Originally published August 3, 2011 at 7:12 PM | Page modified August 3, 2011 at 11:46 PM

Love the outdoors without all those icky bugs — try 'glamping'

Camping is for the outdoor enthusiasts who want to enjoy all the beauty of camping without the "roughing it" part.

McClatchy Newspapers

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I can remember camping with my family as a kid. My brother, sisters and I all poking the tent during a rainstorm and then waking up to soaked sleeping bags. I remember my mother, a very elegant woman, cooking over a Coleman stove, her disdain for the whole experience very apparent. Thank God for the newest trend: "Glamping." Glamorous Camping is for the outdoor enthusiasts who want to enjoy all the beauty of camping without the "roughing it" part. My mom would have loved it!

The white canvas tents at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in Tofino, British Columbia, have a 19th century safari feel to them. Antique furniture, fine china and oil lamps all set the mood for a getaway to another time. A games tent has the feeling of a gentlemen's club and the library tent has satellite Internet.

Pure gypsy fantasy comes to life when you stay at Roulotte Retreat, forty miles from Edinburgh, Scotland. Hand crafted in France and Holland, the wooden wagons now circle a small loch in a meadow of wildflowers. Exotic fabrics and furnishings, all done up in brilliant jewel tones, provide a magical, relaxing retreat.

Mawgan Porth, in Cornwall England, is home to a unique park that contains an amazing caravan of retro Airstream trailers set up on a beautiful campsite. Each trailer has been renovated to the extreme, giving them a real nostalgic feel, but with all the modern comforts of home.

Extravacamps offers luxury camping experiences in Australia. You choose where you want your tent set up and then sit back as everything is done for you. Furniture, food and even firewood are provided at these very private campsites. Romantic, gourmet and family packages are offered.

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