Do it Yourself – Glamping
Glamping – How to Do it Yourself
Glamping, or ‘glamourous camping’ is a phenomenon sweeping Europe, which involves bringing all of the comforts of home with you on your camping trip. It’s a great way to add a little luxury to a romantic camping break. However, not all of us can afford the steep prices attached to yurts and teepees. And, even if we could, not all of us want to sleep in a bed and drink champagne in a hot tub because, well… it’s not really camping anymore then, is it?! So here’s how to ‘do it yourself’ – cheaper and better than the professionals!
Location, Location, Location
One of the appeals of camping is the idea of escaping the drudgery of modern life and getting back to nature. Glamping is no different, only with the added romantic element of seclusion. So, when you’re choosing where to glamp, don’t head to the nearest family camping site – children playing outside your tent at 7 in the morning does not make the best condition for a loving lie-in. Instead, try to find an “adults only” camping site, or even better – a site you can have all to yourself. Just remember to make sure you have permission before you pitch up, and don’t choose anywhere you have to walk to – you’re going to be bringing a lot of things with you!
Cosy & Comfy Glamping
Glamourous camping is all about getting a comfy night’s sleep in a pretty tent. You can ‘do it yourself’ by bringing a battery-operated airbed, duvet and fluffy pillows. Then, decorate your tent with a colorful throw, and lots of pretty pillows. You could even bring some bunting to hang in the tent, or some rugs to create a glamorous entrance outside. Don’t underestimate the effect that candlelight has on the atmosphere either – ditch the flash light and bring an old-fashioned oil burner lamp, or candles, instead (just don’t create a fire hazard!).
Glamping Gourmet Gastronomy
Some glamping trips promise gourmet meals cooked from ingredients foraged from the forest. If you aren’t an expert at foraging we wouldn’t recommend you try it – no one wants to eat a bad mushroom and have to be rushed to hospital (or worse!). Instead, bring some dried porchini mushrooms and make a wild mushroom risotto on your camper stove. The act of cooking may not be glamourous but there’s no reason the eating can’t be – serve the food with proper plates, knives and forks. Even better – bring a table cloth and napkins. If there’s no table at your campsite, bring something that can act as a make-shift one, like an old box or crate. Finally, if this all sounds like far too much effort, just bring the glamping essentials – two plastic flute glasses, and a big bottle of champagne!
This is a guest post by Amy Heritage, Amy writes about creating ‘homes away from home’ for the travel site HomeWhileAway.co.uk.
Author: Amy Heritage
Edited By: CampTrip.com