Guest Spotlight: Morocco in November

By Neil Graham

My 69-year-old father, my younger brother, and I arrange a big mountaineering trip each year. We've been fortunate enough to trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, the summit of Mount Olympus in Greece, and mainland Spain's Mulhacén, to name a few.

It's not about the profound, male-bonding odyssey or the quest to push each other and test ourselves against the natural elements. Living in different countries, it's the only chance we get to hang out except at Christmas, so we try and make it as memorable and as rewarding as possible. (Just an excuse for a few cold beers, really.)

We have always been intrigued by Morocco, however, with it being so close to Europe, yet on the continent of Africa, and having a large Arabic- and French-speaking population—in addition to ancient cities, bustling markets, sweeping deserts and, of course, superb cuisine. I had been to Tangier for a couple of days a few years earlier where I got a quick glimpse of the above, but this time, I was here with my father and my brother to climb the highest mountain in North Africa, Jbel Toubkal, which stands 13,671 feet tall, is around 60 miles south of Marrakesh, and is no mean feat.

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As we stepped out of the frantic, yet sleek and modern, Marrakesh Menara Airport, we could see the snow-covered peaks of the Atlas Mountains through the sandy haze in the distance. We had no time to truly take it in, as we were ushered into a weathered SUV amid the chaos of the airport's taxi rank.

The driver hilariously repeated our pronunciation of Imlil out loud before chuckling and continuing to exchange friendly banter with us until just outside of Marrakesh. As we were approaching the foothills, the car went silent as we gazed out of the windows, looking at the rocky hillsides and the sheer drop into the deep canyons below, which were just centimeters away as the roads got narrower and narrower.

We arrived in Imlil—a small Berber village that we would use as base camp for our ascent—in the early afternoon and we were greeted by our amiable host, who was nothing but a complete gentleman the entire stay. Within half an hour of our arrival, we were treated to a delicious chicken tajine with a plate of fries, a traditional Moroccan salad, and mint tea.

We spent the rest of the day exploring the shops and the cafés, which, more often than not, just felt like stepping into people's homes—being made very welcome and being offered everything from tea to a three-course meal. The highlight of the day was when we were overlooking the village from the top of a shorter hiking route at the time of the call to prayer. From noisy commotion to a calming silence, the change was surreal. The first lines of the prayer projecting out of the mosque, resonating throughout the mountainous valleys, was spine-tingling.

After a hearty breakfast of boiled eggs, spicy olives, and toast, we set off on the first leg of our trek. We were headed towards the refuge on Toubkal, roughly a four-hour walk past steep gorges, even smaller villages, and numerous mule trains. We stopped for tea and coffee a couple of times on the way, and each time we were greeted with warmth and kindness from the local Berber community.

Upon arrival, our room at the refuge was cramped to say the least. The bunk beds were merely large planks of wood with small mattresses laid out side-by-side to accommodate 16 of us in total. You can imagine the difficulty of trying to sleep in dramatically reduced temperatures, while 15 other people are snoring, rustling in their sleeping bags, and coughing—it was quite orchestral!

We set off for the summit at 8 a.m., and the route started with some steep, energy-sapping scrambling before switching to a long slog up snow- and ice-covered inclines. By this point, the high altitude was having an effect, and the snow made crampons and ice axes a necessity. Despite the relative struggle, however, it was easy to be in awe of the, quite literally, breathtaking surroundings.

Four hours later, we were standing on the summit just as some menacing looking clouds were coming in thick and fast. We had just enough time for the obligatory summit selfie before navigating our way back down during a blizzard. The weather report had predicted snowfall in the evening, but that's mountaineering for you!

We were delighted to arrive at our lodge in Imlil for the night, quite ready for some more tajine and some mint tea. Our room was simple, but sophisticated; the beds were warm and cozy, the shower had hot water, and there was a stuttering Wi-Fi signal, everything we could've wanted. In the morning, our host had prepared us a glorious breakfast and arranged for our ride back to Marrakesh.

By this point, the snow had reached Imlil, and we were looking forward to the dryer weather and the chance to explore the city, especially the medina and its vibrant markets. We were able to enjoy a well-earned cold one in the airport before a few high fives and some back slaps, and then we were on our separate ways...until next time!


