PORTLAND, Ore. — What is glamping, anyway? When people first started tossing around the term “glamping” roughly a decade ago, it mostly made fun of high-income travelers spending money to camp with their luxuries.
The word — a portmanteau of glamor and camping — called up images of those who refused to rough it without daily access to technology, entertainment, soft beds, and accessible cuisine — even if it required going to ridiculous extremes.
But then things changed. Several factors shifted glamping from the meme that it was to a far more widespread, significant part of the camping industry.
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