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Camping For Non-Campers

I think that the world is divided into two types of people: campers and non-campers. Campers like to sleep outdoors, cook their food over a campfire (outdoor fire), and commune (feeling in close spiritual contact) with nature. Non-campers are people who like a soft mattress, room service (food served in your hotel room), and a view of nature.

How can we reconcile (make it so that it is possible to live together) a camper and a non-camper?  The solution may be “glamping.”

Glamping is short of “glamorous camping” and combines the comfort of a home or hotel experience with the experience of sleeping outdoors.  More and more, hotels and tour companies are offering glamping options.  If you choose glamping, you don’t need to find a camp space, erect tents (put up a temporary shelter to sleep in), carry your gear (supplies and equipment), and cook your own food.  Instead, you’ll sleep in a real bed in a safari tent (tall tent, about he size of a small room), tent cabins (small, rough houses), or even tree houses (houses in trees, of course!).

On the low end (inexpensive end), glamping gives you a place to sleep and perhaps a wood-burning stove (appliance used for cooking) and you’re on your own.  On the high end (expensive end), you could have a butler (male servant), personal chef (professional cook), a plush (thick and soft) bed, electricity, and a bathtub.  You can find glamping in more and more U.S. locations known for its beautiful outdoors, such as Yellowstone Natural Park (discussed in English Cafe 88).

Are you a camper or a non-camper?  Would you consider glamping for any of your trips?

~ Lucy

Photo Credit: Grand canyon of yellowstone.jpg from Wikipedia

15 Responses to “Camping For Non-Campers”

  1. Vito Says:

    I’m a non-camper now, because I spend my all free time listening to esl podcast :D

  2. Peter Says:

    Beautiful post,
    Alot to take away
    Hi Lucy,
    U know I just got off work. It is a bleeping :) job. Doesn’t pay much. Still , better than nothing.gives me some walk-around money 
    U know, the first thing I did after finishing work was go to a StarBucks’ close to my work station to check what is new in the land of Eslpod. I always do it.
    I picked up a tall bold coffee drip and add some milk to it myself. 
    Then, I started digging :)
    The first station I always check is blog to see if there is a fresh blog post there.
    As luck would have it, there was a new post by you. Let me tell you sth I learned  3 new words today. Thanks.
    about the interesting post you have up there. I don’t know about that. To me , it sounds too unreal and half-assed, if you will excuse my French.
    To me , there is no middle ground here. Either you are a nature lover like Jeff :)and love to go to off-beaten tracks and explore the character of the places u travel ,or you are a hotle kind of guy who prefers style  over nature to coin a phrase :)))))
    If you are a camper you definitly like to do the actual thing not a makeshift ,improvised kind of simulation that a hotle might offers you in its enclosed place. It just doesn’t sound right. You like to go all out pitching tent ;collecting dry tweaks ,and branches ;building bonfire  ; feeling the dirt ;smelling nature ;and experiencing the fear of the unknown surrounding all around you. A hotle can’t give you that much of an adrenalin rush you expect to get while spending the night in an open nature area. The reason is obvious you subconsciously aware of the fact that you are in a man-made  environment.
     If you belong to the second group u love lodging not nature accommodation. You like running water ,eiderdown:)) ,and walls
    See , there is no middle ground here.
    Let’s not bend it out of shape 
    Let’s hotel stays hotel 
    And nature run its natural course.

    Folks 
    Let’s Leave nature alone , shall we?

    Yours

    The happy camper :))

  3. Jinwoo Says:

    I would like to be a camper! But my family doesn’t like that.
    hehe good luck! I love this site!

  4. Maryam Says:

    Hi Lucy;
    I really like being outdoors. I study my lessons outdoor, too.
    I can’t stand ceilings above my head although our rooms are with high ceiling.
    I wish I lived in a garden with a lot of trees, flowers, birds, etc.
    Bye

  5. parviz Says:

    Dear Dr. Lucy
    I really like that Idea. Sometimes I feel like I want to be alone with the nature talking to it and seeing the birds flying in the sky, watching the flowers blooming next to the river.
    I like camping with outgoing friends, you know, rounding the campfire and watching the stars.

