Blogger Spotlight: Liz falls head over heels for Michigan

By Jessica Armstrong

Look out for Liz of With Wonder and Whimsy, because she has got glamping down to a T, and we can't help but want to share her style and mojo. Cozying up with her hubby in a charming Michigan cabin was just one of the things that made Liz's stay even more wonderful and whimsical.

Why Michigan you ask? Well, not only does Michigan have an abundance of one-of-a-kind glamping sites, but it is a state where one can truly experience the wonders and magic of nature all around.

Check out more of Liz's romantic stay and how her style changes with her travels and the seasons.

Liz climbs up to the cozy cabin's elevated bedroom.

Meet Liz, the lifestyle blogger keen to guide you through her whimsical glamping adventure.

What are your top must-haves when glamping in the fall?

A fringed wrap and ankle bootie are two must-haves for glamping in style. And with embellished denim being so trendy right now, a style with embroidery, patchwork, or a released hem will definitely channel that rugged romance.

How does your travel style change between seasons?

My style always turns more bohemian and eclectic during the fall. There's something about the changing leaves and cooler temperatures that makes me crave earthier colors and cozier textured fabrics.

The rustic log cabin is nestled in the evergreen woods of Ellsworth, Michigan

Nestled away in the forests of her home state, Liz found her dream getaway accommodation.

How do you plan your vacations? Around destination? Around style? Around accommodation?

When it comes to longer vacations, I definitely plan around a destination's museums, restaurants, and tourist attractions. I want to experience the arts and culture scene of a place, and I love when I can find accommodations with a folksy, locals vibe.

Two chairs on the patio which are perfect for viewing the natural surroundings.

The cabin offers perfect views of Michigan's scenic fall foliage.

Are you an overpacker or underpacker? How so?

I like to keep with a single carry-on when I travel, even for a week abroad. To do this, I stick with a focused theme and color palette, and include pieces I can mix and match in a variety of ways. I love accessorizing my looks, so packing statement jewelry doesn't take much space, but it sure adds personality to a look.

What is your favorite piece of fall apparel?

This fall, I am loving ruana wraps. They are so chic and comfortable, and they have this relaxed elegance that fits right in whether you're visiting the city or the country. Wear one with a long-sleeved tee, skinny jeans, and riding boots. Or throw one over a little black dress for an evening out.

Liz models her chic outfit in front of the equally chic cabin.

Each day (and each outfit) calls for the new adventure.

How do you advise fall glampers to plan their wardrobe?

For me, the best part about glamping is the glamor element. It's an invitation to be fashionable and practical with your wardrobe. In addition to your standard flannels, blue jeans, and boots, pack a fun beaded necklace, a cozy fringed scarf, or a colorful printed kimono. Start by packing the practical items, and round things out with more fanciful statement pieces.

Liz's pup, Georgie, enjoys the cottage's spacious living room

Georgie sure enjoyed the change of scenery at this pet-friendly cottage.

What is your favorite type of accommodation to style for?

I love packing for a cabin getaway on the outskirts of town. I can dress up for an evening at the art gallery and wine bar. And then I can change into leggings and a wrap for a night by the fire with tea and a book. I like accommodations that give me different occasions to dress for, whether it's a morning walk through the woods, an afternoon drive to the orchard, or a sunset stroll along the beach.

How would you describe your glamping style? Chic and stylish or rustic and outdoorsy?

My glamping style is rustic-meets-romantic. I'll wear jeans and cowboy boots, but wear a pink fringed kimono and crystal beaded necklace. I'll pair a floral sun dress with ankle boots and a denim jacket or wear a tiered maxi skirt with a tied chambray shirt. It's about mixing feminine glamor with rugged bohemian elements for an eclectic effect.

Lake Michigan's glimmering beach is just a short walk from the cabin.

Keep in mind our many glampsites near lake Michigan when planning your next getaway.

To find your very own romantic Michigan getaway, get some inspiration from our fun glamping stays in the Upper and Lower Peninsulas!


Be sure to catch Liz's next vacay on her blog, Instagram, and Facebook.

Blogger Spotlight: Rachel visits British Columbia

By Jessica Armstrong

Safari tents, frozen lakes, and bears...Oh my! Majestic nature and more awaits glampers when visiting Canada for a glamping adventure.

Let Rachel of Meander the World take you on a mystical exploration through British Columbia. From kayaking over Chilko Lake to biking through local trails, Rachel found the adventure in glamping and we can't help but want to visit this safari tent heaven, too. Rachel shares details of her magical getaway below.

Enjoy this beautiful lakeside view from the safari tent cabin.

In pursuit of a new adventure, Rachel was lucky enough to stumble upon the incredibly scenic Bear Camp.

What was your initial reaction upon arriving to your glamping spot?

