying 'I'd never go camping' I loved it!! Never say never hey !!
We've got two young kids and a dog, we love holidaying in this county & having a tent we hopefully will be able to explore our lovely county a lot cheaper than staying in static caravans!
We've done two weekend breaks last year, Anderby Creek (east coast) and then Whitby, I loved the freedom the kids have, playing in a field till 9pm with friends they have just made- NO tv's.. NO iPads ect. Cooking outside, eating outside.
I can safely say we have all fallen in love with camping, we've got vango lomond 600 and just bought a front awning for cooking & dining in. Bring on the nicer weather!!!
Message posted by Wibsey22/2/2014 at 10:53pm Outfit: Swift Challenger 570 kia Sportage Location: West Yorkshire
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I love the smell on the camp site when people are cooking breakfast! I also love that we can go anywhere we like, pitch our tent which ever way round is best and just enjoy the simple things, oh and I can do my knitting! Lol
Does not matter what you camp with tent,tt,fc,tin tent or MH Its the fact we all camp...Its being away from brick and modern life being in the country side and about taking part in activiteis you enjoy Basically who cares what you got we all love camping in our own way ... Oh and hopefully no snobbery...we dont do or like that . Its the meeting of like minded folk who enjoyt their hobby
I started in the 70s because with young family did not want to go back to europe ... Point beinf lived in germany for 7 years and travelled all over. Sorry long winded but i do have a problem explaing nmyself in the written word
Been camping all my life, it was the only holiday I knew as a kid, going all over country to CC rallies, National Feast of Lanterns etc. Getting up at silly o clock to drive to Devon for 2 weeks holiday. Took my CC Youth test at 14 which allowed me to camp on my own without an adult. Nowadays I like my home comforts but love the feeling that camping brings, being outdoors , the smell of cooked breakfast, being warm & cosy if it's raining with fire & electric. Being around like minded people & just enjoying the chance to be away from home & visiting nearby area. It's quite simply in my blood!!
I regularly camped when my kids were small but stopped in the early eighties when my first wife and I divorced. In 2008 I was diagnosed with cancer which I don't mind saying was a bit of a shock. At that time I sat down and wrote two lists. List one was the things I did not want to continue doing and I would never do again (won't bore you with it)and list two was the things I wanted to do and or start doing. On list two, to my genuine surprise and the current Mrs Bert's horror, was camping. We picked up an old Relum Canaria 4 for thirty quid and after a quick weekend away at Sandingham (15 minutes from home so she could bail out at a moments notice!) we went down to the French/Spanish border near Perignan. It was bliss, probably the best holiday we had ever had to that point. Mrs Bert does need her creature comforts it has to be said but six years on we are still camping two or three times each year and enjoying every minute -rain or shine-
------------- If you think you can, or you think you can't.......you're probably right!
Message posted by 101sal25/2/2014 at 7:11pm Outfit: Outwell Tennessee 6 Vango Tigris 800 Location: Cardiff
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No other type of holiday gives you the freedom and space you can get on a camping holiday. I've been camping since early childhood, when my parents bought their first caravan. They've moved onto motorhomes these days and my partner and I have a belltent. It's all camping in my book though.
Other than for city breaks, when a hotel is just so much more convenient, I'd always prefer to camp.