Even with a slump global economy, families and friends still enjoy taking a holiday together. There are no better memories than those created with friends and family while on a holiday together. With travel costs rising, and consumer confidence waning, people are taking fewer luxury holidays, opting instead for self-catering holidays. One of the most popular and inexpensive self-catering holiday is a camping holiday. Camping is a fun, inexpensive way to enjoy holiday time with family and friends. Because travelers are foregoing the cost of hotel rooms and expensive restaurant meals, the cost of a camping holiday is only a fraction of a typical holiday.
Accommodation generally consists of a tent, sleeping bags, and a heater, depending on what time of year one is camping, and are much less expensive than any other means of travel. Camping is a great way to achieve an inexpensive holiday abroad. Camping tents can be as basic or luxurious as the user wishes. Some tents offer nothing more than a few stakes and a tarp as a means of cover. Others offer zip-off skylights for star-gazing at night, as well as separate rooms for separate campers. Some tents are sturdy enough to withstand even the harshest elements and retain heat, while others barely withstand a gentle breeze. Whatever kind of tent you opt for, it will be your home through your holiday, so make sure it is comfortable enough to get the job done.
Another important tool for a self-catering camping holiday is a good sleeping bag. There are several different kinds of sleeping bags available, as well. Some are just a basic sack, which offers room for one or two people. Other, more complicated sleeping bags are called "mummy bags", and are suitable for only one camper at a time. They are shape-conforming bags which restrict movement, but retain maximum amounts of body heat for very cold climates. Some people prefer to camp with a portable heater, allowing for more comfortable temperatures at night.
Portable heaters can run on small cylinders of propane, or hook up to larger tanks to get more time from them. Whatever kind of heater you prefer, it is bound to make your camping holiday more comfortable in the evenings. Camping holidays are becoming more and more popular as the economy wanes. The equipment required for camping can be reliably inexpensive as well, allowing for more versatility in holiday plans.