Our much needed rest from work, school and playdates has come to a screeching halt in this sinking economy. Families have resorted to staycations and given up spending money on traveling. But rather than foregoing it altogether, one trend is re-emerging: camping! And it's not just for treehuggers.
Let's face it, camping is just about the least expensive way to go, considering there are no hotel or restaurant dinner costs. Phil McKnelly, head of the National Association of State Park Directors says, "For the cost of one or two nights in a hotel, you can spend a week in a state park." The savings are why it's becoming increasingly popular for families too. "Families are going back to basics after years of overspending," reports CNN. Outdoor retailer REI has reported a 28% increase on larger size tents and sleeping bags since March 2008 and reservations for California's state parks were up 13% from last year.
Would you hit the campground with your family or would you rather stay home?