You have seen the headlines and heard the term “glamping,” but what does it mean, exactly? A mix between “glamour” and “camping,” glamping has a spectrum: it can range from suite-like amenities in the outdoors to camping with more luxuries than what comes with traditionally roughing it outdoors. Plus, it is safe in COVID times, not to mention trendy.
Given the current situation, glamping has taken off in recent months, getting those who are not as into the outdoors out of their homes and into nature. It is also a popular way to celebrate a big day, such as a birthday. Read on to see if glamping this fall is right for you.Read More »
How to Book an Experience
When it comes to booking your glamping experience, you have two main options: all-inclusive or a rental. All-inclusive, while more expensive, lets hosts or companies sort out the details, from dining to lodging and everything in between. If you just want to be pampered, or not have to worry about planning, this option is for you. Those who have a stricter budget, or want to see what is out there, can search through rentals on reputable sites for everything from a tiny house to an aesthetically pleasing yurt. Some sites even offer cabins, lodges or more traditional sleeping options than what is usually associated with glamping. A rental may suit you if you want to try something a little different, but do not want to completely give up the cozy cabin or minimalistic housing options.
Places to Go
In deciding where to book or set up camp, determine what is most important to you. Do you need a comfortable mattress or bed? Access to a shower? Twinkle lights to lounge under after cooking a gourmet meal? Would you like a more DIY experience, or where a host stocks the space with lots of amenities and selfie-worthy décor?
Next, decide where you want to go. Feeling inspired?These are some dream-worthy locales:
Joshua Tree, CA: Look at the stars from a luxury yurt, complete with Waldorf Astoria bedding, s’mores and butlers available when you just want a cozy robe or more chocolate. If these vibes align with what you are looking for, check out the Camp’d Out Joshua Tree Experience.
Eastwind, NY: Are Scandinavian vibes up your alley? Wish you could go to Sweden or Norway? Check out the Eastwind Hotel and Bar in New York, which offers large beds, bathrooms, wool blankets and plenty of luxe vibes.
Comfort, TX: Camp Comfort offers plenty of social areas and cabins to spend the night. If you like the idea of camping without it only being you and the wilderness, it might be just your speed.
Big Sky, MT: Yellowstone is calling your name. Take in the sunsets, scenery and the delectable dishes prepared by the on-site chef as you bask in this wilderness-meets-luxury retreat. No wonder why reservations are booked fast!
What to Pack and Keep in Mind
Once you have made the big decision to go glamping, be sure you know what the experience will and will not be. If you love the outdoors and being one with nature, consider camping, or adjust your expectations. Glamping will, however, be a beautiful, memorable time that does not involve sleeping in a bare-bones tent under no cover. Know what your trip includes and what you may need to bring (or keep in mind for next time).
Keep it Minimal: It may be tempting to bring your full wardrobe, makeup essentials and all of the comforts of home with you, but keep it minimal. Even though glamping is camping’s trendier cousin, you will still be outdoors. Do not bring anything you would not want to get dirty, pack plenty of bug spray and sun protection and get ready for the stay of a lifetime.
Lights: Lighten up, sister! Fairy, string or lantern lights will make your area cozy and all aglow. How else will you be able to read in the dark, play cards or enjoy some moonlight s’mores?
Bedding: Now’s the time to grab your go-to fleece blanket or pillow to sleep soundly, stay warm and bring comfy vibes wherever you are. Use it as a cover-up, picnic blanket or as a makeshift chair.
Food: Cannot dare to part with go-to camp fare such as granola, GORP, hot dogs and mini cereals? Bring them along to fuel your days.
Entertainment: Whether that includes magazines, playing cards, glow sticks, coloring books, or something else entirely, make sure you bring things to keep yourself entertained while you are living the life.
Your Camera: Since your cell phone might not have service (and you want to save the battery for emergencies), break out the point-and-shoot, instant camera or DSLR to capture the memories of the time you glamped it up.
Keep Travel Guidance in Mind: COVID-19 is still very much out there. Always be sure to take COVID precautions seriously by checking travel advisories and quarantine and venue rules before traveling. Come prepared with multiple masks, sanitizer, wipes, an emergency plan and reasonable expectations for these times.
If you want to take luxury camping to the next level, try glamping. As the seasons change, it is the perfect weather to experience camping with a twist. Experience nature and have fun
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