If you’ve never heard the term “glamping”, it’s a mashup of glamour and camping which promises the luxuries of a more traditional vacation, but in a beautiful, natural outdoor setting. It’s the sweet spot for those who don’t own camping gear, but want to unplug and connect to nature. Whether or not glamping is for you, it has become a multi-billion dollar industry.
“Glamping as a global trend has grown exponentially since the term gained momentum in the UK and Europe in 2007. Glamping.com reports that web-searches for the term ‘glamping’ increased around this time, and have only risen in recent years. In 2016, the word ‘glamping’ was formally added to the Oxford English Dictionary, and today, glamping businesses are established int he UK and Europe.”
Here in the US, 2018 recorded the highest number of Americans who camped at least once that year. With COVID-19 prevalent in our lives, the camping industry is continuing to grow as a safer alternative to vacation. But the fastest-growing generation of campers are Millenials and they are changing the trend. Millennials want a unique and authentic experience, and they are driving the “glamping” trend. Whether it’s a yurt, cabin, safari tent or other structure, glamping is booming and is here to stay.
Outdoor Adventures wants to serve this younger generation and introduce camping to those who haven’t experienced it before. We are introducing Safari tents at our resorts. We have four at our Kalamazoo Resort, one at our Saginaw Bay Resort in Standish, and one at our Mt. Pleasant Resort. We hope to expand and add more to our other resorts in the future.
In our Safari tents, you don’t have to worry about packing much. We provide a queen bed, sleeper sofa that flattens to a single bed, linens and pillows, table and 2 chairs, fan, lighting, power strip for 20 amp service, 2 Adirondak chairs, firepit, grill and picnic table. Check out this video clip to see inside one.
You can start making reservations on Friday, July 17 to begin camping in our Safari tents on Friday, July 24. Fill out the online reservation request form or call us at 888-249-1995. Our summer hours are Mon-Fri, 8 am – 5 pm and Sat-Sun, 9 am – 5 pm.
We are excited to offer this luxury camping experience for our members and we can’t wait to hear your feedback. Happy camping!