As summer approaches, many families have camping on their mind. Tents and RV’s, lakes and mountains, S’mores and campfires, hot dogs on a stick and afternoon hikes, swimsuits and trail mix…something about the great outdoors beckons us.
Camping, hiking, and other outdoor adventures are often particularly attractive vacation options for families because they tend to be cheaper and more “intimate” than staying at a resort or hotel.
- At a hotel, you’ll pay $80-250/night. In the great outdoors, you’ll pay just enough for food.
- At a hotel, your family will likely congregate around the TV. In the great outdoors, you’ll probably get exercise together or chat around the campfire in the evenings under the stars.
- At a hotel, you have to worry about disturbing your neighbors with your baby’s cries or your kids’ laughter. In the great outdoors (depending on where you go), your kids can be their silly, lively selves.