This year I’m making a big effort to get back to nature, to be more environmentally friendly and to get back to basics.
As mentioned in my previous post, 2019: The Year of Family Camping Holidays, I’m planning on having lots of little adventures throughout the year with my family.
We normally go abroad on holiday once a year. Our chosen destination is usually Spain or Disneyland! These types of holidays are wonderful and so much fun. We’ve created so many memories on these types of holidays, but the problem is they’re so expensive. I also wonder if my husband and I are setting ourselves up for our children to think that these types of yearly holidays are the norm, expected even.
We’ve been very lucky that we’ve had the opportunity to travel abroad pretty much every year since our children were born, but I think to bring things back to basics will teach our children that we don’t need expensive holidays or to even go abroad to have fun and make memories.
That’s why I think camping will be a great alternative for us. I remember going camping with my family when I was a little girl and we had so much fun. I especially liked waking up in the morning, unzipping the tent and just looking out at the beach or forest. It was wonderful, and it’s something I want my children to experience too.
Having only ever been camping when I was a child, I’m going to have to do some research. I always remember my parents practising putting up the tent in our back garden before we went camping. They’d check that the tent was ok and didn’t need any repairs, but it was also a great way of them checking to see if they could remember how the tent went up!
I’m definitely going to need a few practice runs as the only tent I’ve ever put up in my life is a pop-up beach tent!
My sister and I loved it when our parents put the tent up in the garden as it was an excuse to have a little garden-camping party! Luckily I have found a site that does a huge range of pop-up garden-camping equipment like these medium sized gazebos. This make’s the task a lot easier for me and are perfect for our camping trips!
My sister and I would invite our friends over and pretend we were camping! I can’t remember exactly how old we were when we first went camping, but my twin girls will be seven years old and I think that’s a great age to start.
I have done some research already of places to go camping and I’ve narrowed it down to a small few to start with.
Top of the list is River Dart Country Park. A friend of mine has been a few times and it looks amazing! There’s a lake that children can paddle or swim in addition to a bike trail, high wire, zip line, park, assault course and more!
Another option is to head down to Three Cliffs Bay in the Gower. This is where I used to go when I was little, and I have such fond memories of playing on the beach there! I’m sure my girls would love it too!
Naturally, I’ll be sharing all our camping adventures here on the blog so be sure to stay tuned!
This is a collaborative post