While these words sound the same and even have very similar aspects, they can also be wildly different in others.

Though the thought of being out in the open, inhaling the clean air, and embracing the world around us sounds alluring, traditional camping can either be loved or hated. We can blame this on the swamping tents, freezing cold nights, aching limbs as a result of lugging around the entire trip on your back. On the flip side, these so-called tortures could be a part of the fun of camping in the first place. It may not be ideal for young children but for a family with kids from roughly the age of 10 or 11. It could be a great way to introduce them to the outdoors and allow all family members to spend quality time together, each gaining something from the entire experience. Activities such as expedition, obstacle courses, berry picking, orientation, followed by a relaxing night under the stars or gathering around a roaring campfire, create a package for an amazing camping trip with friends, family, and even as a couple. It may be rough at times, but in my opinion, everyone should test the waters, you may surprise yourself.

For those who have had camping experiences not as picture-perfect as described above, simply the idea of sharing accommodation with insects after a long day in nature does not appeal to them, glamping would be the way to go in this case. It is a great combination of easement and environment; allowing for the beauties of the countryside to be experienced with an upgrade of running hot water, electricity, and a real bed to sleep in. Most commonly, glamping will have larger tents, almost similar to a marquee and, some glamping sites are luxurious enough to have outdoor wooden huts/shed-like accommodations, with extra incentives such as hot tubs. Having never gone down the glamping route, this would be a fantastic experience to see what all of the raving reviews are about.

Both have several benefits, with glamping being an eco-friendly getaway since most necessities are locally sourced while being especially helpful to those who have smaller, or sometimes less abled children where conventional camping may be quite intense; all of this whilst getting to know the great outdoors. More primitive camping allows for the stimulation of the mind and body, providing a challenge and bringing immense joy to lovers of nature.

To conclude, there is no right or wrong for this, and as it is evident above, the choice between the two would be up to personal preference, circumstances, weather, and not to forget the occasion.

Article by Lovey Naomi

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