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Glamping is a type of camping that incorporates luxuries and amenities not normally associated with traditional camping. The word glamping is a portmanteau of the words glamor and camping. A portmanteau is a blending of the sounds of two or more words in order to create a word. Glamping is a new word, first appearing in the United Kingdom in 2006 and migrating to the United States in 2007. Related words are glamp, glamps, glamped, glamper. Even though glamping is a new word, the idea of bringing along all the comforts of home along when camping goes back centuries.


Glamping is a phrase that’s become all the rage since models and pop stars started staying in wigwams at Coachella and luxurious campervans at Glastonbury. (The Lincolnshire Echo)

There’s even a clothes rail plus a free-standing mirror, presumably to check you’re up to glamping scratch. (The Mirror)

Minnaar says rural property owners interested in tourism and in hosting people on their property found glamping a unique and relatively cost-effective way to share their way of life. (The New Zealand Herald)

Glampers staying at Camp Kerala do not only have the Joseph’s toiletries to look forward, with delicious cocktails, gourmet food and even a spa for on-site treatments on offer. (The Daily Mail)

Instead of lugging their outfit options in bin bags and backpacks like the general masses, glampers will airlift in their wellies. (The Telegraph)

But, unlike Martin Sheen, we glamped, using an agency that transported our luggage from stop to stop and staying in hotels that we reserved rather than simply finding a place to stop. (The Washington Post)

And while I’d argue that what I do isn’t glamping proper (partly because it’s such a terrible word), I’d certainly rather go more glamp than camp. (The Portland Mercury)