Who goes Glamping?
Updated: Oct 9, 2019
Is it people who usually stay in Hotels or B&B’s but have decided they want to try “roughing” it for a bit; but not too much. Is it people who are regular campers but fancy an upgrade on the holiday facilities to which they are usually accustomed? They answer is of course, undoubtedly both, but I would say that the number from former the group far outnumber those from the latter crowd.
My reasoning for this being that the regular campers enjoyment comes not only from their chosen holiday location but equally from the preparation, transportation and construction of their holiday home. Glamping would eliminate this part of the vacation. Regular campers would gain no joy from on hand readymade mod-cons; using a combination of gadgets and purposely designed practical variations of regular household items and amenities is more fun and akin to what this type of holiday is all about. The latest utensil inventions or upgrades to camping equipment are sort after and become must haves.
On the other hand those that have decided to ditch the bricks and mortar accommodation for a change are usually in awe of what can be achieved under the canvass. The more modern appliances and home comforts, the better. The fun for this group is derived from stepping outside their ready-made holiday abode directly into the Mother Nature’s garden, rather than a corridor or lobby.
Glamping’s origins date back to the 1100’s with the credit for invention going to nomadic Mongolian tribes who erected Yurts as semi-permanent homes whilst embarking upon their journeys. We have defined Glamping to be temporary dwellings either for pleasure or travel purposes. Obviously there have been peoples who’s permanent homes, (and indeed there are still some today) have been tents or similar. The first Westerners to become “Glampers” were apparently the wealthy visitors to Africa who did not want to forgo their creature comforts during their jaunts around the continent. In fact they went further than just basic luxuries, adorning their safari tents with antique furniture and other elaborate decorations, shipped over from home.
Modern day Glamping became popular during the mid to late 1990’s and it is claimed the main reasons for its emergence include the Global financial recession and the automatic right to tow a caravan was removed from the UK Driving License holder. As far as I’m aware it is not documented anywhere who was responsible for the first modern day Holiday Park or Campsite to introduce Glamping, although I’m sure a few would be more than happy to lay claim to being responsible for its modern day revival. Although, we can’t accredit any particular person or company with the idea of this contemporary version of camping it didn’t take long for there to be a multitude of venues available to Glamping enthusiast, including locations abroad, where it had also become popular. By the end of the first decade of the noughties it had become a very favoured choice of holiday.
Glamping has evolved to include yurts, treehouses and other off-beat type accommodations and the trend towards developing even more choices and luxurious amenities continues. The evolution of Holiday Parks offering more and more sophisticated entertainment and communal facilities has also aided in the rise of Glamping as a major consideration for the holidaymaker.
Is a Glamping Holiday worth trying? Probably, yes and certainly for a Short Break, Weekend Getaway etc. It would be a cliché to state that you would be enjoying the best of both worlds in terms of luxury and the back to nature experience and indeed not strictly true (in fact only remotely similar). But what it should satisfy is the yearning to do something a bit different, and get a little closer to the great outdoors. You could of course visit Africa, transport over your treasured belongings and employ an entourage to carry your possessions, following you around the Savannahs; that’s real Glamping for ya. Alternatively you could opt for the softer version. Almost all the major Holiday Camp Operators provide a Glamping option, so take a look and maybe have go! For specific Short Breaks and Holidays visit our Homepage
For advice and further information there is Glamping Association to help you along the way.