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Pining away for palm trees? Or dreaming of a calm, cozy evening by the campfire? No matter what’s on your summer bucket list this year, everyone needs some time away to rest, recharge, and reset. That can mean finding the perfect spot for your beach towel to dream the day away on the shore, or lacing up your hiking boots to set off on an alpine adventure. It’s up to you!
Camping Goes Off the Grid
Sure, you could pony up the money for a five-star hotel or resort, but sometimes you need a break from beige linens and 24/7 air conditioning. When nature calls, don’t hesitate — get out on the open road and see what kinds of adventure awaits!
Camping has come a long way since you were a kid sleeping in a tent with your cousins and roasting marshmallows over the campfire. Of course, that’s fun, too — but there’s much more to do and see, and with fewer mosquito bites, as well. If it’s a little rugged adventure you crave, check out Campspace for advice and locations that are a bit more far afield than your typical drive-up-and-set-up spot. Be prepared to settle in, enjoy the birds chirping, and enjoy a bit of unrefined nature.
Hiking, fishing, sunbathing and canoeing are just a few of the activities you can experience when communing with nature. Bring a book, turn off your mobile phone, and channel your inner explorer as you clear your mind and get back to basics with a sleeping bag, tent, and a good ol’ pair of hiking boots.
Don’t Want to Rough It? Try Glamping
Glamping — or glamorous camping — might seem counterintuitive at first, but it can be a great option for those campers who are just not into the whole sleeping-on-the-ground thing. Or maybe you’ve got a couple of little ones who aren’t ready to brave their own sleeping bag quite yet.
No matter the reason, glamping is a great way to experience the great outdoors without getting quite so close to all that Mother Nature has to offer. When you just need to have running water and a bit of comfort to sleep, reserve one of the not-so-rustic spots available — whether that’s a yurt, cabin, or camper van. You can still check out the hiking trails and set sail on the lake, but you’ll be just a tad removed from the wonders of nature — and be able to get your beauty sleep sans mosquitoes
No matter where the summer takes you this year, be sure to take the time to unplug and relax during the warm months. After all, nothing heals the mind and calms the spirit quite like the fresh air and wild wonders of the great outdoors.
Life’s a Beach When You Camp By the Sea
If camping in the mountains is not your vibe, the ocean is always a fun summer destination. You can find amazing campsites near the sea that offer all sorts of fun amenities, like outdoor showers, swimming pools, and kids’ activities.
For an amazing warm-weather seaside holiday, try Croatia’s Istria, where for a very reasonable price you can rent a comfy tent with bunk beds near the ocean with plenty of things to do for the whole family. Farther west, Spain’s La Torre Del Sol offers family-friendly accommodations that start at only €35 per night.
No matter your destination, don’t forget to bring the sunscreen — and take the time to rest, relax, and enjoy the break from life’s hustle and bustle.