Ah, the great outdoors - it's a wonderful way to spend time with family and get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. You know that nature helps relieve stress and that camping is the ideal opportunity for a digital detox and some quality time with loved ones. There's just one problem: you hate camping.
You aren't alone here. Most people enjoy the outdoors until it's time to sleep on the ground, drink bad coffee and freeze every morning. And quite a few people object to not showering or brushing their teeth.
Does this sound like you? If so, read on, camping has evolved.
What Is Glamping, And Why Should You Try It?
Glamping is a trendy term and is short for "glamorous camping." Glamping covers a wide range of camping types, some of which are simply more comfortable than your standard tent on the ground camping while others are more upscale affairs that go beyond the comforts of home to create a unique experience.
For most people, the benefits of camping include fresh air, abundant nature, a relaxed, unhurried pace and an increased connection with friends and family. This connection happens when you are out of your comfort zone and away from the distractions of work, school, errands, television, extra-curricular activities, etc.
The problem is, camping can be uncomfortable and not everyone enjoys roughing it. Glamping offers an alternative that allows you to enjoy the benefits without spending your days cold, sore, dirty and hungry. Here are six reasons you should try glamping now.
1. You Get To Sleep In A Bed
Glamping means you aren't sleeping on the hard, uneven ground. Instead, you get to sleep in a warm, comfortable bed complete with sheets and a cozy comforter. Whether you are in a cabin, a yurt or a state-of-the-art camper, glamping means you get to wake up refreshed instead of stiff and sore.
2. No More Coffee Grounds
Love the camping, hate the coffee? Unfortunately, camping often means lukewarm coffee full of grounds or instant coffee. The good news is you don't have to settle for bad coffee when you go glamping. Instead, you can enjoy a real mug full of gourmet, fresh brewed hot coffee minus the grounds.
3. Hot Showers
Some people don't mind the lack of showers while camping, but for others, it's a deal-breaker. Reason number three to go glamping is a nice, hot shower every day.
4. Clean Bathrooms
Another frequent complaint about traditional camping is the lack clean facilities. Many campgrounds offer port-a-potty setups or drafty, dirty public toilets that don't get much more than a hosing down once per day. If this isn't your idea of fun, then you'll appreciate clean toilets that you don't have to hike to in the middle of the night.
5. Attentive Staff
This is another stark difference when it comes to glamping vs. camping. Most campsites do have some type of manager on duty, but their job is to simply ensure campers are adhering to rules and to address any major safety or maintenance issues. Campers are on their own.
Glamping is different in that there is staff available to make sure you are comfortable and have what you need. Some sites even have concierge services that will help set up activities, suggest the best hikes and provide those personal touches that make your trip memorable.
6. All The Best Things About Camping, Without All The Worst Things
What are your favorite things about camping? Here are some common answers:
•Time with the family
•Stories around the campfire
•The sounds of nature
•The fresh air.
•The fun games and silly pranks
•Memories to look back on
All the things that make camping amazing. You get all that when you glamp, without the drawbacks.
What are you waiting for? If you've put off that family getaway because you don't want to spend three days in a bug-infested tent, you now have the ideal alternative. There are tons of "glampsites" in stunning locations throughout the country, as demand grows more open up each season. If you are looking for a unique camping experience, explore the world of glamping near you.