In 2016, 4 in 10 people went glamping or camping, and by 2020, it’s expected there will be 21 million trips of this type in the UK, totalling £3.2 billion.
There are many health benefits to being in the great outdoors, but lots of people are put off by the idea of camping: “roughing it” with no heat or electricity.
If you’re one of the many people put off by camping, then it’s time to give glamping a go.Camping with a hearty injection of glamour, glamping means you can still experience the great outdoors, but with a touch of comfort. Think actual beds and running water.
Here, Cleveland Containers, who use shipping containers to create unique dwellings because of their basic, boxy structure, share their guide to glamping, explaining why it’s growing in popularity, and what the health benefits are.
Not Just a Tent
What springs to mind when you think of camping? Spending the night in a tiny tent with no heating or electricity? The rain beating down, no protection against the elements? It hardly sounds relaxing or fun.
Glamping is the total opposite. Yes, you’ll still be in the “great outdoors” – open the door ofyour lodgings and you’ll find yourself in a forest, the rolling countryside, or a picturesque beach.
However, there’s nothing basic about your accommodation. Think of glamping as an experience – the good kind. With so many luxury “glampsites” across the country, and indeed the world, you could stay in a yurt, a log cabin, a treehouse… even a decked-out shipping container! Whatever you’re looking for in a glamping experience, you’re pretty sure to find it.
In contrast to camping, you’ll get to enjoy your home comforts. That’s a bed, heating, electricity, running water… it’s the perfect combination.
Get Your Heart Racing
Just by being out in the country, you’ll naturally get to do some form of exercise, even if it’s just strolling through the woods.
Many glampsites will have several activities on offer for you to try. In fact, they can be somuch fun that you don’t even realise you’re doing exercise.
From mountain biking to kayaking, yoga to canyoning (that’s trekking through waterfalls), glampsites across the country are all offering a variety of ways to get your blood pumping. It’s up to you to choose what you want to do.
Aside from the major health benefits exercise carries, it makes you happy too. When you exercise, a chemical called dopamine is triggered in your brain, releasing feelings of happiness. It’s just one other reason why glamping is good for you!
Breath of Fresh Air
You may be thinking: I’d still be exercising even if I didn’t go glamping – that’s not much of additional benefit. Well, whilst that’s good to hear, you’ll still be missing out on one key benefit.
Sure, an hour’s cardio session at the gym will start burning fat, but you’re not breathing in fresh air. And besides, a hot, sweaty room full of strangers doesn’t make for a particularly relaxing time.
Spending time outdoors, breathing in fresh air has been proven to make you happy. Just 30 minutes of being outside will release those endorphins, bringing with them happy thoughts.
Plus, being in the countryside means you’ll get the chance to take part in different pursuits.Many glampsites are located on farms, where you can pet goats and collect eggs from chickens.
It’s even been proven that being out in the fresh air will give you a better night’s sleep. Research has shown that when we sleep outdoors, our internal clocks are reset to a natural sleep cycle.
So, step away from the bright lights of the city, even if it’s only for a weekend, in favour of luxurious glamping in the tranquil countryside.
Compare a weekend glamping trip in Devon, with a weekend break in Berlin. The emissions driving down – no matter where you’re based in the UK – will be much lower than the return flight to Berlin. That’s before you factor in transportation to and from the airport.
But that’s not the only thing that makes glamping environmentally friendly. Set in the country, many glampsites will provide easy access to local produce, markets and shops. Thisresults in less needless packaging, and a reduction in waste.
Glamping is a great experience, as it allows you to enjoy the great outdoors, without sacrificing your creature comforts. It also means you can spend quality time with the ones you love, without any distractions of the city. Put simply, glamping really can work wonders for your health!