Glamping has been around for more than a decade, but the concept did not gain much followers at first. In recent years, though, many of the outdoor adventurers tried glamping and found it as a more relaxing way of exploring nature, especially when bringing their family along.
Let’s face it, patience could run thin from the very moment you arrive at the campsite looking for a good place to set up your tent, to unloading your camping gears to actually setting up the tent. After practically spending most of the day driving and getting the tent ready, you just want to plop in and take a good night’s rest to get ready for the next day’s exploration.
Rest could come easy for you because you are too tired to mind the bugs and insects flying and crawling in your surroundings; or think about the possibility of a snake coiling up next to you. In some instances or places, it could grow terribly cold during the night up to the wee hours of the morning. Freezingly cold enough to keep you stay awake all night, to make you wonder why gave up your warm cozy bed if you wanted rest and relaxation in the first place.
Thank goodness for glamping, which offers nature explorers a better way to spend a vacation outdoors. Obviously, the term glamping was coined from the words glamor and camping. The concept though does not always have to mean glamor or luxury to the hilt.
It is the kind of camping that takes away the tedious aspects of camping. At the same time, it offers amenities like electricity, clean running water, sanitary toilets and shower rooms, excellent cooking areas and air conditioning, when necessary.
Still, glamping campsites vary and a host of amenities offered depends on the price one would be willing to pay for a rustic but luxurious type of outdoor vacation. The most economical will be some above ground tent, teepee, dome, or a treehouse, with electricity, and some nice clean toilet and bath porta johns shared with other glampers.
The expensive types offer more extras not only for comfort and privacy, but also for touches of glamor that give a feeling of staying in a luxurious hotel room in an outdoor environment. At $700 per night, one can rent out a treehouse with deluxe interior decor, built with a Japanese-style bath and kitchenette.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Glamping
Pros of Glamping
Aside from taking away the cumbersome aspects of plain camping, other advantages of glamping include having fewer people to hustle and jostle with, less human-made noise, and allows for eco-friendlier practices. Electricity harnesses solar power, toilets use recycled water, while tents, teepees, treehouses or domes were built following green architectural designs, using recycled materials and decors.
Cons of Glamping
Glamping is apparently more expensive than just plain camping; and there is still the possibility of not getting your money’s worth. This denotes you still have to look over reviews to find out if a glamping campsite is legit. Most glamping sites are located in remote and hard to reach areas, so it would be best to consider those that offer transport services from a pick-up point.