Allow your glamping dreams to come true this year when traveling to Noosa, Queensland, to visit these luxury tent rentals. Andrzej and Jolene of Wanderlust Storytellers know a thing or two about turning a vacation into an extraordinary, romantic experience, and after they share some of their tips, you will want to make your next vacation a glamping getaway, too!
Whether you are making an escape to the beach to disconnect from the hustle and bustle or planning a picnic to share with a loved one surrounded by greenery, you can pitch a glamping tent wherever you heart desires.
Find out more about Andrzej and Jolene's epic outdoor adventure and all the romance that came with it below.
What are the three words you would use to describe your glamping site?
Romantic, peaceful, and elegant.
Do you prefer to go glamping solo or with other groups and couples?
I love glamping with my beautiful wife! To me, this is the best couples' treat, for sure.
What is one of your most memorable glamping experiences?
Glamping with Glamping Hub is definitely on the top of our glamping experiences! You simply cannot beat the romantic set up that we had.
The tent itself was amazing. All of the pillows and blankets that were provided kept us cozy under the starry sky—not to mention the private fire pit in front of our tent, which made the whole experience just perfect!
What has glamping taught you about travel and nature?
I always loved camping, but glamping is next-level comfort. I guess what I’ve learned was: why go camping when you can go glamping?
What is your favorite type of unique accommodation and why?
That is a hard one! There are so many unique places that we have stayed at; however, glamping has got to be one of the most unique ones. It’s like it is best of both worlds. Although you are still camping next to a fire, you also have all the bells and whistles of a luxurious accommodation.
What trends do you follow when planning a glamping getaway?
The main thing is choosing a location that allows for total relaxation. This place must be off-the-grid and have no connection to the 'net and social media world.
How has glamping changed the way you vacation?
Glamping has definitely changed the way I think about camping experiences. My private tent has been long forgotten in the shed. These days, if we feel like a quick getaway, glamping is the natural choice. That way, we can still have a fire and marshmallows, and we don’t need to set up or pack up.
What was unique about your glamping stay?
The blankets and stack of pillows on the mat in front of the fire—that was the best for sure! Total relaxation and bliss, and having all of that under the starry sky, while listening to the fire crackling...it was simply perfect!
To plan your perfect couples' getaway in Noosa, Queensland, check out the luxury tents visited by Jolene and Andrzej here!
Want to follow along with this romantic duo on their next getaway? Check out their blog, Instagram, and Facebook for more tips and travels.
Nestled amid the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild provides the perfect setting for any glamper looking to escape the hustle and bustle of California's biggest cities, and instead enjoy a stay among the tall pines, fragrant cedars, and rugged trails of a small mountain town. Though it has become increasingly popular for tourists in recent years, Idyllwild maintains that small town charm that lured so many visitors to begin with.
Karilyn, and her travel partners in crime— Folo and Cian
Most recently, Karilyn of No Back Home, visited one of our cozy woodland cottages in the heart of Idyllwild.
As a California native, Karilyn had been waiting to visit this secluded mountain town for some time but hadn't found the opportunity to do so. She was finally able to cross it off her list this past month, but we'll let her tell you more about her idyllic stay with her family in Idyllwild.
Surrounded by National Park and Indian Reservations, this cottage is in the perfect location for nature hikes and historical discoveries.
Were you and your family familiar with glamping before your stay?
My family loves the experience of glamping. However, before our recent stay with Glamping Hub in Idyllwild, our views of glamping were a little less luxurious; it meant camping in a cabin without electricity! Glamping Hub has put a whole new perspective on this for us, and we love it.
Would you recommend glamping as opposed to regular camping to other families? Why or why not?
I think glamping is an amazing way to travel for families, as it is always easier to stay in a home with access to your own kitchen and space to move around. Many families struggle with the idea of camping with kids, worrying about the kids getting too cold (or hot) or freaked out in the wilderness, and wondering how their own bodies will adjust to sleeping on the ground. Glamping is a great alternative to get the kids out into nature without making the parents sacrifice their comfort!
The loft-style layout of this cottage makes it unforgettably cozy
If you could pick anywhere to go glamping in the world, where would you pick and why?
If we could go glamping anywhere in the world, it would have to be Africa. Staying in the middle of the Savannah or jungle, listening to the wild animals around us, would be an amazing experience. Closer to home, I would love to stay in a tree house in Central America, where we could see majestic birds and monkeys hanging out in the treetops with us!
This historic cottage is the perfect place for any glamper looking to get the most out of Idyllwood.
Why did you pick Idyllwild as your glamping destination?
Coming from a major city where our lives are always go, go, go, we really enjoy getting more in touch with nature while glamping. This is why we chose to visit Idyllwild—it's only a two-hour drive from L.A., but it felt worlds away. Sitting outside listening to the sounds around us, taking hikes, and spending quality time playing games in the cabin was the best part of our trip
What is your biggest piece of advice for glamping with a family?
