The advantages of camping holidays begin with adventure. A fully service pitch will include electric, water, chemical toilet emptying facilities and waste disposal. Some parks also include wifi and a television aerial connection. We also have a 3-hour travel rule. That’s enough for the kids and packing and settling takes time as well. First and foremost, novice hikers will need to learn how to pack for camping. If you don’t mind pointy objects in your back, blisters around your shoulders, and an aching back and neck, then read no farther. However, packing de rigueur is a time-honored adeptness requiring years of trial and error. The former keeps you hopping strong; the latter keeps you hobbling to a stop.
Luckily for Western Australians, this glorious state caters to all camping preferences. Whether you prefer parking up a caravan on the edge of a rugged cliff or getting chummy with nature during a stay in an eco-bush retreat, WA is home to some seriously adventurous camping experiences. Roseleda Camping in the Costa de la Luz. This part of Spain has some of the most beautiful beaches, and is our favourite area for camping. Roseleda deserves a mention for its great pool, entertainment, immaculate facilities and generous pitch sizes.
If you would prefer less driving and more ferry time (albeit the far more expensive option), you can go from Portsmouth or Plymouth on the Southern UK coast, and catch the ferry to either Bilbao or Santander in Northern Spain. The crossings take approximately 25 hours, however, there are lots of facilities on board from entertainment to the hire of cabins, which can make itÂ part of the adventure. For a similar quote to the one above, this will set you back Â£898. Upon arrival, you then may wish to explore some campsites in the beautiful Northern Spain region, or take a 9 hour drive down to the Southern coast. On the whole, you will find that motorway driving in Spain is far quieter and more relaxed than the UK, despite all of the horror stories that you may have heard. Don’t forget that by law, you need to carry a travel car kit which include items such as a hazard warning triangle and high visibility jacket in the unfortunate case of a break down.
There are negatives when it comes to camping trips but it’s important that you don’t forget about the positives. With careful planning you can remove, or at least reduce, the disadvantages involved in these holiday. If you want to do something energetic, have a look at our best family bike rides and cycling and camping blog – there are loads of cycle trails all over the country, and you can also look for sites with cycle hire (add this to the â€˜family-friendly’ filter to get the best options). You can make a good campfire for next to nothing. You will need to collect some firewood – which could be a game in itself – or many campsites have fire pits and sell kindling. Then all you need are some firelighters matches. You can add anything else into the mix too – for example a toasting fork and marshmallows, crumpets or sausages.
Eventually, we settled on 10 days in a mobile home with Eurocamp, in a campsite on the Adriatic coast near Venice, Camping Ca’Savio, flying into Venice with Aer Lingus and out of Treviso with Ryanair. Both airports are 40kms away and the campsite appears to tick all the boxes. Even in warm summer weather, the nights can be cold. So check the forecast carefully and take the right sleeping bag to keep you warm: a camping holiday will be no fun if you are not sleeping because you are cold. Take an inflatable air bed or mattress to sleep on and also make sure you have lots of layers of night time clothing to keep you warm.