With summer here, the time has come to think about that holiday. If you're lucky enough to get away this year, then you'll be presented with an almost overwhelming array of options on where to go, how to get there and what to do. Will you stay in a beach-side hotel and while away the time, or will you go for something a little more rustic? Camping is a long-standing holiday favourite for many, but choosing where exactly to go is a different matter. There are sites that are perfect for different people with different requirements and expectations for their holiday, so picking the right place to set up camp might be more difficult than you'd think. Let's take a look at how you can choose the right campsite this summer.
There's a lot of choice available to a camper; there's no rooms to book or worrying about getting the hotel you want, you can just pitch your tent and then you're set. However, the question of where in the world you're actually going to go is a different matter. Of course, it's all dependent personal preferences, but if you have a family you're less likely to want to go hiking to the mountains than a group of friends might. The world has some prime camping locations, each with their own unique selling points and suited to different kinds of people. Take a look around and see what catches your eye, even if you do decide to keep it local in the end.
This is another one that very much depends on your requirements as a camper. A family, for example, might be better suited to a properly established camp site with facilities and entertainment available. A lot of these sites have play parks and adventure activities for children to enjoy, allowing the parents some quiet time for themselves. Alternatively, you might be looking for something a little more special and secluded, so forest camping might be the thing for you. There are thousands of registered sites to be found through a quick internet search, all of which are varied and interesting. Simply think of what exactly it is you're looking for as well as taking into consideration the needs and requirements of who you're travelling with.
Camping doesn't necessarily mean you have to sleep in a tent, though of course you can if that's what you'd prefer! For some, the idea of sleeping in a tent on the hard ground is less than appealing, whereas for others it's a great cure for what ails you; regardless, it's not the only way to camp. Caravanning is another hugely popular way to camp and is certainly suited to those that are less keen on sleeping outside, and there are some fantastic caravanning sites to be found all over the world (France in particular is famous for it). You could even stay in a log cabin if that's what you really wanted; not exactly camping, but certainly a great way to enjoy the great outdoors.
Remember to enjoy yourself (that’s why you’re there in the first place), but getting the equipment right is essential for camping anywhere this summer. Avoid feeling wet, damp, hot, sunburnt, sore, and paying for the damage for weeks afterwards because you simply didn’t think or forgot to pack the sun cream, your trusty walking boots, or to sleep in somewhere that’s tailored to your needs.