For families looking to take the plunge into glamping, I recommend starting off somewhat locally. Pick lodging that works well for your family: think about stairs for children and elderly; pay attention to the amenities, such as fireplaces or hot tubs; and choose a location that offers comfort within a magical outdoor setting!
Karilyn and her family took full advantage of all the natural beauty that surrounded their cottage
Want to plan your own mountain getaway? Check out some more of our best peak-top trips here!
With World Wildlife Day right around the corner on March 3, Glamping Hub is taking the time to highlight the importance of sustainable travel. This week, we're checking in with Cameron Brown ofThe Thriving Collective, who's here to tell us what exactly eco-tourism is and why it's shaping up to be the next big thing in the travel industry.
What is eco-tourism?
Eco-tourism is all about traveling in a way that is responsible and deliberate—to affect global, positive change for the individual, the broader community, and the planet as a whole.
This sort of self-aware tourism is rapidly becoming a big trend in the travel industry and is set to become even more influential in the future. More and more people around the world—in many areas of life, both personally and professionally—are searching for that which gives them more meaning, something that gives them a sense of purpose, and above all that which allows them to really connect with something greater than themselves.
Eco-tourism is about using travel as a means to achieve this in a sustainable and purposeful way that is of benefit to not just the traveler, but the planet as a whole. On a more individual sense, it's about helping people to experience just what makes travel so special.
If, when traveling, you're just staying in a resort the whole time and not getting out and exploring your surroundings, you're really missing out on what makes travel so special. It's a unique experience that lets you take in another culture, see a spectacular piece of nature, and see what it is that makes that part of the world so beautiful. And again, most importantly, it's about making it easier to connect with something greater than yourself.
Why should we take part in eco-tourism?
What I've found personally is that when I'm engaging in travel and experiencing and exploring new cultures and places, whether it be Idyllwild, California; northern Argentina; Columbia; or Costa Rica, these different places all have different reasons for why they are so special. It's so much harder to appreciate and respect these reasons if you're not out there exploring and experiencing it for yourself. What can happen then, if you're able to get out and discover it for yourself, on your own terms, is that this new experience is able to increase your compassion for that place and for the natural landscape that supports it.
Consequently, this kind of travel heightens your awareness of how and why to start making decisions, and taking actions, in a way that is of benefit to the planet as a whole. I really believe that this is a really important part of travel in general. Tourism can truly change the world, but only if we are doing it in a way that is thoughtful, self-aware, and purposeful.
How do I become an eco-tourist?
When it comes to being an eco-tourist, whether it is within the U.S. or abroad to other parts of the world, the questions that we should always be asking ourselves are:
Is this going to be good for me?
Is this going to be good for others?
Is this going to be good for the planet?
When it comes to planning a vacation, a lot of people really only focus on the first one: "Is this going to be good for me? Am I going to enjoy myself?"
And to be fair, that's really important! People should be able to enjoy themselves on vacation (that's kind of the point, of course!), especially if they've had a really stressful working year and are taking this time to get away from it all. But to be a conscious and sustainable traveler, and to thus be an eco-traveler or an eco-tourist, it's vital to ask yourself those other two questions.
Yes, this is good for me, and yes, I'm going to enjoy myself, but is it good for others? This can be as simple as making sure that if you are traveling with others, whether they be family or friends, that it's good for them. But, more importantly, it's about ensuring that this travel is going to be good for the local community that you are visiting.
"Eco-tourism is about traveling in a way that is responsible and deliberate, to affect global, positive change."
I was recently traveling through Costa Rica, and I heard plenty of anecdotes from the people living there about how their communities were receiving barely any money from the commercial tourist cruise ships that flock to their shores each year. In cases like this, which happen every day in every part of the world, tourism is really not supporting the local community. This type of travel is not self-aware, it's not purposeful, and it's not sustainable. To be a deliberate eco-tourist is then to ask yourself; is what I am engaging in beneficial to the people who are supporting my travel here?
The third question we need to be considering is that of our impact on the global eco-system as a whole. Is this good for the planet? Given the increasing number of tourists who travel and base their stay in a resort for their entire experience, this question is more important today than ever before.
The need for new, luxury resorts in close proximity to spectacular scenery is causing bulldozing in these pristine environments at an alarming rate, gradually encroaching on and destroying those very same beautiful areas that they are striving to give their guests access to in the first place.
While spending time in these high-end resorts can be a totally acceptable part of even an eco-vacation, it's important to make this choice in a deliberate and self-aware manner and to also make sure that you're spending some time out in other areas, as well. Not only will this exploration give you an increased sense of discovery, and hopefully allow you to connect with something greater than yourself, you'll also know that you're doing your part to make the world a better place.
