Glamping has become very popular in recent years. Glamping stands for ‘glamorous camping’, an activity that’s like traditional camping, only with more amenities, upscale sleeping quarters and a luxurious ambience. While traditional camping involves spending the night in a tent or RV, glamping means sleeping in a canvas tent, yurt, cabin, RV, tree house or even a covered wagon!
Is glamping better than camping? This article outlines ten differences between the two that many people may not recognize. It depends on the individual idea of a perfect holiday. The more rustic traveler may prefer traditional camping, with its close connection to nature and detachment from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Those who prefer to travel in comfort will love the idea of glamping with the endless amenities and comfortable sleeping quarters. There are pros and cons to both camping and glamping, and the verdict on whether glamping is better than camping varies by person.
10/10 price differences
While it’s well known that glamping and camping don’t cost the same, most people don’t realize the exact difference in price between the two. A typical campsite costs between $12-45 per night. Annual park passes often range from $30 to $80. However, the material costs should also be taken into account. Campers need a tent, sleeping bag, food, water, flashlights, cooking utensils, a GPS and a fire starter.
Glamping does not require as many personal supplies, but glamping costs are generally higher. While some glamping sites are as low as $100 per night, the more flashy glamping sites with more amenities can cost thousands of dollars per stay.
9/10 Access to WiFi
Nowadays, people are used to having phones that work 24/7. Many people forget that one of the features of camping is spotty service, not to mention the lack of Wi-Fi. Conventional campsites usually do not have WiFi networks and have poor cell phone reception. Some consider this a benefit that compels visitors to connect with nature.
However, one of the amenities that comes with glamping is internet access. Wi-Fi has its perks, including the ability to communicate with friends and family, upload photos to social media, search Google, and read email and text.
8/10 Bar on site
A cool feature of some glampsites is an onsite bar. There are many cool glamping resorts in the US that offer the perfect balance of luxury and nature. For example, the Eastwind Hotel & Bar in Windham, New York has a chic bar for glamping guests.
5088 NY-23, Windham, NY 12496
~$300 per night
While there’s fun opening a can of beer by the fire pit at a traditional campsite, there’s something so chic about sipping a drink at a bar while enjoying the great outdoors.
7/10 cooking and preparing meals
Classic camping involves roasting hot dogs over a campfire, making smores, and bringing packed meals. The way meals are prepared at glamping is very different. Sure, glampers have the option of roasting food over a fire, but there are plenty of food prep amenities too. At a luxury glampsite in Colorado, for example, staff deliver expertly prepared meals right to guests’ yurts! Other features of most glampgrounds include a fridge, stove and microwave.
6/10 Storage of food and supplies
Speaking of food: Storing food properly is very important when camping. Food should be stored in airtight containers, stored in a car, or tied to branches to prevent animals from finding the food.
These food storage methods are not required when glamping. Glampsites usually include storage bins in each cabin, yurt, or RV. The same applies to storage. Bug spray, sunscreen, blankets, clothing and more can be stored inside while glamping, safe from the natural elements.
5/10 privacy and neighbors
Some traditional campsites are overcrowded, with small individual campsites next to each other and lots of noise. Other times, outdoor camping means pitching a tent in the middle of nowhere with no neighbors for miles.
Glamping offers privacy as the living quarters are more enclosed than traditional tents. Some glampsites also have private bathrooms, allowing for more privacy and less interaction with neighboring glampers. Most glampsite cabins also have private porches that provide visitors with a space to relax.
4/10 Parks where visitors can stay overnight
There are some places that only campers can stay, as well as some places that only glampers can stay. Walk-in campsites are, for example, campsites that can only be reached on foot or by bike. Walk-in pitches are for adventurous tented campers, not glampers. Also, hiking and camping in a remote part of a state forest is an option for traditional campers, not glampers.
There are also special areas where glampers hang out. From Washington State to Tennessee to New Hampshire, there are many beautiful glamp sites across America. These pages are not accessible to everyone; Reservations must be made in advance to secure a spot.
3/10 Sleep in the trees
In classic camping, you sleep on the ground or in a mobile home. Glamping, on the other hand, includes unique living arrangements. One type of glamping is staying in a tree house. One of these stunning glampsites is Primland Resort on the east coast. The tree houses offer stunning views of the Kibler Valley as well as king-size beds and soaking tubs. Each tree house is surrounded by lush trees creating privacy for guests.
2000 Busted Rock Rd, Meadows of Dan, VA 24120
From $599 per night
2/10 Meditation sessions and massages
Another benefit of glamping is the spa facilities that many glamping sites offer. Yes, traditional camping can be therapeutic too; Being surrounded by nature and unplugging has numerous benefits. However, glamping offers additional relaxation activities such as guided meditation sessions and messages. The aforementioned Primland Resort, for example, offers meditation and yoga sessions, as well as spa treatments using a combination of Native American rituals and 21st-century spa techniques. These meditation and yoga classes help visitors connect with nature, relax, and relieve stress.
1/10 Outdoor activities and excursions
Both traditional campers and glampers enjoy outdoor activities close to their camps/glampsites. However, traditional campers often need to do some research beforehand and find the hikes, bike trails, and activities they want to do while on vacation. Glampsites often provide visitors with lists of nearby activities and help visitors sign up for their desired excursions. A great glamping spot for a romantic getaway, Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains helps guests book ATV tours, horseback riding tours, helicopter rides and whitewater rafting excursions.
1015 Laurel Lick Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37862
From $189 per night