I get a lot of flack sometimes for being too much of a budget traveller. But rest assured that the only reason I travel on a strict budget is because, well, I’m poor. I guess travelling 365 days a year will do that to someone. However, if you’re not scratching by and budget isn’t as much of an issue for you, why not indulge in some luxury.
Of course, when we talk of the outdoors, people often think of mosquitos, setting up uncomfortable tents, and aching bones from long hikes. And while that can be the case, it doesn’t have to be. Below, you’ll find my 3 ways to keep the luxury while exploring the great outdoors.
Go Glamping, not Camping
Glamping is a bit of a new phenomenon, and it’s one that’s well worth experiencing. Basically, glamping is getting yourself set up in a rustic setting, somewhere out in the heart of nature and still having the luxuries of treatment. It’s a beautifully setup up permanent tent with a view, rather than a $200 tent stuck in a swamp. It’s a hot tub in the evening with a glass of red wine, rather than a campfire and the smell of smoke.
One of the most popular glamping spots in the world is a place called The Ranch at Rock Creek. It’s one of those spots that offers you wildwest living, atmosphere, and solitude while maintaining the careful luxury side of a perfect peaceful holiday. From spas to horse riding to fine dining, it’s as set up for glamping as anywhere in the world.
Go on Guided Trips and Hikes
Of course it’s completely possible to go out on a massive hike on your own, but if you’ve got the money, why not hire someone out to help out? In the Canadian Rockies, for example, you can grab a hold of a guiding company to take you on a 3 day hike over the famous skyline trail. With a guide, you won’t have to worry about cooking or washing duties. You’ll likely even have some of your things packed for you. Essentially, all you’ve have to do is walk and enjoy the incredible views of the world.
Get the Wildlife Reserve Experience in Africa
There are few better examples of luxury meets nature than at one of the wildlife reserves in Eastern or Southern Africa. Here, you’ll be in the heart of the bush on safari with your guide and vehicle during the day, but then at night you’ll retreat to the beautiful lodge that surely awaits. The lodges are almost all fit with spas, amazing restaurants and some of the best views the world has to offer. In fact, some of the more open lodges don’t even have fences to keep the wildlife out. Instead, you’ll have a cabin on stilts and you can sit out on your deck and watch the elephants, giraffe, and antelope roam freely through the property. It’s near perfection.