Do you want to experience nature but are put off by the thought of pitching your own tent and have some money? A new craze called glamping -- a portmanteau of glamour and camping -- might be for you.
Luxury camping has piqued the interest of teen singing sensation Justin Bieber, according to a report by the Winnipeg Free Press.
I heard of this thing called Glamping. It's like glamorous camping. You heard of it? It's GLAM-ping, the singer said, according to the paper. You sleep on a bed. It's a mattress bed! In a huge tent with TV and everything. You have electricity and stuff but you're still in amongst the wildlife. It's pretty cool.
While glamping is a relatively new phenomenon, there are a number of resources on the Web to get you starting on planning your glamping experience.
GoGlamping.net lists 294 glamping sites around the world, ranging from the Lua Cheia Beach Camp on Tanzania's Mafia Island ($140 a night) to Normandy Farms in Massachusetts ($395 a weekend or $1650 a week.)
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Glamping sites on GoGlamping.net can be sorted by continent or type of campsite experience (caravans, cabins, safari tents, etc.)
Some may consider glamping an inauthentic camping experience, but website glampinghub.com, which also features a list of glamping locations sorted by continent and features, says glamping is a trend that can appeal to virtually all types of travelers.
Glamping Hub touts the ecologically friendly benefits of glamping.
Whereas energy and materials used in the construction and management of a small hotel are quite high, in many cases glamping accommodations take advantage of surrounding elements of nature, the website says. Composting toilets, solar power, and working gardens are just a few examples. Or, if you're lucky, you can find yourself sleeping in a repurposed carousel or caravan - things that might have been discarded or forgotten are transformed into beautiful and very unique glamping sites for the world to enjoy.
Glamping Hub also says glamping sites have more features than traditional camps and cater to those who want to mountain bike in Norway, camp in luxury in a U.S. national park or go animal watching on an African safari.