Combine activity holidays for families with a little luxury. Glamping is the new way to take your family camping; camping with a difference.
If you and your family are frequent travellers, enjoy activity holidays for families, and are always looking for new experiences and different ways to explore, you might be aware of the hottest new trend in adventure travel: ‘Glamping’. Aimed at groups of friends, couples, and the discerning family who love the great outdoors but are looking to indulge in a little luxury on their adventure, Glamping has found a niche market and is all the rage right now.
A play on words, Glamping is derived from the phrase ‘Glamorous Camping’, and it indeed fuses the two. It takes camping to a new level. There are no tents to pitch, no kit mats to battle with, and no wood to be collected. Instead you and your tribe can kick back in a fully equipped yurt, wooden pod, large tent, cabin, treehouse or even tepee without having to lift a finger. This is the ideal solution for those who love activity holidays for families but don’t want to go without the home comforts and a little extra luxury.
Whether you book a pod, tent or tepee, you can rest assured that you will have plenty of space for the whole family. There will be room to stand up, storage for clothes and other bits and pieces, and real beds with sheets, duvets and pillows. Some accommodation is even equipped with a wood burner, so you can stay there at any time of the year.
Why SO Trendy?
The trend is global and there is a reason why so many people are jumping on the proverbial bandwagon. Originally an American concept, the idea has made its mark on this side of the Atlantic too. Sleeping under the stars, singing songs by the campfire and waking to the sound of the morning chorus are all romantic images of camping that are so often thwarted by the weather, family niggles about putting the tent up, the absence of comfort and lack of sleep. Glamping, however, offers the romantic image with none of the pitfalls.
Service is high in Glamping destinations and amenities are plentiful and of high quality. Guests are prioritised and the staff aims to provide an experience that surpasses any recreational camping trip. Some Glamping sites offer breakfast, and most provide a cleaning service.
Top Glamping Destinations
If you are looking at activity holidays for families to book this year, why not investigate the Glamping option? There are some excellent companies offering the discerning traveller a whole range of options to different destinations, and combining activity holidays for families with Glamping is becoming more and more popular. Among the most famous Glamping destinations are the Four Seasons Golden Triangle in Northern Thailand, Clayoquot in Canada, and Dunton Hot Springs in the US. Europe also has its fair share of fine Glamping destinations, including Eco Retreats in Wales and Mongolian Yurts in Vaud, Switzerland.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Richard Edwards is the Managing Director of Summit & Blue, an adventure holiday company offering independently crafted activity holidays for families to exciting destinations around the world, including France, Italy, Portugal, the USA and Canada. With unique itineraries and exciting activities like biking, hiking, white water rafting and canoeing, we create holidays for those looking for an experience a little more off the beaten track.
By Lisa Jeeves