Glamping is becoming more and more popular and I think it’s brilliant. It’s a way of being able to give people the camping experience without the need of providing their own accommodation (RV, caravan, tent etc). First things first, there are several different levels of what I’d consider ‘glamping’, and even then other people’s opinions could be different! I grew up going on caravan holidays, now our UK caravans are very different from the US ‘campers’. Our caravans are tiny, where the only beds are converted forms of the tables and chairs. USA caravans are like huge mansions with full sized kitchens and bedrooms with extendable sides and air conditioning. That alone I’d almost consider quite a ‘high up’ version of glamping!
Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort was one of those places that I first saw in an Australia guide book (…back before blogs really existed!) and was like yep, I have to go there! It is a destination which gives you the opportunity to encounter WILD dolphins right from the beach. No boats, no tours, just dolphins coming right up to the beach! They have been visiting the beach on an almost daily basis for over 50 years!
My childhood years were spent touring around various campgrounds in the UK, it was always the highlight of my summer. As I got older I even thought about getting my towing license so I could pull a caravan (failing that I really wanted a camper van). In the UK people my age don’t have the ‘grandfather rights’ to tow above a certain weight and have to take a test…I believe in the USA anyone can tow automatically. But now with the growing popularity of ‘glamping‘, it lets you have the camping experience without the need on having to pull your own accommodation to the campground! I visited Spook Cave and Campground, just outside of McGregor in East Iowa and stayed in their ‘Hut’ cabin. Here’s why Spook Cave should be on your Iowa bucket list!
My childhood was spent going on holidays in a caravan. I’m used to ‘roughing it’ in the great outdoors so to speak and making trips to the nearest toilet block! When I discovered you could go glamping in Iowa AND it was in a town I was planning on visiting, I knew there was no other choice! Yes, I stayed in a yurt while attending a travel blogging conference! Here’s what you should know about staying in a yurt at McIntosh Woods State Park in Clear Lake, Iowa!
I was fortunate growing up. From a very young age, every year we’d go on holiday in the caravan, sometimes multiple times a year. The first time I went overseas I was 11 years old, but this was a one off! Of course being a small child (and then a teenager) I equally loved the excitement of going away but then certainly done my fair share of moaning! Believe me, there was only so much scenery and walking that my small mind could deal with!!
After two long days of travelling across Morocco from Marrakech, we arrived on the edge of the Sahara Desert. My heart sank a little, for the first time since arriving in the country, the clouds started rolling in. I had envisioned riding through the desert on the back on my camel, taking photos of its shadow on the sand and suddenly this all seemed to be crashing down around me. I’d even read about tours that had to be cancelled due to bad weather. I really didn’t want this to happen to me!