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Easy Thanksgiving recipes if you're away from home

By Marta Gintowt

Many Americans find themselves being summoned to the homes of friends and relatives far and wide across the country. As there is nothing more uncomfortable than coming empty-handed to any event, there is also nothing worse than showing up with the same generic bottle of wine like everyone else.

Sharing food can be considered a way of showing love and care, so why not get creative with these easy Thanksgiving recipes for when you're not at home and make something that will be remembered? From things that will last the ride to things that can be made in a flash in your host's kitchen, this collection features gourmet delicacies that everyone will enjoy.

Canapés

Canapés are elegant starters that are both simple to make and easy to eat. Since assembly can be fast and cooking is not necessary, they are perfect to bring along to any Thanksgiving gathering. Impress other guests with bright colors and interesting ingredients that will leave everyone hungry for more. Our favorite combinations are blinis covered with crème fraîche, salmon roe, and dill, as well as crackers topped with goat cheese, honey, and rosemary. Let's just hope there is enough counter space for assembly!

Roasted butternut squash soup

Is there anything more cozy and comforting than a big bowl of roasted butternut squash soup? After a long day of waiting for the feast to begin, this healthy soup can be introduced as a light, delicious, and warming appetizer. This soup actually tastes better when made ahead of time, so the flavors have time to blend, making it perfect for transporting in a Thermos during a car ride. It can be easily made vegetarian or vegan when cream is omitted and vegetable broth is used, so it's perfect for those who find it hard to find meat-free options on Thanksgiving.

Baked macaroni and cheese

A favorite Thanksgiving staple, baked macaroni and cheese is always sure to please. When preparing for a journey ahead, this recipe can be made the morning of and easily taken to the next destination, where hopefully an oven with plenty of room awaits. The traditional recipe calls for plenty of cheese and milk, but bolder chefs can add a twist by mixing in other ingredients, such as onions or broccoli, as well as traditional fall flavors, like smoked cheeses, pumpkin, and butternut squash.

Gourmet coleslaw

Thanksgiving calls for heavy, salty dishes that usually leave guests wishing they had something more fresh. This crunchy and colorful classic side has just that! Perfectly paired alongside turkey and heavier sides like stuffing and mashed potatoes, guests will be thrilled to dig into this red cabbage coleslaw. The crunchiest coleslaw is mixed right before serving to avoid wilting, so the light apple cider vinegar and vegan mayonnaise-based dressing can be mixed ahead of time, and the cabbage can be shredded at home before traveling commences.

Homemade biscuits

Homemade biscuits might sound underwhelming, but they are perfect when traveling long distance. Biscuits can even be made the evening before so they have time to cool down. With simple ingredients, like flour, butter, and baking soda, cooks can feel free to experiment with adding cheeses, herbs, seeds, or dried fruits, as well as substitute normal flour with a more healthy alternative.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Some consider dessert to be their favorite part of a Thanksgiving meal, and pumpkin cupcakes will certainly not disappoint. Simple yet delicious, those looking forward to baking these can do so ahead of time and pop them in the fridge until it's time for them to be served. As easy as using boxed vanilla cake mix and adding a can of pureed pumpkin and a half-tablespoon of cinnamon, these light cupcakes are the perfect compliment to heavy Thanksgiving fare. Top them with a whipped, cream cheese icing and orange and brown sprinkles, and watch them steal the show.

Apple Crisp

Perhaps the most complex dish on our list, apple crisp is certainly worth the effort. When bringing this dessert to another destination, feel free to assemble the ingredients ahead of time. When dinner plates are being cleared and guests are having a breather, pop the pastry in the oven for 20 minutes for the perfect crispy texture. Depending if you are trying to impress, you can opt to make a beautiful creation or a beautiful mess, as both will be equally delicious.


You've got the food sorted, but what about an alternative accommodation or a list of things you're grateful for? Don't worry—we've got you.

Alternative getaways for Thanksgiving

By Eric Wright

The time of year is fast approaching when the smell of roasted turkey and pumpkin pie fills our homes, the guys crowd around the TV with the football on, and family time is paramount. But what if you'd prefer to escape the annual, traffic-jammed drive back home for something out of the ordinary this Thanksgiving? Forget about carving the turkey, throw down the apron, and set off on an alternative getaway at one of these incredible destinations!

