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TOP 4 REASONS TO GO OFF-PEAK SEASON CAMPING

Sure, off-peak season camping makes a lot of sense — your kids are on school holiday, and the weather is ideal for a variety of different activities. There’s something to be said about camping in the off-peak season, though. Conditions are less ideal, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had. Here are four reasons that will convince you to give this experience a try.

CHEAPER CAMPING FEES

Often, camping on a budget means having to sacrifice some aspects of the experience. You might have to limit the number of days of your vacation, or you might have to forgo a few outdoor activities that you wanted to try. If you find yourself in this predicament, camping in the off-peak season may be for you.

During this time of the year, camping fees are significantly lower. The money you save from camping fees can be reallocated to lengthening the duration of your trip or fattening up your itinerary with more activities. Or, you can keep the money so that your camping trip won’t make a big dent in your wallet.

COOLER WEATHER

Camping in the off-peak season means you’re more likely to be exposed to less than ideal weather conditions. There are more chances of rain and frigid temperatures. However, some campers prefer this type of weather. You can avoid the sweltering heat and the discomfort that usually comes along with it when camping in the summer. Just as long as you keep in mind the weather forecast when planning your camping activities, it won’t be something that will cause a significant delay in your itinerary.

FEWER CROWDS TO CONTEND WITH

Camping is all about getting to experience everything the great outdoors has to offer. Just like you, though, many other campers are seeking the same kind of experience. Thus, campsites and tourist locations can get a bit crowded during peak season. You have to compete with other people to get the best camping spot or the best view of the picturesque landscapes.

Not having to contend with large crowds is another reason to go camping in the off-peak season. There are more camping spots to choose from, and you can select an area that will make you feel isolated from other people. At night, there’s less noise and artificial light from other campers, so you can have a better view of the stars. Overall, with fewer people populating your campsite, you can feel more connected to nature.

GO AT YOUR OWN PACE

There’s nothing wrong with hiking or swimming with other campers. However, if there are a lot of people in the area, there’s an expectation to engage in activities at a quicker pace as there may be other campers waiting for you to finish. You also have to devote some time falling in line when visiting specific tourist locations. This could be time better spent on other activities.

Well, when camping in the off-peak season, you’ll be able to go at your own pace. Areas are less populated, so you won’t feel bad if you take your time admiring a famous landmark and learning about its history. Your photos will turn out better, too.

Off-peak season camping may not be as popular as camping during peak season, but it’s not because it’s less enjoyable. Sure, there might be some trade-offs when it comes to the weather, but there are a lot of perks and advantages too. Hopefully, these will be something you experience first-hand when you decide to head to the great outdoors at this time of the year.

 


 

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Jane F
jane.f@dinga.com.au

Jane loves camping, hiking and anything to do with the outdoors. She might love glamping but she will do it all.