While for some of us the idea of sleeping under canvas on the hard earth and having a quick wash in cold water sounds like hell, for others, it is one of the fondest memories they have of childhood holidays. There are lots of things to love about camping, whether it’s the simplicity of it, the chance to get back to nature or just the chance to spend time together without phones dinging – if you’re toying with the idea of a camping holiday this year, here are some of the pros of camping.

The cost

Once you’ve spent the initial set up costs of buying a tent and the various equipment, camping is actually a great option for a budget holiday. You are after all taking your own accommodation with you, so after pitch fees which are significantly lower than staying in a hotel or something similar. Another great thing about camping is that you have a lot more freedom, if you already own the kit, there is nothing stopping you from booking a pitch and just rocking up a few hours later for a little holiday by the sea.

The memories

Yes, whenever you go on holiday, you make memories, but camping is a great way to bring people together and make the kind of memories you can think back on for years to come. Whether it is memorable because it rained the entire time or you sweated your way through the night in your sleeping bag, no doubt you’ll think on the whole experience fondly.

Being outdoors

With our lives being so busy these days, it is always nice to get back to nature and enjoy the great outdoors and camping is a great way to do this – you are literally among the nature after all. If you’re doing it the traditional way, it’ll be you, your tent and that’s it – no electricity to keep you tied to the world at home, just the chance to relax in beautiful surroundings. But that doesn’t mean that you have to rough it. Many campsite offer incredible shower and kitchen facilities so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

If you want to experience the joys of camping in Sidmouth, take a look at some of the sites in and around the town here.