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Camping Is the New Caribbean

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These days, people are taking vacations from taking vacations -- but camping is making a huge comeback. Would you do it with your family?

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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?

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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
Amy July 28, 2010, 7:44 AM

We went on an awesome camping trip with the whole family this summer. There were 12 of us and we had a blast. Looking forward to the next time we can get together and enjoy the outdoors and each other.

Stacie July 28, 2010, 2:46 PM

Camping may be the new Caribbean, and gardening is the new status symbol. A garden and a chicken coop!

Mary July 28, 2010, 5:57 PM

Camping may be making a comeback, but there are many of us who have been at it for years. It would be nice if people would learn some “camper etiquette” before just showing up at a campground.

Please follow campground rules as far as quiet times, and remind children that camp sites are just like someone’s yard, you shouldn’t just run through someone else’s space.

For the most part, people are friendly and get along just fine, but it only takes one bad family to ruin a camp out for the whole “neighborhood”

Mary August 10, 2010, 8:09 PM

Also, I never once said any of you were looking for a diagnosis for meds or to skip out on parenting. Obviously you haven’t read what I said.

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