The term “Glamping” has come to mean different things to different people.
As with many slang words, or language in general, meanings and definitions can change over time. In short, however, the term glamping is the combination of Glamour and Camping. If you were to search the term up in Wikipedia, you would get this:
Glamping is a portmanteau of glamour and camping and describes a style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with “traditional” camping. Glamping has become particularly popular with 21st-century tourists seeking the luxuries of hotel accommodation alongside the escapism and adventure recreation of camping.
Camping With Amenities
Let’s talk about the “style of camping with amenities” piece for a moment, as that is where the meat is. Say, for instance, your list of preferred amenities include a toilet, running hot water, a real bed, temperature control, refrigerator, and clean living area; but you want all of this while still being close to nature.
There are several means of accomplishing this experience. The most notable and what some folks say is where it all started, is the large luxurious tents with full amenities overlooking a majestic landscape. Others believe RVs qualify due to their creature comforts along with cabins, yurts, tepees, pods, domes, tree houses, and lodges.
Ultimately, it is about the experience and balancing out comfort with adventure, regardless of how you go about it. We prefer the RV because we can take it to various locations versus going back to a fixed location. That said, it would be hard to beat a cabin overlooking a glass-like lake somewhere, or a fully loaded canvas tent with a view of the mountains!
Some folks take another view of glamping, and feel it is only when there is genuine luxury involved can it be called as such. Fine wine, gourmet food, and spendy adventure packages for some are what are necessary to move from traditional camping to the realm of glamping. I suppose it depends on what an individual considers luxury and what they consider just, well, normal I guess.
Another segment of folks like to take RVs and redecorate them with vivid colors and bling. These have been known to be called “glampers.” Think of a camper, but with more glamour after being brightened up a bit. This has led some to call their new and large RVs glampers, while others refuse for pride reasons perhaps.
I think a lot of us have had a conversation wherein we mention we went camping while on vacation in our RV, only to have the hardcore, sleep under the stars person tell us “that’s not camping.” Maybe they are right, maybe not.
In closing, call it camping, call it glamping, call it what you will. Ultimately it is about enjoying nature, sharing an adventure, trying something new, or maybe getting back to one’s roots. Family, freedom, and adventure. That is what glamping celebrates, and what this website is all about!