Glamping: Nature staycation combined with comfort

Maybe you’re like me. Maybe you love nature. You love the “idea” of camping, if not particularly everything that comes with it.

I am sort of an outdoors person. I like hiking, rafting, kayaking, wildlife … many outdoors adventures. But I also like to have a hot shower at the end of it. A comfy bed and nice place to lay my head.

I also like adventure, and when it comes to places to stay, I’ve really grown to love the unique. The unusual. Something that goes way beyond a typical hotel room.

These are all the reasons why glamping is perfect for me.

I remember when I first heard the term “glamping” a few years ago, and thought it sounded mildly ridiculous. Another new travel buzzword, and something that was kind of wussy and silly.

Now I’ve come to realize that I’m the perfect glamper. I don’t require luxury, by any means. But I would rather not have bugs in my tent, cold showers when it’s not warm outside, or to be splattered in mud. And if all of this can be accomplished while still being able to be in nature, perhaps disconnecting a bit with the “real world” as well as having accommodations that are really different…okay fine, I’m a glamping fan!

But what, exactly, IS glamping?

Glamping, also known as luxury camping or glamorous camping, is that escape you’ve been meaning to take. It’s that little break from the hustle and bustle. It’s a moment by yourself in a secluded treehouse. It’s that chance to try climbing up a mountain or diving into the sea. It’s your chance to be adventurous, be secluded, be daring, be free – glamping lets you do all of that and more.

There are lots of ways to describe glamping, as you can see. So what is glamping really? Glamping is a one-of-a-kind experience where you’ll get to choose an extremely unique accommodation, pick an amazing backdrop and get ready for the experience of a lifetime – all without sacrificing even an ounce of comfort. Glamping is a way to connect with your surroundings without having to rough it.

It’s also pretty cool because it’s:

  • Ecologically Friendly
  • Close to Nature
  • Full of Adventure
  • But with the creature comforts!

So, I’m all set to start my glamping adventures. As it turns out, I’ve been glamping before, I just didn’t know it. I stayed in some very cool, very luxury safari tents in Tanzania; a teepee at El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas; and an Airstream trailer.

Then I found — what I would call sort of the Airbnb of accommodations that would define as glamping. To begin with, I have a train caboose in the backcountry of Wisconsin booked for myself and my four-year-old grandson in March. Check it out, it looks pretty cool — it even has a hot tub. Score!!

I also have my eye on a number of Texas properties nearby where I live — perfect for a weekend getaway. What about this cool treehouse on the river in Central Texas?

Watch for my report back in late March about how my first stay went in Wisconsin. I’m excited!

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