Go 'glamping'... why camping in style is growing in popularity and an alternative to sunny breaks
Glamping or "glamorous camping" is a relatively new word in the English language. It means using accommodation and facilities that are more luxurious than those traditionally associated with camping.
Glamping holidays are growing rapidly in popularity, especially among those who enjoy cycling, walking, nature watching and other outdoor pursuits. One might wonder why, with winter approaching I am writing on this subject, but healthy, active holidays are now all the rage and have to a degree replaced the cheap package deals to resorts in Spain and elsewhere.
Irish weather does not deter the new generation of holidaymakers and apart from the fact that glamping provides a cheaper alternative to a flight abroad, people are far more conscious nowadays of health, diet and the need to take exercise. Many are fed up with the discos, cheap booze and the associated anti-social behaviour one can encounter in popular sun resorts.
While the traditional tent always provided an exciting and novel sleeping quarter, especially for children, their parents now want more than basic standard camping facilities.
I, for one, would not fancy spending a night in a damp tent with just a sleeping bag, but having looked up the options for glamping on the internet, I can see its attraction. Some hotels even have adopted the idea and provide spacious luxury tents and yurts in their grounds complete with double beds, heating and all necessary facilities.
A further development of this concept is the pod, a purpose-built room that is well insulated, comfortable, warm and dry and can be placed in almost any location and then let to holidaymakers.
Being always on the lookout for ways of increasing the income from my woodland, I recently travelled to Kerry to visit Pods Ireland and view them at first hand.