Many people have fond memories of camping when they were younger, but find when they reach their 30’s that sleeping on the ground feeling encased in a tomb just doesn’t do it for them anymore! Thankfully, these days there are plenty of ways to work around this, so you can enjoy a weekend camping without compromising your ability to sleep! Here we will look at your options for Glamping accommodations…
Tipis are a very popular way of Glamping for several reasons. Firstly, they are quite affordable with canvas military-style tipis going for as little as $100 that will easily fit 4 people inside. Of course, if you want a more ‘traditional’ tipis it will cost a little more, from around $300, with the most expensive being ones made from special Acrylic Fabric that is much less likely to suffer from problems such as mould build up or shrinking, priced at around $1,500. The more traditional Tipis modelled on the ones that First Nations people in North America used to use will give Glampers the ability to have a fire in the centre for warmth and also the option to cook food, while the newer types have the advantage of being easy to set up, with sets of poles and instructions included. Putting these up takes no more than 15 minutes if you have help from friends or family when you become used to doing it, which is another reason why tipis are so popular.
Less ‘user-friendly’ than tents and tipis, Yurts are still used today by nomadic people in Mongolia, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. Although traditional style Yurts are more time consuming to construct when compared to tipis and tents, smaller modern versions with a 3-metre diameter are on the market are from around $300, and are more user-friendly with instructions and numbered ‘flexi-poles’. However, despite being harder to set up, the very large more traditional Yurts can range from $3000 all the way up to $15,000. Although these price tags may seem expensive to say the least, you should know that it is quite possible to live in a Yurt permanently, as the way you would a house, and indeed this has become a rising trend among off-grid communities in the past few years. These bigger Yurts can range from 16 metres in diameter all the way up to the gigantic 40 metre ones! Indeed, you can install inside them everything you would a regular house, including kitchens, toilets, bathrooms, separate bedrooms and so on. Though of course in these cases a Yurt would generally not be able to be taken down and moved easily.
Forget for a second visions of being imprisoned in a cold, damp 2-man tent and being lashed with wind and rain all the weekend! Because tents these days have come a long way thanks to Glamping! Safari Tents are the new mainstay of accommodation in the glamping world, and priced from around $500 for a 4 metre diameter tent represents great value for money. Just like the modern tipis, safari tents are pretty easy to construct with help from a couple of friends and family members. Safari tents were first developed in Africa by colonial explorers, and today the modern equivalents are barely changed in design, with the largest being up to 10 metres high and a 15 metre diameter, with options for bathrooms and other small rooms to be walled off just like inside a Yurt. The only difference today is that the materials used in the canvas are superior than what was used in the older styled ones.
Hopefully this gives you a little taste of what the Glamping world offers you, so that you can relive those childhood memories of camping but with those adult comforts and other necessities!