When we were younger, summer camp has taught us some of the most valuable life lessons that we brought back home. Some are still carried after all these years while others have faded away with distant memories. They say you can’t teach old dogs new tricks but we say that it really is never too late to learn and it’s definitely never too late to travel, camp, or go on a road trip!
Every type of travel or activity adds a new set of knives to your arsenal or sharpens the ones existing; so it goes without saying that when you travel, you also learn. In fact, in one of our previous blog posts, one of the reasons we listed as to why you should travel is to learn and discover. We dedicated a large chunk of that article about learning but we figured it still was not enough. This time, for everyone’s benefit, we are bringing you the top 7 lessons you learn when you camp.
When you go camping, you literally throw yourself into the wild and you’ll be required, if not forced, to be alert at all times. Though most accredited camping grounds are safe from the dangers of (some) wildlife, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Camping gives you the opportunity to test your outdoor skills, whether you’re dealing with nature or everyday camping life. Preparedness is key and once you’ve made sure you’re ready, everything will come easier, even after your camping trip.
Companionship and Independence
They say that “no man is an island” and we would only be fooling ourselves if we didn’t agree. Even a pro solo traveller will ask for help at some point in one of his adventures. In camping, you’ll learn to be sensitive of the needs of people you are surrounded with, while learning the value of compromise. Plus, you’ll learn how to cooperate and be a team player or a good partner. Also, it’s always good to have a support system when things are going bit rough. Believe it or not, albeit camping with a buddy, you’ll still be able to explore a certain degree of independence.
On a campervan trip, one of the first things you have to remember is that the roads are long and there is hundred percent chance that some areas will be uninhabited by locals or are not urbanised. When camping, you won’t always have easy access to the things you need. When you start to realise that some of them might be running out, you’ll be grateful for what you have. Camping allows you to pick up lessons on how to maximise and properly ration food and control portions. Plus, we can bet that you’ll be more appreciative of nature’s wonders after you’ve gotten in touch with just how beautiful it is on a personal level.
There are some things that you will only learn the hard way especially if you are a little bit stubborn. We are sure that you won’t be partying after you’ve lost your phone or after everything is swimming in a pool of water in your bag because you didn’t make sure one of the bottles was tightly closed. When you go camping, whether you like it or not, you’ll have to keep your things safe and take extra measures in making sure you and your things are secure. Responsibility does not stop with taking care of your belongings, however. You will also learn to take care of your surroundings, yourself and of nature.
Camp life is undeniably hard and is not really for the faint of heart but that does not mean you should shy away from it. While they say travelling is easy, camping is not. That’s why we’re here: by reading through some of our blog posts, you’ll get tips on essentials you need for a road trip, tips for travelling solo and many other interesting camping stories.
It takes a lot of courage to meet the challenges of the adventure and in trying new things. Still, the most rewarding thing about it is knowing you survived. Even if you do get fazed at some point, you’ll get up and see that you’ve earned some battle scars.
With Salamanda Travel, just tell us what you need for your campervan adventure beforehand and we’ll let you know if we can provide through our partners. Still, like we said before, camp life will test your limits and see how you deal with situations where it’s not going to be easy all the time. Nature can be your friend and your enemy at times. And when it chooses to be the latter, you’ll have to rely on resourcefulness to pull the show-off or get quick but effective solutions to some problems you’ll encounter.
The world offers so much if you take the time to see it. Heck, if you learn to love the world, the world will love you back and give you lessons you’ll never forget. Step out from the four corners of your office and see the world from a different point of view!
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