Pitching a tent in the woods is one option if you’re ready for a vacation. But if comfort is something that’s important to you, going glamping might be a better idea. Glamping (or “glamorous camping”) is an emerging travel trend that’s catching on with people who like spending time outdoors but want to do so in style. But all-inclusive glamping packages can be expensive. If you’re working with a small budget, here’s how to go glamping without breaking the bank.
1. Bring Your Friends
Spending a few nights in a fully outfitted yurt (a collapsible circular tent) can be a lot of fun, but it doesn’t come cheap. It may not be affordable unless you’re traveling with a group of friends.
Having more people on your glamping trip may force you to sacrifice some personal space, but it can significantly reduce your travel costs. Having to listen to your bunkmate snore might not be so bad if you can divide your expenses among five or six people.
2. Stick to Public Camping Spots
You can find private campgrounds designed for campers who want luxurious accommodations. You could easily spend thousands of dollars at these high-end glampgrounds. But you could stay at a state or national park instead and save some money.
Depending on where you look, you may be able to find tents, cabins and motorhomes that you can rent for a fraction of the cost. If you’d prefer to stay at a private campground, you might want to check out Kampgrounds of America (KOA). A deluxe cabin at a KOA campground, for example, can cost under $200 and may include amenities like a kitchen, patio, grill and private bathroom.
3. Bring Creature Comforts From Home
You don’t need to spend a lot of money in order to enjoy your glamping experience. Instead of buying all of the items that you need on your trip, you can bring blankets, pillows and rugs from home. If you’re staying in a tent, you might also want to add an air mattress and a cozy sleeping bag to your list.
Packing lawn chairs, a hammock or some tiki torches can make gathering around the campfire more inviting. And don’t forget to stock up on necessities like bug spray, toilet paper and sunscreen.
4. Pick One Thing to Splurge On
Even if you’re trying to stick to a budget, there’s nothing wrong with splurging on something. For example, while you might plan to munch on granola bars and trail mix while you’re glamping, you could treat yourself to gourmet sweets or spend a night making cocktails.
Upgrading your portable grill, buying a top-of-the-line sleeping bag or investing in new pots and pans are some other ways to satisfy your glamping appetite. Splurging on a smaller scale can enhance your trip without leaving you feeling broke.
The Bottom Line
Glamping can be affordable if you’re willing to get a little creative. There are many ways to plan a trip that’s budget-friendly and fun at the same time.