I have a family goal...

Ok from the start lets get one thing clear... In this instance the family is excluding the teenager as I have no hope in hell of getting her to join in with this goal!  

The goal is to go camping and eventually buy a tent.... Yes doesn't sound like much of a goal but it's a step in the right direction.

Let me give this a little context! As a child I was very very lucky to travel a fair amount, mainly down to the fact that we had a caravan and would travel all over the UK and parts of Europe! 

Credit: Gopal Vijayaraghavan / Flickr

Credit: Gopal Vijayaraghavan / Flickr

Now I don't want a caravan, I would love a camper van but funds would never stretch to that so a great alternative is the tent!  It's a cheap and effective way to get away for weekends and short breaks as a family and spend some time together!  

My plan is once we have the tent (plus a load of kit) to start exploring the UK initially and show the good wife how much fun it can be!  She is used to the finer things in life and can't think of anything worse than a sleeping bag and not a proper bed! 

 The UK is a fantastic country and I have not explored it enough in recent years!! I also feel that we have this great country and its a crime not to explore it more! 

Now what I want to know is how can I get the family as excited for it as I am??

What tips would you give to newbie campers?? 

If I succeed in my goal I will share my how we get on and hopefully build up a guide for new  wanna be campers!! 

Hopefully it won't turn out like a new episode of carry on camping!