More and more people are embracing the great outdoors on their holidays, as camping has risen in popularity once again over the last few years.
Thanks to the introduction of ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping) recently, those numbers are only set to keep climbing as well.
In Great Britain alone, around 15.39 million camping and caravanning trips were taken in 2015, up 3.2% on the year before. You don’t have to set up a tent in your garden to experience nature, however, as there are so many incredible places to go camping. Here are just five of them.
Of course, we couldn’t create a list of the best destinations to go camping without including the stunning county of Yorkshire. With your pick of the Yorkshire Dales or the Peak District, you’ll be spoilt for choice. However, if glamping is more your thing, make your way over to The Bay Filey. Not only will you be surrounded by countryside, but you’ll be close to the coast, too.
Since 2006, the number of Australians going to Bali has increased by 546%, but why should the Aussies get all the fun? Bali doesn’t have to be all about luxury beach lodges, because there are plenty of other ways to experience this stunning part of the world. How about setting up camp in the Balinese jungle? You can pitch your tent underneath the trees and become one with nature. Just watch out for the cheeky monkeys, as they’ll happily root through your rucksack if you let them.
If you really want to get up close and personal with nature, why not head on safari? Again, many people believe that safaris are all about luxury lodges, but that just isn’t the case (unless you want it to be). Head to Masai Mara in Kenya and you can set up your camp in the African bush. This is the perfect place to witness the wonders of The Great Migration, too. Imagine waking up every morning and looking out of your tent to see some of the most magnificent beasts in the Animal Kingdom.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is one of America’s most popular National Parks, particularly for campers – and it’s not hard to see why. There are 12 campgrounds to pick from here, combining over 2,000 sites. If you want to head off the beaten track, then you can also choose from a selection of backcountry campsites. However, if this is the first time you’ve camped in Yellowstone, it’s probably best saving the backcountry campsites for when you’ve gotten to know the area.
Dubbed as the Northern Lights Capital of Iceland, Lake Myvatn is truly a sight to behold. This volcanic lake has a naturally heated man-made lagoon, perfect for a dip, along with boiling mud pots and hot springs. If you were worried you might get a bit cold here, then fear not! Glamping is a bit more popular here than camping, simply because of the temperatures, but if you’re feeling hardcore, then you can pitch your tent. Don’t forget to keep your eyes on the sky at night, in the hope you’ll catch a glimpse of the incredible Northern Lights.
Five very different destinations, all with one thing in common – they’re fabulous places to go camping! The only problem is deciding which one to go to first.
Can you think of any others to add to the list? Let us know.