Posted on

Are you more into glamping or gamping?

The outdoor accommodation business re-inventing itself through innovation (and made-up words)

Made-up words aren’t new, though they often have to do with IT or any other new trend. And outdoor accommodation is no exception to the rule.

camping_tente_dessin

You used to be camping?
Well, get ready to go:

  • glamping
  • gamping

Can you guess the words hidden behind these terms?

  1. Glamping

Haven’t been glamping yet?
As you might have guessed, it’s indeed made of the words « Glamour » and « Camping », and disputably appeared either in 2005 in the UK, or in 2007 in the US.

As Wikipedia states it (yup, we did our research for you), even though the word is recent, the concept is more ancient and can be observed around the 16th century in Anatolia as in Europe.

But what kind of concept are we talking about exactly?
What is “glamping”?

  • What it is

Before all, it is a style of camping that offers organisation and amenities “like at home“, in order to make your life as comfortable, if not more.

glamping_confort_in_bungalow

Having running water or electricity is nothing exceptional, as well as walking on a real floor or benefiting from wifi internet and all regular technology of today.

But then what’s the point of going outdoors if only to find oneself in the same environment we just left?
Where is the adventure, the authenticity, the healthy distance with what makes our everyday life all year-round?

First, it is actually a question of breaking with everyday life, or at least a part of it. But not necessarily with your habits… and even less with our homey comfort.
And that is the whole point of glamping!

Nature and comfort aren’t opposing here, but on the contrary complement one another to enhance the holidays’ experience.

This generally happens through two angles :

  • An unusual type of accommodation (yurte, tepee, top-end caravan, ecolodge, …),
  • A fairly good comfort level (bedding, catering, sanitary facilities) that not all regular campings offer.

hébergement glamping

A certain luxury to some extent, owned up by a rather connected-, a bit eco/bobo community. But not only!

It is not uncommon in these “gamp sites” to run into families looking for an original experience that simultaneously offer amenities making their stay easier, more pleasant. Especially with children around.

After all, holidays are also made to relax, aren’t they?

  • Ultimately

Glamping is therefore far from what you might expect from wild or farm camping …unless you offer your visitors services and amenities one can expect from a hotel.
You will then be totally in tune with this clientele.

What then started in the 16th century and later developed in African safaris (20th c.) could come and show onto your own land.

If you feel ready for it, start shortlisting our guest houses and find the one matching the best with glampers’ expectations!

They come in all sizes, style, with or without sauna. Feel free to convert them in any way you like.

Chambre d'hôtes gîtes glamping gamping Nordic Bungalow

  1. Gamping

gamping_camping_in_garden

One letter less, and worlds apart!
Or almost.

The concept behind the merging of the words “Garden” and “Camping” here differs indeed from the aforementioned glamour concept. The place of accommodation itself is most of the time diametrically opposite. Over and gone with the remote land in the midst of nature with no neighbours (except for another glamper maybe).

When you “gamp”, you spend the night …in a garden (you got it right). A garden that can actually be even yours: some tried it out and loved “the joys of a true mini-adventure [without] hardship“. A particularly enriching experience in family or with friends.

And so the gampers gamp in individuals’ private garden, while benefiting from the amenities put at their disposal by the landowners. It is thus also an opportunity for both parties to share local tips to travel stories through much more.

Beyond the aspect of profitability, gamping is clearly about meeting and sharing.

  • A practical housing coming with complementary income?

gamping camping in garden

While its comfort is expected more low-key than its glamour counterpart, gamping has an edge on authenticity, along with a more affordable budget for travellers.

Tents in the garden won’t therefore be a surprise, while solid constructions are also offered by some landowners.

On the landowner’s side, offering gamping is possible – to some extent.
A site licence might indeed be required from your local authority “for tented camping (including trailer tents)”, along with a time limit (more details here).

But for cabins?
This is where you have to ask your local authorities for the specific law in your area.
If no regulations have yet been implemented, or if the local council ruled against any licence, then you might want to hear about David’s experience. And how much he made the first year he built a cabin for rent.

Should there be any licence to pay to make it a perfectly legal little business, we believe you will still make some money, only not as fast is all.
And who cares anyway since you were considering this cabin for yourself only in the first place?

All this means investing into a quality bungalow (or any bespoke cabin of your choice) to accommodate travellers will be made both enjoyable and profitable.

So if the idea of welcoming tourists on your land and share some of your facilities with them doesn’t repel you, then you should surely feel welcome to the gamping community !

