When glamping isn’t as glamorous as it seems

Let’s take a look at why this might not be your cup of tea and how to tell if it’s for you.

Glamping has become a trendy way to experience nature while enjoying a luxurious camping experience. It is an experience that is not for everyone, as it requires a certain level of tolerance and patience to withstand the elements and stay outdoors. Despite the advantages glamping can offer, some people may end up with an experience they didn’t sign up for. Immers3d magazine had the opportunity to interview our dear friend Sabrina Drai, on of the owners of a unique glamping site in El Peñol, Colombia. She reveals the gritty details of the not-so-glamorous side of glamping. So, if you plan to go glamping anytime soon, listen up!

Sabrina Drai has been an Orlando resident since 1993. She has worked in sales for over 30 years (for brands like Chanel, Dior, and Westgate, to name a few). Today, she is one of the most recognized sales coaches in Orlando. She is also a firm believer that there are two sides to every coin, and that glamping is no different. While there are plenty of glamorous and Instagram-worthy aspects to glamping, there are also some not-so-glamorous realities that guests need to be aware of.

From the world of sales to glamping, how did this idea of starting a glamping business come about?

It came from nothing. What started with a simple “give me your opinion on this project” became love at first sight.

“The whole project arose unexpectedly. It turned out into an opportunity that I could not let go of so easily. Let’s see, I love to travel and I love nature, but camping? Hell no! I found it uncomfortable and lacked the necessities. When I was introduced to the concept of glamping, I already understood that this way I could enjoy the outdoors but still feel pampered and relaxed. That’s why I decided to invest in a glamping business. I had no idea what I was getting myself into; various challenges come with the territory, despite everything I got into!”

Bliss Glamping Colombia
Bliss Glamping, El Peñol, Colombia

Tell us about the most challenging aspects of running a glamping business.

Running a glamping business can be incredibly rewarding, but it’s not always easy; it’s actually a pain in the ass. For one, facility maintenance can be a difficult and time-consuming task. Glamping sites often involve luxurious tents, yurts, cabins, or domes, which means there are many components to keep track of.”

As she takes a sip of her Monster zero, Sabrina speaks with earnestness: “You have to understand the remote location of our site. We are constantly at the mercy of Mother Nature; sometimes the internet goes down, and we don’t have an electrician in town, which means we have to fix everything ourselves.”

Sabrina continued, “And then there’s the maintenance of the tents; we’re constantly fixing tears in the fabric, checking the weather seals, and replacing burnt-out bulbs. It’s definitely not a glamorous job.”

“Then add plumbing and electrical systems to the bedding and furnishings. Every detail must be in the best condition to guarantee that guests enjoy a comfortable and pleasant experience. In the meantime, you also have to manage the environmental impact of a glamping site.

“I tell you, everything is at the mercy of the bureaucracy of each country, and depending on where the site is located, there may be restrictions on the amount of waste that can be generated or the types of activities that can be performed. So, most glamping sites have to come up with a sustainability plan and work with local authorities to minimize the impact on the surrounding environment. So after two hard years of putting this place together, the challenges never stop.”

Although it may seem like a glamorous option for travelers, not everyone is familiar with the concept.

“Even how to market a glamping site is a challenge!”  It takes extra effort to educate potential guests on what glamping is and why it is worth their time and money. With high expectations of luxury and comfort, guests can quickly voice their complaints if something doesn’t meet their standards. They are very quick to put a bad sign on the business, and it is not always true. Then, most essential of all, is having a well-trained staff that can handle any issues that arise and make sure that guests feel heard and valued. And that’s not easy either.”

I swear that running a glamping business is a pain in the ass and requires a lot of hard work, attention to detail, and a passion for creating unique and memorable guest experiences. Rewarding? Yes, but you have to put in a lot of effort.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about glamping?

While glamping can be a truly unique and unforgettable experience, it’s not always as glamorous as it seems.
Guests should have realistic expectations and be prepared for the potential challenges that come with glamping.

I think the biggest misconception about glamping is that it’s always glamorous and luxurious. Oh, and also, glamping isn’t always comfortable and hassle-free at all.

“At least in my case, the location of our glamping implies many challenges to get there.
This is a big drawback that I’m sure happens to many other glamping sites. So if the person who wants to get to our glamping is going to find it very difficult, do you know why? because to get to our glamping, you either arrive by boat or by helicopter.”

“Now imagine coordinating those two types of transportation for the same day and manage the time, on top of that in another language. – Yeah, very discouraging, right?

“Luckily for us, we have developed all the measures so that our guests do not have to go through that. I always recommend our website page. We offer our guests everything they need so that they can reach our destination without complications. Those who reserve through third parties, good luck!”

“Oh, another misconception is that glamping is always affordable. Not true; glamping can be quite expensive. (You can see why.) But for most people, they are basically paying for the experience of staying in an extravagant, high-end tent or cabin.

