Going green has never been so good. The newest trend in vacations is glamping- as in glamorous camping. Think sleeping under the stars, but with a nice clean shower tucked behind that grassy knoll and a helpful guide to set up the fire and s'mores. Mark Penn recently wrote about it in his Microtrends colum of the Wall Street Journal, and I've noticed it myself too.
Penn suggests the trend is in its early stages, but I bet a lot of Boho readers are familiar with the concept. After all, going green in style isn't something we started yesterday! Pshaw! It's in our blood!
Nevertheless, because eco-consciousness is on the rise, and because people are looking for local, reasonably-priced vacations, the Great Outdoors are more attractive than ever to America's mainstream population. Consumers benefit from price savings and a chance to get close to nature without the hassle; nature benefits from increased awareness of her value and a growing number of businesses that protect her ecosystems rather than develop and exploit them.
I'm still a fan of roughing it, believe me, but I'm also excited about this growing movement. After all... sometimees we just need pampering, and now it's easier than ever indulge in the most beautiful setting imaginable- nature.
As a side note, I thought I'd share some cool glamping sites and directories with you- just in case you're craving fresh air and relaxation as much as I do!
Go Glamping - A great luxury camping directory. Yurt, anyone?
Glamping Girl- An informative blog about luxury camping!
Canvas Chic- A beautiful getaway at Mille Etoiles in Southern France. For modern-day Marie Antoinettes.
Costanoa - An eco adventure resort on the California coastline. Spa included.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort - 30 minutes (by boat from Tofino, Canada) Their tents make my apartment look like a cardboard box.