Who knew camping could be described as glamorous? This style of camping will redefine your idea of spending time outdoors.
This is not your typical camping experience. Imagine taking some time for yourself, to get away from the hustle and bustle, being secluded but feeling free and adventurous, and a lot more comfortable than you would normally be sleeping outdoors. Well, it’s possible. Camping in style actually exists, and it’s called glamping.
What Is Glamping About?
Glamorous camping, a.k.a glamping, is the one-of-a-kind experience you haven’t yet had, but need to. You could say it is a way to enjoy nature without having to endure the discomfort that usually comes with it. You get all the views and landscapes, the fresh air, and everything else that nature has to offer, but with an upscale, luxurious feel to it. It can be as over-the-top or as simple as you’d like, depending on whether you want a more do-it-yourself kind of experience, or go all out to a glamping-specific location where you’ll take bubble baths and have access to on-site spas.
A Little History
Although we can track luxurious tent-living back to the sixteenth century, over the last decade, this trend has really gained popularity. Back then, this style of camping was exclusively for the rich. Today, it’s become accessible to anyone who wants to experience the outdoors without having to sacrifice luxury.
Probably the most extravagant example of glamping in history was the Field of the Cloth of Gold, a diplomatic summit in northern France in 1520 between Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France. Some 2,800 tents and marquees were erected, and fountains ran with red wine.
How To: DIY Glamping
Although there are glamping accommodations that have everything set up for you to just come and enjoy, you can camp in style and do the arrangements yourself.
- Pick a tent that is large enough to walk through rather than the tiny tents that are normally used for camping
- Bring some nice bedding instead of a plain sleeping bag
- Use different forms of lighting (maybe a nice lantern in place of a flashlight) to bring a soft glow into your tent
- Cover the plastic floor with a rug
- Subtly decorate inside the tent to make you feel more at home
- Use real barware instead of basic, plastic cups
There are many ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Choose your favorite, pick a location, get out there, and enjoy nature!