TRAVEL | The Joy Of Staycations – What Makes Glamping So Great?

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As dedicated canvas campers we love nothing more that a good camping trip, but the undeniable ease of glamping means it makes a great alternative to camping, especially during the colder winter months.

Over the last few years staycations have become more popular than ever and an abundance of self-catering accommodation has popped up all over the UK, providing comfortable and quirky stays in everything from pre-erected off-grid canvas bell tents complete with a comfy real bed, through to fully heated and powered luxury en suite cabins.

Whilst you may not agree with the glamping designation being applied to anything other than a tent, yurt or caravan, one thing is certain, a glamping stay makes for a refreshingly different weekend getaway. Glamping means there’s no faffing around transporting and setting up a full-on family camping get up and it’s infinitely more fun and romantic than staying in a soulless hotel or bland B&B.

Still not convinced? Read on for 6 reasons why we think glamping staycations are so great.

6 Reasons Why A Glamping Staycation Is Great

1. Crazy and quirky accommodation choices

Over the past few years we have stayed in everything from a converted horsebox to a tree-house. Glamping accommodation is often imaginative and re-purposed, ideal if you want something a bit different and fancy adding an element of fun to your usual weekend away.

2. Easy peasy to get away with minimial planning

A weekend glamping trip usually won’t require much more packing than if you were staying at a B&B or hotel. Depending on where you’re staying you’re likely to have central heating and/or a wood burning stove and perhaps your very own campfire, a bathroom, bed and kitchen area. If you don’t want to take food, many glamping sites will even sell you breakfast hampers bursting full of delicious local produce.

3. All the comforts of home and more!

As well as being as warm and cosy as your own home, some luxury glamping accommodation can even provide you with extras like locally sourced toiletries, bed linen, TV, towels and even your own private hot tub! I stayed in a wooden glamping pod in Scotland last year that that thoughtfully provided extras like mood lighting as well as a selection of DVDs and books.

4. Close to the outdoors, whatever the weather

Of course sleeping under canvas is the ultimate way to get closer to nature, but in winter, all but the hardiest of campers will be glad of a warmer alternative!

The long winter months can be tough to get through and a long weekend break that isn’t weather dependent can be a great way to lighten the spirits.

5. Benefit from local insight

Glamping site owners are often local land owners or farmers forced to diversify. Owners usually live on site and as such are an excellent source of local knowledge. We’ve received tips from glamping site owners on everything from the best places to eat, to recommended walks in the area and have found the insight priceless!

6. Spend less time traveling and more time having fun

A staycation means no having to rock up to the airport 3 hours before you fly followed by a lengthy flight. Even short-haul destinations can still mean a day of travel whereas a staycation means staying somewhere closer to home, so you’ll benefit from a much shorter journey. With less traveling you can have more time relaxing, exploring and having fun!

A few of our fave glamping breaks…

Book a glamping break

Ready to give glamping a go? Try one of these sites to book your next glamping trip.