*Urban camping used to be a thing for hobos, gypsies, and transients – but the shift in economic realities has brought forward some affordable camping trip ideas. You average vacation costs you around $100 per night in barely decent hotels. This means that a week’s vacation without travel and food would have already cost you $700.
Depending on your vehicle’s mileage, with a camping trip, you will be looking at somewhere between $100 and $200 for travel and $50 a day for your family’s food. This would leave you with a spread that is no more than $1150 for a whole week of fun activities.
For your camping trip, you can easily get your hands on a motorhome that costs under 3k. This means that if you have been on 2 vacations without staying in hotels, the motorhome has already paid for itself. You can even go ahead and buy an RV trailer for a lower price and maybe even get a larger space. The only difference is that you will need to tow your RV with your vehicle.
Once you have a motorhome, making it comfortable enough for a beautiful family vacation is completely your responsibility. You need to plan well for your bathroom. You should also have enough blankets and snacks, along with a supply of water.
While you are planning for a camping trip, you will have to figure out your black tank situation. Trust us – RV’s need to have toilet options that make them socially acceptable and comfortable. If 5 people were to continuously use the restroom over the course of a week, the bilge tank would definitely get full. You will, therefore, have to figure out how to safely and legally dispose of it.
Also, traffic is going to be really crazy in the city during the day, so your best option will be to drive from one camping site to the other during night time. If you really do wish to travel around in tourist spots during the day, then you will have to do it on foot.
Lastly, if you think you have a budget of around $4k for annual vacations and choose urban camping roots, then you will be able to enjoy 4 times the luxuries of a vacation in the same cost. So would you want to keep your family in a hotel full of roaches or have some autonomy?