So you’re thinking about joining the pool of seasonal campers. If you’re still part of the working world, seasonal camping can be a great way to quickly get away to unwind for several weekends throughout the summer. And for retirees, it can be your season-long home after spending winters in a warmer southern climate.
But before taking the leap, here are some things you may want to consider before making your decision.
Figure out what type of campground is best for you. Are you looking for a family oriented park that caters to young parents with kids, or would you prefer quieter park geared more toward retirees?
What amenities are important to you? Perhaps you’d like a golf course or fishing lake just down the road. Maybe you want a swimming pool or restaurant on-site. Are there attractions nearby? Do the planned activities fit your interests?
How far do want to drive? Set a maximum distance from home that you’re comfortable driving several times during the camping season. You’ll likely want someplace close, but far enough to feel like you’re getting away.
Ask about site amenities such as electric and sewer. Do they allow you to build decks, set up a storage shed, or use golf carts? Read the campground rules, especially their policy on pets if you plan to bring your dog.
Compare seasonal rates and what services they may include. Walk around the campground. Talk to other seasonal campers and find out what they like or dislike about the park. Get a feel for the cleanliness and maintenance of the facilities.
Above all – take your time in making a decision by doing your homework and keeping an open mind. By doing so, you can be sure to find a campground that is just right for you.