1. The Big Island, Hawaii

How about swapping that football game for an unforgettable trek through rainforests and across incredible, volcanic landscapes? Due to it's proximity to the equator, the weather in Hawaii during fall remains warm and pleasant, making it an ideal escape from the hectic Thanksgiving celebrations back home. Those looking for peace and quiet, beaches and mountains, and stunning surroundings have found their perfect fall retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii.

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

"The Big Easy" provides a welcome respite from the traditional festive fall celebrations, with its eclectic mix of jazz and blues bands, French architecture, and rich history. Forget the Thanksgiving shopping list, and experience the buzzing nightlife of Bourbon Street, peruse local art at Jackson Square, and take a steamboat trip down the Mississippi River. Those still craving a festive treat can pop into one of the fabulous eateries in the French Corner for a local Cajun-inspired "turducken," which is a delicious, Thanksgiving turkey stuffed with duck and chicken!

3. Joshua Tree National Park, California

With vast desert landscapes, amazing adventure spots, and spectacular sunsets, Joshua Tree really is an outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. Step out of your comfort zone, and swap the madness of Black Friday for peaceful days surrounded by epic views. While vacationing in this serene oasis, make sure you stop by Keys View to enjoy sweeping panoramic vistas of the sprawling desert!

4. Costa Rica

Looking to trade in the fall foliage for some warm weather? Costa Rica is perfect for those looking for long stretches of sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, and vibrant landscapes. With the possibility to take a thrilling zip-line tour high above the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, nobody in the group will be checking their phone for the latest touchdown back home! Moreover, with fewer tourists and cheaper flights than other times of the year, Thanksgiving in Costa Rica is sure to get your blood pumping.

5. Miami, Florida

Avoid slaving away in the kitchen this year and head to "the Magic City" to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime Thanksgiving dinner while cruising around the Biscayne Bay on a luxury yacht. Attractions include the surreal Italian Renaissance-style Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the fascinating Frost Science Museum, and the lively bars and restaurants in Miami Beach—ensuring this coastal retreat will be one to remember. Those who stick around for the weekend can even attend one of Elton John's last-ever concerts at the American Airlines Arena on Saturday at 8 p.m.!


Keep feeding your craving for all things Thanksgiving with our post on where to hold an out-of-this-world Friendsgiving and how to show your gratitude this year!

9 ways to show gratitude on Thanksgiving

By Kelsey Leon

Sometimes we forget that Thanksgiving is called "Thanksgiving" for a reason; it's a time where we're meant to reflect and show gratitude. In today's world, it can be easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of complaints and negativity, but expressing thankfulness is easier than you think. Here are 9 ways to show gratitude on Thanksgiving!

1. Reflect on privilege

This is a rather abstract concept, but an important one. Your ability to access the internet, go to Glamping Hub, and read this article already indicates your privilege. It is very important to realize that you have a lot to be grateful for. A simple way to do this is for every complaint that you make, state two things that you are thankful for.

2. Hug

Time for a little bit of science! Did you know that hugging releases oxytocin and endorphins? Oxytocin is a hormone that lowers blood pressure, as well as the stress hormone cortisol. Endorphins make you "feel good," and thus, happier. The bottom line is...give a lot of hugs this Thanksgiving!

3. Write cards for loved ones

Perhaps you aren't a person of many words, but it's incredible how a simple card can really make someone's day. Even if it's just a small paragraph expressing your love and appreciation for that person, a little goes a long way.

4. Volunteer

Volunteering may seem to be a cliché way to take action and show gratitude, but that doesn't mean it's any less effective. It's important, too, to make sure you're volunteering for something that is meaningful to you. For example, if you are passionate about keeping the ocean clean, you can volunteer for a beach cleanup. Start getting some inspiration!

5. Donate

Donating is similar to volunteering. Donate to causes that you are passionate about, whether it be to help foster children or save the rainforest, for example. If you donate to something that is important to you, it will have more of an impact on you.

6. Cook with the family

Perhaps this is something that you already do or maybe you are the one who does most of the cooking. If not, however, you should definitely try it out this year. Helping with cooking shows that you love and care about your family, and it's a great way to spend time together. Your family will be grateful for your help, too!