The initial reaction was a bit of wonder and panic of where to go first. The scent of a sweet and spicy treat wafted from the main building, which was a cozy log cabin that served as the dining hub. Beyond that was an elevated platform that housed the tents for sleeping in and overlooked the crystal clear green water of Chilko Lake, with a backdrop of pure wilderness. It was truly a gorgeous setting.

A view of the lake and safari tent cabin rentals.

One step outside the luxury tents leads to an endless path of exploration.

What are the three words you would use to describe your getaway?

So. Much. Fun.

There were so many extras included in our stay—all the food, booze, and sports equipment. The guide that showed us around was so friendly that we felt like we were staying with close friends rather than some anonymous hotel.

What activities did you most enjoy while glamping at your destination?

We started our first morning off with a paddle in a kayak along the misty river watching the sun rise over the mountain peaks. Each afternoon followed with further water explorations with other boats and SUP boards. We also checked out the local hiking trails by foot or with the mountain bikes. Not ones to sit around, we loved the ability to get out and see the abundant nature using a variety of activities.

A stunning glimpse of British Columbia's nature from the safari tent cabins.

Highlights include: paddle boarding on the reflective surface of the Tsuniah Lake...

The frosty lake in the early morning.

... kayaking through the morning mist...

A quick glimpse of a BC bear getting his breakfast.

...and of course, casual bear-spotting.

What are your tips for new glampers and beginners?

Pack a warm sweater or jacket, some cozy socks, and a tripod. The stars were out in full force during our stay, and we kept wanting to sneak out of our tents to enjoy the show. Having some warm gear nearby meant we could move easily from tent to deck without having to bring the blanket with us.

What are your five go-to’s for your glamping stay?

My main priority is going somewhere unique: a new location, a special type of house (in this case elevated wall tents), an area where being active is possible, the right time of year to experience all the best the region has to offer, and something that pops out as memorable. The location at Bear Camp in the Chilcotins covered all those needs.

Can you share with us the top five items you always make sure to pack for a camping or glamping getaway?

Cameras (something capable for night shots and action shots), warm socks, a toque (what us Canadians call a warm hat), bathing suit, and a warm jacket for the evenings.

The inside scope of the luxury tent rental.

The cherry on top of these beautifully-furnished tents are the electrical blankets that'll keep you warm in the cool Canadian air.

What is your biggest piece of advice for planning steps before booking a trip?

I’m a visual person, so I look around at the region with Google images to understand what types of things I’ll see when I’m there. I want to know if I can hike, bike, kayak or explore the area safely with a guide or on my own. I try to find out when the best time to go is for wildlife or weather. Understand the area you are going to so you can see things that would interest you rather than missing out and learning about the options after you’ve left.

Glampers will see their fair share of bears when visiting this retreat.

They don't call it Bear Camp for nothing!

Where are you looking to glamp next and why?

I love the wilderness of Western or Northern Canada and Alaska and will be definitely looking at glamping options there next. Being a local to this area, it amazes me how much glamping can add to a short break, feeling quite exotic and make a long weekend truly memorable.

What was your most memorable moment from your glamping stay?

Without a doubt, watching the sun rise among the mist of the river while searching for grizzly bears.

Glampers will not get enough of the epic views from the deck of the tent.

Sometimes the best vacations are the most unconventional.

Find your very own magical getaway in British Columbia, here.


Be sure to check out Rachel's future travels and adventures on her blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Blogger Spotlight: Chloe goes to Colorado

By Jessica Armstrong

Colorado is always a perfect choice for fall glamping, and Chloe of Time Travel Blonde can tell you that firsthand. After visiting this breathtaking cabin in Longs Peak, Chloe has a thing or two to share about how to do glamping right. One thing she made sure to pack for the adventure? Her adorable family, to share the experience of glamping together for the first time.

Follow along for the ride as Chloe shares the ins and outs of her stay with her family to this beautiful cabin in Colorado.

Chloe and Cam enjoying the picturesque views from the cabin.

Chloe and baby Cam are both mesmerized by the picturesque views surrouding their charming cabin rental.

What is your favorite part about glamping in the fall and why?

I loved glamping in the fall because of the fall foliage. Colorado has some of the best in the country and to be in the thick of it is just amazing. What we especially loved about our mountain cabin was being up in the mountains, completely surrounded by trees. It was stunning!

Do you prefer to go glamping solo? In small groups or big group?

I prefer both small and big groups. I love going glamping with my husband, our son, and our dog—making memories just us. However, it's also so fun going traveling with friends! Being with my family is more relaxing, where as being in a big group is just a fun party. It just depends on how we're feeling!

A view of the deck of the cabin.

Spacious both indoors and out, so even man's best friend has plenty of room to explore.

What is one of your most memorable glamping experiences?

