I’ve recently signed up for a few travel and camping magazines. I am so excited about the services offered by Network 24 through MySubs. MySubs is an easy online subscription service for Magazines and Newspapers. You have access to a multitude of magazines and guides. They offer wonderful single subscription or bundle deals at really great prices. You can, for example, subscribe to the digital version of GO! Magazine for R28.00 per month (normal printed retail price R43.00). Best part – they offer an Android and iOS app. You can thus read your favourite titles on your tablet or mobile device, anytime, anywhere.
It’s now been 3 months since my subscriptions started. I’ve been reading up a storm since November looking for interesting articles, specials, camping tips and more. My focus was on the popular mainstream titles available on the shelves. My hope was to get better insights into the South African camper. Where do they go? What do they eat? Which equipment do they use? Anything that will assist me to offer Camp Corner followers some entertaining and useful content.
This is when it hit me. I look at the destinations in Getaway and GO! I dream about the equipment and gear in Drive & Camp. I crave the dishes in Camp & Cook. But none of these destinations, gear and dishes is actually something I see myself going to, buying or eating. I’m a working mom with 3 kids. We own a 1989 Gypsey Caravette 6 (don’t judge, she is paid for and beautiful!). We drive a VW Kombi and live in Pretoria. We are normal, “plain Jane” people.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say all these luxurious vacations doesn’t look inviting or that there aren’t people out there with the means and time to experience these exciting adventures. But for my family of 5, it’s just not possible. Does this mean I’m not an adventurer? No, I’m just an adventurer in my own category. I love the outdoors. I love spending time with my family. I love seeing new places and exploring our beautiful country. My way.
I would personally love to see more “plain Jane” articles in these magazines. I want to see more practical tips on how to care for, maintain or upgrade your existing equipment without extending your bond. I want to see recipes with ingredients I keep in my home, not to mention my caravan, grocery cupboard. I want to think of my “plain Jane” camping style as the adventure for all. The camp style with accessible destinations close(r) to home. A camp style with some new gadgets – our Snowmaster fridge, some previously loved equipment, with compliments from the Kamp-Mal Facebook group – our 1988 add-a-room. A camp style with easy-to-prepare dinners for moms with 3 ever-so-hungry kids. The camp style that makes camping adventures possible for all.
Creating new “plain-Jane” campers for the future.
But for now, I’ll keep reading my digital magazines and dream …
I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you agree?