Hi there, fellow Glampers!
TJ here. Laura made the big jump and wrote the first posts… I thought I’d chime in with a quick follow-up.
Should you be interested in getting started on the path to Glampiness… (er… Glamperness? We’re working on that adjective form.), here are a few tips we’ve found to be key. Behold! A bulletized list:
Rule #1) Be honest about what you enjoy:
Okay, let’s be real. Most of us (I’m especially lookin’ at you, fellas) want to be the rough-necked, lumberjack-bearded, outdoor survival-types that we see on TV and occasionally in hipster neighborhoods. If that’s really who you are, then awesome! But just because hiking 20 miles with a full pack and a whiny toddler sounds like the next generation of “tough mudder,” it doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy it. Know what really is a show-stopper for you. Challenge yourself, and get outside your comfort zone, but don’t torture yourself. Geeze. Also, know what makes everyone else miserable. For the record, apparently Laura’s not keen on all-hot-dog-meal-planning. Wierdo.
Rule #2) Be honest about what you can do:
This runs along similar lines as Rule #1. Part of our journey towards Airstream camping was the realization that we can’t camp in 100-degree weather, with toddlers, and dogs, and a pack tent, and still enjoy ourselves fully. Also, we had to be realistic about what kind of camping we could afford. Yes… the badass 32-foot land-yacht looks awesome, but it’s less awesome when you have to sell your children into bondage so you can afford it. You can Glamp without a camper/RV. You don’t need stuff, just the will to glamp
Rule #3) Don’t fear camping (glamping, really) outside the norm:
This was a tough one for me. I was a Boy Scout. I was a country kid. I felt like one had to “rough it,” or it wouldn’t be a real camping experience. Well… all due respect to Scoutmaster Rob, that’s crap. Camping is about enjoying nature. Key word there is enjoy. Embrace the parts you like, ditch the ones you don’t.
Rule #4) Don’t try and arm wrestle a grizzly.
Not only are they way bigger than you, they also often have chronic gambling problems. If he asks you to “make it interesting,” just say no. ‘Nuff said.
Rule #5) Go anywhere…
Okay… sounds simple. And it is. No, seriously. You don’t have to go to Yellowstone, people… just get out and explore! Laura and I are chronic planners, so this was tough for us. Some of the nicest places we’ve visited have been the quiet, out-of-the-way towns and state/local parks. We’ll get into specifics in later posts, but the results would surprise you! Particularly if you have kids, it doesn’t take much to find a crowd-pleaser. We’ve found that a nice spot to park, a nearby playground, and an available bottle of good wine (for the grown-ups) can go a long way towards a peaceful, contented outing. Plans don’t need to be complicated, they just need to be fun. And you’ll find fun in the most unexpected places… sometimes just around the block.
Obviously, this is just a start… but it’s our humble advice to get going on your life of glamping. Get outside, go explore, and enjoy! Cheers!