Camping in the Great Outdoors

Camping is an outdoor activity that involves sleeping in a shelter, such as a tent, caravan, or motorhome, away from home. Participants generally leave developed areas to enjoy outdoor activities in more natural environments. The definition of “camping” includes spending at least one night outdoors, as opposed to day trips, picnics, and other short-term recreational activities. Campers can enjoy camping in all four seasons.

How It All Started

Camping as a recreational activity became popular among elites in the early 20th century. With time, it grew more democratic and varied. Modern campers frequent publicly owned natural resources such as national and state parks, wilderness areas, and commercial campgrounds. Camping is a key part of many youth organizations around the world, such as Scouting, which use it to teach both self-reliance and teamwork.

Typical Camping Experiences

Camping describes a range of activities and approaches to outdoor accommodation. Survivalist campers set off with as little as possible to get by, whereas recreational vehicle travelers arrive equipped with their own electricity, heat, and patio furniture. Camping may be combined with hiking, as in backpacking, and is often enjoyed in conjunction with other outdoor activities such as canoeing, climbing, fishing, and hunting.

Luxury Camping Experiences (Glamping)

The term “camping” conjures up images of rustic tents, sleeping bags, and campfires. However, the term can also be used to describe a luxury form of travel known as glamping. Glamping is a combination of the words “glamorous” and “camping” and refers to a style of travel that includes all the amenities and comforts of home. Luxury camping, or glamping, has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially among those who enjoy outdoor activities such as safaris. While glamping may not be true camping in the traditional sense, it has become its own distinct form of travel.

An average glamping safari usually includes full-scale accommodations, such as tents and villas, with high-quality amenities

No One Definition

There is no universally held definition of what is and what is not camping. Fundamentally, it reflects a combination of intent and the nature of activities involved. A children’s summer camp with dining hall meals and bunkhouse accommodations may have “camp” in its name but fails to reflect the spirit and form of “camping” as it is broadly understood. Similarly, a homeless person’s lifestyle may involve many common camping activities, such as sleeping out and preparing meals over a fire but fails to reflect the elective nature and pursuit of spirit rejuvenation that are integral aspects of camping. Likewise, cultures with itinerant lifestyles or lack of permanent dwellings cannot be said to be “camping”, it is just their way of life.

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12 Responses

  1. When I was younger I went camping a lot and as an adult I still try to go camping. With a busy life style and tying to pay my bills it is nice to be able to go out in to nature. I enjoy being outside around the fire and talking to family and friends. I also go fishing even though I rarely catch anything, it is enjoying not being on a schedule.

    Thank you!

  2. Ok, I’ve been camping my whole life. And, that’s been more than a few years now πŸ˜‰ But Glamping? Now that’s a new one. It certainly sounds interesting. Kind of like camping for the rich and famous. Or, at the very least, those not too comfortable with conventional camping or “roughing it”.

    Now, I’ve spent some nights freezing in a tent with no heat on the hard ground, so luxury camping does sound like it could have some distinct advantages. 

    1. Indeed. I’ve spent quite a few uncomfortable nights sleeping outdoors during military service. A luxury camping trip sounds nice! Thanks for your comment!

  3. Camping is such a universal activity that is enjoyed in most countries around the world. My dad used to take us camping off the beaten track when we were kids. It usually involved having no ablution blocks, no hot water and a very hard ground in the tent and with a little campfire to cook. But we loved these nights of camping, which was normally just one night.

    With the option of glamping these days, camping has become a more luxurious experience with warm showers, gourmet meals and soft bedding. As I am getting older, glamping is an option that is beginning to appeal to me more, instead of the traditional camping.

    1. I hear LindaCrowley! I used to go camping many rears ago with my church youth group. It was such fun! Nowadays I’d really appreciate a glampiig experience. No more hard ground in a tent for me!😉😛 

  4. I really love nature and camping, of any type. Outdoor camping has its beauty, for those who love such challenges. I would only like to have the basics with me. For example, to have a mobile signal, because if something happened, it would be good to call someone. Also that there is water and electricity. Everyone would manage for food.

    1. There are so many different ways to go camping. You can choose to do it the way that suits you. That’s the beauty of it. Thanks Bojana

  5. I must admit at as one gets older, the idea of glamping sounds a whole lot better than going camping. When you are young it is fun to camp with the bare necessities, but when you get older you start to enjoy lifes luxuries, and you are not as active.

    I used to enjoy camping, but I think now in my fifties I would rather try a glamping experience, especially if it is all set up for me and I don’t have to put up my own tent.

  6. Wow, I didn’t know that you could have a glamping safari! 

    That makes it much more accessible to people like me!  When I was younger I was very happy to go camping but now I’m definitely in the glamping category of people!

    I also like the way you find out about people and what their needs are in order to give them the right information. 

    This is a great website and I’m enjoying finding out about various places and options that I might not have thought about otherwise.

    Thank you!


    1. Julia, there are several options for safari. Options range from budget to ultra-luxury. It all depends on traveler preference. Typical safari accommodations are in tented camps or lodges. Both can be quite luxurious

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