Many pre-pandemic travel trends, including international outings, all-inclusive resorts and multi-generational travel, will make a comeback in 2022. But perhaps the most notable trend of the year is glamping, with 7 out of 10 households identifying themselves as at least casual campers or glampers. as of 2021, according to the 2022 North American Camping Report by Kampgrounds of America or KOA.
While glamping has long been of interest to campers and non-vacators alike—the term was first used around 2007, and technically the concept dates back to prehistoric times—the practice is now flourishing as a result of the pandemic. Glamping has cured many of the travel cravings during challenging times by allowing people to socially distance themselves from others and even work from their campsites while enjoying the comforts of home and the luxury of a hotel in the great outdoors.
John Staff, CEO and founder of Getaway, a tiny cottage rental company that has skyrocketed bookings in recent years, also attributes the glamping trend to another factor: the need to unplug. “I built Getaway because I realized that we can all benefit from the restorative power of nature and disconnect from our devices and schedules,” Staff said. “That led to my mission and Getaway’s mission to create more space for free time in the world.”
What is glamping?
Glamping is exactly what it sounds like: glamorous camping. If you’re attracted to the idea of camping but don’t want to deal with the inevitable back-breaking work that comes with it, glamping might be the perfect compromise. The glamorous part refers to the features and amenities similar to those you would normally enjoy in a hotel or vacation rental. Accommodation options, for example, range from a more durable “tent” (often a tarpaulin-draped house frame) to a travel trailer like the Airstream to a cabin (in an experience sometimes referred to as “cabining”). Other amenities include, at a minimum, a normal bed; private bathroom or shared bath, which still seems private; electricity, including heating and air conditioning; and staff to contact. However, in most cases, glamping resorts offer much more – think free events, gourmet restaurants, pools and hot tubs, and even spa services. Many glamping resorts are also pet friendly.
If you’re ready to plan your glamping vacation, consider this short list of luxury glamping resorts in California, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, and other locations across the US.
Resort at Paws Up: Greenough, Montana
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There is glamping and there is glamping at The Resort at Paws Up. One of the pioneers of modern glamping, The Resort at Paws Up offers six exclusive glamping camps (at respective prices), each offering a different experience. Solo travelers and couples will love the two-story Tree Haus at the new adults-only, green o resort, while North Bank Campground – with three-bedroom, two-bath tents – is perfect for…