If you’ve never heard of glamping, don’t worry – you’re not alone. This trend is just taking off. Here’s everything you need to know to head out on your first glamping expedition.

What is Glamping?

Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize, starting at $268/night | Glamping.com

Glaming is camping and glamour – combined!

Unlike camping, glamping does not consist of rationing food and dealing with critters. Even tents are often equipped with furniture, and always includes running water and lavish food and drink. While most leave camping feeling filthy and tired, glamping is a sort of retreat that leaves its guests feeling refreshed and energized. So fun!

Where can I go Glamping?

The Four Seasons has a Glamping accommodation in Chiang Rai, Thailand, called the “Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle” | via Glamping.com

Glamping can take you anywhere in the world, from a few minutes from your house to across the globe.  Glamping websites can help you find destinations on six continents, all 50 states, and hundreds of countries. Many destinations are pet-friendly, so no need to worry about leaving the dogs at home.

Here are some of the most well-known glamping websites that allow you to search for locations:

  • Glamping.com is the biggest organization dedicated to glamping, and it offers luxurious accommodations across the world. You can choose from six continents and dozens of experiences to find an arrangement perfect for you. Some of the most popular experiences offered include beach, mountain, farm, eco-lodging, city, and countryside destinations.
  • Tentrr.com
  • Glampinghub.com
  • BookaGlamping.com
  • Airbnb.com also has several glamping accommodations, enter “glamping” in the search terms to yield related results. See an example here.
  • Vrbo.com, like Airbnb, lists some glamping locations.

What do I need to go Glamping?

If you’re used to packing up all your belongings before you head out to go camping, you’re in for a nice surprise – hardly anything is needed to glamp! The tent is set up before you arrive, and is fully stocked with electricity and a bed.

You should check what your specific destination is supplied with before you leave. Usually, bedding, utensils, cooking supplies, and food are all you need to bring before your expedition. All housing is different, though. When browsing through the websites, don’t be surprised to find everything from lodges and cabins to tepees and treehouses. All of these will be stocked differently, so check with your provider before packing.

How much does Glamping cost?

The price of glamping varies greatly based on location and accommodations. Here’s some examples: A treehouse in Montana can cost as little as $95 a night, while a luxurious mountain lodge in Italy can be over $2600 a night. Glamping websites will allow you to by location, experience, and accommodation types. No matter what your travel style, there’s a fun and affordable way for everyone to get into glamping.

Where do I start?

The great thing about glamping is that the experience is 100% customizable. You can pick any location and any accommodations to fit your family – or even a romantic getaway! However, if you’re overwhelmed by the thousands of glamping choices, here are a few fantastic choices to help you get started.

Safari Cabin Tent, San Diego, CA

Safari Cabin Tent Near Warner Springs, California | via GlampingHub.com

At $197 per night, this spectacular destination has all the joys of camping without the inconvenience. Enjoy cozy accommodations and a breathtaking view in the middle of a lush forest! For more information, visit the page on glampinghub.com.

Slippery Rock River Retreat, Greene, ME

Slippery Rock River Retreat Greene, ME | via tentrr.com

This rustic retreat will give you a full dose of nature while you can stay snuggled in bed. Hidden in the trees and perched by the Androscoggin River, this gorgeous hideaway is only $100 per night. Check out the page on tentrr.com for more details!

Treehouse Lodge, Loreto, Peru

Treehouse Lodge in Loreto, Peru | via Glamping.com

If you’re looking for a more elaborate glamping experience, check out this scenic treehouse in the Amazon Rainforest! Watch monkeys jump from tree to tree and maybe even perch on your patio! For more information on this experience of a lifetime, check out the page on glamping.com. Prices start at $650 per night.