Glamping is a popular buzzword in the outdoor realm, and for good reason. It’s the hottest new trend in getting out and enjoying nature.  For decades proceeding, camping had a rather vast spectrum that ranged from minimalists who slept on the ground in remote areas to RVers who took advantage of the many RV parks available. Glamping is now pushing the envelope when it comes to a posh experience and luxurious camping accommodations.  Now, you and a group of your best friends, lovers, or revelers can access the remote, spectacular areas while still enjoying some of the creature comforts you can find at home, or even upscale hotels and resorts.

Follow along as we delve into the wondrous world of luxury, style, and comfort, all in the wondrous world that is our natural backyard!

What is Glamping?

The word itself really isn’t surprising. It is a mash-up of the words “glamour” and “camping.” Just like traditional camping, glamping has a spectrum. On one end, you have elevated campsites that feel more like home than a tent, and on the other, you have uber-luxe settings that are actually more like five-star hotel suites found in the great outdoors.

Much like regular camping, glamping is essentially what you make it.  For some, glamping may be as simple as bringing along a subwoofer for your Ipod, while for others glamping may be essentially an actual five-star resort adjacent to a wooded area, with perhaps a fire.  However, true glamping is simply an ultra-elevated outdoor experience.

Glamping vs. Camping

One of the biggest differentiators in these two experiences is your overall comfort level. With glamping, you are semi-roughing it. With that being understood, there are no hard-and-fast rules. If you decide to book a glamping getaway, the provider you go through may provide you with a campsite and offer you various luxuries, such as a private shower, closet to hang your clothing, and even a private chef for amazing meals.

However, if you take the DIY approach to glamping, it may just mean a larger tent, more luxurious mattress, or even using gourmet cookware. More decorative campsite touches are also a part of the fun of glamping. You can think of it as decorating buy using an outdoorsmen’s sensibility. If a string of LED flamingo lights, an elegant camp chair, an artsy rug, or even a French coffee press is what speaks to you, then it is a definite candidate for your glamping experience.

A First-Timer’s Guide to Glamping

If glamping is something you want to try, there are several options to consider. For example, you can choose an all-inclusive glamping getaway. If you go the all-inclusive route, you may find it’s expensive; however, having a professional plan all the details of the trip reduces the stress on you.  There are numerous resorts and purveyors of glamping experiences.  Glamping resorts tend to be more of closed-in experiences closer to staying at a hotel in nature, whereas expedition outfitters tend to take inspiration from resorts and take that into private backcountry surroundings.

Another option is to book a glamping rental. You can think of this as a rental service for yurts, but you can find other options, too, such as tiny houses, trailers, and tents. Chances are there are more glamping options in your area than you realize.  Indeed, simply booking a yurt close to a National Park or natural beauty is sort of a hybrid between full-scale galmping and DIY glamping.  Your Yurt and experience is basically what you make it.

You can also become a DIY glamper. This means that you take the entire experience into your own hands and take steps to elevate and glam-up your camping excursion. This may take some careful planning, but it will be worth it in the long run.  Fancy tent?  Cheffy meals?  Trailer-towed backcountry hot tub?  The choices are yours!

Are You Ready to Go Glamping?

As you can see, there is quite the appeal to glamping. If you want to make the most of your adventure, be sure to keep the tips and information here in mind. It will pay off and ensure that you and your entire family have a great experience, regardless of where you go or what you do.  Straddling the two worlds of wilderness adventure and front-country creature comfort is the very essence of human evolution: from survivalist to tourist!

Guided Glamping Expeditions

Hiking and exploring our National Parks or any beautiful landscape is a special experience.  Although it is possible to see these places yourself, hiring a guide outfitter is a great idea.  For instance, guiding services provide logistical support, and plan everything for your best possible trip.  They provide a great safety net on the trail, and are trained in backcountry medicine. Above all, they provide a depth of knowledge of the region that turns a walk into a true adventure.

Canyons and Chefs provides all of the support you need, and pairs that with professional chefs and expert geologist/guides.  Our meals use fresh ingredients and are inspired by local farms, culture, and cuisine.  We utilize a mobile professional kitchen as a backbone for cooking over the fire.  Furthermore, we provide top-of-the-line gear and passion for the places we explore.  Summed up, you can explore these wild places, but going with Canyons and Chefs can create an even more memorable experience.  Don’t be shy, and call us!

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