Travelling the world doesn’t have to involve staying in hotels or hostels; we think great travel is all about fully immersing yourself in the outdoors: exploring, adventuring and sleeping under the stars, whether in a tent, a cabin, or an igloo (yes, really). Need some inspiration? Here’s a roundup of some of the best camping (and glamping!) sites in the world, from the exciting, to the unique, to the downright breath-taking. Where first?
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
With daytime activities like riding horseback along forest trails and surfing on a secluded beach, plus the fact that it’s easy to find yourself a cheap flight to Vancouver, there’s ample reason to visit Vancouver Island’s Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. Factor in a luxury tent to return to in the evenings, with a rolling mountain backdrop and spectacular views of the lake from its front porch, and you’re on to a winner.
Waldseilgarten Mountain (Extreme Camping) Resort, Bavaria, Germany
Something entirely different to your average camping experience, why not hang from a tree or sleep on an overhanging cliff platform at almost 7,000 feet? This German resort offers guests the chance to stay overnight in a cocoon or portaledge tent: perfect for thrill-seekers and those looking for something a bit different, too.
Longitude 131°, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia
Any travel guide to Australia will send you to ‘The Heart of Australia’, Uluru (Ayers Rock), an impressive sandstone rock formation, and the world’s largest monolith, in the Northern Territory. So why not camp right next to it and get the full experience? Located in perhaps one of the most incredible locations to camp in the world, Longitude 131° offers the chance admire Uluru as it changes colour with the light and enjoy the quiet of the wilderness, all from your from your own luxury tent in the red desert.
The Igloo Village, Hotel Kakslauttanen, Lapland, Finland
What could be better than your very own winter wonderland getaway under the stars? These unique little igloos are part of Hotel Kakslauttanen in Lapland, and are Finland’s snowy but cosy(ish!) answer to camping. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed!
International Camping Festival, Jiangxi Province, China
Okay, so this isn’t technically a campsite, but we couldn’t write about amazing places to camp without including the International Camping Festival, which takes place every year in China. Each September, 15,000 people flock to the beautiful Jiangxi Province to sleep under the stars, and enjoy the breathtaking mountainous surroundings.
Devil’s Garden Campground, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Home to more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, Arches National Park in Moab, Utah is also home to a remarkable range of wildlife. The Devil’s Garden Campground is the perfect base for exploring this incredible national park, with trails to the impressive Landscape Arch and various other extraordinary sights (the primitive loop is the longest maintained trail in Arches, and a great route to take for tourists). Plus, the views from your tent are unbeatable!