Do you want to experience nature like you’ve never experienced before? Here’s why you should try glamping, a unique camping experience like no other.
You’re all about glitz and glamour, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t appreciate the natural beauty of the great outdoors.
And despite what your friends, who accuse you of being “high maintenance”, might think you’d love nothing more than to escape to the woods for the weekend — provided that you can do it on your terms, of course.
If you’ve been scrolling through Instagram and getting green with envy at all the awesome glamping pics, maybe it’s time to take a trip of your own. Read on to learn everything that you need to know to plan the perfect vacation that’s one part camping, one part luxury.
Upgrade Your Tent
When you think about traditional camping, we know that you’re not exactly thrilled about the idea of having to haul around and then pitch your own tent.
You’re probably also not looking forward to the possibility of getting a little bit too close to nature if a wild animal decides to pay your tent a visit in the middle of the night.
The good news?
Glamping is about a lot more than just buying a discounted plastic tent or throwing a tarp over some tree branches and hoping for the best.
Instead, you can stay in a wide variety of types of outdoor residencies.
Think about how cool it would be to spend the night inside of a yurt, a teepee, a treehouse, or even an airstream luxury trailer.
When it comes to glamping accommodations, the sky is truly the limit. This way, you can challenge yourself to try something new, without sacrificing your comfort (or the outlet that you need for your hairdryer.)
Elevate The Packing List
When you’re packing for a standard camping trip, we know that you’re probably thinking about the things that you can’t bring instead of the things you can.
We also know that you’d likely be able to relax and enjoy your stay a lot more if you were able to bring all of your essentials with you.
Luckily, when you’re packing for a glamping trip, you don’t have to leave out everything that can’t fit inside your backpack!
In addition to enjoying the amenities that will be provided for you during your stay, you can also bring things like board games, cornhole, puzzles, and even tons of outfits to capture the perfect shot for your Instagram.
To make things easier on everyone, assign each person a specific part of your trip to handle.
Put one person in charge of drinks, (wine, please) another in charge of meals, and a third in charge of all things beauty.
Instead of worrying about picking up after yourself, take the time to pamper yourself while you’re in the great outdoors. Don’t forget to throw in a few face masks and ask the glamping staff about any spa treatments you and your friends can enjoy during your stay.
You can even bask in the natural hot springs to give your skin an extra glow!
Beyond Hot Dogs And S’mores
Of course, one of the very best things about going glamping?
You’re not limited to eating only the types of things that you can cook over an open fire that you had to build yourself.
So, put those cans of beans back on the shelf, and pick up something that you actually want to eat instead. That recipe that you’ve been meaning to try, but haven’t yet had the time to really master?
Why not actually learn it on your vacation? Elevate the traditional campfire food, s’mores, by making a recipe with chocolate-dipped graham crackers, or even chocolate bars that have been flavored with jasmine or chili powder.
If cooking healthy meals over the course of your trip is especially important to you? Then we suggest looking for an accommodation that provides a stovetop or oven.
In some cases, you may even be able to enjoy fine cuisine underneath the stars, prepared for you by a local chef!
Pick The Perfect Location
The last thing that you need to keep in mind when you’re preparing for the perfect glamping weekend with your friends?
When you’re deciding where to go, make sure you pick the most picturesque background possible.
While popular destinations can certainly be beautiful, you want to actually get some peace and quiet over the course of your trip. That can be pretty tough to do if you’re staying at the same campsite as everyone else that’s currently on spring break.
One of our favorite destinations?
Gatlinburg, nestled in the heart of the stunning and scenic Great Smoky Mountains. You’ll be able to explore national parks, go on hikes that offer beautiful views of the mountain ranges and towns below, and even enjoy forest animals from a safe distance.
If you’re looking for places to stay in Gatlinburg, make sure you check out the Under Canvas website. They even offer accommodations that allow you to have your very own personal chef over the course of your stay!
Ready To Go Glamping?
We hope that this post has inspired you to grab a few of your closest friends and get closer to nature than ever before while on your next vacation!
When you’re planning a glamping trip, remember that you don’t have to suffer in the cold, wind, and rain. Instead, you can take all the beauty of a stunning natural setting, and combine it with modern luxury and convenience.
Looking for more advice about the perfect destinations for your next trip?
We’ve got you covered.
No matter what kind of adventure you’re looking to have, we want to help you to make it your best one ever.