A Country Kid’s Post: Camping Unplugged


While we’ve had camping on our bucket list for some time now, we somehow didn’t manage to plan it, so when a friend phoned us and asked if we wanted to go camping a few weeks ago, I said yes right away.  While planning is great, there’s also something exciting about going on a spontaneous trip, don’t you think?

We almost didn’t go actually since T went down with a temperature the night before, in fact, I sent a text message to our friend to warn her that if T wasn’t feeling well, we’re going to have to cancel our trip.  Luckily for us, T woke up feeling so much better.  Not wanting to test fate, we quickly loaded our car and drove off taking Doc with us on our little camping trip.  Boots stayed at home to watch over the house.

Little T relaxing while we packed as much as we can in our little car.

Luckily we found a lovely campsite just outside Dartmoor that had space and wasn’t crowded with campers.  Granted it was just a site with basic facilities like toilets, hot shower and sinks for washing-up, which we actually liked.  Besides, “going rough” is what camping is all about isn’t it?

As we left, little T asked if we were going to take the iPad.  I said, what’s the point in going camping if we were going to take it?  No, we were all going to unplug our devices for the duration of the trip and guess what?  It was absolute bliss!

There was so much empty space in the campsite as you can see, Doc and little T had so much fun, although he wasn’t allowed to roam on his own.

To top it off, the weather cooperated and we managed to stay up late the first night and just watch the sky change colours.  When it got too cold, we went inside our friend’s tent (which was bigger and had more space) and just sat there, sipping wine and just chatting.  Little T was also with us and had her head on my lap, listening and occasionally piping in to join the conversation.

It was lovely to catch the sunrise and wait for the sky to do its magic…

The next day we got up when the tent got too warm and headed off to catch a ferry in Totnes that took us to Torquay which we enjoyed (will save that for another post). and spent the following day in Dartmoor, had a brief play at the beach on Paignton and ended the day in Brixham.  On the third  of our camping trip we headed back home to Cornwall.  And just as we crossed the border, the sunny weather was gone and we were welcomed back home with rain.  Whoopie-bloody-doo-dah.

It was a little unplanned holiday, but sometimes it’s the spontaneous ones that really count.  I didn’t switch my phone back on (and neither did my husband) and checked my emails till we got back on Wednesday.  As mentioned, it was heaven.

Do you like spontaneous trips or prefer planned holidays?

Do share.


  1. Clare Elise

    Lovely post. Love the fabulous pictures. I’m glad you managed to go the trip and bugs didn’t stop you! I have to plan any trips for us as life is so busy! However spontaneous trips are always great!

    • We like planning too, but like you said, spontaneous trips are good too. x

  2. Georgina Ingham | Culinary Travels

    I haven’t been camping since I was at school and to be honest I hated it then. I’d love to give glamping a go though, a few more creature comforts 🙂

  3. Lyndsey O'Halloran

    I’m a massive planner. I think it’s because neither John or I drive so we have to rely on public transport to get everywhere.
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    • That definitely makes sense and yes, it’s so much easier to plan things, just to make sure that everything is covered 🙂

    • She was definitely feeling better, thanks. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have gone on the trip. x

    • Not at all, especially since the campsite was very basic. Maybe you could borrow a tent for your first camping trip?

  4. Fashion and Style Police

    Good you went camping. Sometimes a spontaneous trip is all we need.

  5. Looks fantastic – haven’t been camping since I was little but might give it a go soon!

  6. Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl

    Wow this is just beautiful scenery! I would love that experience. It’s great that the children loved the big empty space, means they can run around and use up all their energy. I’m definitely trying to convince my other half to just take a weekend away to Blackpool or something, love spontaneous holidays

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    • Never been to Blackpool, sounds lovely! Here’s to more spontaneous holidays 🙂

  7. I can’t remember having a spontaneous trip with the wee ones, but this has inspired me! They are beautiful photos! 🙂

    • Thanks. Like you I like both kids of trips too, but yes it was a lovely place to camp 🙂

  8. Cheryl | TimeToCraft

    Glad you had a chance to tick something else of your list this summer. Lovely area to camp. I like spontaneous trips. Just pack up and go. #CountryKids

  9. Fiona Cambouropoulos

    We used to live in that area of Devon and often head back that way to catch up with friends. Sounds like you were very lucky with the weather, I guess that’s the benefit of a spontaneous trip, being able to check the forecast and go when it looks good. The best part of camping has to be watching the sun set and rise, somehow it is much easier to miss sat at home. I bet T had a wonderful time and sounds like you had some great day trips too.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids
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    • That’s a beautiful part of Devon! Although we didn’t go very far from Cornwall, we did really enjoy the trip 🙂

  10. Alana - Burnished Chaos

    Spontaneous trips are definitely the best. So good that the weather lasted for you as well, that big open field looks perfect.

  11. Merlinda Little (Glimmer of Hope)

    I love unplanned trips! But I get to bring so much as I dont know what to bring and will end up bringing everything and only using a third of what I brought in the actually trip =P

    This looks lovely and the sky and moemnt is just perfect!

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    • I think it’s about time you and your daughter go on a camping trip 😉 x

  12. little buttons

    looks like you had a brilliant time! We’re off camping next weekend and seeing your pictures has got us all excited about it!!

  13. Mommy's Little Princesses

    This sounds just perfect and your pictures are beautiful. It really is the spontaneous holidays and days out that bring us the most joy! I’m so glad you all had a wonderful time camping. Xx #countrykids

  14. Steph Martin

    Sounds like an amazing camping trip and your photos are gorgeous! We have only done spontaneous days out (which are usually the best!) but would love to just head out for a little break, probably when the girls are a little older, as it takes so long to pack everything at the moment but I am looking forward to enjoying little breaks like yours now I have seen your post 🙂 #countrykids

    • Thank you. I don’t think we did much spontaneous trips either (apart from day outs) when T was younger either 🙂

  15. Ella Ivoire

    You have lovely pictures but am I really the only one who doesn’t enjoy camping a tiny bit? I need my toilet god damnit!

  16. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    Oh how fun! We had a blast last time we went camping.
    It’s nice to do things on the spur of the moment sometimes isn’t it?!
    Glad to hear T felt better 🙂 x

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