Nomads Guide to an Affordable Spring Break and/or Summer Vacation


January 29, 2018

Spring Break Travel and Summer Vacations will be upon us before you know it. If you are like many of us you are looking at the popular destinations and wondering how on earth you can afford to visit them. Finding reasonably priced accommodations can be a daunting task. Often, the ones you find are in parts of town that you’d prefer not to stay in.

Not so long ago I was wanting to take my family to visit Washington D.C.. We checked all of the travel websites, the hotel databases, and we couldn’t find anything in our family’s price range. It looked like visiting our nation’s capital was beyond our reach. That was until we started looking at camping options near D.C.. I’m not talking KOA, or any of the high end facilities that cater to the RV crowd. Those are often more expensive than a hotel.

What we found outside of Washington D.C. was a campground run by the National Park Service, called Greenbelt Park. The subway line in to D.C. wasn’t far way, and the University of Maryland was next to the subway stop. Instead of having to pay $100 USD a night and up for a hotel, we ended up paying $16 a night for our campsite. You may also like to know that we did have hot showers and toilets. But we did camp out.

What could be better than experiencing all of the sites of D.C. and then sitting around a campfire at night telling the tales? Restaurants were close enough that we could eat out at night if we wanted to, or we could cook on the campfire if we wanted to do that. One of our favorites was having pizza by lantern light.

It turns out that near most popular destinations there are camping facilities similar to Greenbelt Park. They may be locally run, may be in National Forests, or any number of options. It may surprise you but there are camping spots listed on airbnb.com, and you can checkout campinmygarden.com for European travel, or gamping.com has some destinations.

So pack your hammock and get ready to travel. Make sure your selected destination will allow hanging your hammock. If they don’t you can always build this DIY hammock stand to take with you.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Free-Standing-Portable-Hammock-Stand/

Happy travels.

If you need a hammock check us out at:
https://www.nomadsadventuregear.com/collections/awesome-hammock-eleven-foot-double-sized-camping-hammock

And don’t forget get the straps:
https://www.nomadsadventuregear.com/collections/suspension-system



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