What’s the Difference Between Camping and Glamping?
Camping and glamping are both outdoor recreational activities that involve vacationing in natural settings, but there are some key differences. Camping has been around more for centuries, and it usually entails roughing it in a tent or camper in a very rudimentary campground. On the other hand, glamping is a more modern and luxurious way to enjoy the great outdoors. Let’s delve into this topic and learn more about the differences between camping and glamping.
At its most basic, camping involves either sleeping out in the open or in a tent. Tents can range from the small, lightweight varieties which are good for backpacking to larger, canvas constructs suitable for several people to sleep in. Camping beds, air mattresses, and sleeping bags are usually essential for an enjoyable camping adventure.
Glamping is a term that has come to mean luxury camping. While tents are still a popular option, glamping typically involves being able to rent a fully-furnished cabin or yurt, which may have running water and electricity. Glamping may also involve staying in a motor home, tree house, or other unique accommodations.
The amenities and creature comforts available to campers vary depending on the quality of the campground. In a primitive campground, you may only have access to a community fire pit and outdoor toilets. You may have to bring water or at least have the means to filter it. A developed campground may have water, picnic tables, and flush toilets.
Glamping amenities are usually much more extensive. Amenities at many glampsites may include Wi-Fi, gourmet food, spas, swimming pools, hot tubs, music, cable television, comfortable beds, and even kitchens for cooking. Some glampsites offer guided tours, yoga classes, and other features.
Camping allows you to enjoy more traditional outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, scavenger hunts, or outdoor games like horseshoes or volleyball. Campers usually choose to explore their surroundings, often making trails and discovering new wildlife species along the way.
Glamping may include activitiesan have a more restrictive set of activities. Adventure tourism is popular in glamping, such as zip-lining, horseback riding, and guided kayaking trips. Some glamping sites also offer spa treatments, restaurants, barbecues, winery tours, and other activities.
Experience & Location
With camping, you’ll likely be in a more secluded location, away from built-up areas and stores, surrounded by nature in a primitive camping area. Your camping experience will likely involve roughing it; building your own campfires, gathering your own wood, and purifying your own water.
Locations for glamping are often found in more developed areas. While the scenery can still be just as breathtaking, you may also be in an area where there are restaurants, stores, and other attractions within a reasonable distance. You also may have access to electricity and running water, as well as restaurants and tour services.
Which One Should You Do?
Ultimately, the choice is yours and can depend on a variety of factors such as cost, convenience, and what kind of experience you’re looking for. If you’re a fan of the great outdoors and don’t mind sacrificing creature comforts, camping is a great way to spend some time with nature. Glamping may give you a bit more luxury but also means more expenses.
No matter which option you choose, they both offer great outdoor experiences that many people can enjoy and appreciate. And, as a father of three and an experienced camper, I can attest that there’s nothing quite like camping and glamping to create unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for the natural world.
To make the most out of your vacation, you’ll need to select the camping or glamping option that best suits your individual needs while keeping safety in mind. With a bit of planning and consideration, you can find the perfect balance between roughing it and luxury in your next outdoor vacation.