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June 15, 2009

Camping: The Season's Last-Minute "Micro-Vacation"

Kid%20with%20marshmallow Most families are lusting after the same aspect in their summer vacation: affordability. Because of this economic influence, many travelers have shifted their focus this summer from 2-week traditional vacations to shorter, more affordable "micro-vacations." According to Kampgrounds of America (KOA), there was a 6% increase in campground stays since last Memorial Day weekend, which is attributed to people not planning as far ahead to make travel decisions. The spontaneity of camping is perfect for families or groups of friends who have difficulty coordinating schedules to pick a date. It's easy to plan a trip and find camping sites along the way using tools like KOA's regional vacation ideas map of the U.S. 

Though camping is down-to-earth and lets you appreciate a different way of life, it doesn't have to be wild and rustic. Campground cabins usually run about $45-$80 per night, and sleep 4-8 people. That's roughly $10 per person! Plus, many campsites offer amenities, activities and events which are included in your lodging expense - many even offer wi-fi!

Find more group travel ideas in RTM's Travel Channel.


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