My parent took my brother, sister and I camping all over Ireland when we were kids and those are the memories that will stick with me forever.
Not long after I bought my touring bike I bought a new tent with the intention of taking up cycle touring and whilst I haven't accomplished that yet, I have camped with the tent.
Things got better last year when my fiancee agreed to try it. She loved it. That was despite our cheapo £40 Asda tent that goes up inner first....not ideal when it's chucking down. That 1 night trial turned into 4 days of sheer joy.
Last October we took my daughters for a night and despite everything getting soaked (poor setup planning on my part) they also loved it and can't wait to go again.
Pam and I had another overnighter last weekend just to get away from everything and that went well too.
So far we've stuck to the same site just because it's such a nice site but Pam's agreed to try another 'less polished' site in August (no showers and 1 toilet...that's it) partly because I keep nagging her to try it and partly because that's were a good friend is having his 50th birthday party. Staggering back to the tent over rocks and stuff after 6-7 cans of Caffreys should be fun!
One thing we've both noticed is the feeling of safety. We can leave the tent without a lock and the expensive sleeping mat and cooking gear and stuff at the site and wander off for a walk or a drive and come back after 6 hours to find everything were we left it. That can't be done anywhere these days. And the kids can wander around the site exploring without me worrying about them. Even at the local park I'm a little uneasy about taking my eye off them.
Our next trip to the same site will be in August with all the kids and we've just bought a new bigger and posher tent too
I can't wait!