Camping lets me literally unplug, allowing me to get fully immersed in nature and silence — no talking required.
Picture this: Silence. No noise from TVs or radios. No electronic devices beeping madly. No bustling city streets or car horns. Just fresh air, a tent, nature, and a good book. Maybe a waterfront view, or a hammock strung between two cozy trees. Some mountains, off in the distance. The smell of campfires, the soft hum of the wind against the leaves. In the background, scenic mountains. A vacation, a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Camping is magical. As many vacations are, it’s a welcome reprieve from the hustle of everyday life. Yet camping has a special calling for introverts: it’s a peaceful, relaxing way to disconnect from society and immerse yourself in nature. Instead of the very real vacation overwhelm introverts often feel, camping offers a low-key option to travel and experience nature. Plus, nature can cure overthinking, something we introverts excel at.
Camping can be a dream come true vacation for introverts — here’s why.
6 Reasons Why Camping Is an Introvert’s Dream Vacation
1. You can get away from the city (and other people).
Camping means getting out of the city and going somewhere remote. It means leaving work behind. It likely means mountains with gorgeous views. It could mean spotty cell reception (Yay! No need to communicate with anyone else!)
Just to get to the campsite, you might have to drive a few hours up to the mountains. You’ll leave behind the noise of traffic, of offices, of general human distractions. Instead, you can soak up some relaxation in your tent, far away from society. Rather than trying to fall asleep in a hotel room in a busy city, listening to unfamiliar car horns blaring and music from your neighbor’s party, camping means you’re more likely to actually get some solitude. Plus, many campsites are spaced far enough apart that campers won’t really need to hear their neighbors either.
2. It’s full of introvert-friendly activities.
Do you love taking long walks by yourself? Spending hours staring out a window in a daydream? Leaving a big group gathering in favor of a long, heartfelt conversation with just one other person? Or, better yet, leaving a big group gathering in favor of a good book and your pajamas?
Camping makes a lot of sense for introverts because it’s full of low-key, low-stimulus, introvert-friendly activities. You don’t need to talk in order to take in nature. In fact, excessive talking, loud music, and other noises are commonly taboo in campsites, where silence is the rule.
Even more so, the nature available in a campground offers introverts space to get away from larger groups and spend time with themselves. Being in nature makes perfect sense for introverts because forests offer introverts space to find solitude, even if you’re traveling with multiple people. I’ve done a few multi-week canoeing and camping trips with bigger groups, and found that every time I was feeling too “peopled out” on these trips, I could just go sit by myself to recharge. I didn’t have to shut myself up in my room or close a door, but I could still feel myself regaining energy just by stepping away from the group for a few moments.
By contemplating nature and letting the more extroverted people in the group do their thing, I was able to keep my energy up. It’s a bit more difficult to go off and sit by yourself in silence when you’re on a whirlwind vacation touring through different cities, stuck in a shared hotel room, or relying on public transportation to get from point A to point B. While camping, though, there’s always introvert-friendly activities and space to simply walk away from noisy groups and into the woods. Hooray for solitude!
3. You’ll have lots of glorious, glorious privacy.
Camping, of course, means you’re getting away from people just by traveling to a remote area where less people are likely to live, but there’s an added benefit for introverts. Most campsites are spaced far enough apart that you won’t be right on top of your neighbors.
Unlike in a hotel room, where you hear the TV from two doors down blaring all night, a sizable campground means you won’t likely be too close to other campgoers. You probably won’t hear anyone walking down the hall or have to stand awkwardly in hotel elevators with strangers. Instead, you can actually enjoy solitude in the woods. Alone. Without anyone else. Camping means introverts get a chance to relax and spread out without running too big a risk of coming into contact with other people. Doesn’t that sound like heaven?
4. You won’t experience Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO).
You decide to go camping, plan to spend the day taking a hike up the mountains, then read a book? Perfect. There’s no rush to jump from one activity to another. Instead, think of a camping trip like a giant battery recharge. With activities like quietly hiking or reading outdoors, you’re able to really immerse yourself in nature and practice mindfulness. It’s not like other vacations where you might need to rush from lunch at a fancy restaurant to a museum to the tickets you reserved for a show… and then head straight to a fancy restaurant for dinner. (Whew! Even thinking about that makes me start sweating!)
