If you like the idea of camping, but don’t want to have to deal with all the discomforts, then glamping might be for you.

Glamping, a combination of “glamor” and “camping,” is the trendy idea of camping in a tent or other — possibly permanent — structure with comfortable furnishings. It may be a $5 a night hammock lodging on the beach in Greece, or a $500 a night Edwardian-style safari tent like this one. The point is that you don’t have to carry it with you and you aren’t roughing it.

Early campers liked to have furniture. Officers in the Civil War, for instance, would have a bed and desk and chair in their tents. People on safari in the 19th century would take extensive furnishings and hire large numbers of “bearers” to help carry all of it. Cowboy camping with a bedroll was for people who couldn’t afford anything better.

By the beginning of the 20th century, “travel trailers” and car camping — which in those days meant sleeping in a car rather than just driving to a campsite — were beginning to catch on. Things got steadily less glamorous as the RV became more efficient and further from nature. People chose to be less comfortable in order to get back to nature and enjoy sleeping under the stars again.

Our modern lightweight tents and hi-tech sleeping bags let leave-no-trace backpackers and campers travel in comfort, but it’s not exactly glamorous. Glamping destinations try to make their tents, yurts, and so forth feel like upscale accommodations. Prices are usually lower than for a hotel of the same level of luxury, and you can still be out in the fresh air.

You can get the glamping feel on your next camping trip by choosing super comofrtable gear like Thermarest matresses, or retro stylish accessories for your campsite. Don’t forget the (faux) zebra skin rug.

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