GONE GLAMP­ING

Food and Travel (UK) - - 200 th Issue -

Sleep­ing un­der the stars has seen a se­ri­ous up­grade. One ad­vance is glamp­ing

– a port­man­teau of glam­our and camp­ing. Camp­ing has al­ways been a ro­man­tic, bud­get op­tion though with the avail­abil­ity of cheap breaks to easy sun­shine abroad, it be­came in­creas­ingly un­pop­u­lar. Glamp­ing changed all that. The term was recog­nised by the OED in 2016 and sug­gests that UK hol­i­day­mak­ers are look­ing for both es­capism and phys­i­cal com­fort, paired with the ro­man­ti­cism of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Bri­tain’s wilds. The trend is now char­ac­terised by lux­ury yurts, tipis, taber­na­cles and both­ies that have more in com­mon with opu­lent Ot­toman tented camps than they do with the leaky can­vas of decades past.

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