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Published January 13th 2013
Take camping to a whole new level & go glamping
Some people love camping. They love everything that means getting back to being at one with nature. They love the heat, the dirt, the flies and the dust. They like roughing it and going without modern conveniences. They like to have to collect water from somewhere else and not to have a shower.
Get away from it all with it all
However there is a new movement, a movement that likes to take their modern conveniences with them. A group of people who prefer to have their lattes with them in the morning, a hot shower in the evening and some soft pillows to sleep on.
This movement has become so popular it has even been given its own name; it is known as glamping. A cross between camping and glamour.
Some of these modern conveniences will require power and therefore you may need to stay in powered campsites, but there are other ways you can go glamping, even off the grid.
I would love you to share with us your ways of glamping, even if it's as simple as taking a gourmet loaf of bread instead of white sliced sandwich bread.
There is a comment section at the bottom of this article, where you can add in your own suggestions for ways to go to glamping.
Whether you choose to take a tent, a pop-up camper trailer, a jayco, an RV or caravan, you can glamp the way you are camping.
Bring out the crystal and the crockery even when camping
To get the ball rolling here are a few suggestions of mine:
Stay in style It doesn't really matter how much it costs, if you are crammed in a dusty campground with 1000 other campers, you aren't glamping. You'd be better off leaving and finding a beautiful little free campsite on the riverbank, where there are trees and feel you feel like you can dream.
Drink real coffee and tea
You can take an infuser or a coffee plunger with you. It will only take up a small amount of space and you will have fresh coffee right at your fingertips.
If space is limited, then take real coffee bags with you. If you have the luxury of a little more space, then you could take one of the new coffee pod machines and have fresh coffee at the touch of a button.
Teabags are fine, but there are so many exquisite new gourmet teas available - it is great to take some of these with you for a special treat. Take a small metal infuser to make the tea in the cup or a metal teapot is perfect too.
We all take the cheap toilet paper for camping, but take the 3 ply or something soft to take it to glamping.
Pump your ride:
If money is no object, upgrade your vehicle. If you have a tent, move up to a camper trailer, if you have a pop-up trailer move to a caravan or an RV. Or if you are happy with what you have, glamp it up on the inside.
Crockery instead of tin cups
Now I'm not suggesting you take your grandmother's best china with you. However a quick trip to a local opportunity shop and you can pick up some ceramic teacups around $.50 to a couple of dollars each. I purchased a crystal milk jug for $1 - not only is it lovely to use, as we are only putting some milk in it, our milk stays fresher.
Take your food supply to a gourmet level. Instead of supermarket jam buy fresh fruit jam from the farmers' market. Take a beautiful bottle of wine or a nice liqueur. Some gourmet cheese and crackers are always nice in the afternoon, and don't be afraid to stop off for devonshire tea at cafés along the way. The money you are saving camping, you can splurge on the occasional treat out.
Some people prefer to get away from it all when camping even if glamping. For others, a pleasant holiday involves movies and music. A docking station placed on an iPad can turn it into an outdoor cinema. A packet of popcorn or a popcorn maker makes it into a true cinema experience.
Have it all whilst owning nothing:
Of course, if you wish to go glamping and do not have any supplies, you can still do so by going to some of the new glamping sites. For a fee per night your tent is already set up for you, your bed is freshly made and often a bottle of champagne awaits you.
Click on my user profile on WeekendNotes to read some of the reviews I have on glamping locations.
Over to you - what do you have to share take your camping experience to glamping?
The ultimate glamping is in DUBAI,where you get a tent (persian carpet and wooden sofa with plush pillows inside) in the middle of desert with waiters waiting for you to bring traditional arabic food and drinks (non alcoholicof course),There are companies that organise this for you for around $200 dollar Australian and they would throw a camel ride and sand surfing too.
I have a life-rule, I don't go anywhere that I can't plugin a hair dryer! However, when we lived in the UK, we had a caravan which I loved. I did many of the things you suggest in your article. I also bought beautiful, luxurious bed linen, just for he caravan. I made sure things matched, just as I do at home. We bought local, gourmet food wherever we stayed which helped us really appreciate the location. It was my little "home away from home". Maybe one day we will own an Aussie caravan!