22 May 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?Get Lodged!