Why do you “camp”?


There’s some question whether traveling in a comfy RV is “camping,” but a lot of us still call it that. Regardless, most of us like to get away with a recreational vehicle – or simply a tent, portable stove and sleeping bag.

Why do we do it? Or more to the point, “Why do you do it?”

The 2017 American Camper Report by the Outdoor Foundation stated that more than 40.5 million Americans, or 13.7 percent of the population over age 6, camped in 2016, totaling 587.2 million days. The report listed the words participants associated with camping as “escape,” “peace” and “happiness.”

Are those the words you would use? Or is it something else?

Would you please leave a comment with the one word you would use to describe your RV “camping?” Feel free to explain why you chose that word, but start off with the one single word you most associate with camping as you experience it.



  1. It give my husband and I time to be close (literally we have a 19′ TT). We can bring our dog, sleep in our own, bed, fix meals our way (I’m gluten free), and take time for our favorite recreation of fishing.

  2. Pets. We have three small dogs. Our first RV purchase was simply to provide us with a hurricane evacuation vehicle that would transport all the people and animals in our extended family. It has grown (literally since we now have a 45′ Class A) into a wonderful way to explore the country – and escape FL’s summer heat – for my husband and myself. And a really nice way to visit kids and grands.

  3. Convenience. I hate carrying in, unpacking and repacking to spend a night in a motel. With my RV, everything I need is always at hand.

  4. Friends. We go camping with a Good Sam chapter and enjoy time with friends. Before the 5th wheel we tent camped and enjoyed the outdoors and exploring.

  5. Freedom, pets, wife uncomfortable on long car rides, knowing when I plan to start a trip I can be sure we will start then and complete in a timely manner.

  6. “Relaxation” – and the reason is the getting away part. Free from the stressors of home life. (the maintenance, upkeep, cleaning, and so on).

  7. Home- we treat it like home for 6 or more months a year. It is stocked with all the things we need to “calm” where & when we want.

  8. Experiencing — — We find it a satisfying enjoyable endeavor to plan, load up and hit the road, most specially less traveled back country good roads.

  9. Flexibility — We only make the most general plans and feel free to change them at any time. We have a basic rule that of any trip no matter how long (six weeks to two months) we have no more than one scheduled event.

  10. Pets. I find so many people joke about the reason they have an RV…They have pets. I could never leave my little 15 yr old maltese with anyone. Let alone leave her for long periods of time. And….I do love having my own bed, not packing and repacking for hotel stays. And it is still less expensive to stay at many parks than in a hotel. Oh, and love making my own Margaritas. CHILL time!!!!

    • I also had a maltese cat when I was a kid. It was huge and it’s grey fur looked almost blue. Hadn’t thought about that cat for years!

  11. Convenience. I hate packing, unpacking and repacking to spend a night or two in a motel (often over-priced). With my RV, everything I need is always at hand.

  12. Cost.
    We take frequent road trips and it is nice to have our own bed, bathroom, and kitchen with us. Even an expensive campground is cheaper than most cheap motels.

  13. We do NOT camp. We travel mostly to explore new areas. We also stop to visit friends and family. Spent too many nights I hotels when working. Now I want my own bed, bathroom, and refer.
    Anyone that thinks this is the cheap way to go best look closer. I bought a new 5er and truck this year, 5er near $100k and truck $72K. Add insurance, fuel, maintenance, and CG fees and hotels look good.

  14. Nature. I love to just sit under my awning and hear all the sounds of nature, In some countries it’s called “Forest Bathing ” I forget all my problems. I also like to sometimes camp with clubs and enjoy activities with them.

  15. I just call it GLAMPING, a form of camping and a way to meet new people and see different places. I love the freedom to pick up and leave for a different spot and to survey the area for places to visit.

  16. It was cheep, back in the early 80’s when we started with 4 kids in tents! Now all 7 kids are grown and we still “camp”. Just the 2 of us, looking for a motor home . Boy has the price of camping gone up! Might not afford it any more!

  17. To explore new places, relax, and enjoy a slower pace. Occasionally we are fortunate and find this and are thankful for every moment. Wonderful location, great neighbors, magnificent environment. BUT too often we find too many people who just bring ‘home’ with them. Apparently they cannot live without noise – TVs, phones, computers, video games, etc. — loud, loud, loud so anyone within 3-4 campsites must endure their noise. And the generators (going all day) that they fire up for the TV, computer, AC, etc. It used to be that we left home to get away from all these ‘life interrupters’. Now they have become an absolute necessity of many peoples ‘camping/glamping’ life. They cannot live without them, and they do not care that the way they use them has a direct effect on others. The irony is that to many it is the learned need for ‘background’ noise in their life. In many cases the loud TV (radio, etc.) is on but no one is paying attention to it. But they ‘need’ it.

  18. Lifestyle, why sit in a motel looking at TV and a parking lot worrying about bedbugs when you can be out in the fresh air with your dog enjoying the sunset and the sound of waves breaking on a Sandy Beach with all the comforts of home?

  19. The 2 main purposes for our RV travels are:
    1- We use it to do Christian mission work. We belong to a couple of organizations, such as Campers on Mission, Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief, and Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. Having an RV makes it easier to do these mission trips, some times going long distances, such as Alaska or Key West.
    2- We simply enjoy traveling to new places. We enjoy the sites, natural beauty of this country, meet new people, kick back and enjoy this season in life.

  20. Winter home, we are searching for possible semi permanent winter home, the last 3 years we spent in different FL and last year south TX which was cool and damp(won’t go back) and this year we go back to central FL. If we find what we’re looking for we will sell the RV and buy a winter home.

  21. Relaxing Being retired is not as relaxing as people think. There are still everyday things that need to be done every day or week. Taking the motorhome out for a few days or weeks give us that little bit of time to do nothing but enjoy life.

  22. Adventure
    Love to explore new places, see new things, meet new people, every trip feels like a new adventure whether it is for one day or many.

  23. Life…to live life to its fullest traveling this country, meeting new people, visiting places we’ve never been before…just doing what both our parents had planned to do “once they retired,” and never got the chance.

  24. All the answers posted are why we glamp. We have pets, we like our own bed, we like our own facilities, we like to see other places, like to meet other people, & to get away – no more work for us except keeping the bricks & sticks & yard up.

  25. Relaxation. When home, there are so many things screaming out for our attention; cleaning, landscaping, house maintenance, incomplete home improvement projects, etc. It goes on and on. While “camping” our focus — and demands for attention — is just on camping. Our lives become simpler and more relaxed.

  26. Familiarity. That may sound strange, but using my travel trailer avoids the chance of a strange, and uncomfortable or unclean bed in a motel. It also means being able to prepare meals I am familiar with, and enjoy, rather than the high calorie fare at roadside restaurants three meals a day. And familiarity means I can keep my family pet, who wants nothing more in life than to be with me, on my road trips instead of putting her in a kennel.

  27. Relaxation. To escape from my very demanding and stressful job , and be outside experiencing the sounds, sights, and scents of nature is crucial to the preservation of my soul and my sanity.

  28. “Glamping” – love that word(?) After 20 yrs in the 82nd Airborne, Infantry, I’ve ‘roughed-it’ enough thankyou

    • Oh, I like that, Donna. Thanks! I have 18 acres of remote mountain property where I go to “lose my mind and find my soul” — i.e., “regroup.” Very therapeutic! —Diane at RVtravel.com aka Mountain Mama


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