Glamping, Mamping, and Five Kinds of Camping

How many of you are camping over the long weekend? Once the weather starts heating up again, many of us turn our attention outside and dream of getting away to a mountainside, lake resort, or campsite. But even upon hearing the simple word, “camping,” it seems that we all imagine vastly different concepts, from “glamping” to “extreme camping.”

Ohh, camping–the ultimate summer pastime, at least for some of us. Although many people don’t enjoy the ruggedness of the great outdoors, an adventurous few try to intensify the most rustic aspects of the outdoor hospitality industry. According to a  2011 travel report by the Outdoor Foundation, there are five levels of adventurers: the soft rugged, the average, the extreme, the parents, and the partiers. The ‘soft rugged’ group comprises mostly middle aged campers who consider a camping trip a “home away from home.” They tend to inhabit recreational vehicles and cabins throughout their trip to ensure comfort. The ‘average’ camper embraces the traditionally American view of camping: a tent, cooking hot dogs over a campfire, some sleeping bags, and light home comforts. ‘Extreme’ campers, however, want to push the limits and completely eschew comfort during their trips. They seek the most remote locations and plan the most audacious adventures. The ‘parent’ group picks camping because it presents a more affordable travel option than a week’s vacation to a beachside hotel or mountain resort; they also see it as an opportunity to spend quality time with their children. The last group, the ‘partiers,’ reminds us of all the teen movies where high school/college kids hide out in the woods at music festivals, maybe drinking for the first time. Dazed and Confused much?

Let’s take this camping talk further, shall we? In case you haven’t heard of glamping and mamping just yet, we’d love to be the ones who enlighten you to these unique trends.

Glamping–Glamourous + Camping. You heard me. Luxury camping, a trend that took center stage in the travel world this year, is a revolutionary way to “rough it” in the wilderness. Glampers get the best of both worlds–someone else might set up your tent, cook you the meal of your choice, build your fire for you, and even clean up every day; but you still get to take in the scenery! Some of the activities are expected: fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking. However, glamping gives you a luxe place to land if your idea of “outdoors” is a bit more… polished.

Mamping–Here’s another radical concept: No girls are allowed on this camping trip. It’s like a camping trip with a “Boys Only!” sign on the tent. Some versions of “mamping” evoke the same ideals as “extreme camping,” while others offer a woman-free version of any of the other camping types. Either way, it’s kind of a fun word to say.

So, let us know: Which of these is your camping style?

13 Comments
  • Melanie Cassady
    Posted at 16:27h, 28 May Reply

    Give me Glamping anytime! This is the only way to enjoy the scenery! Niagara Falls here I come!

  • Sandra
    Posted at 15:31h, 01 June Reply

    Sign me up for “Glamping”

  • Stephanie Putnam
    Posted at 15:48h, 01 June Reply

    I’m going to have my husband go “Mamping”…… with the kids.
    I love you honey!!!

  • Gerry Pineda
    Posted at 17:56h, 01 June Reply

    I don’t like to go camping. Too many strange noises. Can’t sleep.

  • Seth S.
    Posted at 01:20h, 02 June Reply

    Camping has never been my thing. I do not enjoy tents, or putting them together. Count me in for the fishing and swimming. After that, you can find me in the RV for the duration of the evening.

  • Crystal Grubbs
    Posted at 03:36h, 02 June Reply

    I still REALLY want to go glamping!!

  • Jarrod Withers
    Posted at 14:13h, 02 June Reply

    I’m for sure an “average” camper. If I’m glamping, I’m staying home!

  • Carrie Daniels
    Posted at 16:43h, 02 June Reply

    I used to love camping when I was growing up. Now my body aches too bad! I love the idea of “glamping” on an African safari. It’s definitely on the bucket list 🙂

  • Sherry Gardner
    Posted at 17:15h, 02 June Reply

    Can I stick with good old fashioned camping? Love it!

  • Diane Harney
    Posted at 13:36h, 04 June Reply

    Old fashioned camping really puts you in touch with the great outdoors. Building your own fire and cooking your own food brings a sense of accomplishment. However, I do love the idea of a real bed and maybe some A/C!

  • Mandy Whitehouse
    Posted at 20:15h, 04 June Reply

    A cross country glamping trip sounds amazing! A gal pal and I have discussed on numerous occasions how much we would love to drive cross country one year and site see in every state! Glam up that camping trip and we may just be able to make it happen (or at least part of it).

  • Brad Link
    Posted at 14:42h, 05 June Reply

    I really want to try camping with my kids…..but on a much smaller scale. You know, maybe in the back yard for the first time or two, to get them used to sleeping outdoors and in a tent. So I guess if I do get out there, my style will be a hybrid of the parenting camper and the average camper – good quality time with the kids and lots of roasted hot dogs and s’mores! (And the house close enough to us if it rains!)

  • Briana Blackburn
    Posted at 14:45h, 05 June Reply

    I love camping! It was a huge deal with my family when I was growing up. Lot’s of fun to be had!

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