What's glamping? A history of the outdoor trend

By Shelby Stewart

The idea of glamping has taken on many names, such as "luxury camping," "glamorous camping," and "boutique camping." Whatever you may call it, though, at its core, the idea is all the same. So...what's glamping?

Glamping is the perfect combination of nature and exploration without sacrificing the comforts of home. Glamping provides endless opportunities to stay in luxury tents, yurts, tree houses, domes, and more, including the modern amenities you desire on a vacation.

We believe that glamping is the necessary pause everyone must take from the hustle and bustle to relax, rejuvenate, and become one with their surroundings. It's the chance to take a daring leap of faith and climb a mountain, hike to a waterfall, or take a dive into the sea. Wherever you choose to glamp, you are guaranteed the experience of a lifetime.

While the modern term of glamping is relatively new, the idea of upscale camping certainly is not. Dating back to the 16th century, the first mention of glamping appeared when the Scottish Earl of Atholl graciously welcomed his guests with extravagant tents filled with luxuries from his home. This trend was further developed when the Ottomans created a team of artisans to travel with their military force to build luxurious palatial tents.

Glamping continued to develop in the 20th century, as African safaris became a popular trend among the wealthy. Not willing to sacrifice the luxuries from home, however, these safari expeditions were equipped with upscale tents, including generators, folding baths, and nice linens.

Today, glamping has taken over ecotourism and travel. With endless landscapes to explore and accommodations scattered across the globe, the world truly is your oyster. Whether you are new to glamping or a seasoned pro, one of the biggest challenges is deciding where to adventure next. Once you pick your backdrop, the real fun comes in picking the perfect accommodation. While the possibilities are endless, we have included the most popular types of glamping below.

Luxury Tents

Check out this popular safari tent near Warner Springs, California!

These luxury tents are far from ordinary, and it won't be hard for you to see why. With all the cozy comforts you could ask for, such as full bathroom facilities, plush beds, and indoor/outdoor kitchen capabilities, you won't have to make any sacrifices on this hiking trip.

Yurts

Book your stay at this incredible yurt near Zion National Park, Utah.

Glamping in a yurt is a unique escape into nature. Adapted after traditional yurts used by nomads in Central Asia, these are defined as round, portable tents covered by skin. This is the perfect accommodation to explore the outdoors, yet feel right at home with all the necessary amenities.

Tree Houses

Plan your trip to this breathtaking tree house near Loundonville, Ohio.

Tree houses bring out your inner kid, allowing you to climb up into the trees and see the landscape from a new perspective. No matter which tree house you choose to call home, it will truly be an experience of a lifetime.

Glamping Domes

Check out this amazing dome in western Australia.

Domes are the perfect way to bring the outside indoors. Whether you choose to watch the sunrise or stargaze at night, the views from these picturesque domes are spectacular. Without having to sacrifice any of life's luxuries, domes are the perfect way to experience a new way of travel.

Need we say more? Book your own glamping adventure and define what glamping means to you.


For more inspiration on where to glamp, check out our collections on Unique and Unusual Rentals in the Southwest, East Coast Glamping Sites, and Cool Places to Stay in Northern California!