This is the fifth and final segment on “Would you rather go camping or to the beach? Why?”We’ve discussed the advantages and disadvantages of going to the beach. We’ve deliberated about the advantages and disadvantages of going camping. In this segment we’ll compare the advantages and disadvantages of going to the beach with those of going camping. And in conclusion I’ll let y’all know where I would rather go.
There are many amazing and exciting benefits of going to the beach 🏖 and of going camping 🏕. It’s up too you to decide which benefits are best for you. Now to see the comparison of the similarities between going to the beach and going camping.
The benefits of going to the beach and going camping are similar in the following ways:
- Improves your health
- Helps you to unplug from technology
- Reduces stress
- Lifts and improves your mood
- Increase Vitamin D intake quickly
- Change of scenery
- Better sleep
- Plenty of exercise opportunities
Similarities between the disadvantages of going to the beach and going camping are:
- Expensive – Beach rentals and cost of food and Camping equipment and limited food
- Dogs – may or may not be allowed. Need to plan ahead.
- Chance of getting sunburned. Need to be sure to bring sunscreen.
- Weather – Could be too hot, too cold, or rainy. Need to prepare ahead for possible weather changes.
Do the similarities make it more difficult to choose between the beach or camping or easier? If not, maybe the differences between to two will help you decide which you would prefer. The following is a list of differences that going to the beach has that camping does not.
- Improves overall well-being
- Boosts your immune system
- Improves breathing
- Overcrowding – too many visitors/people
- Bacteria/viruses possible
- Sand. Sand. Sand. – Let’s face it, it gets everywhere and sticks to everything.
- Travel time. Might take hours to travel to a beach depending on where you live. For me it is a three-hour drive.
- Trash/Waste. Not just ordinary trash left behind by people, but also animal or human waste.
What Camping has to offer that the Beach does not.
- Strengthens Relationships
- Develop Life Skills
- Get Closer to Nature
- Affordable – Cost less than renting a hotel room
- Improves Problem Solving
- Food tastes better. Doesn’t everything taste better cooked over an open campfire?
- Bugs – specifically mosquitoes. They often come out at night or in heavily wooded areas.
- Shared Bathroom facilities.
My list may or may not be similar to your list for the advantages and disadvantages of going to the beach as compared to going camping, however, that is perfectly alright. I encourage you to make your own lists, weight the pros and cons of each, and decide for yourself or with your family which is a better fit.
In conclusion, what do I prefer? When I was younger, I lived closer to the beach and went often. I used to play volleyball and go waterskiing. It was lots of fun. I often went with friends or met my church youth group there. My junior high and high school summers were usually spent at church camp. My youth group did not go to “Christian” campgrounds for the most part. Instead, my youth pastor took us to state or national parks. Those were some fabulous times communing with nature and being with friends.
I’m not so young anymore and do not live close to the beach. The beach is a minimum of a three-hour drive if not longer depending on the beach. There are plenty of local or fairly close state and national campgrounds with easy access for camping. I fell in love with the outdoors and nature as a teenager and that is the choice, I prefer to this day. And in case you were wondering, I still tent camp and love it.
I love to cook over a blazing campfire day or night. Cooking breakfast, lunch, and supper every day is terrific. It might take work to build the campfire and keep it stoked, but it so worth it.
God Bless. Go Camping. Go to the Beach. Just get away and get outdoors. Enjoy the fresh air and the night sky. Have fun.
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