From pods to treehouses, glamping is all the fashion. Right here’s methods to e book a glam European tenting journey

Wish to benefit from the nice outdoor in your summer season holidays however don’t know the place to start out?

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Many people are dreaming of summer season getaways and an rising quantity are hoping to keep away from bundle holidays and formulaic seashore journeys, as an alternative getting again to nature.

In a progressively extra hectic world, travellers are extra ceaselessly selecting to plump for tenting journeys over fancy accommodations and resorts.

Dan Yates has seen that change for himself.

He’s the founding father of Pitchup.com, a number one outside lodging search and reserving platform for campsites throughout the UK, Europe and past.

With places throughout 69 international locations, the UK-based enterprise was based in 2009 and, within the final 15 years, has gone from power to power. It dealt with 850,000 bookings final 12 months.

Dan clearly is aware of a factor or two about methods to e book the perfect tenting and glamping experiences. Right here’s what he’s realized in regards to the reserving course of – and what to do if the climate isn’t in your aspect.

How did Pitchup come about?

“I used to be introduced up in a vacation park in Devon [southwest England], residing above the clubhouse, so it was most likely inevitable I wouldn’t stray far,” Dan tells Euronews Journey.

Whereas at college, he would skip lectures and work with native internet designers to create a web site for the enterprise whereas the web started to take off within the late Nineteen Nineties.

By 2002, that firm was attaining number-one rankings on Google UK and acquired half of all bookings on-line.

“After that enterprise was offered, I saved questioning why vacation parks and campsites, the most important kind of home vacation lodging by evening, had been nonetheless so uncared for on-line,” Dan says.

“Excessive-profile on-line journey brokers focusing on all the opposite classes of lodging had been rising quick: the sector was shedding out as clients moved on-line to seek out their holidays.”

After working at lastminute.com in 2008, Dan realised the marketplace for on-line reserving was about to go sky excessive and, 12 months later, he based Pitchup.com.

What are you able to e book by Pitchup – and is it accessible to everybody?

In the present day, Pitchup.com hosts round 6,000 particular person web sites providing tenting pitches and glamping choices like shepherds huts, yurts, cabins, lodges and static caravans.

“You possibly can e book a break in minutes: simply add your location, dates, get together measurement and most well-liked lodging kind and click on search,” Dan explains, “you’ll be able to then transfer across the map, browse obtainable websites, overview listings and e book your favorite.”

When requested if the web site is usable by these much less computer-literate than common, Dan assured Euronews Journey that’s the case and offline customer support assist is out there.

With a global viewers, most bookings come from the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Spain.

The most important growths although have been from Swedish travellers, who’re reserving 190 per cent greater than in earlier years, adopted by holidaymakers from Switzerland, Hungary, Poland and Eire.

85 per cent of bookings are at present made for home journeys, though non-domestic bookings are at present seeing the most important progress – up some 40 per cent to this point this 12 months, in comparison with 2023.

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Bookers are additionally more and more in search of extra uncommon types of tenting lodging, with pods the preferred glamping kind this 12 months, adopted by cabins, bell tents, shepherd’s huts and static caravans.

Apparently, Dan says, “treehouses are experiencing the quickest progress, nonetheless, with practically double the bookings to this point this 12 months in comparison with final 12 months, adopted by wigwams.”

Why are extra individuals selecting holidays with a concentrate on ‘going again to nature’?

Dan says there are a number of causes persons are selecting tenting journeys over luxurious holidays, with causes starting from wellbeing to price and to considerations over the local weather disaster.

“Going ‘again to nature’ is inherently good for our psychological well being and wellbeing and it tends to be less expensive,” he tells Euronews Journey.

“It’s additionally extra sustainable: carbon footprints of outside holidays are usually a lot decrease than resort stays, not solely as a result of most individuals are inclined to journey by automobile somewhat than flying, but in addition due to selling native produce and low-impact actions like climbing within the surrounding space, in addition to much less carbon-intensive building,” Dan provides.

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There may be one subject many outside lovers are stricken with, although: lower than nice climate.

In case of inclement climes in your tenting journey, Dan has some recommendation.

“If the climate is horrible and you’re beneath canvas, attempt to maintain your bed room a moist gear-free zone. Retailer and dry moist stuff in your porch space somewhat than in your bed room compartment. Shield your gear by placing them in plastic baggage or dry baggage,” he says.

“Do not let something contact your tent partitions or you should have soggy socks.”

If all else fails he recommends a few actions in case of downpours: “go swimming within the sea, since you are moist already – or go to the pub.”

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