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Brenna Rademaker – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Many Mustangs are aware of the struggles of camping; trying to sleep in a hot, smelly tent while rainwater drips into your ear from a thin plastic roof, eating half-cooked hot dogs that reek of forest smoke, and late-night trips to the bathroom…being trailed by creepy wild animals.

If you are aware of these struggles, then you have probably never gone “glamping” before.

Glamping is a mix of the words “glamorous” and “camping.”  Glamping is a type of camping in which people camp in more glamorous hotel style.

Each tent typically has flooring and some beds inside.  They may also provide air conditioning, a heater, a microwave, and refrigerator, depending where they are.  Tents also include an entire bathroom with a sink, shower and toilet, often comparable to hotel bathrooms.

Glamping has become more popular since the early 2000s because people want to enjoy the luxury of a hotel, while also being outdoors and enjoying places that do not provide hotels.

When people go to some major festivals they often chose to glamp over renting a hotel room if they offer it.

I had the privilege of being able to glamp in River Ranch, Florida.  I thought it was a great experience and it eliminated all the bad things about regular camping. So, next time you plan on going camping, why not try “glamping?”

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