Hotels V camping, I hear you now, is this “really” a debate? One is luxury stay by the swimming pool with cocktails. The other is packing the ute, setting up a tent and roughing it out bush, while relaxing under the stars.
No contest, right?
Well, it all depends on who you ask. Some are passionate hotel travellers who would never think of getting their hands dirty and sleeping with the snakes. Then there are the real rednecks who love nothing more than roughing it in the sticks and giving their 4WD a work out.
As for me, I do both, so why don’t we go over the pros and cons of each option, then decide a winner.
- Affordability: Camping cost next to nothing, in some areas it’s free. And even if you are camping in style with a powered site at a Holiday Park, you’ll be saving a heap of cash.
- Family time: Nothing reunites a busy family more, than a camping trip. It excites the kids as they play in the sticks, swim in the river and roast marshmallows by a fire. It is family bonding better than ever.
- An adventure: A camping trip is an adventure as you explore the beautiful surrounds around you, get lost in the wilderness and discover news skills you never knew existed.
- Take in the nature: The beauty of being outdoors amongst the fresh nature and stunning surrounds. Then snuggling up in your sleeping bag at night while telling camp stories.
- Convenient: A camping trip can be decided on a whim. Load up the car and head out for a quick weekend getaway.
- Sleeping: A good night’s sleep can be hard on the rock-hard dirt floor. Especially without a decent mattress to support you. This issue can somewhat be solved if you purchase a decent camp bed or mattress. Don’t forget a nice pillow or even a camping pillow that is convenient to pack.
- Cooking: No room service out in the sticks, you will need to do it all yourselves, breakfast lunch and dinner.
- Washing up: After cooking comes the washing up. Always a tough task when camping but an unavoidable chore.
- Showering: If you are camping in a holiday park you will have the luxury of a communal shower and that is the best you can hope for. In some camping sites, you will need to bathe in the river. That’s if you are camping by river of course but in some cases, you need to really “rough it.” Or purchase a portable shower and toilet from a camping store.
- Hot and sweaty: Camping is usually most popular during summer. With no air-conditioner, no fans, keeping cool is only possible by having a swim in the cool rivers or beach.
- Mosquitoes: Mozzies, bugs and flies. Probably the biggest downfall of camping. Expect to spend a bit of time with those pests and don’t forget your repellent.
- Luxury: Hotels can be luxury, depending where you stay. Sit back and relax in style, you are on holidays.
- Fine Dining: No cooking in your hotel room. Dine out in the hotel’s restaurants or many restaurants that are generally near your hotel. Oh, and room service can be an option too.
- Cocktails: Cocktails are popular, especially in a resort stay.
- Swimming pools: And where better to drink your cocktails but by a swimming pool as you sunbake on the layout and have dip in the pool in-between.
- No cleaning up: Let the friendly staff clean up your beds and make up room while you go out and enjoy the surrounds of the area where you are staying.
- Comfortable beds: Well most times sleeping in a hotel is comfortable. The chances are you will have a much better sleep in the comfort of your hotel room, without squatting those mozzies away.
- Expensive: Hotels can be expensive and so is fine dining and drinking cocktails by the pool. Be prepared to break the bank account.
- Sorry there isn’t too many negatives to staying in a hotel. Unless you find a horror stay. But that is what TripAdvisor is for so you can review your potential hotels.
And the winner is:
Camping is great, don’t doubt it. And I will continue to sleep in the great outdoors. Not only because it is affordable but it is great for kids, while giving them valuable outside time away from their fancy toys.
But. To be honest, I would choose a hotel stay in pure luxury, every day of the week and twice on Sundays. You can’t beat the comforts of a bed inside the four walls, with a private bathroom, room service and swimming pool below as you drink your cocktails.
So, your Fair Dinkum Traveller winner on this occasion is hotels. And by a bit of a margin. Happy Travels.
What is your preferred choice? Tell me in the comments below.