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