Sunday 22 April 2018

SMART CONSUMER: 'Camping beats Florida!'

Laura O'Sullivan, from Shannon in Co Clare, has taken camping holidays with her family for the last nine years -- and wouldn't have it any other way.

"My two girls, Ciara and Emily, are nine and 13, and they love camping trips. We have a trailer tent, and take off all over Ireland.

"We've been to Florida and Spain, but if I ask my two girls where they'd prefer to go on holiday, they always say 'camping'."

But does it really work out cheaper than a cheap package abroad?

"One of the main attractions is the cost. Most campsites cost about €30 a night, including pitch and electricity, and we bring most of our food."

And Laura adds that you don't need to spend a fortune on equipment when you're starting out.

"Our best buy was a barbecue -- we picked one up in Tesco for €7. But the sites provide an awful lot for free. All the campsites are family friendly -- the kids can be out until 10 or 11. The girls' favourite place is Parson's Green in Tipperary, which has a free animal farm, lots of lovely walks in the area and even a kids' disco. "

Laura traded in her caravan for a trailer tent, so as to get outdoors a little more. Any regrets?

"Sometimes we can get unlucky with the weather, but the kids never even notice -- they love the chance to stick on the wellies and get dirty, seeing as they're not allowed to at home!"

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