One might say; camping is a great recreational activity that offers many benefits.
I’ve said it many times in the past and have no problems saying it again – experiencing true freedom is one of the best benefits there is to offer.
I’m here to discuss what true freedom is, how it REALLY feels, and how you can maximize your time to get the best experience possible.
So What is Freedom?
Well according to online dictionaries: freedom is having the power to speak, act and live without feeling imprisoned.
My take on freedom:
Freedom is really a personal feeling.
You might be working a 9-5 job with a boss you like and coworkers you enjoy spending your day with, and feel totally free because it doesn’t actually feel like a job.
However, one might feel imprisoned forever in a constant cycle of 9-5 work.
Freedom is different for many people.
I find that the more happier you feel with your life the more free you will feel.
That is my take on it anyway.
How Does Freedom Apply to Camping?
Camping allows you to do whatever the hell you want, say what you want, and not be punished for it (within reason of course), which is the definition of freedom.
It’s not like wild animals are going to talk back to you anyway!
Camping and feeling free is a real thing.
If you’re an avid camper, or even if you’ve only camped once or twice, you probably already know what I’m talking about.
Experiencing true freedom is ONE OF the reasons people keep embarking on this affordable recreational activity time and time again.
How we apply it to camping…
Well it’s simple actually.
- Camping means you don’t live on a schedule. You wake up in the morning, do whatever you want for the day and go to bed at anytime you want
- You don’t have to answer to anyone! Sure you do if you’re in a public campsite or with family and friends, but if you’re entirely in the wilderness the world is your oyster
Secret: My favorite perk of camping is not having to answer to a boss first thing in the morning!
- You are in the wilderness. There are opportunities literally around the corner. Sit by a lake and enjoy the scenery, hike and explore to your hearts content, or simply swim all day while spending valuable time with friends and family
Now you know how much freedom camping offers, it’s time to to get the most out of your time in the wild.
How to really experience that “True FREEDOM” I keep talking about
1. Go with people who are all about relaxing and doing their own thing. The moment you take bossy, “take charge” people is the moment the feeling of true freedom diminishes, all before even getting a taste.
2. Go for at least 2 nights. I must admit, 2 nights is the bare minimum. You still get a taste of freedom (for one day), but at least you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you really want my advice, 3-7 nights is the better alternative.
Note: Overnight trips don’t feel free at all. If anything you get stressed out because it’s almost time to pack up not long after setting up! It’s usually nighttime when you finally get to relax.
3. Have no schedule, and don’t plan on doing anything other than enjoying every moment of your trip. That’s what I do. I’m all about having no schedule, exploring the surrounding areas, taking photos and enjoying the bonding time with friends and family as much as I can.
It is a TRUE, 3-step process to experiencing one of the best feelings in the world.
I said one of, so don’t quote me on that 🙂
I’ve shown you what freedom is, how camping offers freedom, and how to get the most out of your time in the outdoors.
The rest is up to you.
You can take my advice with a pinch of salt or put it to good use and find out what the heck I’m talking about first hand.
I can almost guarantee (if you don’t have a bad trip) that you’re going to enjoy your time, never want to leave, and as soon as you get back home you’ll be planning your next outdoor adventure.
Yes, that is the cycle of most camp goers. I’m not actually psychic 😛
Well thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this article.
If you have any questions or concerns please ask me in the comments below! Lets get a dialogue going.
Until next time…