Camping seems to be the cool way to have fun this year. It’s an outdoor activity. It’s by nature socially distant. It’s a way to travel without being in contact with people or eating in restaurants. And there are options for every budget.
You may think of camping as a tent in the woods and cooking over a fire. You may think of camping as a giant motorhome in an RV resort bordering on Disneyworld. And there are a million variations in between.
When my husband and I decided to go to a pair of drive-in concerts this weekend, I didn’t think twice about where to stay. More than one night at a place more than an hour and a half from home in the summertime automatically made me think of camping. I booked a site at a State Park near the concert. For $60 I got a place to stay for those two nights. If I hadn’t wanted to pay a little extra for convenience (electricity and showers), I could have chosen a site in a State Forest for free. I packed and cooked my own food. And I slept in my camper bed, which is actually more comfortable than the bed in the last hotel I visited.
Camping is often thought of as an activity unto itself. But it’s more than that. It’s a low-cost travel lodging option. For many (hopefully including myself after I retire) it’s a full-time living choice.
Break out the hot-dogs and marshmallows. Camping is cool!