Glamping is the ideal no-car staycation. With everything provided (often including the kitchen sink) it is the perfect way to explore the countryside. You can get in touch with nature without having to struggle on public transport with a tent, chairs, airbeds, bedding, cooking utensils and the rest. Luckily the public transport system in the UK is pretty comprehensive, even in rural areas (strike action notwithstanding), and with a network of domestic airports you can even fly from one end of the country to another in less than an hour. This opens up the whole of the UK to you, giving quick access from the south coast to Scotland for a weekend trip in a way that a 10 hour drive can’t do.
That said, it really pays to plan ahead when you’re holidaying without your own transport. While most glamping sites provide bedding and towels, some may charge extra for this service so make sure you check (and double check) what is provided. This can make a huge difference to the amount of luggage you need to take – if you’re flying you may want to stick to just a carry-on bag. Toiletries are provided at some glampsites, and there may be hot drinks, milk and breakfast items available for free or to order. Think about what and where you’re going to eat while you’re away and check you have all the facilities for self-catering if that’s your plan.
On the subject of food, it is advisable to check out restaurants and pubs within walking distance, as well as finding out the price of taxis locally. Some rural areas won’t have taxis available whenever you want one, so you may have to pre-book. Look at the distance to local shops, and find out whether you can get a takeaway delivered as another option for eating. Of course, one of the great pleasures of holidays is the chance to treat yourself to a slap up meal or sample a local delicacy so going down this route is a fantastic option for a no-car glamping trip.
What you do while you’re glamping can influence the choice of site significantly. If you want to disconnect from the digital world and spend your time reading, walking and generally taking life slowly then you might want a remote, rural site without many neighbours. There are some glampsites that spread their accommodation out over several acres, so if you want peace and privacy guaranteed these options are for you.
If you want to sightsee, have a go at some sporty things like mountain biking, canoeing or hiking, then you must do your research first and find a glampsite close to these amenities. You might even find glamping accommodation on the same site as some sports facilities so you can spend your whole glamping break getting active in the great outdoors. Visiting stately homes, historic properties and other tourist attractions can be time consuming without a car, so make sure you shortlist the things you want to do and plan your travel time well. Don’t feel you have to pack everything in to a single trip, you can always go back another time; you’ll also already know which places are best to eat, and how to get around easily.
Glamping is one of the best options for a no-car getaway. While a city break lends itself to public transport, we love the way a glamping holiday offers true relaxation and a proper break from modern life. With a little planning, you can glamp in style while packing light and still have a holiday to remember for all the right reasons.