It’s a strange word, isn’t it?

It first appeared in the UK in 2005 and is a combination of “glamour” and “camping.”  Let your imagination run wild here! Anything you can dream up is probably part of this new phenomenon…

According to Wikpedia:
“Glamping is a portmanteau of glamour and camping and describes a style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with “traditional” camping.” 

There are oh so many companies now that run these camping “hotels” all over the world. Scroll down to the bottom to see locations in Morocco and the Sahara.. For some domestic glamping, take a look at theses:

Again, there is a huge range as to price, amenities and luxury level!

This one, called “River’s Edge” is from Tentrr, and is in upstate New York and is right on the Delaware River. Complete seclusion. At $120/night it seems reasonable.

At the other end of the price/luxury spectrum is this,
Firelight Camps
located near Ithaca, NY and starting at $259/night. But the list of amenities is long..

Or, on the West Coast there is Mendocino Grove:

Here the rates vary from $110/night up to $140/night. But, beware in any of these sites, that there are numerous add on charges for such things as fire wood, linens, s’mores (!) etc etc.

You can find gorgeous glamping sites all over the world: Italy, Sweden, Australia, Africa and the list goes on. One very comprehensive site is

Yes….here you can see glamping sites that include domes, huts, Airstreams, cabins. You name it, it’s there. Under a category, say tents, you can search continents, size of tent, amenities, transportation, views and more.  Just by logging on you get a world wide view.

I’ve barely scratched the surface here! So for some more fun, colorful ways to travel the world take a look at:
Glamping Hub
The Resort at Paws Up
Outpost Co.
Camp Adounia

Would I go glamping?  Doubtful. I am most definitely NOT a camper; no, give me a comfy bed, hot water, hair dryer, good lighting for makeup, no bugs and I will be happy! On the other hand, this IS luxury camping, bed and all. Of course it would be just my luck to have it rain and be sticky and buggy so I guess you won’t find me here. Have you done this? Let us know of your experiences, or your thoughts!


  1. I haven’t been glamping, but have been intrigued since I read some articles recently. Like you, I’m not a camper – at all – but I might be talked into staying in an airstream.
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    • Yes, an airstream might get me out there! Some of these look so beautiful, especially next to water, canoes etc. But no, we should go to a spa together, Cyndi and really enjoy being pampered!!!

  2. Julie Snyder says:

    I guess you could say that we “glamped” on safari in South Africa a few years ago. It was fun and rustic. An unforgettable experience! Our showers were rain water warmed by the sun.

    • Julie: Well, that doesn’t sound so bad! An outdoor shower sounds very very nice.
      Have a safe trip, and let me know if I can do anything for you this summer..

  3. My son works for one of these glamping companies – they have some amazing places to stay in the UK and aboard. He has stayed in some fantastic places which are so close to nature.

    Our one experience of camping in a normal tent was not very successful. The ground was hard and we didn’t sleep very well, we were relieved when it rained so hard that we had to pack up early and go home!

    Sarah x