Day 7 NaBloPoMo: What is the one place you would never want to go on vacation that other people seem to love?
No offense to anyone, but I don’t like camping.
When I was a teenager I have spent many weekends camping at the beach with friends and we always had a wonderful time. If they read this now they may feel betrayed as I never said this to any of them. I actually hate camping.
What I liked was to be with them and not the way we chose to get together.
Everything you do while camping is more complicated than just staying at a hostel, a B&B or a hotel.
You go away for the weekend to rest and all you do is to work more than you would if you had stayed at home. Do you think I’m spoiled, lazy and arrogant? Nope. I have spent some time thinking about my experiences.
Think about the trip. You spend hours inside a car and most likely because of traffic jams. So you’ll be tired when you arrive at this beautiful camping destination, isolated from restaurants, hotels and noise. Great!
How wonderful! Let’s stretch a bit and start the weekend? No! Let’s assemble the tent! And hope all the pieces are there. I’ve been countless times improvising as someone always forgot something important.
Assume it is all set, now you want to eat something because you’re hungry and lost energy working on the tent business. Now you have to cook. Yes, you are somewhere remote and it’s all done by yourself.
Food arranged. Let’s check the camping premises. The collective bathrooms may be the cleanest in the world but it’s collective; that’s not my idea of stillness and privacy.
You meet and greet many people on your way and notice that you-were-not-the-only-one-planning-to-spend-the-weekend-in-isolation-at-a-remote-beach. Crowded, isn’t it?
How about sleeping inside that thing? It’s not comfortable. Punto finale. No more words on that.
Let’s enjoy the beach, sail, windsurf, run, talk, drink, walk, w h a t e v e r you like doing. That’s the part of the weekend that I like, but I warn you, that’s the only part that’s vacations, the rest is camping …and you can do it all without having to be in a tent.
You’ll understand me even better when I share with you my simple wishes for a time out, even if just a weekend.
Travel out of season, or if like me, you cannot always do that due to kid’s school schedules, look for new places and not the popular ones.
We humans are strange beings when turning in the holiday button.
We want to rest, but what we do is this: We decide to go to the same places for a holiday weekend, knowing that it will be full as a football stadium at Champions League final.
Don’t go camping. If you don’t like hotels, there are many reliable house rentals or house exchange sites that I won’t mention as I’m not advertising here.
Next time you think about camping, think about that…stay home!