Getting off the tourist track: Why glamping is trending now

If you came across a gorgeous tipi camp perched by the seaside, would you broadcast your vacation find to the masses? Unlikely. Same goes for a collection of geodesic domes outfitted with crackling fires and Eames furniture. When accommodation is that awe-inspiring, we’re reluctant to share (until we want our friends to join us and the word gets out).

Glamping has been around awhile. I’d like to think cavewomen started the trend when they outfitted their plots with comfortable pelts and artifacts. Yet, ten years ago, glamping was still an indie getaway. In fact, it wasn’t even called glamping. Early adopters simply said they were “going on a chic camping excursion.” Nobody asked questions because “chic” and “camping” were rarely used in the same sentence.


Fast forward to 2014 and you’d be hard-pressed to find an in-the-know traveler who a) doesn’t know about glamping, or b) hasn’t tasted the upscale tent-life themselves.

Ever since posh pioneers and word-of-mouth built the bones of the business, I trace glamping’s indie-to-mainstream move to A-list influencers. Take Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves. When they tied the knot in an epic three-day celebration in 2012, their wedding guests were treated to one of 47 air-conditioned, Hollywood-worthy tents erected at their Austin, Texas estate. And let’s not forget when now-divorced Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds got hitched at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, a woodsy hideaway in British Columbia’s coastal rainforest. Located so far off the beaten path, the paparazzi didn’t even get wind of the star-studded glamping affair until after it happened.


Social media and our constant need for connectivity is another glamping influencer. With no escape from nonstop notifications, travelers are heading back to basecamp-style basics in search of a simpler time and some R and R. Think of it like a smartphone sabbatical. Ironically, glamping has grown in popularity due to the internet. Now the uber-connected are retreating into its out-of-the-way clutches to actually get away from it all.

For celebrated travel writer, glamper and safari enthusiast Mark Sissons, “glamping is all about enjoying the best of both worlds—a pristine wilderness experience coupled with all of the comforts of home, and then some. It’s getting back to nature without roughing it in the bush.” Think of it this way: Time-pressed, urbanites still yearn for the great wide open without the hassle of towing a U-Haul stacked with gear. With haute couture tenting, it’s all there.


Finally, like a pair of worn Levi’s, glamping is cool. But don’t take our word for it, ask Oscar-winner and glamping guy Matthew McConaughey. Or, check out why Mashable, one of the internet’s most popular news outfits, just waxed on about “11 essentials for the glampground.”

Glamping: Trend of travel mainstay? You decide.

Living Airstream: Glamping Rentals Galore

Airstreams not only hold the hearts of many with memories of camping and childhood road trips, but the metallic gleam is a staple of the brand stopping many in their tracks to marvel at these unique recreational vehicles. We sat down with Bill Ward of Living Airstream, a luxury rental company of his fleet of vehicles ranging from vintage model rentals to newer models nightly, weekly and monthly. Renting for all types of occasions, from photo shoots to weddings, mobile offices to Burning Man accommodations, Living Airstream is picking up momentum as the cult-like following of Airstream becomes engaged.

Bill Ward How did you first become involved with Airstreams?

Bill Ward: I first got started with Airstreams when I saw one up the street from where I lived in Denver (super shined up exterior… beautiful), thought “what the hell” I’ll buy one! I mentioned it to my father and a friend of mine and they wanted in on it, too, which sparked the idea that maybe other people might be interested in becoming a part of this as well.

G: What markets are you currently in with Living Airstream?

BW: We have our main branches in Denver and San Francisco and satellite offices in Los Angeles and Scottsdale.

Bill Ward

G: Any favorites in the fleet?

BW: I really like the 1964 Bambi, because they truly represent the all-American road trip.

G: What makes Airstreams the right fit as opposed to other RVs?

BW: Airstreams are rolling pieces of art that have stood the test of time with a cult-like following. Anytime anyone sees that polished aluminum exterior pull up to a campsite, they immediately want to look inside and take photos. Plus, more than 60% are still in use (from what I’ve researched). We also have a new website, where customers can rent RVs, campers, off-road ATVs and more as part of a sharing community, much like but with recreational vehicles.

Bill Ward

G: How is Living Airstream a glamping experience?

BW: Living Airstream is a unique glamping experience in that it allows for a mobile airstream experience. Between our high-quality product and our customer service we are bringing retro back into glamping.

G: Where do you see the future of the company?

BW: For the future of the company, I see Living Airstream expanding to a commercial division as well. I want us to then take both divisions, business and leisure alike, throughout the United States and eventually Europe where Airstreams are enormous.

Whether purchasing a new Airstream to refurbish or moving inventory across the country, Ward does so with a smile. With the company growing and the demand increasing with it, glamping in style with Living Airstream is proving to be a popular option across the United States. Eventually utilizing, Ward is looking to the future for an inventory-less model, making room for even more unique stays as the site becomes more popular. Rental information for Living Airstream can be found at

Immerse Yourself In Asian Glamping

Four Seasons Glamping

Glamping is seeing rapid and exciting expansion as an industry. The method of vacationing might not be new to places like Africa and Australia, but this travel phenomena is becoming more and more popular. Now Asia is taking part as well.

In Africa the luxury tent has been around ever since travelers have taken to hunting exotic game. For decades lavish canvas tents catered to wealthy Europeans and Americans on Safari. Prize catches were taxidermied and hung on posts or made into fur rugs. The wealthy traveler relaxed with a glass of the finest imported whiskey while being served the best of local cuisine. In Australia, an outback Safari-like mode travel gained popularity. Now the United States has their own version of rugged western camps fine-tuned to please the pickiest traveler.

In Asia it’s a thrill to see the trend catching on. Asia is a serene region that emphasizes a reliance on peace and nature. While yoga might be part of every luxury outdoor resort, few places suit the practice as well as the countries of it’s origins. Imagine glamping in Thailand, Indonesia, India and Myanmar!

In Thailand, Four Seasons has brought glamping to two locations. Along with the expected canvas accommodations and top-notch spa packages, their glamping offers elephant trekking and other excursions. The iconic elephant makes Thailand truly unique. In the morning an elephant excursion takes visitors atop Camp Peak as the sun rises over the Laos Mountains to fill the Burmese Plains. After a leisurely coffee you can splash around with the gentle giants.

India is rich with glamping opportunities. If you choose to stay in Jaisalmer, especially near the Sam Sand Dunes, you’ll be greeted by a landscape that can’t be beat. Riding a camel into the sunset on the sand dunes will make you feel like you’ve been transported to those old arabian nights. Accommodations are very much modern and comfortable. If budget allows, try visiting India’s first five-star jungle camp. Oberoi Vanyavilas. You’ll find it in Rajasthan along with plenty of local tigers, deer, birds, crocs, bears and leo­pards. There is no roughing it here. Everything is exquisite.

For those seeking a ‘one with nature’ experience, try Tiger Tops in Nepal. Their sustainable jungle tours get as close to nature as safety permits. The entire camp runs mainly on solar power and every effort is made to make it’s carbon footprint as light as possible. Plus, within the Chitwan and Bardia national parks the touring methods have the taste of authenticity. Boat tours are done in hand crafted vessels that silently carry through Nepal’s impressive wilderness. Elephant tours are also an option. Sightings of tigers, rhinos, elephants, crocodiles, leopards and deer (oh my!) are common. This is a bird watchers heaven with all sorts of undisturbed feathery species.

Wherever you choose to spend your glamping hiatus, trying the local cuisine is a must! Approach everything with an open mind – the crazier the better. When the atmosphere, immersion of sounds, sights and tastes combine together it’s sure to create an unforgettable experience.