Setting up a tent in the woods is a great way to disconnect from hectic city life. Australia after all, is home to some of the most beautiful scenic location in the world, and the best way to experience it is to go camping.
But if comfort is important to you, glamping may be a better holiday. A quick overview: “Glamping” (Glamorous Camping) is a travel trend among people who love spending time outdoors but want to do it in style and comfort.
Think spacious, fully-equipped tents (or yurts), heated showers, private toilets, private campsites – the works. However, these all-inclusive glamping packages can be pricey.
If you are on holiday with a limited budget, there are ways you can go glamping around Australia, and we have listed a few tips here that can help you out.
Glamping is cheaper (and more fun) with friends!
There is no doubt that spending a few nights in a spacious, fully outfitted tent is fun and memorable. These accommodations are also expensive. The solution? Go glamping with a group of friends.
Although glamping with more people means sacrificing some privacy reducing travel expenses by dividing it between five or six people can lower the expenses significantly.
Bring home comforts with you
Instead of buying new stuff like sleeping bag liners or blankets to bring to your glamping trip, you can save money by bringing pillows, rugs and blankets that you use at home.
If you have an air mattress at home, take it with you. Same goes for foldable lawn chairs or hammocks. The more items you tick off the glamping package list, the more money you save.
Stay in public campsites or campgrounds
Another way to save money is to glamping in public campgrounds or national parks. Entrance fees in these areas are very minimal, often free of charge. Private campgrounds on the other hand, can cost hundreds of dollars per night stay.
You need to manage expectations when staying in national parks or public campgrounds though. Be prepared to share bathrooms, for example. Some national parks prohibit campfires.
You need to be considerate of other campers when it comes to noise levels or if you are bringing pets with you.
Decide what to splurge on
Just because you have a set budget does not mean you cannot treat yourself on at least one part of your camping trip. Can’t decide what to splurge on? Here are a few ideas.
If you are going to stay in a powered campsite, you can opt to cook your meals on an electric camping stove or oven. Cooking over a campfire limits the types of meals you can make, and it can be a bit messy so cooking on a portable electric oven is easier.
Another way to add a bit of luxury to your trip is to bring an inflatable hot tub.
Yes, you read that correctly. If you are going to stay in a powered campsite, soaking in an inflatable, portable hot tub is a great way to relax after a day of outdoor activities. Also, these tubs are big enough to fit up to 4 adults and you can find great deals on these products online.
To sum it up
Contrary to what many people think, glamping can be an affordable way to experience Australia’s outdoors. If you are willing to be creative and plan well, you will not blow your budget on things that will make your camping trip one for the books.
Got any budget-friendly glamping trips to share? Sound off in the comments, we love to hear about them!