Camping with Style – The Story Behind The UK’s Number 1 Camping & Glamping Blog

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The Accident and the Epiphany

I’m Shell, a full time marketing director and the editor of Camping with Style. Despite wanting to start a blog for years, what with working full time, being a mum, my freelance writing, and having an active social life and heaps of hobbies, I never felt like I had time, but a serious accident proved to be a turning point in my life.

After I broke my back in a snowboarding accident back in 2014, I was determined not to let the resulting chronic pain, depression and disability determine what I could and couldn’t do for the rest of my life.

Doing everything I could to rebuild my active outdoorsy lifestyle, I started blogging and found it was a huge help during those difficult first weeks and months after the accident.

Camping and spending time with nature helped me to come to terms with my injury, and put me on the road to mental, if not full physical recovery. I still remind myself how lucky I was; it could have been so much worse.

Despite crippling pain and being unable to turn over in bed or dress myself, I was determined that camping and outdoors activity should remain a big part of my life. I held onto that, and it was the driving force behind me starting this blog.

In order to continue camping however, I needed to invest in a new tent that was easy for one person to put up alone, that I could stand up in to dress, and I also needed some new camping gear.

My disability and the resulting autoimmune joint condition I was now living with (including Ankylosing Spondylitis, lesions on multiple disks and a permanent disk bulge), meant that bending to get into a small tent, sleeping on the floor on a mat and all the things I used to do, now resulted in intolerable pain, making camping a miserable experience.

Camping with Style was born with the aim of celebrating diversity and inclusivity in outdoor leisure

I needed (and was relieved to find), camping gear aimed at those who needed comfort first and practicality second. I started looking and came across some outdoor blogs. I realised that not only were there no blogs specifically about the type of camping I wanted to do, but that none of these bloggers looked like me.

Camping with Style was born with the aim of celebrating diversity and inclusivity in outdoor leisure and to demonstrate the immense healing power of the great outdoors.

Promoting an Active, Nature-Aware, Outdoorsy Lifestyle

The blog isn’t limited to camping and glamping though, it also covers active and luxury travel, outdoor activities and explores many varied aspects of wellbeing.

Camping is a great way to explore new places and to foster a life that is more connected with nature and my aim is to encourage people to explore, travel and generally spend more time outdoors.

The stereotype of camping being an uncomfortable, second-rate or dull pass-time, is something we seek to continually challenge, and whilst those of us who identify as ‘glampers’ certainly get a lot of stick; I challenge anyone with the physical disabilities I live with, to enjoy and benefit from camping any other way.

I want the blog to encourage people, particularly those who are under represented in the outdoor industry and those living with long term disability and chronic pain to get out there and enjoy the outdoors

I strongly believe that the healing effects of nature, and the impact it has on wellbeing and creativity are routinely under-valued, so I want more people to understand the vital role that spending more time in the natural world can have on both our physical and emotional wellbeing.

Black Diamond Ladies Arete TeeLearning to climb at Kilnworx 2016

The Natural World Promotes Happiness

I’m happiest when I’m outdoors and regularly need a nature fix, though fitting it in can still be a challenge. I camp whenever I can and have camped in all weathers, from blistering sunshine and torrential rain that has flooded my tent, and even in gale force winds that have snapped tent poles. And I still love it!

Kayak hire TaymouthMe kayaking on Loch Tay in Scotland, 2017

How I Discovered My Love For Camping

I started out camping as a child with my dad in the summer. His friend would take his son, who was a similar age to me, and the four of us would spend just a night or two camping in the countryside. As soon as I could drive, I bought myself a little 3-man Lichfield dome tent.

Any time I could afford to, I’d set off in my tiny, rattly Fiat Uno and 4 hours later I’d arrive somewhere in Wales ready to pitch up. When my daughter was born, as soon as she could walk I took her camping and for the next few years, for several weekends each summer, the two of us, along with my sister, would set off on a little adventure.

My Vango Icarus

My Vango IcarusMy first proper big family tent, the Vango Icarus

Back in those days, and with youth on my side, I didn’t even use an air mattress, I’d take just a change of clothes and toiletries, my sleeping bag, torch, pillow and little stereo. It’s hard to get much more basic, but over the years, whilst my love of camping has continued, I now prefer (somewhat through necessity) to camp in comfort!

Fast forward to finishing uni and one of the first things I did was to treat myself to a bigger family size tent. I chose the Vango Icarus and over the years added an extension to it.

As a single mother I spent countless many happy weekends camping with my young daughter and after uni, whilst luxury travel began to play a bigger role in my life, I still kept on camping too.

As my awareness of my personal need for nature became more apparent, I started to regard camping as the ideal way for me to spend more time outdoors, helping to improve my mental health in the process.

Out walking, Anglesey in Wales, 2017

Some 4 years on and I’m both delighted and proud that Camping with Style consistently ranks at number 1 in Google and that we’ve attracted support from some superb outdoors and travel brands (see the brands we work with here).

With my trusty Canon camera at my side, I write about my walks, camping trips, micro adventures and worldwide travels here on the blog and I hope I’ll inspire others to get outside and discover the myriad benefits of a life lived outdoors.

Shell x

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