Article by FabafterFifty
The golden age of camping may have been in the 1970s, but it has been making a bit of a comeback in recent years. Forget Carry on Camping, this time it is much more glamorous. Gone are the days of tents that are tricky to put up (and even harder to put away again). Glamping holidays are all the rage – are you in on the action? If not, here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know about a glamorous camping holiday:
What is it? ‘Glamorous’ and ‘camping’ may not be two words that sit comfortably together for some people, but if you are one of those people – think again. As a ‘glamper’ all you need to do is turn up – your yurt, tipi or lodge will be ready and waiting, complete with comfy bed and seating. Most glampsites are self-catering, but if you are looking for a truly five-star glamping experience there are sites that even provide meals as well.
What can I expect? Depending on how glam you want your holiday to be, there is a scale of home comforts you can have at your disposal. How do you fancy an elaborate chandelier hanging from the ceiling of your lodge? A four-poster bed kitted out with organic bedding in your yurt? Sheepskin rugs and underfloor heating in your tipi? Or what about a complementary hamper or hot tub? Be warned – with luxury like this, it might make your own home seem slightly inferior.
The trend for luxurious outdoor holidays includes caravanning, too. The humble mobile holiday home has had a serious facelift. The arrival of the boutique caravan has seen caravan sites becoming places of unique, vintage style. And these revamped caravans are packed with personality – a far cry from the clichéd caravan stereotypes.
Eco-glamping But does all this luxury mean that you lose the eco-friendliness of a camping holiday? Not at all. Many glampsites carry with them commendable green credentials; where cooking facilities and heating are provided, this is usually created by wood-burning stoves, cookers and, of course, the trusty BBQ. Lighting is usually provided via solar panels and many sites opt for compost toilet facilities. There are also sites which use more traditional facilities such as microwaves, dishwashers and fridge freezers, but it’s up to you how green you choose to go.
Festival glamping Glamping is not just confined to the luxury glampsites across the UK and beyond. Festivals are increasingly offering the glamping experience, too. No longer the preserve of youth, the summer’s music festivals are attracting the older generations as well. It is estimated that one in six festival-goers these days is over 45 years of age, with Glastonbury generally welcoming more than 15,000 revellers aged 50 or over. This is perhaps in part due to the availability of camping home comforts – as well as a generation who are refusing to grow old quietly.
So, if you are yet to go glamping, give it a go. Book yourself a glamping getaway with friends or family and get a taste of an al fresco holiday which sparkles. Chances are you’ll love it – and you’ll be kicking yourself you haven’t tried it sooner. Or perhaps you are already a camping or caravanning convert and are thinking of adding a touch of sophisticated charm to your beloved caravan. If so, make sure you check your caravan insurance before you go – with that added desirability you want the peace of mind that it is covered if anything should happen. Whatever your previous camping experience, becoming a glamper might just be the best decision you have made for a long time.
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