Are you looking for a good reason to go camping this summer? If so, I can help you out. I happen to have five good reasons why you should go camping. Here they are:
Chance to Cut the Cord
In today's technologically driven world, many people seem to be connected to everything but Mother Nature. Going camping is an excellent way to change all that. In the wilderness, cell phone coverage and internet access can be spotty. That means your boss can't contact you and you'll have the undivided attention of your teens. You'll actually have an opportunity to talk to one another, laugh and remember what brought you all together in the first place. For me, the opportunity to do that is priceless.
Speaking of prices, one night in a resort style hotel, depending on the location, will typically cost a family of four roughly $180. That's not factoring in the cost of food, entertainment and other travel expenses. Two nights in a campground with free entertainment courtesy of Mother Nature can cost as little as $45. In my book, that makes camping clearly the best option for the budget conscious.
Enjoy Life's Simple Pleasures
I don't know about you, but some of my fondest childhood memories are connected to the times that I spent outdoors. So why not make those types of memories for your own children? Introduce them to the joy of catching fireflies in a jar, roasting marshmallows and the pleasure of sharing a spine-tingling campfire story with friends. Other simple pleasures include being lulled to sleep by the sounds of crickets and the thrill of jumping into a clear, spring-fed lake.
Food Tastes Better
Are cord cutting, low prices and crickets not enough for you? Then consider this. There is definitely something to be said for food cooked over a campfire. It tastes good, smells amazing and gives you a chance to reconnect with your inner caveman or cavewoman. What could be better than that? So grab some sticks, cram them full of hot dogs and get roasting.
Zombie Apocalypse Training
What would you do if all the modern conveniences of life slipped away? Would you know how to start a fire, forage for food and build an appropriate shelter? If not, you may want to consider going camping. It is a great way to learn how to be self-sufficient. If your children doubt the importance of self-sufficiency, just tell them to consider it training for a potential zombie apocalypse.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation. She has also traveled extensively.
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