Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Glamping....Camping but not as we know it!

Glamping seems to be a new craze taking over designed at those of us that like to go camping just a little more up market!

During a typical glamping trip, for example, the tents are often designed with bright designer colors and materials making them more fashionable for todays youth. These tents can be set up for electrical power, which means occupants can operate appliances such as hair straighteners, mobile phone chargers and even Tv's and Air Con. Forget about smelly sleeping bags placed on hard ground. Those who have gone glamping may sleep on full-size air mattresses, or even regular spring mattresses provided by the outfitters.

Many glamping trips do involve the same types of excursions provided by traditional adventure groups, such as safaris, hiking, and river rafting, but the focus is often on the comfort of the guests. Comfortable transportation is usually provided from the campsite to the excursion and back, and guides are responsible for providing such amenities as full-course meals and laundered clothing upon a guest's return to camp. Some glamping trips are more primitive than others, however, so guests may actually have to experience a little discomfort while glamping.

The idea of glamping appears to have been inspired by the experiences of young, rich entertainers and models at outdoor events such as open air rock concerts. Many wealthy concertgoers wondered aloud if it might be possible to avoid the trappings of a hot tent on a muddy field just to enjoy a show or the wonders of nature. Several adventure groups saw an opportunity to cater to the needs of disillusioned campers who wanted to experience the positive aspects of camping without so many negatives. Thus the concept of glamping was born.

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