When you think of camping, you immediately associate it with things like tents, sleeping bags, camp fires, backpacks, and soup tins. In other words, roughing it. But lets face it, this type of vacation is definitely not for everyone. Sure, it’s fun when you’re young and broke, but once you grow up and start making good money, these types of trips just won’t cut it anymore.
So what to do if you love nature but don’t necessarily want to “rough it”? You should probably try glamping (glamorous camping). This is a perfect option for those who need to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city but don’t want to sleep on the ground, eat tinned food, and get bitten up by mosquitoes. The question of comfort usually arises when you travel with your girlfriend. Not all women easily adapt to any conditions, like Russian women do.
In a nutshell, glamping is 5-star camping. This form of camping is meant for those people who want to experience nature without sacrificing their own comfort: live in a cozy room, sleep in a soft bed, have access to the bathroom, and eat restaurant quality food. Budget travel it’s not. It’s for people who can afford a luxurious getaway in the pristine nature. A tent, a yurt, a tree house, or a hut with all amenities and facilities can cost a round sum, comparable with a price for a luxury suite. Prices for one night vary from $60 to several thousand dollars.
The origins of glamping
The first prototypes of this format were safari camps in Africa in the 1920’s, in which the well-to-do American and British travelers lived. Yet even in the Middle Ages, traveling kings stayed in their own marquees that were more like their chambers.
But the real glamping boom took place in 2017. After Brexit, more and more citizens of Great Britain began to choose outings to some beautiful corners of their country over trips abroad. In general, over the last several years, the number of glamping zones around Europe has grown significantly, with 1,200 premium-class camping resorts opened.
Why is it becoming so popular?
Glamping totally fits into another popular trend – eco-tourism. Many people have grown tired of traditional hotel-beach-bar vacations. Green tourism is something different, with glamping offering them the chance to stay close to nature and do it in a comfortable for them way.
Living in the big city and enjoying all the comforts of modern life and technology, people feel the need to be face to face with nature sometimes. However, they don’t want to experience any inconveniences. That’s why they are ready to pay for their comfort being in the wild and contemplating beautiful scenery from a cozy tent or hut.
Many travel analysts are critical about this new trend. They believe glamping is another way to fleece affluent tourists. In fact, luxury travelers pay for some basic things (bed and breakfast). But the price is too high.
While travel experts criticize glamping, a lot of people find it to be the best way to escape from the city chaos. Wealthy tourists consider the rates quite reasonable, as they pay for unique experiences.
Popular glamping resorts
If the idea of luxury camping appeals to you, you should visit the official site dedicated to this travel trend. There you will find a lot of options in the most scenic places around the world. Usually, people want to have their cozy camp dwelling at the beach or in some national park.
Glamping accommodations come in a variety of forms: tree houses, pods, yurts, bungalows, etc. Here are some of the more popular glamping properties:
- Whitepod Eco-Luxury Hotel, Switzerland
- Dome Garden, England
- Singita Sabora Tented Camp, Tanzania
- The Resort At Paws Up, Montana
- Bubble Tree, France
- Maui Eco Retreat, Hawaii
- Tree Hotel, Harads, Sweden
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