Don’t you just love all the new compound words contracted and used to describe current trends? Officially they are called portmanteaus.
- “Bromance: A close friendship between two guys (brotherly romance).”
- “Turducken: a dish involving cooking a duck inside a turkey.”
One such term, Glamping, is a portmanteau of “Glamorous Camping”, which is the art of designing a glamorous, frilly, and comforting space in which to get away….outdoors. I guess you could blame this craze on women who need some time and space to themselves with a little pampering and outdoors thrown in. Oh, and typically with other same-minded fun women.
Embee accuses me of being a Glamper, especially since my recent lacey remodel inside the Burro. He took one look inside of it post-lace curtains and exclaimed, “Well, you won’t see me taking this camping alone!” Hee hee. (I swear, there was absolutely NO method to my madness of redecorating the Burro!)
But back to Glamping: I wonder why so many women are feeling the need to have a little playhouse on wheels to tow around behind them? What is the attraction of Glamping? Maybe it is women trying to recreate their youth. You know—doll houses and play houses. Perhaps it is a need to create a territory which belongs only to you–and is cozy and intimate and safe. Or maybe it is just another piece of the feminine mystique—our turn to put out an exclusionary sign: GIRLS ONLY! NO BOYS ALLOWED!
Competition between the genders seems to be reaching an all-time high. Recent studies show that 53% of women are now the primary wage earners in a family. This statistic, coupled with numbers that show nationally men collectively earn 90% of the wages in the entire workforce, bodes ill for the working women’s sense of fairness. No wonder women are taking to the outdoors in droves and surrounding themselves with frills. Sans male companionship.
Many websites are popping up showcasing Glamping and furthering the craze. Take the new Glamping Forum (http://www.glampingforum.com/) on Proboards. Women are posting up pictures and ideas to share about how to make your Glamping experience topnotch. Cute ideas here include interior exterior Glamping ideas and props, tutorials on making unique and individualized outdoor lamps using a bucket, as well as favorite places to camp. This is definitely a fun place to hang out and learn about Glamping.
Another website, http://littlevintagetrailer.com/, hosted by a fellow Glamper, showcases vintage Glamping trailers for sale, a gallery of fabulous Glamping setups, as well as Glamping events and ideas. Check it out and be prepared to grab a cuppa and spend a while!
I recently spent 10 days Glamping and traveling alone in my trailer in northern Washington state. It was a lovely experience tucking myself into bed surrounded by items hand-picked by just little old me. Most all were items made by friends and family. Waking up to the sun shining through the windows and birds tweeting outside brought a little bit of heaven into my life. Out in the woods, comforted by familiar items, I could let the rest of the world sink far away. What a sweet respite it was to sip an espresso of Vietnamese coffee in a porcelain demitasse cup and nibble on biscotti.
Ahhhhh. Here’s to Glamping!