Rather, going camping means that you’re able to plan your own agenda — you can fill up your day with hiking and kayaking, or you can enjoy a low-key afternoon with a book by the fire, and it’s still a vacation! The campground actually is your destination, and for us introverts, a campground has much more interesting things to see than a boring hotel room. Even more so, unlike in a bustling tourist destination, you’re not experiencing the Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) by choosing to enjoy the area in which you pitched your tent.
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4. The less, the merrier.
As an introvert, I can tell you one thing I dread — the doorbell ringing. And if a quiet gathering of two or three people quickly turns into a roaring party, please send help. And fast.
Planning a camping trip is not like planning a party. It’s not as spontaneous as other vacations may be. For starters, you can’t exactly just up and go on a camping trip without experience or planning (one of our introvert strengths). Regardless of whether you buy, rent, or borrow equipment, you’ll need some: a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, perhaps a tarp or rain cover, a cooler to store food, maps and guidebooks to find trails, binoculars, extra batteries…
Unless you’re a pretty experienced camper, it’s probably not as simple to gather camping gear as it is to call a bunch of friends and invite them to an apartment or get a last-minute bus ticket to a major city, like New York or Los Angeles. Which is a huge relief to introverts: On a camping trip, you’re not likely to get bombarded with other people flying at you from all directions. And for introverts, the amount of planning and foresight required for a camping trip can mean fewer people — that is, fewer people who don’t actually want to be on the camping trip. And for introverts, it’s actually the less, the merrier. Camping requires a specific amount of commitment, which means it’s a perfect activity for introverts committed to getting away from the cities.
And unlike other vacations — where all of a sudden you’re uprooted from your quiet afternoon to go visit a friend of a friend who happens to live near the area you’re visiting — a camping trip is more likely to actually be quiet and less spontaneous. There’s very little room for someone to show up unexpectedly, which means us introverts can better prepare for how many people we will be around — and how we will use our precious energy around these people.
5. You’ll get fully rejuvenated by immersing yourself in nature.
Much of what I find unpleasant about city life comes in the form of technology: bright lights, noisy stereos, car horns blaring, TVs interrupting my thought process… ugh. Camping lets introverts literally unplug, allowing us to get fully immersed in the natural world. While you certainly can bring your stereo and work laptop on a camping trip, it’s not recommended.
Instead, camping gives you an opportunity like no other to engage with the natural world. Us introverts are pretty skilled noticers, and camping gives us a chance to utilize this skill. There’s no shortage of ways to engage your five senses on a camping trip: feel the texture of a leaf or a blade of grass between your fingers. Get lost in a daydream while staring at the fall foliage or watching the wind ripple across a pond. Listen to the crickets chirping all around you. Go for a hike or meditate by a streambed. Experiment with starting your own campfire, and get entranced by the crackle of the burning embers. Taste the fire-roasted s’mores you just made on your very own campfire. There’s so much to be amazed with in nature, none of which necessitates actually talking with another human!
6. It means less technology and fewer distractions.
One of my favorite parts of going camping with my parents as a child was that no one was distracted with their laptops or TV shows. Instead, we all got to spend time just talking to each other and focusing on the conversation at hand versus focusing on screens. After coming home from camping, I’d always ask my family to try to see how long we could go without reaching for the computer.
While technology can, of course, be helpful for getting directions and emergency communication, it also takes away from a camping vacation. As introverts know what it’s like to try to fight with technology in order to communicate with people, a tech-free camping trip could be exactly what we need in order to communicate and really enjoy the presence of other people, not just enjoy our favorite TV shows.
Camping is an introvert’s dream-come-true vacation. And there are many varieties of camping: you can try an overnight trip, a week-long trip, or a longer backpacking adventure. I hope you try it, and let me know in the comments if you enjoy camping, too, and some of your favorite campsites!