The concept of getting into nature and cutting yourself off from the fast pace of day-to-day life is appealing. You imagine a relaxing camping trip that involves communing with the outdoors and returning home completely refreshed.
Camping gives you the opportunity to get outside and unplugged from your daily routine. That is why people love to plan camping vacations. These natural excursions are the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the everyday.
Imagine doing all this and still enjoying many of the luxuries of everyday life. Maybe you want to have an air mattress rather than sleeping in your sleeping bag on the ground. Or perhaps you prefer to have ambient lighting when you go camping or a portable gourmet kitchen to cook with.
If only there were a way to combine the comforts we enjoy at home and communing with nature. Fortunately, there is. Welcome to the world of glamping.
Glamping combines traditional, rustic camping with some of the luxuries you do not want to do without. The name mashes up two terms that you may not have thought of as going together previously — glamorous and camping.
They make for an experience becoming popular the world over. For people who like to rough it, a tent and sleeping bag are like heaven. They relish the idea of spending the weekend enjoy the rustic experience of traditional tent camping. Others enjoy their plush beds, soft pillows, a warm shower and climate-controlled surroundings. That is why the concept of glamping came into being.
Glamping takes the traditional camping experience and upgrades it. Gone are many of the challenges often associated with camping. What is left is a an elevated camping experience where you get away from your urban existence without sacrificing comfort.
Glamping varies from person to person. For some, a warm bed raised off the ground is luxury enough. For others, glamping includes gourmet meals, Wi-Fi or even a flat-screen TV. Glamping can include as many luxuries as you wish. Also, the setting can vary greatly. It could be a Glamping Tent, Deluxe Cabin, RV or another unique lodging option like a teepee or yurt.
Luxurious Glamping Tents have been in use for centuries by many different cultures. From traveling royalty in Asia and Europe to Plains Native Americans. More recently, there were turn-of-the-century European travelers to Africa demanding all the luxuries of home while on safari. Their tents were complete with feather mattresses and ornate furniture.
Modern-day glamping seems to have originated in the early 2000s in Great Britain, where the British coined the term. From there the glamping movement spread quickly to the U.S. It started primarily on the West Coast, in states like California. Now glamping accommodations can be found across the U.S. Savvy landowners, campgrounds and even vineyards have capitalized on the movement by creating luxurious glampsites with incredible amenities. With so many options available to glampers, the days of roughing it may be reserved for a very select few.
If you are considering a glamping vacation, it is probably because you are looking for a way to get close to nature. There are campgrounds where you can go glamping all over the United States. They are found at the most beautiful locations — relaxing beaches, majestic mountains, soothing lakesides and even the Great Plains.
Vacation homes may seem to be more similar to the house that you are used to, but they just do not connect you with the natural surroundings of a place the way that glamping does. Plus, most vacation homes are extremely pricey, especially during peak seasons.
Here are some reasons you should choose glamping over a vacation rental:
So, you have made the decision. Glamping is for you, and you are ready to start planning your trip. What now? Well, first things first. You have to choose where and when you want to go glamping. There is no right or wrong answer. Maybe there is a place you have always wanted to see. Now is your chance to see it in style.
First-timers may wonder where the best places are to go glamping. The great thing about this form of camping is that you can glamp just about anywhere. Experience the bayou of Louisiana or the Rockies in Colorado. Head northeast to watch the maple leaves change color in fall. Or enjoy the rains and mists of the Pacific Northwest from the warmth of your glamping accommodations. It is completely up to you.
Just consider the surroundings and think about the activities you would like to participate in. If you want to see some waterfalls, there is plenty of campgrounds near scenic waterfalls. Or maybe you are ready to soak in some sun at the beach. Many glamping campsites are available within walking distance of some beautiful shorelines and other natural beauties.
You will also want to consider what time of year is right for you. Winter is probably the toughest time of year to glamp, although a cozy cabin warmed by a fireplace does have its appeal. No one says a skiing trip cannot become a glamping trip. Spring and fall offer beautiful, natural appeal, like flowers blooming or leaves changing. Plus, the temperate weather makes them ideal for those who want to avoid extreme temperatures. Summer offers warm weather in many parts of the country and in the winter a glamping trip may be just what you need to fight that cabin fever.
You do not have to be selective or choosy about what you bring when you go glamping. A rustic camping trip may entail having to carry all your equipment in a backpack or lug tents and other items to and from your vehicle. Glamping venues are often more accessible. It is just a matter of packing your car or RV with the things you do not want to do without and driving to your destination.
Here is a list of what to bring glamping items, both essential and luxury, to ensure that your experience is one of pure enjoyment:
Glamping accommodations range from quaintly comfortable to high-style experiences. Although some are a little more rustic, it is up to you to determine how luxurious you prefer your surroundings. Here are some of the options available to glampers.
Tent camping can turn into a glamping experience with a little extra planning. Some tent options for glamping include:
Camping Cabins are an excellent option for those who need an outdoor getaway but would prefer something a little homier. They are the perfect solution when traveling with kids, as they offer beds and ample space for everyone. Camping Cabins also offer electricity and a fire pit or grill for your enjoyment.
Deluxe Cabins provide extra amenities that every glamper dreams of, including a private bathroom. Many also offer stocked kitchenettes, linens, TVs and more.
For an even more elevated camping experience, look for Camping Cabins and Deluxe Cabins with KOA Patios™.
There is nothing quite like traveling and camping in an RV. These allow you to bring everything you would ever want or need along for the adventure. Many are equipped with small kitchen areas and bathrooms complete with showers.
RV Sites at KOA campgrounds offer plenty of space with Pull-Thru and Back-In RV Sites available, so you do not have to worry about squeezing in and out. Most sites are equipped with full hookups, complete with 30- or 50-Amp service. You can also find campgrounds that offer extras like KOA Patios™ and Kamp K9 for your furry friend.
If you do not have your own RV, you are not out of luck. There are a couple of options that give you the RV experience without having to purchase one:
If you are looking for something more adventurous, there are many creative options out there for you to choose from. The great thing about these is that they do not skimp on glamping luxuries we know and love. Depending on what you select, you may have a private bathroom, a small kitchen area and more while still enjoying nature from the door of your lodging. Some unique options include:
If you are taking time off work and investing in a glamping adventure, then you will want to make it the best experience possible. Preparation is key. The better prepared you are for your glamping trip, the less you will have to worry about once you get to your destination. Here are some tips and ideas that will make glamping all the more fun:
Now you know how to turn camping into glamping, it’s time to start planning your next trip! KOA offers something for every type of camper. Our facilities are found all over the country, giving you access to the most exciting locations and beautiful vistas. Plus, you will not have to leave comfort behind.
Camping is not just for those who love to rough it. It is a shared experience for those who enjoy nature and also want an elevated experience. KOA offers many different types of lodigng options depending on which location you choose, including Tent Sites, RV Sites, Camping Cabins, Deluxe Cabins, Glamping Tents and more!
Besides the convenient amenities, you and your family will love the assortment of activities available at many KOA campgrounds. Take a dip in the pool on a hot day or participate in staff-led activities. KOA takes the stress out of planning so you can just sit back and enjoy your glamping trip.
So, grab your gear and prepare for a glamping adventure you will not forget. Make your reservation today!