Made famous on shows like the Real Housewives of Orange County, glamping is the latest craze when it comes to “roughing it” on vacation. If you love to gaze at the stars and roast marshmallows around the campfire – without having to brave the elements – glamping, i.e. the glamorous version of camping, may be right up your alley.
Although glamping is frowned upon by die-hard campers who often hit the trail without so much as a tent, glamping may be ideal for a girls’ weekend on a budget if you can’t afford a luxurious hotel or four-star resort.
According to The New York Times, glamping is a newer trend to hit the US and Europe, but it’s been popular in Thailand and Africa for quite some time. Some hip hideaways in England, for example, now provide guests with a complete glamping experience, where they only need to bring towels, bedding, and food; all other amenities are provided. Guests stay in teepees lit with lanterns that include basic items like a cooler, kitchen utensils, and a camping stove.
If you’re ready to go glamping on your own to save money on your summer vacation, look for a glamping-friendly campsite that will provide some of the finer things to make your outdoor experience much more bearable. That way, all you’ll need are few folding chairs to set up around the fire, where you can enjoy a flame-roasted meal before you head off to bed indoors.