If ordinary camping is too primitive and dull for your personal tastes, then glamping — “glamorous camping” — may be the solution.
And that’s what glamping is about: adding your own fanciful flair to what you already have. You can glamp-up a new trailer with a favorite theme, play off the vintage styles in an older trailer or even do some tent glamping. Wall covers, light fixtures, unique fabrics and neatly arranged shelves create a tiny, cozy spot with all the visual comforts of home. Gone is the austere outdoor experience: glampers bring potted plants, ornate beaded curtains, strings of outdoor lights and plenty of gussied-up pillows.
Johnson has held a “glamp-out” the past two years at her home. After all, glamour is only one part of what is typically a social experience. Events that gather fellow glampers have a built-in camaraderie that lends itself not only to plenty of fun and laughter, but the sharing of glamping ideas and tips. And some glampers have found that public glamping on their own seems to attract interested fellow campers.
Aspiring glampers can start with what they already have, said Johnson, then play off a decor theme based on what you like or already have. Glamping-out a tent or trailer is a slow project that builds over time as ideas (and money) come. Read up on glamping, she said, and don’t forget to join in any local glamp-outs.