The Art of Glamping

August 09, 2016

{This is a Guest Post from Louise Johnson of louiseclairejohnson.com

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A few months ago, I was looking to embark on a different kind of weekend escape and stumbled upon this newfangled movement called glamping. Through a powerful digital wizard (more commonly referred to as Google) I discovered Glamping Hub – an AirBnB-esque company that specializes in unique accommodations in nature.

Growing up, camping trips were not a part of my family’s summer traditions, so pitching a tent, starting a fire, portaging a canoe etc. never became second nature to me as they did for my friends who were raised with these experiences. However, I was always curious about camping and intrigued by the idea of escaping to the forest and living amongst the trees (I have a deeply entrenched Thoreau complex).

My strong affinity towards the outdoors never faded, even as I chose to set up camp in some of the largest cities in the world for work. I feed off of the frenetic energy of a city and the buzz of busy bodies, but I feel the most at ease being surrounded by nature.

Enter, glamping.

After my hectic workweek, I can slip away for a weekend without having to worry about lugging heavy gear or where I’m going to set up camp for the night. It’s already there waiting for me to softly slink into and inhabit while I collect my thoughts.

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While I still feel a little silly saying the word glamping, a hybrid of glamour and camping, I am completely smitten with the concept. Glamping allows you to experience everything that you love about the outdoors; hiking, canoeing, bonfires, star-gazing, and disconnecting from it all, without sacrificing some of the creature comforts that we have become accustomed to, like a comfy bed and a delicious morning cup of coffee.

Glamping is a spectrum. That’s the beauty of it. You can choose to rough it with more bare bone options (i.e. no WiFi, no access to hot water, cook all your own meals etc.), or you can opt for more deluxe stays that resemble a bed-and-breakfast or a boutique hotel accommodation. There are sites tailored for every budget and travel preference. It’s all up to you how many modern amenities you wish to tap into or unplug from.

There’s a bias associated with the term that if you like traditional camping or prefer the hotel life, glamping must not be for you. I was skeptical myself when I first heard about it, but all previous misconceptions were instantly dispelled as I discovered that it truly is for every type of traveler.

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For my first foray into the glamping arena, I stayed in a snug little yurt on Lake Washagami. I’ll admit; I actually had to look up what exactly a yurt is beforehand. Our universal friend, Webster Collegiate, defined it as a circular tent of felt or skins on a collapsible framework used by nomads in Mongolia, Siberia, Turkey - and apparently remote locales outside of Sudbury, Ontario.

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The hosts of the gorgeous lakeside property had set up twinkle lights, tuned the vintage portable radio to jazz and pre-warmed the yurt prior to my arrival.

The next morning I awoke to a forested view and ate breakfast in serene silence on the water’s edge before taking the canoe out for an afternoon paddle.

Get away in  Encircled’s versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.

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Ever since that experience, I’ve been hooked. Nothing sets my synapses swirling quite like an adventure off-the-beaten path. With glamping sites all over the world, it has become my favourite way to explore the world. If it weren’t for glamping, I never would have found my way to a two-story tree house overlooking a rainbow trout pond in Vermont, or staring at the moon from my tipi in the middle of the Mojave Desert. It sounds prosaic, but for me, glamping has become a mindset, a way of life.

Get away in  Encircled’s versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.

Get away in  Encircled’s versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.

In our often over-stimulated, over-scheduled lives, it has become more important than ever for the sanity of my soul to disengage from the digital matrix. Finding ways to be still in the chaos and allowing yourself to simply just be is becoming a necessary indulgence.

The art of glamping is about exactly that; escaping the white noise, slowing yourself down, and immersing in earth’s enchanting ethos.

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About the Author, Louise 


Get away in  Encircled’s versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.Louise Johnson is a Toronto-based writer, visual storyteller, and professional glamper, who recently completed her master’s degree at Harvard University. She’s an old soul who collects typewriters, sends snail mail, and likes to weave words with nomadic notions and nostalgic nods. Having lived in Hong Kong, Switzerland, New York and Boston for study/work, her thirst for travel is insatiable and penchant for capturing moments in words, photographs and films; a lifelong endeavour. 

 

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