At last the day has arrived – you’ve retired! Now that you have more time on your hands, you may be wondering what to do with it. Regardless of where you live, camping makes an excellent hobby, allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors, re-connect with family and friends and generally get away from it all. A camping trip can be as relaxing or as active as you choose to make it.
There are literally thousands of campgrounds available all over the United States; they vary widely in cost, amenities and size. You may find that you want a campground that is quieter and geared more towards older campers; in fact there are campgrounds that cater specifically to retired and older people.
And camping needn’t be too primitive – many campsites offer the facilities of a good resort – swimming pool, games room, restaurants and shops, organized entertainment and more. Camping can be a great way to meet like-minded people and perhaps make some new friends.
Camping equipment has come a long way in the last couple of decades – with a little bit of research, it’s possible to buy tents, sleeping bags and other equipment that are easy to assemble, comfortable and durable. Tents are available that have two, or even three separate compartments, allowing you to camp with your family, friends or grandchildren.
A warm, comfortable sleeping bag is a must, as is an easy to inflate air bed, to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep. Cooking utensils and equipment allow you to prepare and eat healthy and nutritious meals – although nothing quite beats burgers and hot dogs cooked on the grill.
And one of the best things about camping? Once you have all the equipment, it’s a relatively inexpensive pastime. Campground fees per night or for a weekend are typically much less than the cost of a hotel room; many campgrounds and camping organizations also offer senior discounts.