Glamping Lets You Take It All With You

Lewis Carrol, the famous coiner of portmanteau words like chortle (snort+chortle) and slithy (lithe+slimy) would be proud of the latest word combo: Glamping. It’s a blend of “glamorous” and “camping”. This might seem like an oxymoron. But it is a real phenomenon for the wealthy traveler who is kind of enthusiastic about nature – but not about mud, dirt, dust, heat, cold, rain, bugs, leaves, grass and all that other inconvenient stuff.

Luxury camping makes it possible for you to go camping in style with accommodations that rival those of a 4 or 5 star hotel. Just like the British aristocracy going on safari with a full complement of servants to care for their needs, you can now camp out at beautiful resorts while glampground staff cater to your every need. You don’t have to slum it with a solar shower and port-a-potty. Instead, you can expect the bathroom in your gigantic teepee to have heated floors.

Is Glamping a Silly Idea?

Maybe, maybe not. Everyone has their own concept of what’s fun. Some like to rough it by eating only what they can harvest or kill and sleeping under the stars. Others like to at least have a tent and some sandwiches in the cooler. Glamping is another step in the direction toward being “at home” in nature. It’s the ideal way to go camping for folks who like the idea of spending time outdoors but who need to be sure they can retire to their familiar creature comforts at the end of the hike.

The price tag for the most luxurious resort-style camping is over $1000 per night. However, there are less costly options at some glamping locations for less than $200 per night. The poor campers at these lower class sites are probably expected to survive without a Michelin star chef to roast their marshmallows.

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