  1. Verdict

Which concept do you feel closest to eventually?
Are you more into glamping or gamping?

verdict

Each surely has its edges over the other, so to each his own. And one doesn’t cancel the other out after all.

One thing is sure whatever it be: these two concepts are typical of a new way to perceive travels, accommodation and meeting.

Less hassle, more comfort, while benefiting from surroundings, charm, authenticity…

A whole that we advocate for a wider diversity of accommodation and thus experiences.

That is why we, Nordic Bungalow, humbly remain at your disposal for designing any project you have in mind – whether it is through our catalogue or for a bespoke cabin.

Safe trips, bon voyage and happy encounters!

Nordic Bungalow projects guesthouse gazebo pavilion wooden cabin for glamping and gamping

Posted on

6 ways to increase productivity in your home office

Sandwiches eager to be eaten right now, today’s newspaper or the latest news from our favourite social media: these are well-known distractions for many of us. Fortunately, there are a number of well-functioning lures that can help keep your productivity high in your home office.

Style Lounge 44 S

  1. Set a specific working time

Set the exact time when you are dealing with work, and stick to your time frame as long as necessary. Have your week work planned ahead will also help you discipline yourself and ensure a more productive day.

Clock

  1. Put on work clothes

Wearing work clothes in a home office may sound unnecessary; who would even see you to care? Although wearing pyjamas in the evening or on Sunday mornings is comfortable, we must strongly advise you against that, as sitting at your desk in them will leave you in a semi-resting pool that won’t help your day’s tasks.

This being said, don’t feel like we recommend you to wear a suit (especially if you never wear any at your regular workplace). However, putting on proper daily clothes will bribe trick your brain and trigger a subconscious command to turn itself into a working wave. Also, and as some studies show (here or here), properly chosen clothing has a phenomenal ability to raise our confidence and energy level. Let it be known and learned!

As for workshop workers, we trust you have your own gear and won’t even dare telling you what to wear for manual work ?

Range of shirts

  1. Remove the stirrers

Avoid all possible sabotage in your home-office, by getting rid of every device that can come in the way of concentration.

TV: out
Radio: prefer to mute it; low volume depending on the type of tasks you’re onto.
Tablet: do you really need it?
Fridge: why should I deal with another email if I could make some delicious sandwiches at the same time?
Procrastination: will postpone what you woke up for this morning.
Distraction: out together with the lot above.

Trashed TV

  1. Make a home office in one room

The home office should remain one spot and one spot only. Working in turns on the sofa-kitchen-bed-office table is varied, but at one point, work and private life are so confused that even in times of leisure, work thoughts will ruin your free time. So dedicate this one place only to process your tasks, and none others.

Actually, and if possible, allocate the whole room for the office. A special office space is a great solution for focusing your thoughts. It is always on standby and the work can be continued peacefully from where it was left off. Switching from work to home/outdoor activities will then be a lot easier and nicer.

3D render

  1. Take the office space out of the house at all

If you live in your own house and have room in the garden, you can get a little extra house there and at a very reasonable price. The small additional building is perfect for a mini office, and will free useful space in your main home. Should you prefer to use it differently, it can always help you with storing garden items, or the cartons of the grown-up students that don’t fit their dorm.

Truth be told, nowadays yard does not only fulfil the function of a shed, garage, nor even an office – but also that of accommodation which, once equipped, can be rented out on Airbnb.

Moving

  1. Change your working (and break) methods

A home office doesn’t mean always sitting in front of a computer, nor bending over a drilling machine. It’s quite the opposite! A home office offers you the opportunity to actually go out at breaks. There you go for a stroll, even work out or chat with friends on the phone about plans next weekend. As true as breaks are healthy to your mind and body, they are likely to bring you the missing inspiration. Only difference with your regular job is that you get to clear your head among a green scenery. With anything you might need within a grasp of the hand.

Taking a stroll out

Also, and depending on the nature of your work, thinking about writing on paper with pencils, browsing books / magazines, or simply collecting thoughts while sitting at the table can also be a way of thinking. Home office is a flexible environment – smartly use its advantages.

Working_alternatives

To conclude, a productive day in the home office depends on the right rules and discipline. The creation of a special working environment contributes to one’s efficiency. But it can be a little different for every person: some will find what they need with a traditional desk and environment, while the others will fuel their energy from being close or surrounded by nature.

What techniques should you start with? Experiment! You will recognise the right choice when it’ll fill your soul with a sense of success.

Office