camping, long weekend

It’s only a short time until the long weekend, and if your plans consist of cleaning, staying in bed or going out with the girls, change them. What you really need to do this weekend is go camping. Or glamping, if you shudder at the thought of tents. Just anything that involves getting out of your usual routine and getting back to nature with great people.

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Cooking delicious food, roasting marshmallows and telling stories around your campfire are all cliché camping activities, but they’re so fun – and you can even bring your wine! So, here are our top 5 reasons to get back to nature this long weekend:

1. Bonding with friends and family

You might not have mobile reception, but you should have all the people you need right there. Spending time with friends and family is important and is often something that gets neglected when life gets busy. Remember all those great camping memories you had as a child? Camping is a great way to bond with your kids and share experiences with them. Instead of texting your loved ones this long weekend, why not take a camping trip and catch up in a relaxing environment – you can even bring the pets!

2. It’s relaxing

Contrary to what you tell yourself, your life is usually quite stressful. Between work, the kids, commitments and trying to manage your household, you generally have little downtime. Going camping could be just what you need to detox your brain and relax in the calm of nature. Being out of the city and your normal, hectic routine is a great way to breathe.

3. Appreciation of nature

When was the last time you thought about how beautiful the trees looked or how many different types of birds there are? It’s easy to forget about nature and wildlife because our areas are so man-made in the city, so taking a break from the bricks and buildings and going out bush is a great way to appreciate mother nature and her beauty.

4. It’s good for you

Being outside in the fresh air is great for your mind and body. You’ll also be engaging in outdoor activities with your friends and children, which is great accidental exercise and the ultimate way to do something different and learn new things.

5. It’s affordable

You can make of your camping weekend whatever you like because it’s affordable. Whether you’re making it a family holiday or a romantic weekend, camping isn’t going to break your budget. So go on, get the tent out, if only for the nostalgia.

When was the last time you went camping and had some fun? 

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