7. Do the chores

No one likes washing dishes, and that is exactly why you should. If you don't help with the cooking, you should contribute to the cleanup process. Sometimes showing gratitude means doing something as simple as helping out around the house; small actions like that are really appreciated.

8. Be present

This is such a simple item, but we often fail to realize that simply being in the presence of loved ones can mean so much. Spending time with each other and sitting around the dinner table is such a wonderful experience and creates memories that last forever. Put away your phone and any other distractions for a second, and allow yourself to really be in the moment.

9. Take time to appreciate nature

Often times, when we reflect on what we are thankful for, we generally think of people and materialistic things, such as a house or electricity. While it's important to appreciate these items, we don't generally think of nature. This is unfortunate, because nature is such an incredible gift. The best way to appreciate the great outdoors is to be in it, so why not celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by nature?


Hungry for more Thanksgiving posts? Check out our blog on where to host an epic Friendsgiving!

Our favorite spots for Friendsgiving

By Marta Gintowt

Practicing gratitude is important every time of year, but the Thanksgiving season is the perfect time to reflect on what is important in your everyday life. Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday is reserved for spending time with family, whether that is driving halfway across the country to a relative's house or hosting a gathering at your own home.

Friends, however, also become your family, and those friends deserve to enjoy a time dedicated to sharing delicacies, laughing endlessly, and appreciating one another. Going glamping is the perfect way to acknowledge the importance of the simple things, while indulging in the right way. This collection of our favorite glamping spots for Friendsgiving is intended to inspire everyone to reconnect to what is meaningful during this cozy season.

Upstate New York

While you might meet up with friends every weekend in the city, there is something special about dedicating time to get away and be together in a different environment. This lovely log cabin in Upstate New York is the perfect escape for a Friendsgiving event away from home.

Located in Wilmington, this cabin is well-equipped for the perfect celebration. The gorgeous, full kitchen can accommodate a feast for all, while the lovely dining area is comfortable and warm. Nearby, the Adirondack Mountains boast beautiful landscapes that are perfect for bonding, where you can go hiking and skiing during their getaway.

Lake Michigan

Even in November, a beach trip is sometimes just what everyone needs. While a warm, summer breeze will be swapped for potential snow flurries, there are amazing lake views to be savored from the warmth of this beautiful, beach cottage.

Perfect for up to 12 guests, this open and airy cottage welcomes friends and family alike for some unforgettable memory-making. Located along Lake Michigan, an after-dinner walk can be enjoyed along the shoreline, while groups can go explore nearby Holland State Park during the daytime.

Northern Georgia

The American South is famous for its mild, year-round temperatures, so hosting a Friendsgiving gathering in an outdoor setting is more than possible in late November. These unbelievable, lakefront safari tents are perfect for large groups and epitomize glamping at its finest.

All tents can be rented out together and include real beds, heating, and private bathrooms. For group gatherings of up to 37 people, you can make use of the gorgeous boat house, which features a full kitchen and dining area, perfect for preparing and serving a delicious, Thanksgiving-inspired meal.

Austin, Texas

In Texas, why not make your Friendsgiving getaway more like an extended summer vacation? Trade cozy sweaters for a swimsuit and apple cider for a cool beer while enjoying a November afternoon at this western-style cottage, ideal for a friendly fiesta.

The property features two separate cottages, both beautifully decorated with amazing vintage furnishings for a cozy, yet elegant, ambiance. Outside, you can relax in the sun by the pool and work up an appetite before partaking in bread-breaking and thanks-giving festivities.

Idyllwild, California

By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, residents of Los Angeles could very well be still experiencing a heat wave. The best way to indulge in a festive, fall Friendsgiving in Southern California is to escape to the mountains! This grand, pet-friendly mountain cabin is perfect for everyone looking to spend some time in the cooler temperatures of Idyllwild.

With six spacious bedrooms and multiple decks, you can celebrate each other in the wide-open spaces both within the cottage as well as in the shadows of the surrounding mountains.

Washington State

As the mountains and forests around Seattle, Washington, collect snow and residents start making Thanksgiving plans, friends can plan their break from the festivities and head to this cozy ski cabin in Skykomish, Washington. It's the perfect escape from the city, which allows you to appreciate the surrounding beauty while celebrating friendship and life. After a filling meal enjoyed at the cabin, you can go skiing, hiking, and even horseback riding to burn those holiday calories. After a full day of exploring (or eating) guests can relax in the luxurious sauna, watch a film inside, or snuggle around the fire pit.


