Sleep under the stars at these stellar Booking.com campsites
After months of confinement, camping is the perfect social distancing activity
It’s hard to think of a better antidote to months of confinement than a stay in the great outdoors, enjoying a bit of fresh air, wide open spaces and the best of what Mother Nature has to offer. Travelers seem to be in agreement as recent Booking.com research conducted across five countries reveals that getting back to nature was the second most popular type of trip many are hoping to take soon, as it becomes safe to do so*. Imagine swapping your always-on electronics for a glorious display of stars in the night sky, and taking the opportunity to reconnect with loved ones, the fresh air around you and (most importantly) yourself.
Travelers who have not recently (or ever) been camping should keep in mind that camping has completely reinvented itself in recent years. No longer does it mean staying in a wet tent in the middle of an empty field (unless that’s what you’re after). From rustic campsites and traditional holiday parks to luxurious glamping options such as bubble pods and yurts, there’s a whole range of options out there.
Booking.com has scoured its more than 29 million listings, including close to 2 million options for campsites, glamping, luxury tents and holiday parks, to share some of the most unique stays to make it easier for travelers to rediscover the great outdoors while resting, relaxing and living their best camping life.
For Nature Lovers: The ZzzzMoose, Nova Scotia, Canada
Birch Plain, on the eastern coast of Nova Scotia in Canada, is the perfect location for any nature enthusiast. Right by the waterfront and an easy drive from Cape Smokey Provincial Park, as well as Cape Breton Highlands National Park, you’ll feel a million miles away from city life. With fully furnished, wooden tent-like structures, it’s ideal for first-time campers. Whether travelers want to bring their own food and use the BBQ provided or take time off from cooking and enjoy the onsite cafe, it’s a great choice for families, and pets are more than welcome, too.
Given its stunning location, it’s no surprise that this destination is highly endorsed by Booking.com travelers for scenery, relaxation and tranquility.
For Luxe: Wadi Rum Bubble Luxotel, Jordan
Keen to camp but not sure about braving the elements and leaving the modern world behind? A getaway to the luxury bubble pods at the Luxotel in Wadi Rum, Jordan may be just the option for you, as camping doesn’t get more fancy than this. Jacuzzis. Spectacular mountain views. Sunset camel rides. Desert off-roading. It all comes together to provide a once-in-a-lifetime traveler experience, not forgetting the opportunity visitors have to brush up on their astronomy skills, all from the comfort of their luxurious bed. It’s no surprise therefore to hear that Booking.com travelers from around the world listed Wadi Rum as their 4th most endorsed location for stargazing globally. And no need to worry about bringing your own food - or even living without Wi-Fi, definitely not an issue here.
A favorite destination for photographers, Wadi Rum is highly endorsed by Booking.com travelers for the desert landscape, scenery, sunsets, stargazing and nature.
For Rustic campers: Kenting Houbihu Camping Car B&B, Taiwan
Camping Type: Rustic. If you’re after a unique experience that’s closer to traditional camping, you may want to consider the Kenting Houbihu Camping Car B&B in Taiwan. Here, guests stay in retro-style static caravans, which come fully equipped with Wi-Fi, BBQ and kitchen facilities. A one-of-a-kind vintage holiday experience for kids, there are a couple of beaches nearby and the Kenting Forest Recreation Area is just a short drive (10 miles) away. This is a place where you can fully appreciate what caravans have to offer - whether you’re reminiscing or experiencing it for the first time.
This destination at the very southern tip of Taiwan is highly endorsed by Booking.com travelers for its old town, beaches, scenery and nature.
For First-timers: Orchard Farm Luxury Glamping, UK
While a relatively new concept for some, glamping refers to a more decadent, luxurious and decidedly glamorous style of camping and the Orchard Farm Glamping Site in the UK fits that description to a T. Think stylish wooden pods, underfloor heating and smart TVs. Throw in some homemade apple cider and you’re there. There’s so much for nature lovers to enjoy in this serene, relaxing location. Explore the area on foot, hire a bike, or - if you fancy a day trip - take your pick of Bristol or Bath, each under half an hour away by car. Only three miles from the world-famous Glastonbury site, it’s also the ideal basecamp for doing a recce if you’re interested in the festival but you’ve not committed to ‘real’ camping just yet.
This picturesque destination is highly endorsed by Booking.com travelers for its ancient landmarks, history, alternative culture and walks.
If thinking about planning a future camping getaway, a great place to start is Booking.com. With more awesome, unique places to stay than any other travel company in the world, travelers can find a perfect stay close to home, or further away whenever it's safe to do so, as well as access to over 60,000 car rental pick-up locations around the globe. With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world when it's safe to travel again, Booking.com is also sharing travel offers for travelers to use when looking to sleep under the stars. Whether planning ahead for the summer months or booking last-minute, local options around the corner or further afield, discounts start at 15 percent.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of adults who have taken a trip in the last 12 months. In total 3,509 respondents were polled including 609 from Germany, 677 from France, 723 from Great Britain, 750 from Italy and 750 from the US. Respondents completed an online survey between 25 and 30 June 2020.