Over the last few summers, glamping has swept the United Kingdom. In fact, it’s now even possible to have a glamping themed wedding. But why has this funky way to camp become so popular. More to the point, what is glamping anyway?
Essentially, glamping is high class, luxury camping. Think stone fired picnics, not barbeques, champagne lunches, not soggy sandwiches and proper bedding, rather than sleeping bags! It is technically camping, but we do it with style!
Between 2010 and 2011, the number of people traveling abroad from the UK dropped 7%. People have been searching for ways to be economical with how they spend their holidays, and glamping seems to have provided the perfect alternative. By getting creative with your holidays, it’s easy to save money and have a great time. Whether you are staying in beautifully bohemian woodland cottages, or creating your own little slice of eclectic heaven, this guide will help navigate you through a fabulous world of glamping.
Where to go
You may be surprised to find out that there are ‘glampsites’ all over England, Wales and Scotland. You can hire a vintage American Winnebago’s or simply pitch your stylish Teepee, which you can buy from Boutique Camping if you are still in the market for one, in stunning surroundings. There are loads of websites to stock up on all your glamping necessities, bunting, lanterns and small comfortable furniture too.
This cool little book, Glamping Getaways, will help you to decide which sort of site would be right for you. Want to experience something new? How about trying a night in a yurt. A yurt is an Asian-inspired wooden hut that has been adapted to the British climate. You can search for your nearest yurt, cottage or glamping site at GlampingUK.
What to bring
Regardless of where you are staying, take food on your glamping holiday. It can be as flamboyant or as minimalist as you like. It’s all down to taste. If you are staying on a glampsite which has its own cooking facilities, like a communal outdoor oven or a fire pit, then try to make good use of it. You can find a list of all things culinary and glamping related at The Happy Glamper blog.
It’s important to take things that will make your tent and its surrounding area look stunning as well. Since you probably are in an area of natural beauty anyway, this shouldn’t be too difficult. Some battery powered fairy lights, vintage bunting and a nice big throw for those nights by the fire will be enough. There are all sorts you can buy to make it look ever more fabulous, but keeping things simple is a good way to start.