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The 101 on High End Camping!
Talking about camping will conjure up many images in most everyone’s mind: sitting around a campfire roasting marshmallows with the scent of bug repellent having replaced the cologne or perfume. Sleeping zippered up to the chin in musty smelling sleeping bags on hard solid ground all in a claustrophobic pup tent, which will leak if touched while its covered in dew. But nothing comes close to the worst, the smelly eeky outhouses. With other words camping supposedly means having to ‘Rough it in the Wilderness’. Well things have changed drastically. Now-a-days every piece of equipment needed to go camping is available to accommodate the not so tough at heart. The ones that would like to take in the great outdoor but would rather not start their get-away or vacation with having to spend hours and hours setting up campsites by building tents, rolling out sleeping bags and trying to get some shut-eye with a dozen rocks pocking in the back. Camping in the great outdoors has never been so refined. Remote beauty spots worldwide are being opened up to the “5 star camper” by resorts that offer luxurious camping facilities.
The all catered to camping trips are really not such a new idea, just think of the explorers of the past who went into the deepest jungles, the great white hunters who went on safari or the dare devil climbers of mountains such as Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Everest. They all had one thing in common; a long line of natives, guides and Sherpa’s dragging, hauling and setting up all the comforts of home at each new camp-site daily. These homey amenities included everything from carpets to sleeping cots and incorporated everything from the kitchen sinks and bath-tubs to teapot and china cups.
Today’s luxurious ‘tenting’ resort experiences differ in that the campsites are all set-up in far-off, remote and amazing sight-worthy areas that would otherwise be hard or possibly even impossible to get to for holidays or short rejuvenating retreats. These well-appointed tents usually come complete with king-sized beds fitted with fine linens, spacious outdoor sitting areas, hot-tubs, nearby private master bathrooms that include showers and many more comforts of home. They feature daily housekeeping services, fancy gourmet breakfasts, lunches and suppers and some of these glamorous camping sites even offer a personal butler.
In most cases these tented resort sanctuaries also feature a communal facility at the centre of the camp. Naturally depending on the location of the camps they might even feature swimming pools or beaches and offer evening entertainment all with paying attention to details and everyone’s whim on a five-star level. The best part of these wilderness camping sites, whether located on a remote island, in midst of the wide open spaces of a dessert or tucked away high in between mountain ranges, is that they are far away from large madding crowds, away from all the rushing, hustle and bustle as the camps are kept to very low sizes, often not catering to more then groups of thirty. The camps are filled only with ultimate luxury where the campers’ most strenuous activities can be watching the blazing colors of the sunsets, panoramic views and listen to the relaxing sounds of nature.
Let’s face it, if one were to really want to be at one with nature, mountains, the wilderness, explore the wide outdoors and sleep under the open skies but still covet creature comforts this type of resort camping might just be the right thing. It might not fit into everyone’s budget, as it not cheap. However if one were to put things into perspective, the list of items needed to pamper to each family members individual hankerings would be quite an extensive one. The costs for such a memorable holiday with all the bells and whistles might be slightly less if one were to buy all the equipment and gadgetry needed. Yet regardless of the costs there is still the need to set-up, cook, clean, etc.
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