Probably this one to Nederland was our most memorable. We had never gone glamping as a family before, so to bring Cam along for the fun was so sweet and memorable. We also love staying in cabins in National Parks, such as Bryce Canyon and San Dunes! It's so fun! I can definitely see many more glamping trips in our future.

The master bedroom of the cabin rental.

No tossing and turning for these glampers- Chloe found all the comforts of her own home in this rustic cottage.

What has glamping taught you about travel and nature?

What I love about glamping is that it can be as slow-paced or as adventure-driven as you would like it to be. For us, we loved being completely surrounded by nature and being able to reconnect, with out having to sacrifice comfort. Being so surrounded by nature was such a nice reminder to get off our phones and laptops and just enjoy each others company. However, when we do feel active, I love being able to walk out the front door and go on some amazing hikes!

What is your favorite type of accommodation and why?

I love all different kinds: unique houses, cabins, five-star hotels...My husband and I have traveled throughout the world and have so many fond memories of all the different accommodations that we've stayed in. From camping in Europe to traditional huts in Thailand, it just makes the memories that much better!

The vintage fireplace in the cabin rental.

The Time Travel Blonde, living up to her name, truly enjoyed the vintage vibe of her cabin rental.

What trends do you follow when planning a glamping getaway?

I always think of what season it is when planning a trip. When we planned our glamping trip, we knew we wanted to be up in the mountains to catch a glimpse of the leaves changing. Colorado is famous for having such beautiful fall leaves and that definitely played a part in our planning. Also, I love using Instagram for travel inspiration. I've learned about so many cool places from travel influencers, and it definitely sparks our wanderlust.

A view of the woods outside the cabin.

The stunning mountain views make for an excellent fall getaway.

How has glamping changed the way you vacation?

One of the things that I loved most about glamping, especially with Cam, is that it feels more like home. We've got plenty of room to wash his bottles, play, another room for him to sleep in and put the baby monitor up (especially if we want to stay up without waking baby)...it's like all the comforts of home but while we're away! Being in a hotel is nice and all, but sometimes you feel so cramped, especially with how much we now bring for Camden.

Another aspect that we like about glamping is that it's a good way to get out into nature without having to sleep in a tent. Josh and I used to do a ton of dispersed camping here in Colorado before Cam arrived, and it was fun. But now that we have a little baby with us, I love that glamping still provides the nature aspect with out having to compromise comfort.

A view of the expansive woods outside the cabin.

There's no better way to get in touch with nature than glamping out in a sea of green.

To find your very own Colorado getaway, browse through our collection of unbeatable Colorado accommodations!


Don't forget to check out Chloe's blog, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more glamping adventures to come.

Post-Thanksgiving Escapes with Glamping Hub

By Ben Clarke

Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays of the year. It's a great time to reconnect with your family and closest friends. We all can admit, however, that it can also get a bit stressful. As much as you love your nearest and dearest, you might feel like you need an escape before you return to the daily grind. Well, don't worry—we've got you covered! Below are some of our suggestions for a brilliant, post-Thanksgiving escape.

Family and Friends

Upstate New York

Niagara Falls

New York has long been a top winter destination...and with good reason! The Adirondack region is home to some of the best winter activities in the whole state. The idyllic village of Lake Placid has the beautiful Mirror Lake, as well as an Olympic ski jump complex and bobsleigh course.

Whiteface Mountain is home to some of the best skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowmobiling and other winter sports activities in the entire eastern United States. Old Forge offers lake cruises and hiking up Bald Mountain and through the local trails.

Those who want more hiking adventures should check out the New York stretch of the Appalachian Trail.

Luxury Lodge with Jacuzzi and Hot Tub, Adirondack, New York

Why not relax after an action-packed day at this luxury lodge with a Jacuzzi and a hot tub?

Phoenix-Scottsdale, Arizona

Apache Trail, Arizona

Phoenix shines in the winter, as its scorching summer weather often puts off visitors. It is an excellent place to relax and unwind. While not known for its nightlife, leisure in this metropolitan area is abundant. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of shops, golf, and spa days. Phoenix is also perfectly situated for those who want to visit the Grand Canyon.

Moreover, the city is well-known for its array of museums, including the Musical Instrument Museum and the Heard Museum, which displays a range of artworks and historical artifacts. A crowning jewel is the Desert Botanical Garden, where visitors can learn more about the desert fauna of the southwest.

Sophisticated Desert Cabin near Scottsdale, Arizona

How about getting a true sense of desert living in this sophisticated cabin rental?

New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans truly is a gem. Perhaps best known for Mardi Gras, the city truly is a center of festivities and good cheer, and this is only amplified over the Thanksgiving period. The city hosts a wide range of cultural sites, such as the Saint Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and Frenchmen Street.

