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The Happy Glamper

The 2020 holiday trend that saw humble camping tents go from drab to fab

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The resurgence of ‘Glamping’, or glamorous camping, means outdoor holidays are no longer fuel for family arguments and relationship breakdowns. Thanks to the folks at Happy Glamper, you can now enjoy a weekend spent in nature with all the comforts of contemporary accommodation.

A new style of holiday 

The recent pandemic forced us to change our approach to many aspects of modern life from rethinking how we shop, work, and socialise, to changing how we holiday and travel. Following this renewed appreciation for nature and the outdoors, there has been a significant rise in the popularity of camping holidays. Fortunately, businesses like Happy Glamper make it possible to relive the camping holidays of our youths, with all the mod-cons of luxury accommodation.

The inspiration behind Happy Glamper was nature itself, encouraging travellers to return to their roots and appreciate the planet from a grassroots level.

“It provides a relaxing holiday in an environmentally sustainable fashion.”

Caroline Dillistone

“It is giving people the opportunity to go camping without the need to buy all your own equipment and without the stress of having to set it all up and pack down again at the end of the stay,” says co-owner Caroline Dillistone. “It provides a relaxing holiday in an environmentally sustainable fashion.”

How the pandemic prompted a change 

With COVID-19 forcing many of us into lockdown and confining most of Victoria to their suburban homes, it is no wonder that there has been a surge in popularity for outdoor holidays. “Covid has definitely brought about an increase in group gatherings for glamping,” says Caroline, “with more people trying to connect again after the year apart.”

Their incredible ‘bell tent villages’ ensure no family member gets left behind. With over 100 glamping tents in operation, Happy Glamper has the ability to set up boutique camping accommodation almost anywhere, for any number of people. The world (or at least, southern Australia) is your oyster when it comes to picking your next camping location. “We love helping people experience glamping, be it for two or 400!” says Caroline.

The beauty of their business model is that it is completely mobile, meaning you can choose from any number of incredible sites and national parks across Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales. All you need to do is pick your site and Happy Glamper will come to you – doing all the hard work of pitching the tent, preparing a fresh bed and furnishing your oasis with home-style touches (picture funky rugs, magazines, board games and even fairy lights) before packing it all down again at the end of your stay.

“We can set people up glamping anywhere! From backyards and campsites to uniting friends and family for celebrations and holidays. We can even host bigger events, such as weddings and festivals.”

Sustainability from a grassroots level

The sustainable nature their reusable canvas tents and delicate recovery means there is minimal footprint left behind.

Why not consider spending your next birthday in nature, surrounded by the company of your nearest and dearest? Or imagine a country wedding, where the night ends with a humble campfire and an evening of stargazing. These events are one Caroline’s favourite aspects of running their glamping business, “It is so lovely being a part of the joy and bringing everyone together on these special occasions.”

Your next family holiday

Consider changing your next camping trip into a glamping trip and you might just find yourself the envy of other campers. Camping holidays don’t need to be the dirty and stressful nightmares from your childhood and they definitely don’t need to harm our ecosystem with carbon-emitting power supplies or single-use kitchenware.

With borders opening and restrictions easing, there is no better time to get back into nature and support our local tourism industry. “This has been a really tough year for regional areas and for tourism,” admits Caroline. “Let’s all travel and holiday locally to show our support for everyone who has been on this road together.”

Next time you pitch a tent, do it in style – even better, have Happy Glamper pitch it for you!

Happy Glamper have semi-permanent tents set up in the Mornington Peninsula region, as well as a fleet of transportable boutique canvas bell tents ready to make your next big event one to remember. Visit their website for more information. 

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