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Types of glamping

Glamping pods near the beach in Cornwall

What is glamping?

Glamping is the luxury form of camping. Forget packing and setting up your own tent – you’ll have pre-erected accommodation ready on arrival when you opt for this style of trip. 

The most common types of glamping include stays in pods, shepherd’s huts and bell tents. But the term is also a byword for more unusual accommodation options, like treehouses and tipis. On Pitchup, you can find everything from converted school buses to authentic Mongolian yurts.

Who should go glamping?

Glamping may have a reputation as being high-end, but it really is for everyone. Here are the kinds of travellers it especially appeals to: 

  • Families who appreciate not having to pack as much as you have to for camping

  • People who need more room than the average camping tent provides

  • Groups of adventurers who want to stay in multi-person accommodation 

  • Couples looking for a romantic stay with access to luxury facilities 

  • Intrepid travellers hoping to try something a little out of the ordinary

Is glamping expensive?

Despite its reputation as the upscale version of camping, glamping doesn’t have to be expensive. You can find breaks for all budgets, with options ranging from back to basics rental tents to exquisite hand-carved lodges

Budget glamping sites tend to be in less touristy areas, away from popular places like the coast and national parks. The simpler you go – think camping pods where you’re expected to bring your own bedding and towels – the cheaper your trip is likely to be. 

Accommodation with private bathrooms and kitchens is usually pricier than glamping sites with shared facilities. Add-ons like hot tubs will push the cost up too.