The thought of cold, windy nights and the rain battering down centimetres from your head doesn’t appeal to everyone. Sharing a shower (if you’re lucky!) and a hole being the toilet is not everyone’s cup of tea. Camping is certainly not the ideal getaway for some people, but many people like the thought of the idea but aren’t brave enough to chance it with the unpredictable elements. If this is you, then you may be pleased to hear that camping is evolving, in the shape of glamping.
Glamour camping provides a cheaper alternative for people seeking a break at a time when many people are making cut backs on their expenses. Glamping offers a holiday that is far cheaper and without the fuss or cost of travelling abroad. It can be enjoyed by all sorts of groups, families, friends and couples wanting a romantic getaway.
It is thought that glamping began at music festivals in the UK. Festival goers were disillusioned with ridiculously early start times to pitch their tents. Companies began offering luxury accommodation- for a festival at least- and would drop it off for you before building it. Another benefit of doing this at festivals was that Glamping saved you making numerous trips to and from the car with a heavy load on your back.
Glamping Holiday lets aren’t confined to festivals. Glamping has now expanded from festivals, with specific glamping sites popping up around the country each month. One of the wonders of glamping is the variety of accommodation you can find yourself staying in. They can be literally anything, such as a converted VW camper van, a tipi, a yurt, bell tents and huts, amongst many others.
There are many reasons why you should try glamping. The advantages of the glamping experience allows for people to be closer to the countryside and nature, unlike many hotels. And, unlike a lot of other camping opportunities, electricity is available in most of the accommodation so you don’t feel like you’re a cave man living in the Stone Age. Depending on your needs, you can enjoy your own toilet, shower and cooking facilities.
The ABCs of Glamping
Do you want to enjoy the beauty of nature without going through all the hassle and inconvenience of leaving all the comforts of the modern world? If you think that camping out and bringing a Yamaha EF2000isor a Yamaha EF1000is; or taking an RV out to the camp site, are already two ways to camp in style, there’s an even better way to enjoy camping — glamping.
What is Glamping?
Glamping is simply glamorous camping. No one can really point out where the idea started, but the trend got globally popular over the last decade. To date, there are over a hundred “glamp” sites in the United States alone; and there are thousands across the globe.
If you are the type of person who doesn’t like to burden yourself with the inconvenience of bringing tents, sleeping bags, and other camping stuff, then glamping is for you. With this stylish way to camp, there aren’t any tents to pitch, there is no fire to build, and you won’t be using sleeping bags too. It is literally enjoying the good outdoors in luxury and convenience.
How Do You “Glamp Out”?
There are numerous glamp sites in different parts of the world. Planning your “glamp out” is just similar to planning a typical vacation where you book a hotel and all. You just simply have to make a reservation at the “glamp” site, and you are all set.
Just like a hotel or resort, “glamp” sites also offer a variety of accommodation options — you can get a tent or a cabin with one bed, two beds, with an ensuite kitchen, and so on. Moreover, you can also sign-up for outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, etc. at these sites.
The Benefits of a “Glamp Out”
Glamping comes with very obvious benefits. These include:
- No tents to pitch
- No camping essentials to bring
- You conveniently and comfortable stay in a “modern tent” that’s complete with all the comforts and conveniences of home — electricity, TV, a nice bed, etc.
- You can enjoy your meals as you will have a fully furnished kitchen and sometimes, glamp sites even have a restaurant
- No hassle, you can just make a reservation and appear at the site and everything’s all set
Glamping isn’t for Everyone
Needless to say, glamping comes with a higher price tag compared to the traditional and the slightly unconventional way of camping out. This is why there are still a lot of individuals who would rather pitch their tents or drive their RVs to the camp sites. Of course, for them to still enjoy modern-day comfort and convenience, they bring along portable generators such as the Yamaha EF2000is and the Yamaha EF1000is.
Summer’s Newest Trend: Glamping
Camping has reinvented itself and has become more appealing to even the most glamorous, high-class population. A trend is gaining popularity across the globe known as glamping or glamorous camping. Described as a really unique experience with a strange mix of wild and refined, roughing it and taking it easy, glamping is sure to give a whole new meaning to setting up for camp. Inspired by wealthy concertgoers and luxurious safaris, the days of rough tent camping are in the past.
Who says camping can’t be five-star? High-end, designer camping gear has hit the shelves and glamping resorts are opening their doors in the most beautiful places all around the world. Glamorous camping is all about comfort and luxury. Eco-consciousness is fashionable and going green is a strong theme at most glamping resorts. Activities are part of the package at most resorts. Horse-back riding, kayaking, fishing, private boats, swimming, safari, hiking, river rafting, wild-life watching – this list goes on.
These resorts vary in price but most can be very expensive, fully stocked with room service, massage and butlers. For instance, in the summer months two adults can pay about $8,500 to spend three nights in a tent at the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in British Columbia, Canada. Entire families routinely spend $50,000 on a week-long glamping trip at Clayoquot.
Don’t let this disappoint you if you cannot find it in your budget to visit one of these posh glamping resorts. Many glampers have taken things into their own hands and are glamping up their camping trips themselves. Start camping in Style. Create your own oasis wherever you go. Both Polly and Barbie have their own glamping set-up and you can too. Here’s how.
Choices of shelter:
The first thing to do is to establish what kind of shelter you want for your glamping trip. If you decide to use a tent you want to make sure that it is water-resistant. Look for tents that can access electrical power if necessary. Also many companies rent and hire out there shelters for your use. Sometimes this is very good option, especially when it comes to big tents. It allows you to get a taste before you pull out your wallet.
- Tent (Search for color and patterns. More and more camping retailers are offering choices other than the military green that we are so used to seeing.)
- Bell Tent-camping
- Large tent with standing room