Wednesday June 24, 2015

Is the rise of "glamping" really all that bad?

A chic teardrop camper sits under the light of the Milky Way at Kirkwood Lake in California.

A chic teardrop camper sits under the light of the Milky Way at Kirkwood Lake in California. (Ewoerlen/Flickr CC)

Listen 23:19

The camps are divided. One one hand, we have the traditional campers who forgo modern conveniences and make do with the bare minimum.

On the other hand, we have camping's glamorous cousin, "glamping" — the increasingly comfortable and even chic approach to enjoying the great outdoors. 

The popularity of the latter camp is growing rapidly across the U.S. and Canada, with more and more businesses catering to people who would rather relax than rough it. Is that cause for concern? Shad checks in with two guests: 

  • Ruben Martinez, founder of Glamping Hub — a website that connects travellers with glamping facilities in parks and places around the world.  
  • Christopher Solomon, an avid camper and outdoor adventure writer in Washington State. He recently wrote an Op Ed for the New York Times decrying the growth of pampered camping. 

q: For argument's sake, let's not keep a foot in both camps. Would you opt for well-worn tents and sleeping bags or air-conditioned campers and comfy mattresses? Are you more of a camper or glamper?