Keep an eye on the Glamping Hub blog for more Thanksgiving inspiration, ideas, and getaways coming soon!

Helpful tips for guests and hosts on America Recycles Day

By Amy Ahlblad

We bring our own bags to the grocery store, we've ditched straws on behalf of the innocent turtle we saw on Facebook, and we would never be caught dead with a plastic water bottle. It would seem that society is moving in the right direction, but we can't help but wonder...do we treat going green on vacation in the same way we do with a "cheat day" when we're on a diet?

We actively control our eco-friendly impact, or carbon footprint, at work and at home, but does all of that go out the window as soon as we go out of town? We'll skip the guilt trip, as holiday days are meant to be enjoyed and to clear your mind, but there are ways you can do both! Both hosts and guests with Glamping Hub can rejoice without greenwashing1 on America Recycles Day on November 15 with these helpful tips.

For guests

A few small changes can be made before you ever leave your home. While walking out the door, be sure to turn down the thermostat and temperature on your water heater; unplug appliances that are not in use (microwave, iron, TV, etc.); and close your curtains and blinds to reduce added strain on your air conditioning.

It's not your fault that the small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are seemingly irresistible—we're hardwired to find small things adorable. What's not cute is the plastic waste these little guys create. Every time you half use them or take them home, they will need to be replaced, thus creating more waste. Invest in a zero-waste toiletry kit to bring with you while traveling!

Unplug from your devices literally and physically. Remove chargers for phones cameras, hair straighteners, electric shavers, and other electronic devices from the wall plugs when not in use. These "energy vampires" are still sucking energy when left plugged in.

Do what you can to make things easier on your host by separating paper, glass bottles and cans, and plastic.

Ask your host if they compost and separate your food scraps accordingly if they do.

Limit the use of electricity and water at your accommodation. While you may not be footing the bill for the endless hours of air conditioning, energy is still being consumed.

For hosts

In recent years, the travel industry has been shaped by the rise of the eco-conscious consumer. Here, we will explore a few quick fixes to reduce waste and recycle.

Start a compost pile. Composting enriches the soil and helps retain moisture, thus reducing plant disease and pests. Composting also reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, and encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter to create humus, a nutrient filled material. It's easier than you think and will support a beautiful environment around your accommodation.

If you provide the proper place, guests will recycle. Make it easy for guests to do so by labeling the trash receptacles appropriately for plastic, glass, paper, and organic waste to be composted.

Low-flow faucets and showerheads can reduce water consumption by 30% to 50% and can reduce your water bill by up to a quarter. By installing an Aerator, which is a small, metal filter that attaches to your faucet or showerhead and adds air to the stream, water pressure will not be compromised. Low-flow faucets, showerheads, and aerators can be found at Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond, and on Amazon for roughly $15.

If you are located in a place with heavy rainfall, you should consider recycling this natural resource. Collect rainwater in barrels and reuse it to water plants or wash the floors. There are also long-term rainwater collection installments available, which can be used as an irrigation system or filtered back into the house for use in the showers, faucets, washing machine,and more.

Light fixtures are a simple fix that can help you save money and reduce waste long term. CFL and LED light bulbs use far less electricity and can last up to 10 times longer than traditional light bulbs. While these bulbs may initially be an investment, they will cut costs in the long term.

By making changes to go green, whether you are a guest or a host on Glamping Hub, you'll become part of a much larger, global effort—allowing guests and hosts to both help preserve the beautiful nature that surrounds our accommodations.


1The term greenwashing was coined by New York environmentalist Jay Westervelt in a 1986 essay regarding the hotel industry's practice of placing placards in each room to promote the reuse of towels, ostensibly to "save the environment." Westervelt noted that, in most cases, little or no effort toward reducing energy waste was being made by these institutions, as evidenced by the lack of cost reduction this practice affected.

Glamping Hub's Cyber Monday 2018

By Elizabeth Young

This year, on Cyber Monday, Glamping Hub is adding 20% to your gift card purchase!

