Glamping Vs Camping

woman sitting on chair near tent
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 22, 2020 and last updated on July 13, 2023

The subject of “glamping versus camping” offers English learners an engaging conversation topic that allows them to practice descriptive language, express personal preferences and develop critical thinking skills. Discussing the merits and drawbacks of glamping and camping encourages learners to articulate their opinions, compare and contrast experiences and use vocabulary related to outdoor activities and nature. It also fosters discussions on topics such as comfort, adventure, sustainability and the relationship between humans and the natural environment.

Exploring this topic not only enhances language proficiency but also encourages cultural awareness and appreciation of different outdoor lifestyles.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Glamping Vs Camping

Glamping versus camping presents an intriguing debate for outdoor enthusiasts. While traditional camping immerses individuals in rugged natural settings, glamping offers a more luxurious and comfortable experience in the great outdoors. Glamping combines the best of both worlds by blending the beauty of nature with modern amenities and conveniences. It appeals to those seeking a unique and upscale camping experience without sacrificing comfort. However, traditional camping enthusiasts argue that the essence of camping lies in simplicity, self-sufficiency and embracing the challenges of nature.

This introduction sets the stage for an exploration of the contrasting aspects and personal preferences surrounding glamping and camping.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • tent (noun)
  • camp (verb)
  • equipment (noun)
  • experience (noun)
  • posh (adjective)
  • set up (phrasal verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • Have you ever been glamping or camping?
  • Is glamping better than camping?
  • How important is comfort and luxury to you when it comes to outdoor accommodations?
  • What are some of the advantages of glamping?
  • What are some of the downsides of glamping?
  • What are some advantages of camping in a traditional tent compared to staying in a glamping site?
  • What are some essential items or equipment you would bring on a camping trip?
  • What type of person do you think is better suited to glamping?
  • Do you think glamping takes away from the sense of adventure and self-reliance that comes with camping?
  • What would you prefer to do?
  • Are there any specific destinations or natural settings that you would prefer for camping or glamping?
  • Can you think of any creative ways to combine elements of both glamping and camping for a unique outdoor experience?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.