Glamping: An Adventure in Comfort
Glamping is more than a new kind of camping; it's a new type of experimental travel. A mash-up of the words "glamorous" and "camping," it takes wandering off the beaten path to a new and unique level. Glamping can be everything from a deluxe tent, hammocks, and chilled mini champagne bottles to a perfectly restored vintage trailer by the sea. Forget "roughing it." Glamping lets you explore with an extra degree of sophistication.
Any camping trip can become a glamping vacation if you put a little extra thought and effort into food, drinks, and bedding. When picking out things like your tent, beds, and sleeping bags, go a step up from what you would usually go for. In a tent, look for extras like increased square footage, ample headroom, gear lofts, and built-in organizers. Invest in a high-end gas stove that will allow you to cook and bake whatever comfort food you desire. Consider an air mattress that either sits on a frame or is tall enough to get you up off the ground. While these features will increase the price tag of your gear, the more comfortable and easy it is to use, the more camping trips you may find yourself taking.
You also can forego the tent all together and go for a cabin. Many state preserves, national parks, and wildlife areas have cabins and cottages available for rent. They usually include indoor kitchen and bathroom facilities, along with full access to the natural area. This option is appealing for inexperienced campers or families with young children or elderly members.
Go For The Exotic
There is a variety of unusual accommodations available in the glamping world, as well as incredible, trip-of-a-lifetime destinations. Delight your children (or maybe just your inner child) with a fairytale-like treehouse in an old-growth forest. More private than a lodge and cozier than a tent, treehouses are some of the most popular glamping stops around. They usually are built on top of, around, or among the tree trunk or branches. Try a yurt (a round combination of tent, hut, and house) or a traditional tepee.
If you want to explore, look overseas for unique travel experiences that go beyond the typical hotel. You can stay in a floating tent in Thailand, rest in an amenity-filled hut on the Kenyan coast, or marvel at nature from a tropical loft in Brazil.
Glamping is a form of experimental travel, so let your whimsy be your guide to a one-of-a-kind experience. After a long day looking for Nessie, rest in an eco dome on the shores of Scotland's Loch Ness. For a real nostalgia trip, rent a vintage trailer on a resort in Oregon's wine country. Enjoy the history of a real Dutch windmill built in 1874 outside of Amsterdam. You can even make a reservation at a re-creation of a Ninja Turtles lair in New York City.
Whether you want to relax with the family among the butterflies or are hungry for a rustic and personalized trip, there is a type of glamping just for you. Pack up some clothes, grab some snacks for the road, and enjoy your own adventure!
Kelli Quinn shares her passion for creativity with LTD Commodities in her role as a Communications Editor. She is delighted to help you find new ways to express yourself, embrace the world outside your door, and make wherever you are an exciting place to be.