Is camping cheaper than hotels

Camping and staying in a hotel make for two completely different holiday experiences. If you are looking to save a few pounds you may be wondering if camping is cheaper than staying in a hotel. The majority of the time it is but it most definitely depends on the type of camping and hotel you are looking for.

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Wild camping is the closest and cheapest way to experience nature up close and personal and enjoy a peaceful nights rest. This is the perfect way to escape from technology and people, and is very kind on the wallet. One of the rare places to do this is in Dartmoor where you can legally wild camp on open land for 1 to 2 nights. Make sure to read all of the rules and regulations before pitching up.

Another camping option is to stay somewhere closer to civilisation, such as Diamond Farm in Somerset. Cows and horses are just a stone's throw away and make a great impression for you country lovers. It costs £9 for two adults for one night camping assuming you are pitching a tent.


If you aren’t looking to be close to nature and away from the city, there are many budget hotels in the UK which are good options as well. The Ibis hotel in Glasgow has rooms starting at £46 or Premier Inn in Brighton City Centre cost around £29. An added benefit is that these hotels are often in much more convenient locations compared to camp sites.


A nice middle ground between the two is glamping, which is short for glamorous camping. You are still outdoors but have access to many convenient luxuries compared to traditional camping. One place to try it is the Shade Oak Yurt in Herefordshire which costs £87 per night for 2 people. Another unique option is the vintage vacation airstream in the Isle of Wight which can hold up to 4 people and is only £50 per night.

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