Over 100 years ago, Camping and Caravanning Club founding father and camping pioneer Thomas Hiram Holding wanted everyone to enjoy the "luxury of fresh air and outstanding scenery".
What he could never have foreseen, however, was the in-depth research which would be undertaken by the club, in conjunction with Liverpool John Moores University, during the course of 2010, to actually prove that "camping & caravanning makes you richer"!
It's true! The evidence collated by the Club really does prove that camping can make you richer....in mind, body and soul! Just take look at www.realrichness.co.uk.
Or ask anyone who goes camping, caravanning, motorhoming or trailer tenting for the 'money can't buy' experiences they have on every trip.
And then listen to how it's a priceless chance to get closer to nature. How working together to pitch the tent or set up the caravan, cook the food and share the chores brings families closer together in a way that everyday life can't. And how there's a genuine, old-fashioned sense of community in camping that maybe we're losing through new forms of 'social networking'.
So how can YOU "get rich quick"?
The Camping & Caravanning Club currently has 109 sites across the UK, including The Star site, less than a mile from Alton Towers - the UK's most visited theme park.
The Club has also recently taken over the management of 20 Forest Holidays Caravan & Camping Touring Sites for 2011. These sites are located in idyllic locations on Forestry Commission land across the UK and provide fantastic getaways for adults and children alike. Not only do they offer superb scenery and back to nature pitches, they also provide holiday options for the more adventurous camper. Many sites have a number of sports activities plus there's the option of exploring the forest with the Club's very own Forest Rangers.
The Club has also joined the "Pod generation", with revolutionary Camping Pods at its sites at Bellingham (Northumberland), Isle of Skye, Thetford Forest (Norfolk) and Eskdale (Lake District) together with nine Camping Dens at Gulliver's Milton Keynes.
Podders still enjoy the fun of staying on a communal campsite, but have the home comforts of electric power points, heating and outside barbecues. And at around £40 a night, it still won't break the bank.
Alternatively, the Club offers self-catering holidays on 13 of its Club Sites as well as Caravan Holiday Homes and Exclusive Lodges, which come fully furnished, at some stunning locations across the UK including new Lodges at Theobalds Park in Hertfordshire.
It's a bold claim, but the Camping and Caravanning Club now has the facts to prove they can help make you richer in mind, body and soul! They're not called the Friendly Club for nothing....
Membership costs less that £40 a year. Join online at www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk, or telephone 0845 130 7632.
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