Few things are more magical than enjoying the great outdoors, cooking up a delicious meal on the campfire, and falling asleep under the stars. But what about mosquitos? And the heat? And the lack of bathrooms?
If the idea of camping appeals to you but you don’t want to give up the creature comforts you love at home, glamping might be the perfect summer escape for you. Glamping captures the spirit of camping but makes it more comfortable and enjoyable.
What Is Glamping?
As its name combines, “glamping” is glamorous camping. According to Glamping.com, glamping is “a way to experience the untamed and completely unique parts of the world—without having to sacrifice creature comforts.”1
Glamping has grown in popularity in recent years, and there are beautiful glamping locations and spots to enjoy all over the world. Whether you want to DIY your own glamping experience or book a glamping vacation, the possibilities are endless.
What Do You Need to Go Glamping?
There are dedicated glamping escapes, but you can also DIY your glamping setup and get away with the family for a quick trip or a more extended escape.
Some people love glamping in RVs because they are an easy way to see new spots, but you also have lights, running water, showers, a bathroom, and even Internet access. If you don’t want to purchase an RV of your own, there are many rental options to take an RV for the weekend, or longer if you want to extend your adventures.
You could also go glamping in a trailer such as an Airstream. Airstreams are becoming a very popular retirement plan for people who want to see more of the country but don’t want to drive a huge RV. Again, there are many Airstream (and other vacation trailer) rental options so you can try them out before you buy.
Last, Mercedes Sprinter vans are a popular glamping getaway. It’s amazing how much some van life pros can fit into their Sprinter vans. They’re like little homes!
In addition to your mode of transportation, you can also bring other comforts such as:
- Phone chargers
- Portable fans
- Travel speakers
- Power bank backups
- Solar panels
- Portable Wi-Fi devices
- Books and magazines
Best Glamping Destinations
The good news about glamping is that you can go virtually anywhere, especially if you have your own setup. If you want to go to a glamping destination with everything ready to go, here are some of the best destinations according to Country Living:2
Jackson Hole, WY
Jackson Hole has many beautiful spots to stay in, including the Fireside Resort. This luxury lodge features 25 cabin rentals with fireplaces, a full kitchen, a private deck, and a fire pit outside. You can even rent a Jeep at the lodge to explore the beautiful surrounding areas.
Yellowstone is one of the most iconic National Parks in the US and for good reason. The beautiful scenery and wildlife makes it the perfect place for both camping and glamping. If you’d like a luxurious stay, check out Collective Yellowstone, a “backcountry experience alongside modern, luxury-laced accommodations.”3
Bear Lake, UT
Looking for the perfect family getaway this summer or next? Conestoga Ranch is located in Bear Lake, UT, and offers experiential lodging and a variety of unique and luxurious options. Whether you stay in a Traditional, Royal, or Grand Tent or in an old Western wagon, this is sure to be an escape you’ll never forget.4
This summer, enjoy the best of both worlds: the beauty of nature and the comfort of modern amenities. Glamping is a great escape for the whole family.