Camping is one of those things in life you either love or hate. And if you fall into the latter camp, there’s every chance that just the thought of spending a single night – let alone a week or more – in a tent puts you into a cold sweat.
Often, this is due to bad experiences in the past, or some inner fear of the great outdoors, but regardless, the truth is that if you hate camping and refuse to go, you are missing out. There are, however, plenty of alternatives that give you a lot more of the home comforts you might be missing. Let’s take a look at these smart camping ideas for people who hate camping!
Glamping – glamorous camping, in other words – has been around for a while now, and are well worth investigating if you avoid regular tents like the plague. Some will feature their own en-suite toilets and showers, some have fires or wood burners that you can cook with and keep warm, and others have super comfy furniture and accessories that match anything you will find in a hotel. Now, before you go booking your first glamping trip, be aware that there are many forms of it – so check the details and features available before you hand over your holiday funds.
The camper van experience
If it’s the chilly weather that makes you avoid tents, why not try a campervan experience? The traditional VW Camper is still a hugely popular traveller’s vehicle, but there are plenty of other manufacturers designing bigger and better vans that offer a lot more legroom and comfort. Consider adding a pop top roof to a standard campervan, and you will free up even more space – as well as being able to look at the stars at night time in sheer comfort.
The house on wheels
What do you get if you cross traditional camping with a cabin holiday? The answer could be something like this tiny house on wheels. You can transport it anywhere with a trailer, and the initial investment should pay off with savings on your holidays for years to come. They are incredibly versatile, and can still give you a camping and cabin dwelling experience with all the comforts of home included.
Finally, let’s not forget about the humble caravan, which is making a big comeback these days. Staying in a caravan is pretty much exactly like staying in a tent, only you are surrounded by metal or sturdy plastic instead of a tarp, and, of course, you will have the benefits of a private bathroom and shower – without facing the expense of paying for a hotel. Caravan holidays can be a lot of fun, and even when the weather is a little inclement, it’s a cosy environment with heating, cooking facilities, and the warmth of a nice bed.
As you can see, camping doesn’t have to be a drag. And let’s be honest, there is no better way of getting up close and personal with nature than spending it in the countryside or overlooking the sea. If tents aren’t your thing, try one of the alternatives listed above and see how you get on – we think you might be surprised!