WHY GO CAMPING or CARAVANNING?
by Peter Quilty
WHY GO CAMPING/CARAVANNING?
The mid-year school holidays period has come and gone; and it’s ‘happy trails’ time for grey nomads yet again!
Obviously there’s no specific age - or time of year - barrier to going camping or caravanning, but if you’re in the active over 50’s demographic it goes without saying that heading to a holiday park or even going bush is a fantastic release valve from life’s pressures.
Let’s face it, not every quinquagenarian is an empty nester, so if family bonding is on the agenda, why not take the kids (or ‘gramp’ with the grandkids) along for a great outdoors adventure. You’ll be guaranteed a myriad of memories, and the children will learn many life skills that can’t be taught in the classroom. (Not that we’re selling the education system short!)
Whether it be by tent, campertrailer or caravan, escaping momentarily from the rat-race is a rejuvenating experience to say the least. You simply can’t beat recharging the batteries and getting back to basics! Something as simple as turning off your phone can have a calmative effect while you’re on the road.
It really doesn’t matter if you’re ‘glamping’ on a powered site, camping off-grid in the natural beauty and serenity of a remote location or chasing extreme outdoor excitement, nothing compares to breathing in fresh air - and it’s relatively inexpensive compared to staying in motels etc.
And when it comes to straying from the bitumen, what can better the meaningless banter and belly-aching laughs while sitting in front of the “bush TV” (campfire) at night?
Camping or caravanning is not only an antidote for the hustle and bustle of life, it’s a great way to spend quality time with family and friends in idyllic settings.
What’s more, it’s totally relaxing and won’t blow the budget. Yes, there’s plenty of fun-filled days and nights to be enjoyed camping or caravanning that won’t cost a king’s ransom!
So if you’re pining for peace and quiet, and a return to nature, what are you waiting for? Going camping or caravanning will relieve the humdrum of daily routine - and give you bang for your holiday buck.
From foreshore camping and four-wheel driving on the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island, to caravanning at any holiday park of personal choice, the relaxation of the great outdoors is difficult to match. It’s that tranquil feeling of being proverbially “a million miles away from civilisation”.
Now that’s freedom!