Sit around at home and watch TV or get out into the wilderness and experience nature, fun and adventure on your next vacation – a Wildercation. You obviously know what I would rather do, but for some reason Wildercations are not for everyone.
Camping is mainly viewed as a low grade alternative to a conventional weekend, and possibly for all the right reasons. The beds are not as comfortable as when staying with Winterberry-Guffaw’s, the food is never quite as delicious as the chefs from your favorite pub The Three Pigs Dancing in Appleybourne Wickets, the drive is not as comfortable in a 4×4 across endless corrugations as it is in a BMW estate car along the M4 and it is completely correct to assume Roast Beef on a Sunday with Mrs Fotherington-Smythe will be a lot better than an under cooked sausage warmed over a damp candle – But that isn’t what camping needs to be about, you simply can’t compare it to the conventional weekend.
This is raw, silly, child friendly fun that is truly about letting go of creature comforts and embracing a bit of nature. Having a wet sleeping bag filled with mud, sand and dirt will make you sleep 10,000 times better than a warm Egyptian cotton duvet if you let yourself go a little and embrace what we all talk about and so rarely take action on.
We want our children to grow up not reliant on screens, we complain they lack imagination, we wish our lives could be more wholesome and yet still some people find it hard to get their heads around spending a whole weekend in the great outdoors roughing it just a little.
What are you so scared of? Are you really happy to admit to being so hopeless that you can’t be away from a phone charger and a Nespresso machine?
So here is my challenge, it’s cold, it’s dark, summer feels like a distant memory even to those of us in the Middle East, my challenge to you all is to make a plan to get into the wild and camp in 2020, plan your very own Wildercation. I don’t mean talk about it and do fuck all, I mean make a plan put it in the diary and get out there. Get into the wild with the children and embrace the adventure, no one will regret it and you will all have awesome fun and its basically free. Half term is upon us so Grannies, Grandpas, Aunts, God Parents, Men called Foz, Girls called Amy, Fathers, Brothers – ALL of you. Plan it and get stuck into a super fun weekend with your children.
Best of all take a picture and send it to me so I can share the fun. (Ooh, theres the Social Media hook…engagement, engagement, engagement people, that’s the currency of the moment.)
Staycations are so last year, make 2020 about Wildercations!!
(Wilderness/ Vacations – Will it stick?)