Glamping: the new way of camping

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If you haven’t heard of Glampings yet, get ready for the new doors that will open for you.

When people want to go on vacation, they usually look for something unique, something that will leave great memories. Since a few years a new phenomenon has emerged called glamping.

Glamping is a new and emerging way of camping. Glamping means “glamorous camping” and means that you do not have to set up your tent yourself, but that it has already been done for you and that it is already fully furnished. This is actually a luxury version of camping. Lately people have opted for this more quickly, because it is easier, but it still gives an experience of camping.


There are many different types of glamping:

  • Tents
    • including safari tents, lodge tents, tipi tents, yurts
    • Multiple bedrooms
    • The sanitary facilities are usually outside the tents
    • Electricity available
    • Cooking facilities in the tent
    • Suitable for the whole family
  • Caravans / camper
    • including airstreams (vintage), mobile homes
    • Suitable for 2-6 people
    • Cooking facilities
    • Comfortable
    • Can be moved, except for the mobile homes
    • Usually external sanitation
  • Tiny houses
    • Has sanitation
    • More spacious cooking facilities
    • Suitable for 2-5 people
    • Modern
  • Wine barrels (tiny house)
    • Suitable for 1-4 people
    • Electricity
    • External sanitation
  • Lodges
    • including airlodge, lodges
    • An airlodge has two floors
    • Suitable for 1-6 people
    • Own sanitary facilities
    • Cooking facilities
  • Treehouses
    • Suitable for 1-6 people
    • Cooking facilities
    • Own sanitary facilities
    • Terrace
  • Domes
    • Provide a view of the Northern Lights
    • Suitable for 2-4 people
    • Fireplace
    • Private / shared sanitary facilities

In almost all glamping sites there is also an opportunity to relax outside the glamping on the terrace and enjoy nature. Glamping is very popular in many holiday countries, so there is a lot of variation in the area where you go camping.



These different glamping sites have been carefully considered when they were designed. Consideration was given to when these would be used, how many users there would be and what would be needed to ensure a comfortable stay. That is what distinguishes glamping from normal campsites. To list the architectural specialties of the glamping sites, here is a summary of the various glamping sites and their architectural highlights.


Safari tents and lodge tents

Safari tents and lodge tents are very similar. They could not easily be distinguished from each other. There is a difference between these two types of tents. First of all, the safari tent does not just get its name. This is because in a safari tent you experience more of your surroundings and get a real camping feeling. The colors of the safari tent are also often green and brown and have a larger safari atmosphere. Usually the safari tents do not have their own sanitary facilities, but the lodge tents do. A lodge tent is also often larger than a safari tent. Both tents have a gable roof, which consists of a canvas and a few slats. Furthermore, the facades of the tents consist of fabrics that provide privacy and protect against the weather. Finally, both tents also have a terrace where you can relax.


Tipi tents

The tipi tent, also called the Indian tent, can be used in any season. It offers a lot of space and gives a unique experience.

The construction consists of simple parts. Tipi tents are kept upright by wooden poles placed on a wooden floor. In the past, teepees were built from tree trunks and animal skins. Now many types of fabric are used instead of animal skins. This fabric is then located with strings attached to wooden sticks that sit in the ground. To enter the tent there is an opening that you can roll upwards. A tipi tent has an extra lining on the inside that provides insulation. Tipi tents are large on the inside and give a spacious feeling.



A yurt is a circular tent and comes from Central Asia. The construction of the tent is made up of an open trellis and, like the tipi tent, has a cloth that provides protection from the weather and works for privacy.

The yurt has an opening in the roof that lets in light and fresh air and also serves as a kind of chimney for the wood-burning stove that is used in the center of the tent for heating. If you want to enter the yurt, you first come through a wooden door. This door is traditionally oriented to the south, as the most sacred space for a yurt faces north.


Caravans / campers

When the holidays come, you see caravans and motorhomes all over the road, big and small. People invest in a camper or caravan because it offers certainty on the way that there is always an overnight place. You can actually think of it as if you take your house with you on vacation. A camper is therefore a house and car in one and with a caravan you have your car and your house with you.

On the contrary, a mobile home is something else. This caravan will not be moved often because it is too big for the road, but it does have the characteristics of a caravan. A mobile home also has fixed pipes, something that a caravan does not have.


Wine barrels

The way in which these wine barrels have been reused fits very well into the circular architecture. These wine barrels are very large and have a unusual shape of a house. Because they can no longer be used as wine barrels, they are converted into a place to stay where people can spend the night for a unique experience. At the front of the wine barrel is the door and sometimes there are windows. That is the only place where you will find openings for light. The wine barrel is always made of wood, which also creates a natural atmosphere.


Lodges / airlodges

Lodges are actually mini houses / holiday homes. They have many windows and doors and have a sloping roof against the rain. So you can go here all year round. The lodge is also reasonably well insulated and has fixed pipes, so it has its own sanitary facilities.

An airlodge is the same as a lodge but has two floors. Usually there is a kind of balcony or terrace on the first floor where you can sit. also on the ground floor there is a terrace, just like at a lodge.



Many of us wanted to build tree houses in our youth. Some have done this too and had a good time, but others haven’t. Tree houses are now available in different forms, without having to build and furnish them yourself. These tree houses provide a really fun experience. You do not spend the night in a structure that actually stands on the ground, but in one that hangs from a tree. Very unique, because you don’t sleep in a tree every day. Tree houses also give a bit of a sense of dominance. You have a view over a large part of the nature reserve you are staying in and you are closer to the sky. Tree houses can be built in different ways, they are played with very creatively. You can, for example, think of the stairs that can be made in different ways. It could be a spiral staircase that revolves around the tree, or it could be a rope ladder.



If you spend the night in a dome, you can lie in bed with a beautiful view of the sky. You can stare at the starry sky while the moon is shining in or even look at the northern lights. Domes have a round shape and can provide a 360-degree view. The dome construction is geodetrically constructed from wooden battens or another material. There is also a canvas over this that shows the construction. The canvas / parts of the canvas is transparent.


Tiny houses and glamping sites

Finally, we will talk about tiny houses, because everything that has been discussed above has a connection with tiny houses. First we need to get a good idea of ​​what a tiny house is.

A tiny house is a house on a smaller scale that resembles a real home. You can live here and you don’t need much. In order to be able to store a lot, smart solutions are devised that are concealed in a tiny house. Minimalism is often thought of when thinking of tiny houses. Minimalism in terms of space is important for every tiny house resident. However, this is not always the lifestyle of the resident. Although someone lives in a tiny house and requires little space, there is sometimes a need for a lot of storage space.

Tiny houses don’t look alike. Each tiny house is designed and built differently. They all have a kitchenette, a living room, a bedroom, a bathroom and a toilet. Basically everything you need. Tiny houses are often movable and sometimes have wheels. But there are also tiny houses that cannot be moved.

The tiny houses are always very sustainable. They are constructed from durable materials and also function in a sustainable way.


The connection that we can make between glampings and tiny houses is that you can stay in both for a long or short time. If you are going to stay in a glamping you can get to know about what it is like to live in a tiny house. Glampings do not always have their own sanitary or cooking facilities.

Glamping is camping with extra luxury and living in tiny houses is luxury living on a very small scale. Tiny houses can be found all over the country, for example in the middle of the city, but glamping can only be found on camping pitches.