Want to unwind for a few days in nature but can’t face the privations of camping? Luxury camping, or ‘glamping’, might be for you…
Camping is great for a simple, inexpensive holiday. It’s can be perfect for a couple of nights or a few weeks, depending how adventurous you are.
Assuming you already own a tent, sleeping bag and the relevant apparatus, which any camping enthusiasts will do, then camping can really be a sigh of relief for your pockets.
However, for many – myself included – going for very long without creature comforts can be difficult.
A few weeks ago, I dared to suggest that my partner and I go camping. I thought that he would be up for it because he tends to be the more adventurous out of the two of us.
So I was very surprised when a look of horror crossed his face at the prospect of camping. After a few moments to think about it he said, “let’s just go to the beach for a few days.”
Although disappointed, I wasn’t exactly surprised. Like skiing, camping is a bit of a ‘Marmite’ holiday – people either love it or loathe it.
But refusing to give up so easily, I began to look for alternatives to camping, and soon came across glamping. I’ve heard lots about it but never been.
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In the end, we booked a Moroccan style bell tent, at a campsite near Reading. My partner was dubious to begin with but soon warmed up to the idea and so, last weekend, we glamped.
The most obvious difference to camping as I’ve previously known it was the size on the tent. There was a lot more floor space and headroom.
It also had a comfortable futon for a bed – luckily no sleeping on the floor for us – and a dining table and chairs, making preparing and eating meals a lot easier.
We were also provided with all the cooking equipment we would need. As well as two outdoor fire pits and an indoor wood heater. Not quite a 5* hotel, but it was lovely nonetheless. By far, the biggest plus was the flushing loo and hot showers. A commodity that many campers don’t have.
It wasn’t all perfect though. Compared to camping it was very expensive, not any cheaper than a hotel. Plus £20 per night if we wanted a dog with us, and they had to be on a lead at all times.
Obviously, it was self-catering so there was a lot of washing up. I don’t mind doing the washing up, but I do quite like to have a break from it when I’m away.
Not simply a holiday alternative, glamping is also great for music festivals. Many music fans are now opting for a VIP glamping package to see their favourite artists, instead of the more traditional, muddier alternatives.
For an average of £450 (inc. festival entrance ticket) you get a glamping tent, 24-hour reception, phone charging ports, glam area – with access to straighteners and curlers, as well as hot showers and flushing loos. But is that really worth it?
There are lots of alternative holidays out there. I am quite interested in tree house getaways, which are becoming quite popular. That might be my next outing. Or, possibly, we might just bite the bullet and go actual camping.