It's that time of year again—the time when you're racking your brain as you walk through the store while trying to think of the perfect gift. What could you get Mom? She's always on the go but would love to spend a weekend in the mountains, even if she needs a little push to get there. What about your cousin, David? You already gave him that portable battery and hiking backpack he wanted.

Everyone has a person on their gift list for the holiday season who would much prefer experiences to material things— the person who loves to be outdoors, seeing new places, and trying different things.

Give Mom and Dad, your siblings, your friends, and whoever else the gift of the great outdoors this holiday season! Our Cyber Monday promotion on November 26 makes it easy, just head over to Glamping Hub!


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5 ways to show appreciation on Veterans Day

By Jackie Dreyer

Every year on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we honor those who have and continue to serve their country in the armed forces. In America, we call this Veterans Day; in other parts of the world, such as the U.K., they refer to it as Remembrance Day. A few things remain the same, however: the date, the symbolic poppies worn in buttonholes of coats and hanging off purses or from the rearview mirrors of cars, and the desire to show extra appreciation for those who put their lives on the line for us.

While our veterans deserve to be honored and recognized every day of the year, we want to share with you a few special things you can do to show your support and appreciation on November 11.

1. Plant a commemorative poppy or tulip.

As a way to honor veterans in an everlasting manner, there's no better option than planting a commemorative poppy or tulip. Why a poppy or a tulip you may ask?

After World War I, poppies began to pop up in droves across Europe, which many assumed was due to the now lime-enriched soil as an aftermath of the war. The flower soon was recognized as a symbol of all the blood that had been shed in battle. Later, on September 27, 1920, the poppy became the official flower of The American Legion to memorialize the soldiers who served and died in World War I.

A view of the aforementioned tulips in Ottawa, Canada. Photo from the Ottawa Tourism website.

Meanwhile, in Canada, the tulip started as a symbolic gesture on behalf of Princess Juliana of Holland to Canada in honor of the 7,600 Canadians who died fighting to free the Netherlands in World War II. She sent Canada 100,000 tulip bulbs after the war, and every year since, Holland continues to send Canada 20,000 bulbs.

2. Write a letter.

If you know someone who is stationed far from home, including overseas, now's the time to set aside a moment to surprise them and write them a letter. Getting mail is a surefire way to brighten someone's day. Even if you don't personally know any veterans, there are a number of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. that allow you to write letters to a randomly assigned soldier, such as Operation Gratitude, Adopt a U.S. Soldier, Any Soldier, Doing Good Together, and Soldiers' Angels.

3. Donate your time and/or resources.

There are a variety of ways you can show your support by donating your time or financial resources, which include:

  • Volunteering at a local Veterans Hospital or Veterans Center. Find the facilities closest to you on the Veterans Affairs website!
  • Putting together homemade care packages for the troops. The aforementioned organizations, Operation Gratitude and Soldiers' Angels, in addition to Support Our Troops and Operation Shoebox, all specialize in soldier care packages. (Click here for ideas on what to put in a care package!)
  • Donating to organizations that support soldiers and veterans, as well as their families, such as TAPS or Folds of Honor.

4. Visit a National Park.

Spending time—particularly amid the soothing peace and quiet of nature—is yet another great way to show your beloved veteran that you care, and there's no better place to go than one of the the U.S.'s 58 National Parks. What's more? On Veterans Day weekend, the National Park Service offers free admission to everyone. You can find your nearest National Park here!

5. Say thank you.

Perhaps the simplest idea of them all, though not to rid it of its merit, is to say thank you if you happen to see someone in uniform, or identifying as a veteran in some other way, in public. A quick word of thanks or small act of kindness, like discreetly paying for their cup of coffee or even just opening a door for them, will help demonstrate how much their service means to you.


For more great information for veterans and their families and friends, see the following resources: the National Veterans Foundation (U.S.); the European Organization of Military Associations (Europe); the Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans' Association (Australia); the NATO Veterans Organization of Canada (Canada); and the World Veterans Foundation (global).

Staff Picks: Finding your perfect writer's retreat with Kyomi

By Kyomi Wade

The writers retreat—an enthralling concept for any writer who takes themself even semi-seriously. There is something about carving out the time to just write, in beautiful surroundings, that makes you feel like something great is happening. And this is all thanks to one of our core values here at Glamping Hub, nature—the beauty of it, its propriety for adventure, and its ability to let you be alone with your own thoughts.

