The Cost of Outdoor Adventures – The Cost of No Adventures

August 19, 2019

We’ve noticed a growing increase in outdoor activities. Some are worth it. Some of the best cost very little…

Increasing Prices at Campsites

Camping always used to be a low-cost way to explore the country, but we’ve seen a steady increase in campsite prices since it has become more popular over the last few years. On many campsites, you used to accommodate the family for around £20. On some campsites these days, it could be getting closer to £100, or even more if you are glamping.

But not all.

We’ve still stayed at some great sites this year for closer to the £20-30 mark.

Prices rise though. Prices of everything rises.

Cost of Outdoor Activities

It’s not just campsites that have seen a price rise.

Activities from whitewater rafting to cycling; all can get pricey.

But don’t put it off

Family Adventures when Camping at Shell IslandIf you’ve got young kids, this may sound a little patronising, and very cliche, but it’s true: your kids grow up too fast.

Once they get to secondary school, the reality is, they’re starting the process of growing up and leaving the family.

There’s still a few years of fun, but the clock is ticking…

The ticking clock

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And this isn’t meant to be morbid, but the saying is true: “you can’t take it with you.”

“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paulo Coelho – Tweet

As we battle with the 9-5, the school run, the homework, the after school activities, the housework, and “working for the man”, it’s all too easy to lose sight of things. We lose perspective on what matters.

You can’t put a price on experience

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What do you remember about your childhood?

Good or bad, it’s experiences.

If you were lucky enough to have a childhood filled with experiences, you’d know how they’ve shaped and rounded your life. If you haven’t, then there’s no reason not to start now.

Now think of your kids.

We can’t buy everything our kids want. But we can invest in those experiences that last them a lifetime. — Tweet

As adults, we have to budget and save to do the activities. We can’t buy everything our kids want. But we can invest in those experiences that last them a lifetime.

And while the latest gadget gives them some cred with their friends, it will be obsolete and forgotten in a year. Good experiences won’t be.

Not all experiences are expensive

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Some of the best experiences don’t cost a lot of money.

Think about creating your micro adventures.

Climb a hill and watch the sunset. Go for a night walk. Walk or ride into a remote spot of a forest and make a den. Sleep out under the stars.

What are you waiting for? Live life. – Tweet

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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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