Camping: The Ultimate Cheap Vacation

Posted on May 22nd, 2012 by Discount Debbie

Do you love camping? There seems to be a large group of people who absolutely love it. This girl isn’t one of them, but my husband is obsessed with it. I don’t complain either, because you can’t find a cheaper activity if you do it right. Even if you do it wrong, you’ll spend less on camping than a traditional stay at a hotel with activities. Here are some perks for camping just in case you were looking for a reason to go.

1. You save money on lodging. This is a given since you’ll be staying in a tent, but camping is seriously cheap. We live right by Glacier National Park in Montana. They have prime camping spots there and for around $10 a night. Most national parks are going to be very inexpensive and you can usually even reserve spots for busy seasons.

2. You save money on food. When you vacation, I bet most of your budget is spent on food. With camping your food bill will be a fraction of the cost. And don’t worry, you don’t just have to do things like cold sandwiches and smores (although I am not hating on them). The possibilities are endless! We love to make what we call “poor man meals” when we go camping. You throw raw chicken or beef or any meat you want into a “pack” of aluminum foil with our favorite veggies and potatoes then season them. We make these before we leave and leave them on ice and just throw them on the campsite grill when we get there. You can eat them straight out of the foil and they are delish! We’ve even learned to “grill” fruit. We soak stawberries and pound cake in melted butter and grill it until it’s toasty. Throw some whipped cream over it and it’s amazing!

3. You save money on activities. Usually campsites are in National Parks or other places that have things to do in them. We go camping right next to a lake that has a beach. The kids LOVE it. They play in the water all day. You don’t have to pay for entertainment once you get where you are going. Maybe a few bucks here and there, but nothing like other vacations.


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