Frugal Vacations: Camping – Part 1 Campsites

Camping is one of those things that I love, I have put a lot of time and effort into trying to make my vacations as frugal and fun as possible. I want to get out and see the world, but I have a teeny tiny budget. I love camping because it gives me the ability travel, affordability or adventure! In this series, I’m going to walk you through the basics of choosing your own camping adventure.

There are so many options when camping that can make the experience vary wildly. These options also come with extra costs depending on what you choose, but I’ve researched a lot, and I have to say, most of them are more affordable than any hotel I could stay at.

You can usually choose from primitive, tent sites with or without electric, RV sites, or even cabins. I’m going to walk you through each different type of site.
Primative Camping


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If you are like my husband, you might prefer a primitive site, with no restroom, no shower, and no tent pad. These are the best ways to get away from nature, as well as isolated from people as possible. It sounds serene, but it also requires a lot more work. 

They are often very affordable, or even free, with entry into a state or local park. Different states have different regulations, though. So your mileage may vary.

Campground Sites

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If you need a bit more luxury, like me, you’ll want a tent site with or without electric. They usually come with tent pads or a level area that is perfect for pitching a tent. This makes camping in groups easy, fun, and afforable (you can usually share a campsite 2-3 tents).  Many of them allow for pets, have access to showers and restrooms, and some even have laundry facilities.

If you need even more creature comforts, I would suggest an rv or camper site. You can rent or bring your own. Which, if you want to be an enthusiast traveler, or you happen to have a hand me down, can be a great way to see the country cheaply. They are usually included in normal campground sites, and may cost a few dollars extra.

Cabins

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Finally, we have cabins, which are like single hotel rooms out in the woods, some with, some without restrooms. They are wonderful for romantic getaways, or if you like to have all the living of home with the added bonus of nature. It may not come with a rugged camping experience, but it’s a good way to get a vacation for less than a hotel.

Whatever you decide, knowing what you want will help prepare you for what’s ahead.

-Aster