Let's face it: camping can be a labor of love, whether you're in a tent, a trailer or a motorhome. For others, it's just labor.
And depending on where you live and the generosity of your employer, there's only so much time to get to distant parks and recreation areas, and home again.
But take heart: There are a growing number of camping companies that will do all the planning, logistics and work for you. Welcome to the world of concierge camping.
Inspired by Safaris
Concierge camping takes its inspiration from African safaris, where a sizeable support team takes care of transporting all the equipment and supplies and setting up camp for the campers each day.
Expedition managers see to it that tents are pitched, mosquito nets are hung, and cooking facilities established. Meals are prepared and served and a blazing campfire set alight as a reddish-orange sun sets over the distant mountains.
Today, North American expedition outfitters operate in much the same manner, without elephants and lions running around loose, of course.
What Concierge Camping Companies Do
Concierge camping is just what the name implies: someone else takes care of everything for you. From scheduling dates, locations, tours and activities, to having your fully stocked campsite set up and waiting for you, concierge camping companies offer enough comfort to rival a hotel, but with nature all around you.
What They Offer
Concierge camping firms can provide as much or as little as your budget can manage—trips range from primitive to posh, with high quality tents, tipis, yurts, trailers and luxurious motorhomes.