Camping used to mean sleeping in a tiny tent, eating over a fire pit and packing loads of mosquito repellent, but it seems the days of roughing it without electricity or the conveniences of modern internet-addicted life are over. It's a trend that must have been fueled by our inability to travel without our laptops or smart phones, but I think it points to a loss of those old school family camping trips we all love to hate.
ABC news recently took a trip to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, where the tents are decorated with Persian rugs and they have electricity, heat and a thermostat. Unlike your average Costco-tent camping the resort isn't cheap - more than 3 days costs about $2,000 including a massage, water activities a few classes and of course, WiFi.
The resort, which overlooks the ocean and surrounding mountains, features tents with remote-controlled propane wood stoves, oil lamps, candles and rustic interiors. They also run on generators that provide electricity for light, hairdryers and wireless internet. Is it just me, or does this negate the entire purpose of camping, which is supposed to be about hanging out in nature and getting away from the office? If you want an electricity-fused trip visit one of the best WiFi hotels in Times Square and save your camping for real camping.