Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.
What Do You Think of Glamping?
Have you heard of glamping? If not, you soon will as it is becoming a global phenomenon. Glamping is billed a luxurious alternative to camping…thus the blending of the words “glamour” and “camping.” Glampers leave their urban areas or civilization and enjoy nature, while staying at a remote resort, which often features sleeping accommodations in the form of large extravagant canvas tents, Mongolian yurts, giant tree houses, bungalows or cabins.
The most posh glamping facilities sometimes include restaurants, spas, private bathrooms, laundry service, luxury accommodations and even butlers. Comfortable mattresses, wireless internet, spa services, yoga classes, satellite phones and home theatre systems are often considered basic amenities.
I suppose anything that gets people into the outdoors is a good thing, and I don’t begrudge anyone a luxurious vacation. In fact, I love being pampered as well, but if the point is to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, you sell yourself short if you don’t do just that.
I’ve spent many a night on the hard ground without even a tent for shelter and wouldn’t trade those moments under the stars for the most luxurious bedding and mattress available. For me, nothing is more satisfying than hiking miles into the backcountry and setting up camp in a scenic spot only few have visited.
I ask the glampers out there to give the real thing a try. And certainly don’t rob your children of the authentic camping experience. There’s simply nothing else like spending a night outdoors without the creature comforts we think need to remind us of what we have and what we’re missing.
What are your thoughts on glamping? Have you tried it?