What is glamping? Old school campers would say it’s what the yuppies do, while those used to luxurious vacations would still consider it too close to nature. Those of us in the middle, however, call it a fun vacation with a traditional twist. Discover the fun of glamping, and maybe you’ll want to try it for yourself!
What is Glamping?
Glamping is, in short, “glamorous camping.” Essentially, that means no peeing under a tree, no rocks digging into your back through your sleeping bag, and no wading through muddle ravines to find wood for a campfire. When you’re glamping, you’ll get all the benefits of being out in nature, enjoying simplicity (to a point), and leaving the complications of home behind you. However, you’ll still get things like a shower, hot water, and flushing toilets. Usually, glampers to go sites specifically designed for glamping. Although there are campsites that offer showers and the works, glamping sites are different. You’ll have the electricity to curl your hair, spider-free shower stalls, and even turndown service. If you love the idea of camping but hate actually doing it, glamping just might be the perfect alternative for you.
Why Go Glamping?
Because everyone needs a little nature in their life but not everyone wants nature in their bedroom. Regular camping brings nature to you… a little too close to you, sometimes. Some people can deal with dirt, pine needles, and bugs in their tents. Other people just want to be clean and comfortable. If you want to experience the joys of camping without the pain, glamping is the perfect vacation situation. Roughing it is not necessary.
Who Goes Glamping?
Glamping isn’t a new thing. In fact, you might say it’s the oldest version of a luxury resort! In ancient times, kings and other persons of importance often traveled by tent, and you can be that most of them didn’t stay in any old camping tent. Accounts in the Bible and other ancient literature describe the tents of the rich and famous. They’re quite impressive, even by today’s standards. In recent times, those who could afford to travel to Africa would stay in tents, but they would experience luxury and comfort as they did so. Today, you can find lodges in African safaris that would put many five-star resorts to shame. Now, however, you can find these kinds of accommodations all over the world.
Even celebrities love glamping — Scarlett Johansson was spotted glamping with Ryan Reynolds on their honeymoon. Some glamping sites are so expensive that only celebrities and bank presidents could afford it, but fortunately for the rest of us, there are plenty of places that the rest of us can afford. So who goes glamping? Anyone who wants to, of course!
Where Can You Go Glamping?
There are glamping sites all over the world. The most famous and traditional, of course, are in East Africa, particularly Tanzania. However, you can find glamping sites pretty much anywhere you go. North America and Europe have had a massive increase glamping accommodations since the term “glamping” was coined in 2005.
When is a Good Time for Glamping?
You can go glamping any time of the year, but most people do it during the summer when the weather is nice and the kids are out of school. If you choose to go in the offseason, however, you can find discounts and much less crowded glamping sites. If you’re going on an international glamping trip, check to see what times of the year are best for glamping. If you’re going in an equatorial region, for example, you’ll want to see when the rainy and dry seasons are before you book reservations.
If you love the outdoors but don’t want to rough it, glamping is the answer. From celebrities to everyday people, glamping sites and resorts attract people who want a little comfort with their fresh air.