The city is also home to the National WWII Museum, which has so many exhibits that visitors could easily spend a day there and explains the conflict in an accessible and interesting way. It's a wonderful place to relax and unwind, too, whether it be on one of the many bridges of the New Orleans City Park or walking amongst the statues and plants of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

Charming Suite Rental at Bed and Breakfast near New Orleans, Louisiana

Get a real taste of the South by staying in this romantic bed and breakfast suite.

San Diego

San Diego

"Navy Town, USA" is situated in the south of the beautiful Golden State of California. This stunning city is known for its dazzling white sand beaches, parks, and warm climate year-round. It has a thriving cultural scene, which includes many art galleries, artists' studios, museums, and parks.

Balboa Park hosts the San Diego Zoo, which has existed for over a century and hosts a plethora of exotic animals, including gorillas, eagles, tigers, sun bears, Asian leopards, and polar bears.

Although the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located within the city of San Diego, it has some of the state's most beautiful landscapes, with large stretches of unspoiled beaches, magnificent Torrey Pine trees, and a large lagoon.

Luxury Camping Cabin with Breathtaking Mountain Views near San Diego

Where better to enjoy California's natural beauty than from this luxury camping cabin with breathtaking mountain views?

Salt Lake City

Zion Park

Salt Lake City is situated between the bright blue waters of the Great Salt Lake and the majestic peaks of the Wasatch mountain range. The city is known for its architectural grandeur, with its stunning Capitol building, the nineteenth-century Salt Lake Temple, and the neo-Gothic Assembly Hall.

Zion National Park is an excellent destination for keen hikers and naturalists. The park consists of sheer red cliffs towering over the Zion Canyon. The Virgin River that flows through the canyon leads down to the sparkling Emerald Pools, with their waterfalls and hanging garden.

In addition, there is easy access to the famous Grand Canyon National Park, as well as several ski resorts.

Impressive Cabin Rental by Ski Resorts near Salt Lake City, Utah

Rest your head amongst a relaxing alpine setting in this impressive cabin rental.


Want more ideas for your post-Thanksgiving escape? Check out our website and blog.

Friendsgiving with Glamping Hub

By Ben Clarke

Thanksgiving, from its inception, has always been a holiday centered around those closest to you. More recently, we have seen the phenomenon of "Friendsgiving," a new emphasis on bringing together people from your wider social circle, perhaps best captured in the sitcom "Friends."

Thanksgiving

Although Thanksgiving is an American holiday, we, at Glamping Hub, feel that a season of such good cheer should be shared with all of our friends around the globe. That's why we've included accommodations from several different countries. After all, Thanksgiving is a good excuse for a well-earned vacation!

Fredericksburg, Texas

Big Bend State Park, Texas

The Lone Star State is perhaps the epitome of America—not afraid to do things bigger and in its own, innovative way. Nowhere is this truer than in the town of Fredericksburg, the heart of Texas Wine Country. There, they celebrate the holiday season in a big way.

Two days before Thanksgiving is the lighting of the German Christmas Pyramid. There is also an outdoor ice skating rink, a Christmas Party at the local theater, and so much more festive celebration.

It's also a great time of year to visit the local vineyards, many of which will be offering their own locally produced mulled wine. If you need perking up, there is an exhilarating hike up through the pink granite domes of the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

Tranquil Log Cabin Farm Stay in Texas Hill Country near San Antonio

To fully enjoy the rustic Texan charm of Fredericksburg, why not rest your head at this tranquil log cabin on a farm?

Winter Park, Colorado

Winter Park, Colorado

The incredible Winter Park Ski Resort in Colorado is fully open by late November, and it offers something for everyone: skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and so much more. When you're not carving up the slopes, the town of Winter Park offers brewery tours, spa treatments, parks, picturesque hiking trails, off-road tours, and a buzzing nightlife.

Stunning Cabin Getaway Rental near World-Class Ski Resorts in Winter Park, Colorado

Once you've had a long day on the slopes, why not make your way back to this stunning cabin rental?

Hawaii

Waimanalo Beach, Oʻahu, Hawaii

Hawaii has long been a favorite for an American domestic vacation, and with good reason! The islands' Pacific location allow for the feeling that you've gone somewhere really exotic, whilst minimizing the cultural shock. Known for its brilliant weather in late November, where better to vacation? The island of Oahu has a range of attractions, including Diamond Head (a volcano that offers excellent hiking opportunities), a wide selection of spectacular white sand beaches, the historic Pearl Harbor, and Kualoa Ranch (a vast nature reserve offering ATV rides, a zip-line, and Hollywood film set tours).

Secluded Vacation Lodge Rental, Oahu, Hawaii

After you've spent a long day exploring the mysticism and tranquility of beautiful Oahu, why not cook up a Thanksgiving feast at this secluded oceanfront vacation lodge rental?

Sydney and the Blue Mountains, Australia

Blue Mountains, Australia

With an average temperature of 69°F in November, it's no surprise that visitors flock to the Blue Mountains of New South Wales to enjoy the incredible summer weather. Blue Mountains National Park consists of dramatic valleys and soaring mountain peaks, the most famous of which is the Three Sisters.