“While it may be cheaper than booking a hotel room or vacation rental, it still comes at a price. Guests should expect to pay a premium for the convenience and luxury of glamping. but some guests may be disappointed by the overall experience. If you’re on a tight budget, look elsewhere for something more affordable, but if you don’t mind shelling out the money for a little luxury in nature, then glamping might be for you.”

Finally, another misconception about glamping is that it is always eco-friendly. While many glamping sites pride themselves on being sustainable and environmentally conscious, not all sites prioritize these values. Guests should do their research and find a glamping site that aligns with their values.”

Bliss Glamping Colombia
Bliss Glamping, El Peñol, Colombia

Can you share some of the biggest complaints you’ve heard from guests?

Sabrina passionately shares her insights: ” Firstly,” she begins, “People always have this glamorous vision of glamping, but they don’t see the hard work that goes into it, and sometimes it doesn’t always live up to guests’ expectations. I think guests may expect to have all the comforts of a hotel room, but most glamping sites only offer necessities like a bed, tent, and campfire.

This can be a “big” problem for guests who are used to modern conveniences like air conditioning, hot showers, and reliable Wi-Fi. I don’t want that kind of guest; glamping is not the Ritz-Carlton.

The elements can be both a blessing and a curse for guests.

While waking up to stunning sunrise views and fresh mountain air can be heavenly, the lack of central heating can lead to some pretty chilly mornings. Not to mention the fact that sudden changes in weather patterns can sometimes ruin planned activities and experiences.

“Another common complaint is the lack of privacy. Some guests expect to have their own private space, but in reality, many glamping sites have common areas or shared bathrooms. This can be an issue for guests who value their privacy and don’t want to interact with strangers. Luckily, the design of our glamping does offer enough privacy.

Glamping guests also complain about the lack of amenities, cleanliness, and hygiene.

I mean, it is somewhat expected, since glamping sites are often located in remote areas and may not have access to running water or adequate sanitary facilities. This can be a problem for guests expecting a clean and hygienic environment.  “Glamping can get very dirty very quickly,You are essentially living outdoors, so be prepared for the occasional dirt or insect that may crawl into your tent or cabin.

“Remember that this is a form of camping. The toilets may not always flush properly, and sometimes there are creepy crawlies that make their way into your tent.”

“These types of problems, although not so common, can occur. Weekends, when more people are staying, are usually the time that these kinds of things happen.  However, our cleaning staff work around the clock to ensure the cleanliness of the site.”

“As I always tell my clients, glamping can be a wonderful experience, but it’s important to manage expectations and understand what to expect before booking a trip. Do your research and choose a glamping site that matches your expectations and needs.”

Bliss Glamping Colombia bathroom
Bliss Glamping, El Peñol, Colombia

To find out if glamping is for you, ask yourself these questions:

Do you like camping but crave more comfort? Do you have the funds to invest in a luxurious outdoor experience? Are you looking to relax and de-stress in nature without the struggles that traditional camping entails?

If you answered yes to these questions, then glamping might just be your new favorite activity.

What are your best tips for anyone considering going glamping?

“If you are considering going glamping, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you have the best experience possible.

First, consider the time of year.

While glamping can be a year-round activity, some seasons are more enjoyable than others. In Colombia, where my glamping site is located, the dry season from December to March is the best time to go.

Another tip to keep in mind is to try to avoid peak seasons and weekends if possible. During these times, the site can get quite busy and crowded, which detracts from the calm and relaxing atmosphere of glamping.

Weekdays are usually a better option, as the site will be less busy and you will have more time to appreciate the surroundings. If camping had a day of the week, I would say Monday!

Also, be sure to bring the right clothing and equipment for the weather and environment you will be in. Glamping often involves spending time in nature, so comfortable clothing and shoes are a must. It’s also a good idea to pack a flashlight and bug spray to help you make the most of your time outdoors.

Bringing condoms is also not a bad idea. Glamping is also a very sexy experience for couples.

“Lastly, keep an open mind and get ready to try new things. Glamping is a unique experience that offers the chance to connect with nature and relax in comfortable and beautiful surroundings.

“Be willing to try new foods, activities, and experiences that you may not have considered before. With the right mindset and a little preparation, glamping can be an unforgettable experience that you’ll treasure for years.

Despite the occasional less-than-glamorous aspects, Sabrina reminded us of the ultimate benefit of glamping: complete immersion in nature. “Glamping allows people to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and experience something truly magical,” she explained. “Our site is surrounded by natural beauty that guests would not have access to in a hotel. From jungle hikes to stargazing, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”

In conclusion, glamping is not for everyone.

But if you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature while enjoying a few comforts, then glamping could be the getaway of your dreams. It’s about weighing the pros and cons and finding out if the benefits outweigh the costs.

Happy glamorous camping, however you choose to do it!

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