Camping refers to the holiday where people sleep outside in tents especially in grassy and lake areas. Motels on the other hand, are roadside lodgings often quaint and privately owned where families stay when travelling through the national parks, countryside or woods. The intent of this paper is to provide a comparison between camping in the woods and sleeping in a hotel.
Both camping in the woods and staying in motels entail some form of conveniences. There is better maneuverability in motels just like in camping; everything needed is within close reach of individuals. Motels are also convenient because they do not need storage when one gets home as all the things of the travelers are in place. Similarly in camping, everything needed is usually within reach. Families can carry most of the stuff they need while travelling because they have storage room within the camping site (Roos, Siân, Gibbons & Constance, 157). There are also other conveniences in sleeping in a hotel. In highly populated areas, there are more motels, which offer more choices to interested individuals. This is similar to camping because there are more places in rural areas, national parks and state parks where people can camp. People are not therefore restricted to camp in one specific campground.
Motels have high quality beds, where families can have warm and comfortable nights. This is a like to the comfort people can find while camping in the woods. During camping families sleep in their familiar beds with their bedding. On the contrary, there are some differences between camping and staying in motels. Initially, the differences occur in the cost where camping involves the cost of equipment and once purchased, they can be in use for years. This is unlike the motels because every time a family goes on holiday, they have to pay a fee. Apart from that, most campgrounds require a site fee, which is cheaper compared to fees paid when sleeping in motels. Additionally, there is a difference in occupancy. Hotel rooms have beds intended to accommodate a number of guests. This implies that large families will have to get another room, forcing parents to sleep in different rooms so that they can supervise children (Smith, 43). Conversely, camping is different since the campground accommodates a large number of guests, which is ideal for groups of people and large families.
The expectations in a motel differ from those in camping. This is because motels expect guests to dress and behave in certain manners during their stay, for example, most motels do not allow people to yell. On the contrary, camping lacks such restrictions as they consider things like yelling to be family fun. The activities involved in motel, differs from those in camping whereby motels offer shelter and food. Most of these motels are around tourist attraction areas implying that one has to travel from the motels in order to enjoy other activities. Contrary, most campgrounds are in the woods near lakes and rivers. Therefore, this indicates that campers can hike, fish and bird watch among other activities. Finally, camping is advantageous to children because it will enlighten them on their surroundings as well as equip them with visual skills. This is unlike in motels because children are in enclosed building, which has no differences with their homes (Smith, 43).
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Smith, Patrick. Camping, Simple and Cheap. Bloomington, IN: Iuniverse Inc, 2010. Print. 43