Many hiking trails intertwine and join onto the Giant Stairway, which descends down into the Jamison Valley. There is also a strong Aboriginal influence here; visitors can tour through Red Hand Cave, which displays some of the best cave art in all of Australia.

Unique and Rural Cabin Rental with Observatory in Leura, New South Wales

How better to enjoy the stunning views of this natural paradise than from this unique cabin rental with an observatory?

Sydney Opera House

The Blue Mountains are only an hour and a half away from Sydney, which is perhaps best known for the unique Sydney Opera House, overlooking the water. It is an excellent destination for anyone with an interest in the performing arts—be it opera, theater, music, or dance. Darling Harbor, a vast recreational area, offers shopping, restaurants, museums, an aquarium, and so much more. Bondi Beach, just across the bay, is one of Australia's most iconic beaches and offers excellent surfing and a relaxed dining atmosphere.

Cozy Tent Rentals

Why not get back to nature and sleep under the stars in these cozy tent rentals?


Inspired to check out some more Friendsgiving ideas? Check out our website and blog.

Camping and Thanksgiving: A return to nature

By Ben Clarke

Thanksgiving has long been a holiday of excess: extravagant meals, uncontrollable spending on Black Friday, and hugely expensive activities; however, it doesn't have to be that way. The first Thanksgiving, nearly 400 years ago, was a celebration of a good corn harvest by the Pilgrims, to which the Native Americans were invited and brought deer meat to add to the three-day feast.

S'mores

Modern Thanksgiving could definitely learn a thing or two from this tradition. Perhaps the best way to do this is to plan an escape modern existence and return to a simpler time. We, at Glamping Hub, feel that the best way to do this is to camp amongst idyllic natural surroundings with good friends and good food. Check out some of our suggestions for Thanksgiving camping below!

Mojave Desert, California

Joshua Tree National Park

The Mojave Desert is a large desert that stretches across California and southern Nevada, and is the driest in North America. Visitors can enjoy the Joshua Tree National Park, named for the ubiquitous Joshua trees in the park, and consists of striking rock formations and arid desert landscapes. It includes the Barker Dam, which holds a picturesque expanse of crystal-clear water and offers a number of excellent hiking trails.

There is easy access to Indio in the Coachella Valley, the “City of Festivals.” The town has year-round temperate weather and has been described as a golfer's paradise. Slightly further afield is the Golden State's cultural capital, the city of Los Angeles.

Luxury Tipis in Ancient Desert Hills of the Mojave Desert, Death Valley, California

After a long day, why not enjoy the beautiful night sky from the comfort of a luxury tipi?

Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Daniel Boone National Forest

The Daniel Boone National Forest is the only National Forest entirely within Kentucky, and it offers visitors a wide range of activities, including boating, hiking, fishing, and hunting. There is a Skylift aerial tram that can take visitors up to the Natural Bridge, an iconic rock formation of the park.

The Red River Gorge area offers hikes through caves, arches, and waterfalls. It is also easy to access the city of Lexington, known by some as the "Horse Capital of the World." Attractions include horse racing at the famous Keeneland racecourse, the Kentucky Horse Park, and the International Museum of the Horse.

Elevated Yurt in the Woodlands near the Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Enjoy stunning views over the surrounding woodlands from this elevated yurt.

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Colorado

Arapaho National Forest

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests spread out west of Denver and merge with several other National Parks, including the Rocky Mountain National Park and the White River National Forest. They are excellent for a wide range of recreational activities, including hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing.

There are also several nearby ski resorts, including Breckenridge, Vail, and Winter Park, which offer skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. Thanksgiving in the city of Denver is a medley of fun free events, performing arts, live music and plenty of family-friendly activities.

Incredible Glamping Tents near Vail, Colorado

Sleep soundly after a long day of festivities in one of these incredible glamping tents.

Tahuya State Forest, Washington

Tahuya State Forest, Washington

Located only around an hour outside of Seattle, Tahuya State Forest is a picturesque, working woodland in the Pacific northwest. The area allows for a wide range of recreational activities, including ATV driving, horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking.

Seattle is an excellent place to celebrate Thanksgiving. Revelers can enjoy watching the Macy’s Parade, witness the lighting of the city's Christmas tree, and splurge on the Black Friday sales.

Glampers are highly encouraged to visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass gallery for their Thanksgiving walk. This exhibition focuses on artist Dale Chihuly and boasts eight interior galleries, a verdant outdoor garden, and a central glass house.

Luxury Camping Tent near Seattle, Washington

After the hustle and bustle of Seattle life, where better to relax than this luxury tent?

