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The experience of comfortable camping has been around for hundreds of years, but the term glamping, which denotes a new interest in glamorous forms of camping, has been in circulation only since 2005. The term embraces all types of semipermanent camping structures from tents to Romany caravans; the glamper enjoys all the facilities of home with beds, linens, carpets, heating, lighting, and catering facilities.

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A plethora of businesses have now appeared offering glamping holidays, and glamping-themed equipment is offered by many retailers. It is a high-profile activity, but the numbers of actual glampers is small compared to mainstream camping. However, as the trend for staycations close to home continues and as people increasingly seek out novel and nostalgic retreats from the pressures of life, glamping seems ...

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