Historical Context of Glamping.
In its original concept, glamping embodied the juxtaposed notions that that are impossibly set together. Coined as a portmanteau from the words glamorous + camping, much of the descriptions, discussions and opinions centre on these two notions. The idea that one could be in the wild, close to nature but still indulge in the luxuries and comforts enjoyed at exclusive hotels, has captured the imagination of many. Visualisations of this original idea has glampers relaxing in lavish local surroundings with every wish attended to, and situated in surreal locations possessing outstanding natural beauty.
In practice, such locations are generally in remote areas of rugged terrain, where just arriving at the glamping-site is a feat in itself. However, in this original notion, glamping experiences are largely passive, taking in the magnificent scenery, and enjoying the extravagance that is bestowed. While there are glamping facilities that honour this original concept, deeper interaction with local surroundings and cultures have imbued individual glamping-sites with their authenticity and originality.
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And, while glamping as a word may be relatively recent, the concept itself is steeped in history. Perhaps the first manifestation occurred during the era of the great Mongol Emperor Genghis Khan, where great tented cities frequently moved in search of better weather, follow herd migrations or conquer neighbouring territories. Eastern civilisations subsequently developed intricately designed and luxuriously appointed tented structures to provide their nobility shelter while they traversed their immense dominions. The development of such facilities reached their pinnacle during the reign of the Ottoman Empire with the creation of mammoth tented palaces that could be erected in remote locations.
"17th century Ottoman tent as permanent exhibition Turckische Cammer, Dresden Royal Palace, miriambatshimeon at https://awalimofstormhold.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/ottoman-tents/ and https://www.sca.org/