What is camping?
The word “camping” comes from English camping, which means camping in the open air. Therefore, camping in the English-speaking environment can even be called a bivouac of tourists or climbers. But most often under the camping means a comfortable holiday camp in long parking lots. Camping is also called the parking lot itself. They are of two types:
- Equipped Camping
Officially arranged outdoor parking for travelers. Usually they try to arrange them in picturesque natural places at a small distance from highways or in quiet urban suburbs. People come here in motorhomes, with residential trailers or tents, to spend the night, spend time outdoors or take a break from the road.
More often than not, it’s more profitable than renting a room at a roadside hotel or city hotel, so camping is in constant demand among travelers. In addition, in a “cramped” Europe, finding a place for a personal camp is relatively difficult: there are many private areas where parking requires agreement with the owner. And sometimes “wild” parking can just be prohibited by local law.
When planning a road trip in Europe with stops at campsites, keep in mind that not all of them are targeted at tent owners. Camping can be designed exclusively for owners of motor homes and residential trailers. Organized campsites, in addition to a parking space, can provide travelers with a number of services: toilets, showers, water, electricity, organized garbage collection, sewers for motor homes and trailers, laundry, kitchen, playgrounds and sports grounds and much more. Sometimes they even have small guest houses.
In Russia, organized camping camps are usually confined to popular tourist routes or recreation centers. On their territory there are zones for setting up tents and parking, and for a fee travelers can use the services of a shower, bath, dining room or kitchen. Sometimes the official and “wild” camping vacation formats are mixed. For example, a private territory is allocated for renting tent places, but at the same time it has a very minimal infrastructure – a sanitary zone, collection and garbage collection.
Self-organized parking Rest savages
A comfortable camp for tourists and car travelers outside organized parking. This is a well-known vacation by the savages, which is perfectly conveyed in the Soviet comedy “Three Plus Two”, and then in the Russian film “Savages”. Travelers independently choose a place for the camp and organize their life. In the USA and Europe, this is called “wild camping” (wild camping) and they mean any parking outside prepared for this place, including bivouacs of various tourists. In some regions, wild camping may be prohibited by the authorities or restricted by strict rules.
Therefore, it is often more difficult to organize a vacation savage in Europe and North America than in Russia.Far from the world of tourism, it is often difficult for people to understand how camping differs from sports tourism (hiking, water, cycling and so on). Sometimes they use the same equipment, and the line between them for an outside observer becomes very thin.
The answer is simple. Sports tourism is focused on overcoming an interesting route, and parking is only a small part of it, the bivouac is carried almost daily. And the task of camping is a comfortable rest in a camp with a well-functioning life. In this sense, camping is possible even with an awning and a sleeping bag.
Sometimes tourism and camping are mixed up: people overcome a short route and organize a parking for several days for the sake of relaxing in a remote and picturesque place. In an English-speaking environment, similar terms are used to distinguish between camping and hiking. Camping and camping equipment is simply called camping.
For example, camping stoves are tourist burners in all their variety, and not just large camping stoves and stoves. To indicate a comfortable stay at the campsite and equipment for it, refined concepts are used: comfort camping or family camping.
Do not confuse camping with the so-called glamping. This is a format that appeared in the 2000s for quite expensive hotels and vacation spots, inscribed in a picturesque natural landscape. Most often, these are unusual in architecture stationary buildings with deluxe and junior suites.
But sometimes glamping is presented in the form of stylish campgrounds with high-quality service without the self-service inherent in traditional campsites. This type of vacation has become especially attractive thanks to social networks: unusual housing in interesting locations allows you to carry out memorable photo and video shooting in nature, without at all denying yourself comfort.
The benefits of camping
Throughout the world, camping is appreciated for the opportunity to escape from the urban environment and stay in nature. But people prefer a tent to a hotel room not because of hopelessness – such a vacation has a number of not always obvious advantages:
Accessibility Of Rest
Most often, accommodation in guest houses, hotels and recreation centers will cost significantly more than renting a tent. Especially when it comes to the popular tourist area in high season. The “wild” parking will cost absolutely free. In Central and Eastern Europe, the cost of camping overnight is an average of 15-30 euros for two.
At the same time, prices for 2-bed economy class start from 45 euros. The situation is similar in Russia. For example, in Altai, renting a tent is 100–300 rubles per person. And the price of a 2-bed economy class room or a small summer guest house usually starts from 1500 rubles. Of course, if you do not have equipment, then the cost of purchasing it can significantly exceed the cost of living.
But the charm of camping is that for starters you only need a roomy tent. Which, if you’re lucky, you can rent or borrow from friends. Everything else: kitchen utensils, mattresses and blankets for beds, folding garden furniture can be taken from home or purchased at very affordable prices.
It is possible to grow specialized camping equipment gradually. Over time, you will get compact and lightweight folding furniture, warm rugs and sleeping bags, blankets, portable gas stoves and much more. But these expenses will be distributed over a long period of time and will not be so tangible for the family budget. And the more often you get to rest, the faster they will pay off.
Availability of rest
Road trips with campsites do not require special skills or even basic physical training from you. All that is needed is to be able to set up a tent and learn how to cook on a fire or burner, and this will not be difficult. Camping is an ideal vacation for the whole family. The organization of the camp and their own life is an excellent team-building event, and the trip itself makes it possible to communicate with relatives away from the city bustle.
For children, camping is a source of strong impressions, the opportunity to play “Indians” safely and join in outdoor recreation. They are accustomed to independence, solving unusual everyday tasks for them, like harvesting firewood, water, making a fire, cooking food on a stove or a fire, exploring natural surroundings. For many travelers, camping is an opportunity to plunge into the world of sports tourism. They can comfortably and smoothly master important hiking skills: plan their route, choose parking places, choose the right clothes and equipment, be able to cook outside the house and much more.
Resting in campsites, you do not tie yourself to a network of hotels and recreation centers. You do not need to rush to dinner, check-in or check-out time. You stop where it is convenient for you and when it is convenient for you: there is always a place to spend the night! In densely populated areas there are many organized campsites, and in sparsely populated areas there are a lot of places for recreation.
High mobility helps you to make your trip more comfortable and richer, but it requires the ability to plan a vacation and independently organize life. Please note that in the season of holidays and vacations in many popular European campsites it is difficult to find a free place!
Paradoxical as it may seem, but relaxing in your own tent is often significantly more comfortable than in an inexpensive guest house or economy class room. Especially when the owners of a recreation center or hotel treat the service irresponsibly. Inside the houses and rooms, it can be stuffy, crowded, cold, dirty, damp.
Amenities are often located outside or shared on the floor, and hot water can be interrupted. Problems can add a ban on cooking on the premises. The administration usually does not follow this, but if you try to adhere to the rules, you will have to eat in a local cafe or dining room. And this is an additional cost and not always a good menu.