Late fifties, a bus/coach from south London to the south east coast of England an hour away, to a caravan park. On sunny days we were on the beach playing sandcastles or swimming, then eating ice cream or in the penny arcades while our small amount of money lasted. We had a small oven and rings so mum cooked our food for us. We played cards, read or whatever in the evenings, having no TV there. We had a good time.
I've seen kids dragged around Asia, Down Under and so on and they do not look like they are having a good time. And it can take a day or more from home to hotel to get to such places, which can be hot and sticky, have mosquitoes, etc.
There's a lot of cool stories...noted when camp sites are cheap look into why! It might because they're the center point of all the water runoff! That's really cool that you moved to Victoria, BC that's one of my favorite vacation destinations! Camping sounds like so much fun I'm glad summer is almost here!
My first trip was a camping tour on the south coast in spain in 1996. I loved it from the start and it was the beginning of my travel-life. Today i´m travelling 4 times a year. I simply can´t get enough
as a kid i have had many trips with my parents but i want to tell about my 1st ever trip with my friends. i was 18 then and wanted to plan a fun filled adventurous trip sans any luxuries. we all wanted this to be a completely different experience from what we have had from our other trips with our parents.
after a lot of discussions and deliberation we chose to go to manali in india. it was summer time in india and manali was one of the most sought after tourist destinations for summers in india.
also our expectation from out trip to be adventurous and fun filled seemed to be getting true when we read about possibilities of all the activities that we can do there.
River side camping, river rafting, rock climbing, para gliding, skiing and mountaineering. u could do it all there. so we got all the bookings made in advance from -snip- as it was a peak season and we did not want to miss out on any single activity.
the four day stay in manali was simply most satisfying and self realizing experience of my life. the feel that u get sleeping under the stars, its simply mystifying.
to all the readers out there, u must once experience a trip that is sans the luxuries and close to nature.
have a great time ahead. cheers!!
[ Edit: Snipping what seems to be a disguised promo... ]
Going to Disneyland in Florida with my parents when I was Four. I had a Donald Duck hat which squeaked when you squeezed the peak. goofy stole it off of me and wouldn't give it back for about half an hour. = (
I went on camping trips several times a year with my family starting at the age of 3 or 4, so they all kind of blend together for me.
The first real trip we went on was to Disneyland when I was 10. It my first time on a plane as well.
My favourite experience of the trip was Universal Studios. The Earthquake and Backdraft rides had just opened (gives you an idea how long ago this trip was )
There are two major things that stand out for me about that trip though:
1) Crossing the border from San Diego to Tijuana, nearly losing my family in the chaos and then being accosted by beggers and touts the second we crossed into Mexico.
2) Sitting down to lunch and watching my brother spray the ceiling, the table, and me with ketchup. He was shaking the bottle and he didn't check to see if the lid was screwed on first. Whoops!!
My first travel experience was to Vietnam it was Blessed with a ravishing coastline, emerald-green mountains, breathtaking national parks, dynamic cities, outstanding cultural interest and one of the world’s best cuisines, Vietnam has it all......thanks alot......
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]