Ahh…camping. Remember the nights of star-gazing, camp fires, ghost stories and the days of exploring the woods and playing in the sand at the beach? Who am I kidding? This is camping we’re talking about! Remember freezing toes, bug bites in uncomfortable places, flaming marshmallows and if you are lucky, hot chocolate with no twigs in it.
If you are up for a little more (or perhaps less) adventure in your outdoor adventure, check out these unbelievably cool camping vacations!
A GlampingWe Will Go!
For any camping newbies, ‘Glamping’ (think Glam + Camping) is all the outdoor fun of camping but with all the luxuries you want on a 5-star vacation. Those extra little touches like a soft mattress, electricity, warm water, and even a camping butler! Ready to have your smores and cozy bed too? Glamping sites are popping up all over the world. Plan your Glamping vacation at goglamping.net.
Sleep in a Tree
Tree-houses aren’t just for kids anymore. Eco-lodges, like the Green Magic Resort in Kerala, offer the tree-house experience for the young and the young-at-heart. Imagine staying in a tree-house a mere 86 feet above the ground that is accessible only by a cane lift. Book your stay at jungleparkresorts.com.
If you are into rugged, nothing gets more rugged than a jungle trek. One Jungle offers a nine-day bike tour that starts and ends in the Mexican Caribbean. The tour takes adventurers through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala, roughly 89 km. Imagine trekking down jungle paths by day and camping in the lush Mayan Jungle by night. Bring your bug repellant! Book your jungle trek at onejungle.com
Car Camping by Sea
If you’re a sea-faring lass, take your sea-legs aboard one of the many small yachts in Greece. Spend eight days sailing to numerous Greek Island hot-spots including the party town of Mykonos, and the active volcano in Santorini. Between visiting the many tavern-lined harbours, hiking to archaeological sites, and feasting on seafood, you’ll enjoy the comforts of the cosy below-deck cabin. Visit gapadventures.com for more information!
Sea of Sand
Who says camping means Yogi Bear and Jellystone National Park? Try shaking things up a bit and try camping in California’s Death Valley. With 3.3 million acres of desert wilderness, it’s perfect for backcountry campers. Pack your spare tires and hit the dirt roads, hike 770 feet into the Ubehebe Crater, or visit Racetrack Playa where rocks are known to mysteriously slide across this dried river bed.
Camp for a Cause
Spend your vacation helping out the environment (and we mean more than just putting your trash in bear-proof bins). Bike Hike Adventures offer numerous eco-tourism vacations, including a nine day trip on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. Between white-water rafting, biking, hiking, kayaking and zip-lining, you’ll also spend two days helping researchers usher Leatherback baby sea turtles into the ocean. Visit bikehike.com
The Wild Wild West
Dust off your cowboy boots and hat and head out to The Wild West Campground in Wisconsin. This rustic Western village set in the 1850’s offers horseback riding adventures for the whole family. You can pitch your tent or bring your RV and sit around a campfire making smores while learning about 1850’s Western traditions. Yee-Haw! Giddy up to wildwestcampground.com
One of the worst parts of camping is setting up the tent in the rain. Not a problem with these underground accommodations. Riba Underground Camping in Australia is cool a place to visit in the heat of summer because not only are underground accommodations a refreshing 21 degrees, but there are also no flies buzzing about. Evening opal mining tours are a must see and for those wanting modern comfort, there are showers, laundry and kitchen facilities. The adventure starts at Camp-underground.com.au
Who hasn’t wanted to stay in a traditional Tepee? Aka the world’s biggest tent! Clyde Holliday and Lake Owyhee in Oregon offer several Tepee sites that hold 5 to 12 people on cozy futon style bedding. Pack everything you’d normally pack for camping except your tent and air mattresses. Remember to reserve your Tepee campsite in advance at oregonstateparks.org
Under the Sea
Okay, so it’s not technically camping, but you will definitely be a fish out of water in this accommodation. The Poseidon Hotel in Fiji is an underwater hotel 40 feet under the sea. Guests take an elevator down to the 5,000 acre resort where you’ll stay in one of several underwater pods. Imagine waking up to schools of fish swimming by or crustaceans scuttling over your pod. Book your pod at poesidonresorts.com
Did we miss any uber cool camping adventures? Tell us about them in the comments!