White Mountains, New Hampshire

White Mountains, New Hampshire

The White Mountains National Park is undoubtedly the most beautiful part of New Hampshire—and quite possibly New England! Visitors can ascend right to the top of Mount Washington, the park's highest peak, using either the auto road or the cog railway.

Franconia Notch State Park often features amongst the top state parks in America, and it offers very accessible hiking, as well as beautiful fall colors. There is also a children's theme park in Jefferson called Santa's Village.

Those looking for a more cultural experience will be able to visit Manchester, which contains the famous Currier Museum of Art and the Palace Theater.

Luxury Tent for Camping in the White Mountains of Conway, New Hampshire

Why not enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding woodland from this luxury tent?


Hungry for more luxury camping ideas? Check out our website and blog.

Pro Tips for South African Safari Travel

By Alexandra McGowan

When you touch down in South Africa—ready for the trip of a lifetime!—travel arrangements within the country might not be on the top of your list. There’s so much to see and do, but how will you ever glimpse the Big Five if you can’t see beyond your spectacular glamping destination?

A group of lions laying down together in South Africa.

Luckily, we’ve created a one-stop shop of all the travel info and pro trips you’ll need to make your South African safari dreams come true. You'll be leading the pride in no time!

High in the Sky

Kruger National Park

Head up into the skies at sunrise in a hot air balloon. This balloon has only one destination: Kruger National Park. Soar over the western edge of the park as you scan the horizon for the Big Five.

Luxury Safari Tent Surrounded By Nature

Bunk down for the night in the African wilderness at this luxury safari tent.

Staying Grounded

Durban

Bringing you back down to earth for a second, the Baz Bus can be a reliable and fun, everyday transport method. This handy hop-on, hop-off idea can get you to Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg, all while traveling with fellow explorers. This user-friendly initiative gives you the perfect excuse to discover the stunning beaches of Durban.

An exterior shot of the beautifully-furnished tree house in the KwaZulu-Natal Province.

Discover the treetops of South Africa from this incredible tree house rental.

Reaching Cruising Altitude

Johannesburg

If you fancy heading back up into the sky, fear not—internal flights are super reasonable and are an alternative to the longer Baz Bus routes. Mango and Kulula are two inexpensive airline options, which will get you to major cities in no time and won’t rob you of your Rand. Just kick back and relax, and you’ll be across the country in no time.

A view from the exterior of these exotic, upscale suites on a game reserve near Johannesburg.g

Treat yourself to a slice of luxury at one of these upscale suite rentals near Johannesburg.

Driving Cross Country

Off-road driving at sunset.

Fancy going solo? A 4x4 is highly recommended. Traveling by car will give you a fantastic opportunity to make your own itinerary. Why not visit iSimangaliso Wetland Park? It's one of South Africa’s eight World Heritage sites. This stunning park is home to hippos, crocodiles, pelicans, and flamingos—sure to be an unforgettable experience. Then again...that will likely be the case with your entire vacation here.

A view from the exterior of these luxury vacation rentals near Kruger National Park.

Take in the South Africa from these luxury vacation rentals near Kruger National Park.


Ready for your sub-Saharan adventure? Take a stroll through our South African wonders here!

Host Spotlight: Beth in Upstate New York

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Beth, who manages a unique property with multiple accommodations in Upstate New York, including a repurposed barn, a Western-style cabin, a solar-powered yurt, and a unique, combined boat, trailer, and tent.

A view of Beth's unique glamping property in New York.

Beth's Upstate New York paradise is ready and waiting for glampers to come soak up the area's natural beauty.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

I believe it may have been when I came across Glamping Hub while serching for places to advertise our yurt.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

I am an architect, and my husband was a builder. After leaving New York City 15 years ago, I came up to the Hudson Valley and, soon after, several of my friends showed me their yurts. I just loved the simplicity of the structure and the potential to quickly erect a livable space. My husband had always dreamed of putting a round healing center on his farm, so when I said yurt, it was decided.

The yurt from the outside, with its deck and solar panels.

Keep your carbon footprint small with a stay at this solar-powered yurt.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Community, nature, and comfort.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

My husband took me camping once on the islands on Lake George. We got there by motor boat and had our own campsite. It was so private that I took off all my clothes, danced around, and said, "I'm a camper now!" Not bad for a girl raised in NYC.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Your sense of time changes when you do not have all of the conveniences that we are used to. Even giving up a few, like well-lit outdoor spaces or Wi-Fi, can alter your pace and bring you closer to nature.

The unique boat, tent, and trailer accommodation available at this glamping property in Upstate New York.

It doesn't get more unique than this 3-in-1 accommodation in Upstate New York.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

Besides a clean and well-cared-for accommodation, guests will be staying on a farm with horses, a goat, chickens, dogs, and cats roaming around. My husband and I live on the farm and are here working on projects. We offer a pizza party and a bonfire on Saturday nights for those who want to socialize with us. If you are expecting ironed sheets, this is not the place for you.

