As humanity strives for greater ease and convenience in all areas, it has become enmeshed in an endless cycle of production and consumption. In the meantime, nature is issuing its own warnings: climate change is affecting the entire world. Although it is impossible to turn back time, actions to combat climate change are being proposed and discussed worldwide.
Meanwhile, conscious consumers are attempting to minimize their impact on our planet. Camping has long been considered a low-impact activity, but a basic tent is not suitable for every traveler. ‘Glampsites’, where semi-permanent structures offer a higher level of comfort, present one solution. Providing the benefits of camping – being surrounded by nature, meeting new people and enjoying new experiences – with amenities such as a comfortable bed, ventilation and illumination – glamping is fast becoming the holiday of choice among modern consumers.
A sustainable and environmentally friendly holiday
Many glampsites opt to use recyclable or biodegradable materials onsite. For example, at Vadi Alaçatı, in Çeşme, capsule rooms are made from recyclable wood. Plastic and fossil fuel use is reduced by using products from local producers and growers. Electricity is often limited at glampsites, although some install solar panels for certain energy needs. However, another benefit of glamping is becoming more conscious of the resources we use and depend on daily.
A typical camping holiday usually requires packing a tent and other equipment, along with deciding on the campsite location. Upon arrival, the tent must be pitched, bathroom facilities determined, fire regulations examined, and so on. Seasoned campers take these steps in stride but, for novice campers, a camping holiday could become an endurance test.
Glamping takes the guesswork – and the work – out of camping. Structures – which can include semi-permanent tents, caravans, bungalows or even cave rooms – are in place. Sleeping bags aren’t necessary, as there are usually beds inside. Some of these structures even feature illumination, heating and bathroom facilities.
Glamping accommodations sometimes have kitchen facilities, an option significantly easier to manage than cooking over an open fire. And, in addition to allowing visitors to prepare their own meals, a private kitchen offers flexibility, and space and safety in terms of social distancing and hygiene guidelines.
Even a communal kitchen area can provide these advantages. A campfire is still possible – but becomes a more relaxing affair. Just remember to make sure that any campfire is thoroughly extinguished!
Get to know the local culture
In Turkey, glamping is aligned with local communities and cultures. Glampsite operators generally strive to co-exist harmoniously with nature and its human and animal inhabitants, contributing to, rather than disrupting, the flow of live around them.
For example, at Karaburun, visitors have an opportunity to pick produce from the surrounding gardens and orchards, and go fishing with local residents.
Tips for a serene glamping vacation
In Turkey, glamping is aligned with local communities and cultures. Glampsite operators generally strive to co-exist harmoniously with nature and its human and animal inhabitants, contributing to, rather than disrupting, the flow of live around them. For example, at Karaburun, visitors have an opportunity to pick produce from the surrounding gardens and orchards, and go fishing with local residents.
As noted, glamping is easier than camping. But, like camping, coming equipped with a few items and tidbits of information is always helpful. Among these:
- Bring a first-aid kit. While the glampsite may have a kit for general use, it’s preferable to bring your own, due to hygienic reasons.
- Bring a battery powered flashlight. If applicable, bring a power bank for electronic devices. Electricity may be limited to certain times of the day; or there may be unanticipated power interruptions.
- Double check the weather forecast. And bring an umbrella or rain jacket, just in case!
- While there are rubbish facilities in glampsites, bring a few garbage bags for your personal use. Biodegradable preferable!
If the idea of a camping holiday with a comfortable twist is appealing, glamping may be the perfect break for you. For more information, see our blog on the best places to glamp in Turkey!