June is Camping Month and we’ll be enjoying more Tin Box fun. However, while a lot of camping advocates will be using this month to rave about why you should give life under canvas or moulded plastic a go, I thought I look a some of the reasons why you might be put off.
|Rain is a familiar sight for campers and caravanners
The Great British weather
It’s obvious, so let’s get this one out the way first. The act of pitching a tent, winding down caravan legs or merely parking up a motorhome is a signal for the rain gods to let rip. You have to be hardy to enjoy camping holidays and resourceful enough to make your own fun whatever the weather.
There’s no room service
Camping means self-catering. A lot of people want to forget about the cooking, washing up and bed making when they’re on holiday. You don’t have that luxury when camping. However, it does allow you to have a home away from home. You may still have to do a few domestic chores, but you will always be sleeping in your own bed.
You’ll rarely have a good hair day
Camping means kissing goodbye to your hairdryer and straighteners for a few days or weeks. But when everyone else is in the same boat, or campsite, it’s easy to embrace your inner hippy. Air drying, hats and dry shampoo will get you though.
Tents and caravans do not come with wifi (yet), and depending on how good the 3G signal is where you pitch up, it could be a while before you get your next Facebook fix. As a social media addict I break out in a sweat just thinking about this. It is surprising though what a few days offline will do for your levels of calm. There’s no pressure to find something interesting to say in a tweet or spend hours perfecting your selfies for Instgram. You actually start to notice the world around you.
It’s very easy to avoid eye contact and idle chitter-chatter on a package holiday, and some people prefer it that way. They’ll travel with the same set of people from the airport to the resort and back again without so much as a word. Campers don’t have the same boundaries. If you’ve forgotten a peg, you borrow one off a neighbour. I can’t imagine the same thing happening in a hotel.
You have to deal with your own…
Let’s face it, no one else is going to. I have to admit this is one of my least favourite parts of caravanning and that’s one of the many reasons why I married Mr TB – it’s a blue job. They don’t call chemical toilet rinse ‘loo blue’ for nothing!
Camping is by no means a luxury holiday choice and that’s the very reason why people do it. They enjoy the adventure, being closer to nature, and getting off the conveyor belt of modern life.