I'm a writer myself and studied English and American literature in Kent in the U.K.—an area that is known as the "Garden of England"—so there has always been a personal overlap between nature and writing for me. Whether it was studying writers influenced by nature or being inspired by nature for my own work, nature has always been a catalyst for my creativity. Once I started to truly explore the world of Glamping Hub, I became inspired by so many potential places to escape to and just write at.

A writer named Henry David Thoreau famously escaped to nature to undertake a huge writing project, known as "Walden," where he declared, "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

And it is with him in mind—as well as his famous counterparts, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, who discussed the divinity in nature—that I present six hand-picked glamping accommodations perfect for a writer's retreat, from various corners of the world.

England, U.K.

First stop, my original home: the U.K. I've started with an accommodation that is as glamping as you can possibly get, a tree house, which is situated on the breathtaking Lizard Peninsula of Cornwall, England. If you can tear yourself away from writing in this cozy, handmade masterpiece, you'll enjoy leisurely walks on the beautiful coastline, littered with rocks and tall cliffs, because as we all know, a good walk is perfect for writing inspiration! For further inspiration or material, guests can wander down to a nearby picturesque fishing village and get to know the locals.

Cadiz, Spain

Next up, I chose something I have my eye on, as it is rather close to my new home of Seville in the south of Spain. This tented cabin is quite literally enveloped by the Bay of Cadiz Nature Park (Parque Natural Bahía de Cádiz) and offers writers a wooden deck to look out to the lush greenery. You can just imagine yourself there with a good book or your notepad. What's more? Being in this part of Spain, you are most likely guaranteed the sun will be shining on your face while doing so. Location-wise, you'll never be far from the natural beauty of the coast or the stunning city of Seville.

Otiake, New Zealand

Two words: The view. If you are partial to travel magazines or blogs, you will know that the natural landscapes of New Zealand are often raved about, so I had to take a digital visit when compiling this list. It made the final cut for a few reasons.

Firstly, the essential luxuries offered by this site really epitomizes my idea of glamping, including the extremely comfy-looking bed and the restaurant-quality food (just check the reviews). Secondly, the nearby mountains and lake will allow you to really feel like you have enjoyed a key part of New Zealand's offerings. Lastly, but once again, the view. If that doesn't inspire creativity or a vast change from the standard day-to-day, I don't know what will.

Ontario, Canada

There is definitely something about the gentle movement of calm waters that really inspires reflection—and, hopefully, many prolific writing sessions! I can't say if I was swayed more by the library wall, the charming decor of the cabin, or the fact that it's quite literally perched on a lake. Either way, this accommodation feels like it was simply made to inspire creativity. If you are staying during the winter, you can enjoying cozying up to the wood-burning stove, and in summer, you might want to go for a row on Lake Erie to take in some fresh air and encourage further inspiration for your next writing session.

The Berkshires, Massachusetts

I chose this next glamping site for two very good reasons: (1) it’s in Massachusetts, the home of Thoreau's original Walden project; and (2) I genuinely feel like this has been taken out of a children's fairytale. The cottage is popular among honeymooners in particular but is completely suitable for a solo writer's retreat, too. It offers up the comfort of a dreamy king-size bed and all the basics you could want for your simple-living retreat. When you want to go outside and reconnect with nature, you can undertake the nearby Appalachian Hiking Trail or stroll through the two acres of woodland walking paths on-site.

Fun fact: If you have a car, two hours will take you to Thoreau's actual cabin—inspiration at its finest!

Asheville, North Carolina

Last, but not least, is this charming restored barn near Spring Creek in Madison County, North Carolina. This is quite literally the home of a writer, so it has authentically been designed with a writer's wants in mind! An artistic look and feel, a library, a hot tub and more, this glamping site offers comfort, but also well-needed solitude to simply write, as the host original bought the land for this purpose.

You will have two bases to choose from when getting down to some serious writing: the big wooden desk with a library wall as a backdrop or a huge porch with views of the greenery. With two National Parks nearby, too, nature is truly on your doorstep with this cabin.


Inspired to book your next writer's retreat in nature? (I personally can't wait!) Head to glampinghub.com to start your trip or to get a gift card for a loved one!