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Camping in the great outdoors is becoming more and more popular. With people in urban areas wanting to get themselves and their families out of the city and into the fresh air, camping is what they are choosing. Is camping a sport? Well not in the sense of how we think of conventional sports, but it can incorporate a lot of outdoor activities.

Most campgrounds are near water and that gives campers a lot of opportunity to participate in water sports such as swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, etc. When searching for a place to take your family camping, try to find campgrounds that are on or near bodies of water. Almost always there are places to rent canoes and boats and other watercraft. The fun never stops when you're camping near water.

Another activity that can be done while camping is hiking. Hiking is a great form of exercise and a great way to see nature first hand. Some people incorporate camping into their hiking, setting up camp alone hiking trails. If you are camping at a campground look for nature trails, they are very common in wooded areas. Hiking is also a great family activity. Make a picnic lunch at camp and make hiking an all day event.

Probably my favorite thing about camping is the campfire. Nothing seems to be better than sitting with family and friends around a campfire. The fire seems to mesmerize and relax you. The smell of the smoke takes you instantly back to other times when you had enjoyed a camping trip. Another fun thing about campfires is all the tasty snacks you can cook over the open fire. Roasted marshmallows seem to be the favorite. Smores are fun to make as a family and are very tasty too. Hotdogs cooked over a campfire seem to taste a little bit better then normal. Honestly I think everything seems to taste better when cooked outside. 

On a more serious not about campfires, make sure you check your campgrounds fire guidelines before lighting a fire. You may have to provide your own wood. There also may be certain rules about gathering wood from around your site.

Some of my best sleep has been while I was camping. The fresh air and the sounds of nature seem to sooth you to a deep sense of relaxation. If you can I recommend a night spent under the stars. If you don't want to do that or can not, a leak-proof tent will do just fine. There are many varieties of tents available to you. Choose one with ease of set up and one that has enough room for occupants and their gear. Again check the park's guidelines, some sites only allow tents and some only allow camper trailers.
The most important thing to remember when going camping is, Have Fun!

Author: Alan Gardner 

The advantages of camping holidays begin with adventure. A family can go wherever they want and camp there for as long as they have. From a camping base, a family can go for walks out into the wild and see nature in its true habitat. They can also make their way over to huge lakes to fish or swim, and if they find an adventure park they can spend the day zip lining around the trees as fast as they can go, which is fun for everyone.

This is also where the disadvantages begin, however, because some people like the routine they have and don't want it disturbed by living in a tent for a week or two. Sometimes there are no shower facilities and people will need to use a solar shower, which isn't a problem for most, but some people could feel self-conscious about their body when using one. Toilets are another big disadvantage if a campsite doesn't have the facilities provided, as people will need to go and dig themselves a hole to use, or use a communal one, which many consider being worse.

For others the freedom of being in the outdoors outweighs all disadvantages relating to homely comforts such as showering and using the toilet. They also enjoy not being able to use their mobile phones, as these are an invasion which can ruin a holiday if someone is using theirs constantly. Whilst camping, people will also be away from the thick smog of the city, something many consider to be unhealthy. The great outdoors has nothing but fresh air, and most people consider this a huge advantage of camping holidays.
To break it down to a list of the core advantages and disadvantages, this is what most people think of camping.


1) Adventure
2) Seeing Wildlife
3) Clean Air
4) No Mobile Phones
5) No Internet
6) No Traffic
7) No Interruptions


1) No Toilet
2) No Shower
3) No Food Provided For You
4) Living In A Tent
5) Bugs
6) Little Or No Electricity
7) Nothing Much To Do If You're Not Adventurous

In conclusion, the advantages and disadvantages of camping seem to be entirely based on opinion. What people need to realise is that camping can be great fun as long as everyone is involved in enjoying themselves, because once someone isn't having fun, the trip is ruined. If worst comes to worst, building a huge camp fire and staying up late into the night is something everyone enjoys doing.

Emma Darling and her family have been on many camping holidays with both of her daughters, which is why she knows so much about them. For her the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, but she really wanted to give people a breakdown in this article to help them decide. She has written lists like this before for Dorothy and Theodore, and found this type of article best for getting the points across to the reader on these subjects.

Author: Emma Darling

There are many family vacation resorts to choose from when determining where to take your next trip. These are popular in both warm and cold weather climates, as people enjoy resorts for beach and ski vacations alike. When most people think of resorts, they obviously think of the Caribbean or Hawaii, but often popular ski areas have plenty of resorts to choose from as well. In other words, picking the right one can be a real hassle. Here is how to identify the best resort for both activities, and save money at the same time.

First of all, pick the specific place you are going to, and then figure out what you plan on doing when there. Then, find a family resorts package that covers all those activities. Just remember that all inclusive packages can mean a number of different things.

For instance, often the cheaper ones only include meals and maybe one or two activities. However, there are more advanced ones that include a greater amount of activities, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, skiing, and even whale watching. Try to get the cheapest package that includes all the activities you plan on doing, as this will be less expensive than paying for everything separately. Just do not go with a package that does not have everything on your itinerary to save money.

One thing to consider is to go with a less expensive resort that still has all your required activities. The room might not be quite as nice, but it will still be more than adequate. Since the best family trips involve spending as little time in the hotel room as possible, there is no reason to overpay for this. Instead, it might be worth it to go with a slightly less nice resort if it still includes all the activities you want.

Also, there are some other very important tips for saving money. For instance, make sure you go during an off-time for the resort. For warmer locations, this would be anytime in the fall, early winter or spring (except spring break, of course). Summer is usually more expensive at these places. If you are going to a ski resort, then simply avoid Christmas break.

You can also try using an online broker to help you get as many price quotes as possible. This will save you a bit of time when comparison shopping, because you will not have to go to each resort website individually. This is how to find the best family vacation resorts quickly and with as little effort as possible.

Author: Jackie Ben