Sleeping under the stars is one of the greatest joys in the universe. Camping is not only an adventurous way to travel, it’s also cheap (if you don’t opt for the glamping version) and eco-friendly. To find the ideal place to pitch your tent is not an easy task; there are so many stunning destinations. Here are some of the best camping destinations for the adventurous at heart.
Scotland – the Isle of Arran
Scotland is full of many beautiful sites worth visiting but one of the most gorgeous is the little Isle of Arran. This island is literally loaded with places to see and things to do. Visitors can appreciate not only the breathtaking beaches, but also superb coastal walks, and visiting caves in the sandstone cliffs which are popular with paragliders. Locals recommend the forest walk that winds past a dramatic waterfall to reach a tranquil lake. When you’re tired from all the walking, relax in the Leisure Centre at Auchrannie spa resort. If you’re a history lover, then be sure to visit the baronial Brodick Castle surrounded by gardens and a country park; it’s a must see!
Chile – Cochiguaz
Make sure you reserve enough time in your holiday schedule and spend at least three days in Chile, especially in the Elqui Valley which is home to the eco-friendly campsites Cochiguaz.
This valley, where you will find the vineyards producing Syrah and Carmenere, is considered one of the best places in the world for stargazing with 360 clear nights per year. Travelers love to explore this picturesque valley from horseback. What could be more magical?
Kenya – Maasai Mara National Reserve
Maasai Mara is one of the world’s richest game reserves. Besides enjoying the game drives and viewing the migration of animals you can treat yourself to a hot-air balloon trip. There are exceptional sightings of elephants from December to March and the wildebeest migration from June to mid-September. By visiting this iconic sanctuary of wildlife you’ll be sure to make memories for life.
Alaska – Deneli National Park
This national park, which is home to the tallest North American mountain McKinley (6,190 meters) celebrated the 100th anniversary of preserving its outstanding nature last year. The wilderness showcases an exceptional scale of landscape; including forest, taiga, tundra and even glaciers. There are four camping areas situated in the park and there are even camper buses which provide transportation for the visitors. Keep in mind you might meet the local grizzly bears!
New Zealand – Punaikaki Beach
New Zealand offers dozens of impressive camping sites, but Punaikaki and the nearby Paparoa National Park are worth exploring. You find the camp between a beach, river and the national park, which makes this campsite a little piece of paradise. The area offers excellent fishing, bird watching, caving or rock climbing. Local attractions are the 30 million old Pancake Rock formations, where the sea bursts through vertical blow holes. Keep an eye on the ocean too as you might spot the playful Hector’s Dolphins.