The sunny and warm days of summer are coming close I can almost touch them! And the desire to retreat to the great outdoors is rising in our household. We are counting down to the first camping trip and our kit is getting an airing ready to be packed for its first trip of the year.
Recently though, there is a new player in the camping game. “Glamping.” Glamping is appealing to people that still want to experience nature but don’t want to give up the comforts of everyday life. Glamping offers a variety of options from cabins to canvas tents with comfortable beds.
So, what are the differences between glamping and camping and which should you choose this summer? The truth is, this depends on what you are hoping to get out of your outdoor experience.
A huge difference between camping and glamping is how you will be sleeping. If you are camping in the traditional manner, you will most likely be taking a tent out with just the minimal amount of ‘stuff’ that you can fit in the car. Glamping allows you to enjoy nature without having to stray too far from your comfort zone. Most glampers find themselves staying in Trailers, Cabins or Yurts.
Chances are if your campsite offers WIFI and a strong mobile phone signal, you are glamping. There will be spots at most campgrounds that offer limited service, but consistent service is usually considered a perk of glamping. On the other hand, camping is supposed to be an opportunity to really disconnect from the vices of technology, allowing campers to step away from the real world of work and emails, and step into nature.
When it comes to meal times, camping and glamping does have some similarities. Whether you are around a portable grill, campfire or microwave. The difference is that glampers can still enjoy home cooked meals from an oven or stove. Campers must keep it simple using a portable hob or if your lucky a BBQ!
While you can still enjoy nature while you are glamping, it is a much more glamourous way to do it. Some consider glamping an upgrade when it comes to recreation and rest, while others will still prefer the ruggedness that comes with camping. Glamping helps to chance any negatives that come with camping and allows those that usually shy away from the camping experience, to at least get back to nature a little bit.
Are you a camper or a glamper?