We run. We jump. We swim and play. We row and go on trips. But the things that last forever... are our dear friendships. Camp Onawana, we hold you in our hearts. And when we think about you, we want to pretend like we are kids again and go to adult summer camp.
Adult themed summer camps are popping up all over the place. The idea is simple. You pay a couple hundred bucks, and get the joy of sleeping in a cabin without electricity for a couple of nights with a group of strangers. You'll do camp activities like arts and crafts, cooking, hiking etc. The best part? This time around there is booze and we're not talking about slipping your counselor a $20 for some 40s of Mickeys.
Take a look at Camp Halcyon in Wisconsin, for example. This all-inclusive adult camping trip will run Thursday-Sunday. They offer both winter and summer trips. Don't worry, they supply heat in winter. We aren't animals. Prices range from $399 - $459 for the stint.
Leave your cell phone behind and enjoy a simpler time. You'll enjoy your standard camping activities like archery, crafts, volleyball, and arts and crafts. The winter trip at Halcyon even includes a day for skiing, so we're sure there are plenty of awesome options out there that may be closer to home. The food can be described as campfire fine dining. Your childhood favorites like grilled cheese have been jazzed up with your adult favorites like avocado and bacon. Start your mornings with a mimosa or Bloody Mary bar, and get your nightcap from a cocktail bar. Make some new friends. Have a new adventure. Remember what it is like to be a kid again, but this time you get to do it with money.
Since this isn't your typical travel trip, we can't go your standard travel card route. A hotel and airline card probably wont do you much good in this situation. It rarely makes sense to use airline, hotel, or even flexible points for cash redemptions. This is where cash back cards become your best friend. Take that cash back you've been earning over the last year and apply it towards your dream camping trip.
Our top recommendation would be thecard from Capital One. This one will earn you 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months of account opening, worth $500 as a statement credit for travel expenses. You'll earn a flat 2 points per dollar on all purchases. The card does have an annual fee of $95, but it is waived for the first year. This card is straightforward and simple. Bonus - the card is made of metal, if you are into that kind of thing. We're sure that could come in handy while you're out in the wilderness.
One of our other favorite cash back cards on the market right now is the Bank of America Premium Rewards card. You'll earn 2 points for every dollar spent on travel and dining purchases, and 1.5 points on everything else. The card also comes with a 50,000 point bonus for new customers that spend $3,000 in the first 90 days of account opening, which is worth $500. Depending on your existing relationship with Bank of America, you can earn up to 3.5 points per dollar on travel and dining, and 2.65 points per dollar on all other purchases. The card does have a $95 annual fee, but it also has a $100 statement credit for airline reimbursement on incidentals. That'll come in handy for in-flight booze, seat upgrades, or checked luggage. If you can make use of that credit the annual fee is basically washed out. The new customer bonus will cover your camping trip. Bingo!
Our final pick would be the Uber card from Barclays bank. This one will come with a $100 bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening, and it does not have an annual fee. While the welcome bonus isn't super appealing, the cash back earning is pretty impressive. You earn 4% back on dining, 2% back for online purchases, 3% back on hotel and airfare spending, and 1% on everything else. You may not have a bank of cash back earned to pay for your camping trip in 3 months time, but after a year of healthy use you should almost be there.
Ah, nostalgia. Definitely worth a $500 trip. Even better if you can use smart spending to get there for almost nothing. Just make sure you aren't the nerd getting an awful waffle. No one wants to pay to relive that memory as an adult.