Glamping is where stunning nature meets modern luxury. It’s a way to experience the untamed and completely unique parts of the world—without having to sacrifice creature comforts.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, glamping is “A form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.” The word was first used in the United Kingdom in 2005, but wasn’t added to the dictionary until 2016.
It’s also known by other names, including luxury camping or boutique camping. But regardless of what you call it, the gist is that it offers travelers an opportunity to be out in the wild without having to carry and put up their own tents, sleep on the ground, or stumble to the bathroom in the dark.
There are, of course, other major differences between glamping and traditional camping. Most glamping accommodations include beds, electricity, en-suite bathrooms (with showers), resort-style toiletries, coffeemakers, and sometimes even full kitchens. You can still cook s’mores on the open fire, but usually there’s a restaurant on-site serving more upscale cuisine.
These days, glamping accommodations have become even more luxurious, with fancy amenities such as flat-screen TVs, pillow-top mattresses, jetted tubs, heated slate floors, and personal butlers available.