The cozy bedroom in the property's barn accommodation.

We can't imagine a more perfect place to curl up with a loved one than this repurposed barn rental.

7. What makes your property unique?

The animals, the great expanse of stars at night, the fireflies, the peeping frogs, the stream...the list goes on!

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

We have met so many great people who have similar interests and thoughts about how to live. People come here to have a good time, so what could be better than running a business than where people show up and all they want is to experience nature and enjoy good food and conversation?!

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The property's horses are just a few of the animals guests will find here.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We compost all leftover food, we have a large garden and do some farming and animal husbandry, and the yurt is solar-powered.


Interested in a glamping escape to New York? See more of what Beth's one-of-a-kind property in Upstate New York can offer here, here, here, and here.

Blogger Spotlight: Lara glamps in Joshua Tree, California

By Jessica Armstrong

Packed Perfectly is Lara's specialty platform for making all things travel easy, enjoyable, and one-of-a-kind. Newly back from her trip visiting Joshua Tree, this glamping gal can tell us a thing or two about how to make summer last all year long.

With fantastic amenities, complete seclusion, and a rustic decor, Lara's glamping cabin made the perfect desert home-away-from-home. With over 100 different accommodations to choose from in Southern California, we know we want to be heading to visit these luxurious cabins in Joshua Tree, too.

Lara gives us her thoughts on glamping, travel, and what inspires her below.

Enjoy the warmth of Joshua Tree's desert-like climate.

Lara embraces the rustic appeal of Joshua Tree.

What do you like most about glamping?

I like things that push the social norm, and glamping is that push. Anything that gets you closer to nature while still having that comfort of a warm bed and modern amenities is more appealing to me than a five-star hotel. I crave experiences and glamping indulges those cravings.

Tell us three words to describe this accommodation.

Experience-curated, creative, and rustic-chic.

The cabin's veranda overlooks an endless stretch of rural, countryside scenery.

An accommodation elegantly furnished to match the rustic scenery.

Do you prefer to travel alone or with a larger group?

I think there is an overwhelming need for solo travel, one where your phone is not used as a crutch and connected to your hand at all times. Most of my happiest and transformational moments have come from solo travel, as it brings about radical self-reliance and the self-confidence that comes from that.

Finding your tribe and being in a group is a great experience and fun, but you truly learn about who you are and what you bring to the world when it is you answering your own thoughts—where you should go today, what you should eat for dinner, should you be gregarious and meet people or stick to yourself? Everything you do depends on your mood and you create your own adventure.

You add to your social capital this way and become a global citizen, which does affect the way your view the world and the help you bring to it. Any time you step out of your boundaries and comfort zone you become a more interesting human, so bring a few books, and make sure your suitcase is packed perfectly.

Enjoy this vast and spacious glamping site.

The refreshing outdoors is just as welcoming as the cozy cabin comforts.

Where is your dream destination?

It changes with every dream destination I accomplish. I never just dream about a destination—more of an experience I want to have while at a destination. Today, it is paddleboarding through the glaciers of Antarctica and scuba diving with orcas.

If you were to go glamping tomorrow, where would you go?

I am plotting out my trip to Patagonia and want to book this immediately! I have been dreaming about finding this, especially this location:

This cozy dome rental is perfect for a couples' getaway in Patagonia.

Find this glamping site nestled in the Chilean foothills of Patagonia.

What was the most memorable experience at your most recent glamping stay?

My most recent experience was to Joshua Tree. I glamped at
an isolated, yellow cabin decorated on the inside like your grandmother's house if your grandmother is an electric-type with impeccable taste and attention to detail in every room.

Perfectly equipped for outside living, the five-acre property features a stunning outdoor stone fireplace and a picnic table topped with a beautiful chandelier for long cozy dinners.

My built-in after dinner activities began with horse shoes. I cannot tell you the last time I played a good game of horse shoes.

Lara finds the private pool just steps away from her cabin rental.

A private pool is the perfect escape from the hot, desert sun.

Living in the technology age of constant over-stimulation the essence of properties like this in Joshua Tree is to bring you back to what is important—simplifying in all aspects of life including and most importantly, play. The cabin, designed by Joshua Desert Retreats, might as well specialize in reconnecting you with nature, as they carefully curated your day around it.

In the heat of the day, you can enjoy the pool. The hot tub is perfect for watching the sky rainbow itself through sunset. You will find yourself moving to the ginormous comfy swing, perfect to watch the constellations appear at dusk. If you want to get the most out of your Joshua Tree experience, make sure you book yourself into a property that knows what you want to experience before you do.

What is your top tip or recommendation for a first time glamper?

Be prepared to be hooked on the experiences glamping gives you that a hotel or AirBnb will not. These are the experiences we yearn for when we travel, plus you're not camping—you get fresh towels and a warm comfy bed.

