Is America 'Glamping' Its Way Through The Recession?
Glamping is a new trend that I discovered while watching The Real Housewives of Orange County late one evening (Don't judge). Essentially it's glamorous camping, hence the name "glamping". People go into the woods for a few nights of 'roughing it', but with many of the luxuries of home such as: electricity, indoor plumbing, a chef, or concierge. Here's an example of what some glamping tents look like. I thought the point of camping was to get back to nature and enjoy the simpler life, but what do I know.
It made sense the more I thought about this new trend. So people want to enjoy camping, but not lose any luxury. Sounds a lot like America now. We want/need to get back to the simpler things in life, but not without our luxury. We're at a point where many of us are struggling financially and instead of going camping, we're really just glamping. No real sacrifices made. Do you see where I'm going with this? If not, let's look at a few examples:
- You're currently unemployed, broke and about to lose your home but you'd rather spend $300 or more a month to put gas in your ginormous SUV that you can't afford than downsize to a more fuel-efficient vehicle or God forbid a used car
- Though you can't afford to go shopping, you also can't afford being seen in last seasons clothes so you just charge it and pay the minimum every month. All for the sake of appearances.
- Taking a lower paying job is not an option for you. Not because the salary isn't enough to live on but because people may think you're not as wealthy as you seem.
- You can barely keep the lights on in your home, but you will not miss an opportunity to travel or spend a night out on the town.
- Despite your tough times you still find a way to pay for your double-shot-mocha-frappe-whatever daily.
We say we've cut back and we're doing everything we can, but the reality of it is there's a lot of people who still don't get it. America, to get back on track we've got to get back to camping, not glamping. I'm talking about getting back to basics and roughing it. Cooking our own meals, cleaning our own home, spending less on gadgets, driving a car for the function instead of status, stay-cations, and working a job that we may not love. Learning to do more with less is imperative. We are all in this together so lets swallow our collective pride and get down and dirty. Right now there's no time for glampers, only campers.
Are you a glamper or camper? Should Americans be more willing to do away with certain luxuries until we are back on our feet or is that an unfair expectation?
[Photo Credit: WildExodus, Flickr]
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