Camping usually seems expensive as hell, especially when you’re going for a trip out of town.
However, I beg to differ.
Camping isn’t expensive at all, nor is it a big waste of time.
In this article I will be discussing whether a camping trip is going to be affordable and worthwhile.
Comparing Costs Of Different Trips
If you want to spend a weekend in a hotel somewhere out of town, you’ll be looking at a price range of $200-$400 for an “average” looking room, PER night.
And the cost of petrol will vary between $40-$100.
That is a maximum of $900 for 2 nights out of town – give or take.
Now if that price didn’t scare you, this one surely will! We all know how expensive it is to go overseas.
You have flying costs, accommodation, food costs, public transport, etc. The price is getting high now, ESPECIALLY for a 2-day trip!
You’ll be looking at a price bracket of $2000-$4000, minimum. That’s only if you can find all the cheapest deals, too.
You can use food from your home for camping, you don’t have to pay for it.
Prices of campsites vary a lot, but the average prices is around $38.50 per night!
If the campsite is out of town, we have to include petrol costs – which is $50-$100.
Was that right?
Yes, that is AN AVERAGE of $177 – only a fraction of what staying in a hotel for the night will cost you!
Now you tell me, is camping expensive?
If that wasn’t surprising enough, this is where things get even more exciting.
Considering you have all the right equipment to go backpacking with and enough food to use from your pantry, you can get away with just spending money for petrol!
Simply because you can drive to the nearest wilderness location (or get dropped off) and camp out there for FREE.
Since there are no rules in the wild, you can stay there for the weekend for no cost whatsoever.
The cost for petrol will be $20-$100, which is a pretty decent weekend vacation if you ask me!
Camping Offers More Than Any Other Holiday (In my honest opinion)
You’re probably saying to yourself, “yeah, camping is much cheaper, but I would rather stay in a warm hotel any day”.
Well that is your choice and your personal preference.
What you do and don’t do has nothing to do with me, but what I CAN do is provide reasons as to why I think camping is much better than any other vacation.
- Mother nature is unbeatable – The sights, smells, and ultimate freedom simply can not be beat
- Better bonding time – Bonding with friends, family and children – teaching them the ways of the outdoors is a MUCH better feeling than sitting in a hotel room cooped up on mobile phones and tablets
- Better memories – Again, being in a hotel room doesn’t provide a significant experience, not even close to what being out in mother nature provides
- Fresh air – You are going on a vacation – hotel rooms and polluted cities don’t offer the true type of fresh air that you will get out in the wilderness
- Endless activities – There are SO many activities you can do while out enjoying the sun with friends and family, it’s not funny. Biking, kayaking, fishing, abseiling, swimming, these are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to outdoor activities.
I am NOT bashing on people that don’t like camping and would rather spend a weekend in a comfortable hotel. That is not what I’m trying to do here.
All I am saying is; there is a much better alternative for those of you who don’t have a huge bank account but would still like to enjoy a completely affordable vacation once in a while.
Camping is your new best friend! So embrace that word.
Once you get your first camping trip up your sleeve, you’ll never want to go back to civilization again! And that’s no exaggeration either.
Why do you think so many people camp? Because it’s such a wonderful activity and extremely cost-effective at the same time, even for a low-income earner!
I hope you found what you were looking for in this article.
If you did, smash that share button and remind your friends and family that camping isn’t expensive at all. It is actually one of the cheapest vacations to go on in this day and age.
If not, leave your questions in the comments below.
1. Are you going on a camping trip soon?
2. Have you added all the costs up yet, how are they looking so far?