What about travel inspires you?

I have taken the non-traditional approach to life in just about every aspect, especially where I have chosen to live. I am an Asheville-born, NYC-shaped, European-stylized, Australian, and newly Californian. I elongated the traditional gap year to fit my life and set out to live meaningful travel, wanting to experience cities through the eyes of a local. That desire has lead me to develop many friendships all over the earth, from all walks of life. My dinner table is a multi-cultural one, as are all global citizens.

Joshua Tree is known for its breathtaking sunset views.

There's nothing like a relaxing sunset to wrap up a fun-filled glamping retreat.

Whether I am standing on the edge of the world’s highest bungee jump in New Zealand, getting dared to eat a scorpion in Bangkok, riding a camel to camp in the Sahara desert, or racing across the Mekong Delta to play a pickup game of water basketball in Laos, the Talking Heads song “Once in a Lifetime” starts playing in my head. Travel inspires me to look at the world differently and what motivates me to seek out those unexplored corners of the globe.

Turns out, I am one of those weirdos that can embrace constant change with a childlike outlook—wandering into the unknown seeking knowledge and friendships. I basically want to turn over as many rocks as I can while I am on this Earth, adding to my social capital.

Lara explores the beautiful, vast stretch surround her glamping accommodation.

Until next time...

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Blogger Spotlight: Karen adventures to Washington

By Jessica Armstrong

Whether its playing with monkeys in Bali, taking strolls down the beaches of Belize, or cuddling by the fire on the lake in Washington, Karen and her family are always up for a getaway.

Travel Mad Mum has flewn all over the globe with her two babies, Esme and Quinn, and her husband, Shaun. These parents are travel pros and during their U.S. tour, they made their way to Washington's Olympic Peninsula for an unbeatable lakeside getaway.

From the comfort of this beautiful cottage, the jetsetting fam reconnected with nature and got some R&R between their crazy travel schedule. Hear all about their stay below!

Breathtaking sunset view of the Olympic Peninsula

Take a gander at Karen's surreal glamping retreat along the Olympic Peninsula.

What is your favorite thing about end of summer traveling?

On a personal level, I love traveling towards the end of the summer. As we have a newborn baby, it's a much more comfortable temperature for getting out and doing hikes or general exploring. As our kids are not school age just yet, everywhere seems less crowded with tourists. We quite often have special places all to ourselves, like our recent hike to a waterfall in the Olympic National Park—it was such a nice experience!

How does the type of accommodation you choose differ between the two seasons?

In the autumn, we love cabin stays in the forest. I love when we have a log burner and all of the tree leaves are turning orange outside. It's definitely all about the coziness in autumn.

In the summer, we love to stay in glamping tents, yurts, or beach cabins. We love being near the ocean in the summer so we can go for regular swims.

Suburban-style bed and breakfast cottage, perfect for family getaways.

This lovely two-story cottage housed Karen and her family for their end-of-summer excursion.

What kind of places do you prefer to visit in the summer? In the fall?

We are laidback most of the time and generally go where the wind takes us. However, as we have the newest addition to our family, Quinn, being only three months old, we always want to make sure it’s not too hot or cold or him. We have had some beach stays with him over the summer—as long as we have some shade, we are happy.

Furnished patio with view of the Olympic Mountains.

With stunning views like this, it may be hard to leave.

When traveling with your family, do you prefer cozy accommodations or spacious rentals?

We are just about to take a small RV through Yosemite National Park. In contrast, we stayed in a gorgeous cottage in Union a couple of weeks ago, and it was quite spacious for us. We are so easy about it, and I love that Glamping Hub has lots of options for all preferences.

What is your biggest piece of advice when planning a vacation in the summer? In the fall?

It's such a lovely time to get away from the traditional hotel stay and stay in the forest. We love doing it because of the cooler temps for hiking and exploring.

Hot tub conveniently placed for stunning views.

Reap the benefits of luxurious amenities, such as this perfectly placed hot tub, while still feeling right at home.

What was your family's best memory from your most recent glamping stay?

Most definitely hanging out on the private pontoon watching the sun set over the fjord. It was so beautiful!

Tell us about one of your favorite summer trips.

One of our favourite summer trips was glamping and surfing in northern Spain.

Hidden terrace with a lush garden found just behind the cottage.

The Travel Mad Mum even had access to a private garden for some well-deserved alone time.

Do you and your family have your eyes set on a new glamping getaway?

We are traveling full time at the moment. I noticed that Glamping Hub has some awesome places in South America, so I am sure we will plan another stay very soon.

The calm, reflective waters of the Olympic Peninsula.

What better way to end an activity-filled day than to take in this breathtaking sunset?

Washington is calling your name for a glamping getaway this fall, so find your dream destination here!


Check out the newest adventures of Karen and her family on her blog, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.