Saying the word “holiday” aloud may conjure up a variety of images depending on who you ask. Regardless of the slight differences, the general consensus is that true holidays are relaxing, fun, and a little (or a lot) luxurious. It’s common to feel like most camping trips and outdoor excursions don’t really fit into the holiday classification, due to the more rugged and less luxurious nature of the lodgings. However, outdoor trips can actually make wonderfully relaxing and indulgent vacations if approached the right way. There are a couple of easily achievable ways to create an incomparable environment for yourself or other travel companions. Attending to the little details and leaving ample room for creature comforts is sure to make your next outdoor trip an unforgettable holiday.
ELEVATE YOUR MENU
Typically, the food on a camping trip is nothing to write home about. When people pack for the great outdoors, the menu is the last thing on their minds. Using lots of dried meals to fill the nutrition requirements can save on space, but makes dining a rather dull affair. Food is one of the most effective ways to the heart, and to really make your heart happy on your next holiday it should be a top priority. This means delving into your creative side and your pantry to come up with recipes that are colorful and flavourful, yet still feasible to make outdoors. Luckily, there are tons of awesome high-quality camping recipes that will transform the culinary level of your campsite. Some foods might even trick you into thinking you’ve stumbled into a Zagat rated establishment, and you’ll definitely want to make them when your trip ends. Your stomach will thank you, and since smell is a strong component of memory, your memories will be filled with amazing meals in addition to fun times.
One of the main differences between traditional outdoor trips and true holidays is the look and feel of where you’re hunkering down for the night. Seeing the stars is beautiful, but so is getting a good night’s sleep. This can be easier said than done when you’re laying on the ground or sleeping with nothing but a thin sleeping bag between you and the elements. This area is one in which convenient and comfortable additions like camping air mattresses really shine. After a long and fun vacation day, having somewhere plush and inviting to lay down will make a DIY trip feel like a five star one. Setting up the inside of your tent as a comfortable home away from home is the key to turning your campsite into the perfect holiday destination. Choose between cheaper, more durable, or premium furnishing options to customize your relaxation. Toss in a few chairs and neatly organized luggage storage and you’ve created the perfect outdoor lodge.
CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE
Whether you’re in a tent or in the mud, being outside is tranquil, refreshing- and very unglamorous. If you want to take your next vacation from zero to one hundred, the devil is definitely in the details. Bringing decoration and lighting for your environment will make everything outdoorsy seem polished, homey, and inviting. Fairy strings and floodlights will add to the natural beauty surrounding you and immerse you further into a dreamy, zen-like state. Books, games, and knick knacks will create warmth about your camping space while providing additional activities. Uncharacteristic camping additions such as throw pillows and soft blankets will erase the utilitarian travel mindset, and replace it with a luscious home base for you to enjoy.
Holidays don’t have to mean expensive flights and upscale hotels. With a little extra effort and creativity, you can upgrade your next outdoor getaway into the vacation you’ve been yearning for. Flights are expensive and hotels can be cramped and impersonal- investing in equipment that can be used over and over again is fun and cost-effective. Plus, it’s harder and harder to carve time in busy schedules to enjoy everything nature has to offer. Planning a holiday outdoors means you’ll get the relaxation you want in addition to the outdoor time you keep putting off. When you’re creating your own dream environment, you can change and customize it as much or as little as you like. The result is a fantastic space for you to unwind and recharge, on the cheap, and with the material comforts that you’ve come to expect from a vacation. What more could you ask for?