According to Oxford Dictionary, they add about 1000 new words to the dictionary each year. So when the word “Glamping” showed up, I was curious about the definition.
According to Oxford the definition of Glamping is “A form on camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious that those associated with traditional camping.” WHAT………. That seems like cheating to me.
Oxford Dictionary defines Camping as “The activity of spending a holiday living in a tent.”
Just the other night Tree House Masters actually did a Glamping Tree-House. While most of the carpenters enjoyed the experience of Glamping, one of them couldn’t understand the idea of it. He liked the idea of sleeping under the stars in a sleeping bag next to a campfire. Of course in then end he was sipping Espresso and wearing a pretty robe.
So is Glamping really the cheaters way of camping? When you Google images of Galmping it shows luxury and decadence. Pretty tents with lights and smelly candles. Beds with lush pillows and down filled comforters. Beautiful rugs with rocking chairs and baskets of wine and cheese. A set up straight out of a Pier One catalog. This seems like a lot of work to set up and take down. Wouldn’t you be spending most of your Holiday as manual labor? Can someone really appreciate the closeness of nature snuggled up with thousand count sheets….maybe!
When I think of camping it’s a way for me to unwind, disconnect and meditate. To me less is more. I love to go with my kids, set up a 10 min campsite and hit the trails or water. But there is so many levels of camping. You have backpackers, your true minimalist, so much so that their equipment is measured in ounces. Car camping is fun. Back your car into a spot, pop up a tent, pop a beer and kick your feet up. And the one that I’m most familiar with, Family Camping. Great air mattress and cots for the kids, a two room tent and camp kitchen. There are many levels to camping. Were actually finding that the older we get the less we are wanting to take with us. The minimalist in us are showing us that less is stress free.
Glamping is a way of Having Your Cake and Eating it to. While you’re not necessarily “roughing it” your still outside communing with nature….Just in Style. Not everyone is cut out to hike and camp the summit. I think it more important to make some connection than none at all. Glamping could be a way to ease some folks in to the world of camping. Appreciation for nature can be celebrated by anyone. Some just prefer to celebrate with wine and cheese.
Are you a Camper or Glamper?