Sunday, 4 August 2019

Why Camping Will Always Be Close To My Heart

I think we all have certain sounds or smells that whisk us off to a certain place or time. The ones that fill us to the brim with nostalgia and paint a smile on our faces as our brain has that 'lightbulb' moment of remembrance. 

Weirdly, for me, it's the sound of zips. They remind me of opening up the front of the tent as a child and placing my bare feet in the dewy grass, or watching my parents closing the canvas door tight-shut at night. 

From very early on in my life we had a tent. It came with us everywhere in a little trailer at the back of our very old red Audi, but mum got fed up after a while. So the tent was swapped for a touring caravan and our adventures around the UK continued. (I didn't go abroad until I was about thirteen.)

I love travelling. I adore that step-off-the-plane feeling as the heat hits you and you quickly pull off another layer, fumbling for your sunglasses in your hand luggage. 

But I never want to be rid of the camping holidays I've always known, playing board games whilst it tips down with rain outside and squashing around a small table to eat food with the family. 

We never went to Disney or America on extravagant holidays. But I wouldn't change the memories I have for anything, as I cherish them so much. 

Perhaps I see camping as getting away from reality. Now I'm an adult in the eyes of society, it's nice to be bundled at the back of a car with a picnic basket and referred to as a 'kid,' so I can pretend for a little while that I'm not a university student rapidly approaching the world of work.  

I think we all have our methods of escapism. Today, our lives are so fast-paced trying to keep up with such a busy world. Technology is advancing, daily demands are increasing and politics is becoming even scarier. 

So I guess that's why I love it. Being immersed in nature, even for a few days, can do the world of good and pull me away from things that, at times, can be very overwhelming. 

It's something I've always known and something I definitely want to pass onto my children, when the time comes. 


  1. Oh, I love this! I feel incredibly nostalgic every time I go camping.

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed, Skye! Lovely hearing from you x

  2. I havent been camping in probably like.....10 years. and Im going next weekend and Im freaking out. lol. its so scary and Im such a homebody. so I hope I have a nostalgia experience like this. or any good experience really. lol

    1. Aw, no! Please don't have a panic, I'm sure you will have a wonderful time. I often find that the experiences I'm the most nervous about usually end up being the best ones <3