TRY USING A CAMPING TRIP TO GET CLOSER TO SOMEONE
In the modern world, with instant messaging applications, social media and the internet in our palms, we sometimes lose sight of important relationships. We forget what brought us together in the first place: shared experiences and memories.
The same applies when meeting new people. We spend fleeting evenings in restaurants and bars with loud music, full of shouting people, or we exchange virtual messages on a screen. We get to know each other, without ever really spending time one on one, away from technology and distractions.
PEOPLE BOND WHEN THEY GO CAMPING
Camping is one of the best ways of bringing people together and forging a closer bond. Whether this person is new in your life and you want to get closer and forge stronger connections, or they are an old friend who has drifted in and out of touch.
One of the best camping trips of my life was with a handful of old school friends. We organised a trip to Queensland for some fishing and walking. We moved campsites every couple of days, hiked Walshs Pyramid in Wooroonooran National Park and we had a great time. We shared experiences, had plenty of time to talk without the distraction of the rest of our families and technology and attempted fairly challenging walks and climbs together.
I have had a similar experience with my wife. When we first started dating, I kept recommending that we take a camping trip together. She was reluctant, not being much of a backcountry girl, but eventually caved. We went to Fraser Island to spend some time by the lakes, but we were incredibly unlucky with the weather. It chucked it down the whole of the first day and I thought tempers were going to fray. But not at all, we huddled together to keep warm and laughed and joked the whole time. I think the rain brought us closer together than the sun ever could have.
SOLVING PROBLEMS AS YOU CAMP TOGETHER
Camping doesn’t always go to plan. Solving problems together and overcoming challenges also allows you to become incredibly close in a short period of time. In my case, it was the first time that my wife and I had ever faced an uncomfortable situation together. It was her ability to surprise me, by not complaining but making the best of it that impressed me so much and undoubtedly contributed to me falling in love with her.
TAKING ON NEW ROLES TOGETHER
Taking on roles in the campsite also helps. You keep the campsite ticking over by all pulling together, each individual responsible for their own tasks. Someone does the cooking, another the washing up, someone is responsible for getting the firewood, someone else for lighting the fire. Even if it is just you and one other person, you are guaranteed to assume roles and cooperate. It is this that makes camping an ideal way to get to know a new friend or prospective partner. The team ethos forges stronger bonds and gives a higher level of respect for the others, which you just can’t get on other holidays.
Whether you want to strengthen familial bonds, catch up on old friendships, forge new ones, or get closer to a potential romantic partner, taking them camping is sure to do the trick. Even if it doesn’t, at least you get a camping trip out of it and some much-appreciated fishing time.
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