Camping Alternatives for Canvas Haters
Dave Johnson | On 18, Nov 2013
It’s probably the case that haters of the fabric canvas have nothing to fear today because canvas went out with the ark however what about those canvas haters who hate the thought of going “under canvas”? They don’t actually dislike the fabric, it’s simply an aversion to sleeping out, only sheltered by a layer of thin fabric. As if that is not enough, take these times of austerity and combine them with the never ending need for a family holiday with a difference and you appear to have an impossible conundrum – exactly how do you persuade a canvas hater to commune more closely with nature?
Just like it says on the tin – glamping is a cross between camping and glamour. If you are an outdoor enthusiast who still likes to keep in touch with their creature comforts then glamping is for you. Why not look to combine camping with proper beds? Rugs on the floor, soft fluffy pillows and of course a personal butler service are all the sorts of thing that place glamping as far away from sleeping out under canvas as you can get. As for location – you can look to glamp [Ed – what? Now you really making it up as you go along] in some of the most spectacular settings the world has to offer, The Pop Up Hotel provides glamping at a number of well known events such as Glastonbury, perhaps safari in Africa grabs your attention or maybe Aman-i-Khas in India – wherever you choose you can bet your wallet; literally. Holidays of this type won’t be a austerity holidays, glamping is big budget all the way.
For an under the canvas experience with a difference you would be hard pressed to find anything more different than a tipi, or is that teppe or yet again a teepee? Either way, this camping alternative is about all those childhood memories of cowboys and injuns all rolled into one. They’ll tell you that a tipi is robust enough to withstand a fierce storm, comfortable enough to make an all year round home and yet capable of being packed away ready to move on – wagons roaaaal – within two hours. The two hours is probably not that important as there are an increasing number of sites in the UK and across Europe where you get the chance to stay in one of these remarkable constructions that are set up permanently
At first glance you’d be forgiven for not wanting to have anything to do with something with a name like “yurt” but this way of getting under canvas is this seasons must have holiday ticket. Well, if you are sweeping across the steppes of Central Asia, or you are part of the Mongol hordes then a yurt really is home from home. Built as a circular arrangement with a crown made of steamed wooden spars that hold their shape, the real thing really is warm and cosy ; have you ever felt that easterly wind in Mongolia? Bitter cold or what, so they do have to be effective at keeping out the cold. As an alternative to camping for canvas haters they can now be found on sites in Cornwall, Wales, and in the Lake District where you can be pampered to within an inch of you under canvas life.