Ever heard of glamping, Grownups? Think luxurious camping (yes, it’s a thing). Tiny House Giant Journey blogger Jenna Spesard shares her glamping tips and tricks.
It seems the older we get, the more camping seems like torture. As adults, we yearn for the adventurous spirit we once had as children, but our bodies scream for comfort (and air conditioning). Many Grownups agree: Camping needs an upgrade.
Glamping to the rescue!
Glamping, a hybrid of glamour and camping, encompasses alternative and luxurious camping options, including innovative accommodations and quirky gadgets. It’s popular with 30-something Grownups looking for adventurous, unique vacations, without necessarily roughing it.
Below I’ve listed seven ways to upgrade from camping to glamping. Fair warning: Glamping can be expensive. (Remember: Glamping is luxe, camping is frugal.) But when it comes to glamping, sometimes it’s OK to splurge.
Toss the Sleeping Bag
Forget sleeping on the ground: Airsofas (such as Hubba Bag and Woo Hoo) are cheap, compact, easy to use, and inflate to a comfy bed in seconds, without electricity. Simply drag the bag through the air, and it inflates itself. Sleep under the stars or pack the airbag into your tent, teepee, or yurt. They also float.
Own a Glamper
In recent years, DIYers have taken RV ownership to another level with customized, high-quality modified school buses, refurbished Airstreams, or tiny houses on wheels roaming the countryside.
I’ve traveled more than 23,000 miles with my own custom tiny house, and I’m always the envy of the campground. My tiny house is capable of four seasons camping with foam insulation and a wood-burning stove. I have a full kitchen, bathroom, and off-grid appliances, including a solar power system.
I spent around $30,000 constructing my fully loaded tiny house—not too bad, considering the average new RV in the United States sells for $120,000.
Rent a Glampsite
Many RV parks have embraced glamping, providing alternatives to tent camping while retaining rustic charm. Cabins, teepees, and yurts are popular nightly rentals at larger campgrounds and RV resorts. Usually, these glampsites do not include private bathrooms or kitchens. Instead, you’ll use public shared facilities. Glampsites are great if you enjoy the social aspect of camping, but prefer sleeping in a real bed.
Bring a Collapsible Hot Tub
What could be more luxurious (and ludicrous) than a collapsible camp hot tub? They’re completely off-grid, easy to transport, and encourage social activity. With this tub, you’ll have the most popular site in the campground. The downside? It’s expensive. But remember: Glamping isn’t necessarily about being frugal, it’s about treating yourself.
Embrace DIY Decor
Make a regular campsite glam with DIY decor. Bring a rug from home to relax in front of the campfire. Add cushions, holiday lights, and lanterns for comfort and ambiance. Don’t forget music! A Bluetooth speaker and/or musical instruments can really class up a campsite.
Glamp Around the World
Glamping is all about unique and charming experiences. Eco-lodges offer affordable, rustic, and scenic accommodations in rainforests, national parks, and more. Hikers regularly stay at mountainside huts. Tree houses are sought-after vacation rentals in Hawaii, Miami, and Central America. Do your research and you’ll find quirky glamping rentals almost anywhere.
Don’t Forget the Fire
Camping is not camping without cooking over a fire, but sometimes you don’t have a fire ring available. Bring your own fire with the BioLite BaseCamp Stove.
What’s so luxurious about this gadget? First, it’s a wood-burning fire and stove in one—no need to spend money on gas! Second, the BioLite uses heat to generate electricity. Now you can charge your devices while grilling filet mignon or lobster tail (because you’re glamping). This stove will set you back $300, but it will last forever and save money on fuel.
Glamping is also about staying connected and sharing your photos on social media. Don’t forget to post about your #glamping trip!
Photos by Jenna Spesard and Guillaume Dutilh
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