For some people, watching a near-death survival program is about as close as we get to the great outdoors. Setting up a tent for the weekend in a field in the countryside gets you one step closer to communing with nature, even if there are wash rooms, fully fledged toilets (with flushes and everything) and a gift shop nearby.
The following is a pick of the best campsites worldwide; Sites that will bring you closer to nature without the need to fully abandon civilization.
Iceland is infamous for it’s ‘basic’ variety of campsites, and Arbudir is no exception. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the , it really is a breathtaking way to wake up in the morning. There is no on-site accommodation, and the site itself is a small piece of meadow next to the mountain hut. Just a single shower and a handful of outdoor sinks and a sprinkling of toilets really will have you going back to basics.
Sudersand, Gotland, Sweden
Gotland Island just off the Swedish east coast is famed for its tranquil nature and landscape scenery. On the northern tip is a small island called Faro, where there is a quaint campsite called Suderland which is set close to one of Sweden’s longest and most beautiful beaches. Not too far away, on the west coast, is nature preservation area famous for its huge stone formations, called ‘Raukar’; truly magical.
Tucked away from the more touristy spots in the Florida Keys is this beautiful state park. It’s the first key you will reach after crossing the 7-mile bridge from Marathon. Bahia Honda is located next to one of the deepest channels of water between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The spot makes for excellent swimming, snorkeling, diving and fishing or simply kick back and relax in what most people would visualize as paradise. The sandy shored lagoon really is a site.
If you decide to venture off to one of the places listed above, pack wisely, and don’t let the burden of dragging your bags around with you ruin your trip. Pack a limited bag, there is no need to bring the bathroom sink (although one would come in handy in some places). Pack light, but warm fabrics such as fleeces, and bring trousers with tear away knees so they double up as shorts. The North Face has great selection of outdoor attire and the quality is second to none.
If all else fails there is one last campsite which combines safety, familiarity, convenience and at arms’ length of all the mid-night snacks you could dream of: your back yard!