Glamping – ‘glamorous camping’ is a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.
The word ‘glamping’ first appeared in the United Kingdom in 2005 and became an official word in 2006.
Glamping is now its own distinct form of tourism, with the term ‘glamping’ ranking highly in key word searches.
According to Google Trends the term glamping was first searched for in 2007 mostly around the UK and Ireland.
Today glamping results in millions of keyword searches across the world every year.
Glamping in the past 12 years has become a global trend with the UK and Ireland leading the way.
We all know someone who boasts of having been glamping recently!
With no tents to pitch or sleeping bags to clamber in to, glampers get to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing their home comforts.
So, there’s still an opportunity to roast marshmallows on an open fire, enjoy the fresh air, listen to the nature around you and spend quality time with family and friends.
All of this without having to take the endless amounts of equipment needed for a successful camping trip, squeaky blow up mattresses or lumpy ground or even the worst of the worse a leaking tent and soggy groundsheet.
Glamping (glamorous camping) tends to take place in either a yurt, airstream, igloo, hut, villa, cabin, cube, teepee, treehouse or of course a glamping pod.
Glampers expect to receive a high level of service and better amenities than those available to traditional campers.
In 2016 the AA organisation established a formal ratings standard to apply to glamping sites across the UK.
Sites are now generally expected to provide a certain level of comfort for their guests, including electricity (which can be provided both on and off-grid), shower and flushing toilet facilities, 24/7 warden service and other hospitality-industry staples in order to receive a good rating.
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With the trend for glamping set to continue IntuPod looks forward to becoming a key provider to tourist venues across the UK and Ireland with our range of glamping pods to suit the needs of every venue and visitor type.