glamping


luxurious camping

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“Too posh to pitch? 10 of the UK’s best new GLAMPING sites. From converted steam engines to Persian tents and a castle hut with turrets, these GLAMPING sites are in a field of their own.”

Rachel Dixon - Headline in the Guardian (15 May 2022)

“GLAMPING is becoming a popular pursuit for city folk at beauty spots all over China”

Tweet from The Economist (13 August 2013)

Did you
know?

glamping
noun

- a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping

- outdoor camping with amenities and comforts (such as beds, electricity, and access to indoor plumbing) not usually used when camping

Oxford Languages / Merriam-Webster


WORD ORIGINS

The word “camp” is from 1520s, “a place where an army lodges temporarily”, from French camp, in this sense from Italian campo, from Latin campus “an open field, a level space”, especially “an open space for military exercise”.

“Glamping”, a combination of “glamorous” and “camping”, first appeared in the United Kingdom in 2005 and was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2016. The word is new, but the concept of luxurious tent-living has a long history.

An alternative term for “glamping” is “boutique camping”.


EXTRAVAGANT CAMPING

Perhaps the most extravagant example of palatial tent-living in history was the ‘Field of the Cloth of Gold’, a diplomatic summit in 1520 between Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France in northern France. Some 2,800 tents and marquees were erected, and fountains ran with red wine.

Some 400 years later, in the 1920s, an African safari became “the thing to do” among wealthy Americans and British. Wealthy travelers, even those in search of adventure, were not willing to sacrifice comfort or luxury. From electric generators, to folding baths, and cases of champagne, travelers were afforded every domestic luxury while on adventure.


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“How about a creative vacation that connects with Mother Nature? GLAMPING’ – short for ‘glamorous camping’ – promises comfort with eco-friendliness."


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