Spending out thousands of dollars to take your family abroad each year isn’t always viable. But don’t let it stress you out! There are still ways to enjoy some time with your family without having to break the bank. People put too much pressure on themselves, when the fact is; you can have a ridiculous amount of fun camping! Which is why in this post we’re going to explore some cheeky money saving tips.
So, what if Dave’s parents are taking him to Fiji for a three-weeks on a tropical island. Dave doesn’t know it yet, but he’s going to be bore d stiff because all his parents are going to do is sunbathe and sip cocktails.
We shouldn’t compare ourselves to others. Never. If you can’t afford the extravagant holidays, it doesn’t mean that you can’t share some quality, memorable moments with your loved ones. That’s what matters the most!
Now, stop your worrying and check out these money saving tips. If you follow our advice, you will be able to enjoy an awesome camping trip, without having to spend all that much at all!
1 – Beg, steal and borrow.
OK, maybe not the first two, but you can definitely borrow some supplies from friends and family. Reach out on Facebook! We guarantee that you’ll find someone who would be willing to lend you their ten-man tent for a week. Put the feelers out and see what you can come back with. Everything else, you can buy or rent yourself. Of course, just make sure to respect other people’s equipment and try to return it in one-piece!
2 – Buy used equipment
We live in a terribly wasteful society where most people feel the need to buy everything brand-new. Don’t bother! You can buy affordable camping mats which have been used before but will do the exact same job as a brand-new set. There’s no shame in buying used. In fact, it’s the logical and economical thing to do, so go nuts!
3 – Sell some old bits that you don’t need
Think about how much old junk that you have in the house that you don’t use any more. Have a dig through your garage and see what you can come up with! You might be able to flog a load of old bits and bobs and cover the cost of your camping trip all together!
4 – Stay as local as you can
With a little research, we guarantee that you’ll be able to afford a beautiful camping site nearby to you. Again, you don’t have to travel to the ends of the earth to find a beautiful place to make memories with your loved ones; just look around you! By staying relatively local, you can save an awful lot of money on fuel and transportation.
5 – Cook your own food
Don’t waste your money on loads of pre-made meals. Grab a decent cool-box and buy plenty of nourishing supplies; then cook your own dinner of an evening. It’s a great way to share quality time with your kids, teaching them real-life skills. That, and food cooked over a campfire tastes 100x better!
Have fun with it! You can turn it into a family mission! Set your children with the task of borrowing some equipment off a friend, task your partner with selling some old junk that is no longer needed, look up some delicious camping recipes together. The options are endless and the only limitation is your imagination. And stop your worrying. We promise you can all enjoy a wonderful break together, without spending all of your hard-earned money.