    Unfortunately, it’s been a long time since i participated in a camping trip. Thank you for reminding me.
    I need to cheer myself up.

    best wishes,

  6. hubert Says:

    >>I think that the world is divided into two types of people: campers and non-campers.<<
    Veto. I'm able to accommodate. I like camps and hotels as well.

  7. HILARIO Says:

    DIVIDED PEOPLE.- APART OF THE CAMPERS AND NO-CAMPERS, HUMANITY IS DIVIDED INTO FOUR MORE CATHEGORIES, LIKE THOSE WHO LOVE THE CATS AND THOSE WHO DON’T, THOSE WHO CAN SUFFER TO NEIGHBOUR’ CHILDREN AND THOSE WHO CAN’T. THOSE WHO CAN STAND HOW OTHERS SPEAK IN PUBLIC AND LOUDLY, ON THEIR CELL PHONES AND THOSE WHO CAN’T AT ALL, AND THOSE WHO DO USE EVERY MORNING OF A COMB AND THOSE WHO DON’T.
    LAST BUT NOT LESS THERE’S A DIFFERENT CATEGORY ACCORDING TO SOME AUTHORS AND EXPERTS, ARE THE ONES WHO CAN SURVIVE WHEN THEIR MOTHERS-IN-LAW, ARE LIKE WATCHING TV REALITY SHOWS OR CHATTING IN A NON-STOPPING, IN SELF-TALK ONLY AND SOLILOQUY, AND THE VAST MAYORITY OF PEOPLE, WHO CAN’T DO IT.

  8. Betty Says:

    Dear Lucy

    Thank you for this new word “glamping”. It is so new that it is not found even in “thefreedictionary.com”.

    I remember Jeff said he did not like camping. I think Jeff might like to glamp.

    I have only camped once in my life. I wish I have got more chances to do it. But then if I have more chances to do it, I may discover that I don’t like it.

    One thing I worry about camping is it might not be safe. When people grow older, they turn cowardly.

    Now I have learned about this new way of camping, I must include it in the list of things that I must try before I die.

    Thanks again, Lucy, I am very happy that I am learning something new every day from this website.

    Best regards

    Betty :)

  9. Ulises B. González Says:

    Dear Lucy

    Thank you for the information you gave us, I like to be outdoors but the the thing I hate the most, are the mosquitoes.

    yours

  10. dan Says:

    Hello everyone.

    Since I am not much of a traveler, I do not really know in wich category to put myself in.

    Taking into account that I am quite frugal and I do not like very much being served or if you like I prefer doing things by myself.
    I better see myself in the first category.

    What got my attention though, is the fact that as you can see there is always a solution for everything.

    Thanks Lucy!

  11. Øyvor Steinsheim Says:

    Dear Jeff

    I want to send you a late Happy Birthday!I hope you had a
    wonderful day with your huge family=)

    Best regards=)

  12. Øyvor Steinsheim Says:

    Hi Lucy!

    Hmmm…kind of weird..personal cook and servant? Don`t fancy the idèa..
    however, we are all different..I`ve always been fond of nature, I`m living
    in a valley surrounded by four National Parks.. I can take my soft bed out,
    watch the stars, sometimes the Northern light, I hear deer and moose
    roaring during day and night now.. so maybe that is clamping=)

  13. Øyvor Steinsheim Says:

    ehh..glamping, I mean=))

  14. Marcos Says:

    Hi Lucy.

    I’ve never camped but I’d like to. Maybe I coluld start with glamping. It sounds easier.

    Best regards

  15. jalex Says:

    Hi, Lucy!

    I’m camper, but I don’t able to be outdoors for health reasons. Anyway, I love long walks very much :)