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Glamping: The Trend of Glamorous Camping

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Imagine this: you wake up one morning, on a comfortable bed, with a warm, thick, down comforter, you step out to a pair of slippers, make fresh coffee, and peek outside to a stunning mountain-backed sunrise with no one else around. Glamping allows travelers to experience the closeness to nature one would find camping, but without having to sleep on the cold, hard ground in a tent.

Over the past five years, the popularity of glamping has skyrocketed. Even further, from now until 2030, the glamping market is expected to continue to grow at a 10.9% compound rate. In 2022 the glamping market size is expected to reach $2.74 billion. This is great news for individuals and families who are looking for more opportunities to get close to nature while maintaining their comfort standards, but it is also a signal to glamping businesses that there is still plenty of room to enter the market.

Glamping’s Rise to Superstardom

Though glamping got its start way before the Covid-19 pandemic, when families were forced to stay within their country limits for the better part of 2020, many turned to glamping experiences for a change of scenery and family fun. Campground bookings skyrocketed and short-term rentals on websites like Airbnb took off even more. People especially loved the aesthetic of glamping in geodomes because they could fall asleep under the stars while staying cozy and warm. Now, as we exit to the other side of lockdowns and restrictions, the value of nature-related experiences has been realized, and it looks like the market will continue to grow. Another thing that brought glamping out of the shadows was the popularity of music festivals that guests could camp and glamp at. Camping was the most economic option, but guests could upgrade their stays to glamping sites that offered pre-assembled shelters with beds or cots in them. These glamping stays showed people all over the US and the world that adding a few touches of comfort to a camping experience makes a mountain of difference. Why give up luxury to experience nature when you don’t have to?

Breaking into Glamping as a Business Owner

If you’re ready to ride the wave of glamping and want to break into the market, the time to do it is now! Even if you feel tempted to start a glamping business, it’s not uncommon to feel uncertain about actually getting started. How do you know if the investment will pay off? How do you ensure success for your business? We’ll break down some of the most important information for getting started. If you still feel any uncertainty, we’re here to remind you that the profit margins on glamping businesses are enormous: even for glamping rentals that require high levels of service, the profit margins reach up to 50%. Here’s how to get started:

1) Make a Business Plan

As with any business, you’ll need a plan to get started, especially if you are looking at taking out any sort of loan to help with the costs upfront. In your business plan, you’ll want to determine your target market, outline financial details like cost and expected revenue, and put into place your operational plan. When thinking about the target market for your business, it’s worth noting that the 18—32 year age range has the largest market share when compared to other customer age ranges, and that is expected to continue.

2) Get Proper Business Approvals

Not only will you need to obtain business licenses and set up all your business bank accounts before starting, but you’ll also need to look into zoning and licensing in your area. All of this is very location-specific, so we recommend working with your local government to find out exactly what is needed before starting a glamping business. These logistics take time to get sorted, and you could face setbacks along the way. You can expect the business setup to take anywhere from 6 months to a couple of years, which is why getting started now is in your best interest!

3) Find a Glamping Location

You may already have a location in mind; perhaps you own land or have discussed your plan with a landowner and set up a partnership with them. If this isn’t the case, start looking at land for sale or rent that has access to nature! The more beautiful the nature surrounding your glamping site is, the more likely people will be to flock to it. With geodesic dome glamping, it’s best to find a spot that has a good view of the stars most nights to take advantage of the transparent dome cover.

4) Set Up Glamping Sites

The fun begins! It’s now time to invest in your glamping structures, such as geodomes, and begin assembly. At Ekodome, we offer a range of geodesic dome sizes and shapes, so you can decide what works best for your needs. We recommend skipping our “Seed” geodome for glamping purposes, as it’s a bit too small for the comfort your guests will be looking for. Starting with the “Luna” dome, we have four different geodesic dome kits that range in size, so you can invest in the ones that will bring your vision to life.

Most of our domes can be set up by a small group of people in a matter of hours. Orders usually take 12-14 weeks to ship, so you’ll need to factor this time into your startup plan. Once the geodomes are set up, decorate them with plush linens, bright accents, and thoughtful, cozy touches, like slippers and robes.

5) Start Taking Bookings

Now you’re ready to open up a booking website and bring in customers! You can build your own website to do this or take advantage of existing platforms such as Airbnb and HipCamp that will drive traffic to your geodomes. The most important aspect of this step is to ensure your advertising photos are top-notch. Sure, you can snap some yourself, but it might be worth it to have someone with a professional camera take them, so the photos are eye-catching and inviting.

What are You Waiting for?

Go, go, go! There’s a glamping dreamland just waiting to be set up by you. The market is on fire right now, in the best way, and it’s expected to stay that way for years to come. Ekodome has all the dome offerings you need to get started, so visit our website today and start imagining how these geodomes around going to look on the land you have in mind.

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