I love the great outdoors, and I love exploring, but I can’t say I’m crazy about tents, sleeping bags and chemical toilets. Seems I’m not alone. In recent years there’s been a surge in interest in glamping - aka glamorous camping.
Glamping takes you off the beaten track, but instead of setting up camp in a soggy field, you spend the night in a generously-sized tent, kitted out with bed, nightstand and lighting, like those at MaryJanesFarm in Idaho (above). Located on an organic farm, this bed and breakfast gives you a chance to experience a wholesome lifestyle without getting too much dirt under your nails.
Want something a little less Martha Stewart? Spend the night in an Airstream trailer at the Belrepayre Airtsream and Retro Trailerpark (above) in the French Pyrenees, near Mirepoix. Bring your own silver trailer, or rent one when you get there, for the ultimate in retro chic.
A greener option is an Ecocamp dome (above) in Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile, where you can stay the night in a local Kawesqar huts, shaped like an igloo but made out of wood, fur and leather. They look especially cool when lit up at night (below).
Alternatively, if you want to go all out and glamp in the desert, the options range from traditional, staying in the Moroccan Sahara at the Bivouac Naamani (below), to the ultra-glamorous, the Bedouin-inspired Desert Nights Camp (top) in Oman. Back to basics, without compromising on creature comforts. RM