Once upon a time, sleeping in a tent involved soggy or sweaty material collapsing on your head come rain or shine, and using Port-a-loos where you had to hold your nose to go in.
Yet camping experiences have evolved to become the new holiday dream.
Thanks to glamping, whereby flushable toilets are on offer alongside tents you can actually stand-up in which often have regular beds inside, the future of vacays is here.
In a social distancing world, whereby the hospitality sector is struggling to keep people apart while still provide a positive ambiance, the glamping industry is blooming.
Due to the global pandemic continuing to impact travel – most recently, UK holidaymakers visiting Spain have been hit with a two-week quarantine order when they return home – glamping sites have seen a huge spike in bookings of up to 45%.
Gone are the days when you need to start a fire or set up your own accommodation, now tourists arrive to beauty hotspots to little homes in the forest where there is an array of amenities on offer that range from plug sockets to stoves and even sofas.
Hipcamp – an American company known as the Airbnb for campsites – say their objective is to welcome people who don’t currently feel safe outside by showing that glamping is “a great way to make an easy transition into your first outdoor experience”.
They also state that glamping is a sustainable option for those invested in environment because less waste is generated than with hotels or traditional car camping.
Founder and CEO, Alyssa Ravasio, explained: “If we want future generations to care more about the outdoors and to really help restructure our society, we need a lot more people excited about the land.
“A lot of our hosts are using the income they earn on HipCamp to protect and restore their habitat. We have those who are replanting their forests or restoring their watershed.”
Similarly, tents or yurts are usually created with sustainable materials, such as wood, while heating facilities have a minimal effect on the environment, such as log burners.
Staycations also involve less travelling than going abroad, meaning the absence of flights reduces emissions released into the atmosphere that damage the ozone layer.
So, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to take a holiday while maintaining social distancing and caring for the environment, take a peek below for some inspo.
1) From public parks to private land Stateside: visit Hipcamp.
2) For the best sites in the UK, France and Europe, visit Cool Camping.
3) To have an escape to the British countryside, visit Canopy & Stars.
4) To let sleeping under the stars become a reality, visit Bubble Iceland.
5) If unsure, have a gander on trusty Booking.com’s glamping page.