March 19, 2020 3 min read
*As of 23/03/20 the UK government have ordered all campsites to close due to the outbreak of COVID-19, until this is officially lifted, we do not encourage you to go camping — stay at home as much as possible.*
As schools and work places close and self-isolation comes into force, many of us are finding ourselves spending an unprecedented time at home, cobweb-spotting when we would usually be out and about. So how can you tackle those corona blues?
If your long awaited 2020 holiday abroad has been cancelled, along with every festival and social gathering for the foreseeable future, how can you plan some relaxing (and, more importantly, safe) alternatives to fill that empty wall planner?
First, put that phone down and stop fixating on Facebook/Twitter/news outlets, because the social anxiety is not good for you! Second, get outside in some good old-fashioned fresh air –preferably far away from WIFI!
At the time of writing, we still have an opportunity to spend time at a campsite. The Caravan and Camping Club and the Caravan Club have recently announced that their sites remain open. This is what the Caravan Club said yesterday (18thMarch):
Current government advice on essential travel refers to the use of public transport and travel to work, and for certain age groups, as part of its social distancing guidance. There are currently no restrictions on leisure travel, including journeys to campsites. Information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults
We would agree that nobody is put in danger of contamination if you hop in your car on the driveway and head out to the middle of nowhere! So, whilst adhering to government guidelines on social distancing, we believe that camping and glamping is a great solution for staving off the boredom and cabin fever while we’re still able to do it. We’d go even further, and say that getting outdoors is essential for improving physical and mental health and emotional well-being.
Here are our ‘top tips’ for surviving self-isolation while on a camping trip:
So while we’re able, we say keep calm, be kind to one another, and carry on camping!
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