It's fair to say that for many people camping is more of an ordeal than a pleasure. Putting up the tent can be as challenging as building a model of the Tower of London using matchsticks; trying to get to sleep on hard ground in the cold is marginally less comfortable than hanging upside down in a walk-in freezer; and waking up in the morning with a body as cold as the Arctic leaves you wondering if you actually spent the night inside the aforementioned walk-in freezer. But it doesn't have to be that way.
By removing the letter, 'c', and replacing it with 'gl' – taken from 'glamorous' – you can go glamping, an altogether more enjoyable and fun experience, even cosy in many cases. Indeed, images of freezers can be banished from your mind without fear or worry.
In the last couple of years, an increasing number of glampsites have been popping up across the UK, offering quirky and unique accommodation options for individuals, couples, friends and families looking for a place to go on holiday.
The comprehensive Glamping UK website offers a growing choice of locations and accommodation options for glampers, from Quarry Pods in north Devon to Tibetan yurts in Scotland. Tibetan yurts in Scotland! That has to be seen to be believed.
Facilities vary from place to place, but you're guaranteed a stay much more comfortable than you'd get with the tent you've been sleeping in for the last lord knows how many years.
If you fancy staying somewhere different and want to avoid conventional campsites and boring chain hotels, perhaps it's time to give glamping a go.