It’s a long weekend and many couples and families are packing up and getting away from it all for a few days. For me, if I’m going away I do like my creature comforts and would definitely class myself as a Glamper not a Camper. I don’t mind sleeping under the stars – as long as its 5 star 🙂
Now, I know that many of you from the Camping fraternity be thinking ‘what a princess’! Well I think you can enjoy getting away from it all, enjoying nature but without giving up too much comfort.
360 Caravan Loans website suggests that “in January 2012, 502,025 caravans and motorhomes were registered in Australia, which is the first time on record that is has been over the half a million mark (figures released July 2013).” So there are certainly many out there who enjoy this type of holiday. We all know about the Grey Nomads who retire and travel around in their caravans exploring the country.
Camping and caravanning has certainly come a long way, especially the new motorhomes or RV’s which can cost more than the family home sometimes!
I have tried camping and a caravan holiday when my children were younger and unfortunately that was one too many times for me. We decided to do the ‘right thing’ by our children and take them camping. After hours of packing up, driving to the site, unpacking, setting up the tent and almost bathing in insect repellant, we could finally relax. Of course, what topped it off was the storm that came through in the middle of the night, causing havoc and my reaction of ‘just leave everything and let’s go home’.
The caravan wasn’t too bad, I will reluctantly admit, however with two children under 3 it was a little too cosy for me.
My reasons for preferring Glamping to Camping?
- If you are camping or caravanning its not just a matter of packing your bag and away you go. You have to pack up the tent, get the food organized, make sure you have all your provisions – especially if really going into the ‘wilderness’.
- You arrive at your destination and then have to unpack everything, set up the tent (which depending on your experience could take some time) and then realize you have left something at home.
- I love nature but sometimes I don’t love the creepy, crawlies or the mosquitos which constantly buzz in your ear when you are trying to sleep.
- Sleeping bags I think are pretty restrictive
- Going to the toilet in the middle of the night can be a mission – so don’t forget your torch and toilet paper
- If staying in a caravan park it can get pretty crowded and noisy with other campers right on your doorstep (well you don’t have a door so tent flap perhaps). You might enjoy the social side but if your neighbours are annoying its pretty hard to get away from them.
- It is not as inexpensive as it appears with site fees, equipment, tents and even caravans to register and purchase.
- You are at the mercy of the weather. I don’t think its much fun sitting in a tent or caravan when its pouring outside.
- Glamping, I think is really staying in a hotel or apartment. However, there are now new types of camping emerging called Glamping which provide a little luxury even in tents. This website www.glamping.com may whet your appetite and might even entice me to try it.
- You pack your bags and away you go.
- When you arrive you check in, unpack and can be enjoying your first thirst quencher within 20 minutes.
- With the economic downturns, the hotel/motel/holiday apartment industry is hurting, so you can usually find great deals and enjoy a relatively inexpensive holiday.
- You can enjoy all the comforts of home in a holiday atmosphere.
- There is something luxurious when staying in a cabin in winter with a log fire burning and cooking a delicious meal. We once stayed in a cottage along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. It was bucketing down outside but we didn’t care. We enjoyed a glass of bubbly in the spa bath, the warmth of the log fire and a beautiful meal.
I have probably fired up a few camping/caravanning traditionalists here. I respect your views and that you enjoy this type of holiday. However, life is great when we can all have our own opinions and enjoy life the way we want to.
So to pardon the pun – which camp are you in Glamper or Camper?
Have you had any great camping trip stories which may persuade me to try?
Do you have any disaster stories you would like to share?