Your daughter and two of her friends are in the process of planning a camping trip this summer. Like many college students, however, their funds are limited. When they turned to you for idea, you suggested that she send out a group message to some family and friends who live in the general area of where they will be camping.
You did not realize, however, how quickly and how cleverly she would follow your advice. Here is what she came up with:
Dear Family and Friends,
I am hoping my infamous father still has some connections in his home state. I am planning a road trip with two friends and will be in your area on July 1st through July 5th! I would love some recommendations for inexpensive lodging, including camping options. Or if anyone would be willing to offer up a couch or two for any of those nights, it would be greatly appreciated! In exchange, I promise to eagerly lend a listening ear to any and all embarrassing stories from my dad’s past. I can also cooking and cleaning in return for any hospitality that you might have to offer.
Waiting to hear the good stuff about my dad,
The stories started rolling in. A few of the stories also produced some insight on some great family camping resort ideas. Available in all price ranges from very inexpensive tenting sites to free spots in a spare bedroom, your daughter was pleasantly proud of herself and surprised at the generosity of both family and friends. The camping spots and places to crash were great, but the stories about dad were the icing on the cake.
- Summer vacations at a family camping resort can easily become a family favorite. In fact, after one great week at a cabin rental do not be surprised if even your teenage and adult children ask to return to this relaxing experience.
- People often think of expensive hotel stays when they think of vacations. For many people, however, family camping resorts are a more affordable option.
- Estimates indicate that 43% of campers plan their trips at least one month in advance.
- No two family camping resorts are exactly the same. Some, for instance, have putt putt golf courses, while another might have outdoor rock climbing walls and obstacle high ropes courses.
- Days that begin when the sun rises and end when the sun sets are one of the many advantages of camping outdoors.
- The world today is full of technology, but a family camping trip can help you disconnect from your devices and reconnect with each other.
- Have you made your summer vacation plans? A family camping trip may be the perfect solution.
- Estimates from the Institute of Education at Plymouth University indicate that 98% of parents say camping makes their kids appreciate and connect with nature.
- Nearly 95% of parents in that same Plymouth University survey indicated that their kids were happier when camping; and 93% felt that camping provides useful skills for later life.
- In a study done by the Institute of Education at Plymouth University, results indicated that 95% of parents agreed their kids appear happier when they are on kid friendly vacations, like camping.
- Generations of families can help set the tone for a fondness for camping. For instance, 57% of campers participated in regular outdoor activities when they were children. At the opposite end of the spectrum, however, only 25% of non-participants were exposed to the outdoors when they were young.
- Having a positive effect on many families, camping is one of the most beloved outdoor activities for Americans. In the year 2013, in fact, America’s campground industry grossed nearly $5 billion.
- The 2014 American Camper Report shows that 14% of Americans over the age of six camped at least once in the year 2013. This percentage is equivalent to 40.1 million Americans.