Glamping is a recent craze that has gone global. But what is this latest phenomenon?

What is glamping?

Glamping can simply be defined as “glamorous camping”. The combination of these two words has given name to this growing style of camping. Okay, great. So what is this so called “glamorous camping” then? It’s the combination of camping with luxury amenities that you would find at home or in a hotel.

Are you someone who doesn’t find the idea of hitching up a tent and “roughing it” for a few nights at all appealing? Perhaps tearing yourself away from your computer and smartphone can be done without too much panic, but you still like basic amenities such as running water, functioning toilet, and electricity? Yet you still love being surrounded by nature, going for long hikes, and having a bonfire?

If any of this strikes a chord with you, or reminds you of someone else in your family, then glamping may be for you. It brings together the joy of nature and camping without the hassle of dragging along a tent, putting it up, and then taking it down. Plus, sites will offer various amenities such as mattresses or beds, en suite washrooms, food service, and private verandas.

If you’ve been hesitating on whether or not to take a camping trip with your family, you might want to try glamping as your first experience. You can be outdoors with nature without worrying about an unwelcome critter crawling into your tent.

What are some of the options for glamping?

Besides comfortable tents that are similar to traditional camping but with more amenities, there are other different glamping options available. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Yurts. These structures are found across camping sites in the UK. They are circular wooden framed tents that were typically used by nomads in East and Central Asia. Depending on the site, they can be fairly basic or fully furnished complete with beds and electricity.

Tipis. Yes, you can stay in a tent that is similar to that of nomads or Native Americans. This option is sure to be a real crowd pleaser for children.

Camping pods. These structures usually resemble little log cabins. They can be pretty basic, just offering a dry place to sleep. Or they can be a little more comfortable with heat, electricity, and beds. Another advantage is that you can usually lock the pod, keeping your belongings safe while you’re out on a hike.

Tree houses. You can admit it. This glamping option appeals to your childhood dream of having your own club house high up in a tree. Many of these glamping tree houses are far more luxurious than a small wooden box built in a treetop. They can even be a full cabin up among the trees offering the same comforts as a hotel suite.


Photo: Glamping in a Tipi by Noam, Jemima & Lila (CC BY-SA 2.0)