Let’s Not Call It Glamping

Let’s Not Call It Glamping
Source: Pampered Wilderness
Source: Pampered Wilderness

When I was a little boy, I wanted to join the Boy Scouts and camp almost more than anything in the world. I loved the idea of learning camping and survival skills. Maybe it just seemed quintessentially American to me, or maybe because I appreciated the Indiana Jones-ness of it all. Regardless, I never got to join or camp. (Don’t cry for me, Argentina, I developed other survival skills like how to throw together an awesome living room.)

Anyway, decades roll past, and I’m not so much into roughing it anymore. The romance has worn off through years of neglect. I enjoy the beauty of the outdoors for day hikes, but I think a cabin for the evening would be more comfortable than a tent.

However, I’m still nagged by the idea that I would enjoy real camping, as my camping friends put it. You know, where you go to sleep (that means you’re unconscious and vulnerable) outdoors with only a thin piece of fabric between you and a forest?

SafariSuite01
Source: Pampered Wilderness

Well, guess what? Now there’s a compromise: luxury camping! (Let’s not call it glamping, which combines the words “glamorous” and “camping,” and is likely one of the worst blends [also known as portmanteau words] of two words since “dramedy.” No, wait, there’s “phablet,” which means huge smartphone that’s practically a tablet).

However, this isn’t an article about luxury camping–I’ll leave that to the lifestyle rags. This is about the damn fine interior design of luxury camping! You may still be separated from the woods by a piece of canvas, but what beautiful accommodations.

Source: Pampered Wilderness
Source: Pampered Wilderness

The table to the right in this cabin-tent (not “cabent,” thank you very much) has a coffee machine, microwave, and wine glasses (with complimentary wine) along with the mandatory hotel writing desk for composing a very special, “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” essay.

Source: Naibor
Source: Naibor

The above beautifully designed and decorated tent is found in Naibor, a luxury campsite in Nairobi, Kenya. This is one of the smaller tents!

In case the time and cost to get out to such fabulous retreats is a little much for your budget, consider decking out your own backyard.

Source: Pottery Barn
Source: Pottery Barn

In the end, it’s all about fun and togetherness. The beauty of the environment, both interior (yeah!) and exterior (lovely!), just adds to it.

Featured image source: Pampered Wilderness



2 thoughts on “Let’s Not Call It Glamping”

If you talk about it, you'll feel better