The importance of eco-tourism
Eco-tourism, then, is about acting in a way that is responsible and deliberate. It's part of a broader lifestyle choice that sees our impact on the world as something that is within our power to change. Utilizing travel as a means to make positive change in the world is not a new concept, but it is one that is surely more important now than ever before.
Thanks to Cameron for that insightful and inspiring piece! Be sure to check out his other fantastic work over at The Thriving Collective.
Here at Glamping Hub, we're in the business of making memories. We receive stories from our unique guests and hosts every day, describing how their most recent getaway was an experience that they'll never forget. To celebrate Valentine's Day this year, we're going to share one of the most romantic and heartwarming of these stories with you!
For Jordan and Brian, it all began with a business trip to Colorado...
Jordan and Brian's Glamping Adventure
Jordan: I've worked professionally in the corporate event and travel industry for the past five years, based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Last August, I was scheduled to have a business trip to Denver, Colorado, so my boyfriend, Brian, and I decided to take advantage of this by extending my stay and using the extra time to take a much-needed vacation!
We knew from the start that, where ever we ended up staying, this was going to be a special trip. Brian is a super-nervous flyer and hadn't actually boarded a plane in over 10 years! So we were ready to make sure that this trip was one that we wouldn't quickly forget.
In the end, Brian agreed to fly from our home in Atlanta to Denver, where he'd meet me at my office so that we could begin our journey together. The only thing left to was find a special place to enjoy our adventure together! After plenty of research, and by pinging ideas off of the rest of my travel agency colleagues, we stumbled upon Glamping Hub.
We were looking for an adventurous and unique accommodation that would still allow us the luxury amenities that we're used to from our previous travels. Much to our surprise, after a brief search through Glamping Hub's listings, we quickly found "the one."
Booking our safari tent overlooking the Arapaho National Forest through Glamping Hub was seamless. Everything fell perfectly into place. We submitted our booking request, and a few emails later, our trip was officially confirmed and ready to go! Our spectacular host for our stay, Emily, reached out to us immediately after we'd submitted our booking, via the Glamping Hub site.
She welcomed us, welcomed our questions, and welcomed any requests we may have had, as well! Being a travel agent, I, of course, requested a few things to enhance our trip. Little did I know, however, that Brian had a few special requests of his own that he kept secret from me during our booking process!
Here's a snippet of Jordan and Brian's review of their stay in Colorado: The photos and descriptions of this beautiful ranch, however accurate, don't even begin to do it justice! This property is absolutely stunning—a must-see! Right near the foothills of Rocky Mountain National Park, the safari tent is located at the end of a dirt road that follows alongside the most scenic lake we have ever seen! The ranch is remote, intimate, and postcard-worthy.
Once we arrived at the glamping site, we were greeted by our hosts and other excited guests, all with big smiles on their faces! I was thinking to myself, "People in Colorado have even more hospitality than us southerners!" I later discovered that they were all in on the big surprise that Brian had in store for me.
After checking into the ranch, we made our way up the dirt road that hugs a beautiful lake before winding its way through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to the door of our beautiful accommodation. There stood our safari tent, accompanied by our own private deck and fire pit, overlooking the property's private lake!
Our glamping adventure had just begun, and already it was a fantastic experience. We were immersed in one of the most beautiful places in the world, in a one-of-a-kind accommodation. I already knew this trip was more special than the rest. What I didn't know, however, was that there was a surprise waiting for me beyond the zipper of our tent. What I found inside changed my life forever!
The tent was decorated with rose petals, lit by the warm, flickering glow of plenty of candles, and quickly became flooded by my tears! In the center of the room, upon the bed, sat a sign that read "Will You Marry Me?" I was stunned! I couldn't believe how beautiful this moment was. I also couldn’t believe that Brian and everyone at the glamping site (who were complete strangers) had come together to make all of this possible. This was a dream come true. And, after I composed myself, I SAID YES!
We truly are forever grateful to Glamping Hub, as well as Emily and the other fantastic hosts at our Colorado glamping experience for helping us get to our "Happily Ever After." This spectacular place now has such a special spot in our hearts—we can't wait to return for our anniversaries!
Thanks to Jordan and Brian for sharing that story with our Glamping Hub community—we wish them all the luck in the world!
At Glamping Hub, we get to work with hundreds of beautiful and unique accommodations each and every day. To showcase some of her personal favorites, our Brand Manager, Rebecca, has chosen her top picks—for the moment, at least!
Originally from Ireland, a country with one of the most picturesque landscapes in the world, I was brought up with a love of nature and the outdoors. It is often said that Ireland would be the most beautiful place in the world, if only you could put a roof over it.
The only small issue with our beautiful Emerald Isle is that a warm, dry, and sunny day is extremely unusual—so camping is very rarely an option! Luckily, I discovered glamping. I adore the outdoors and connecting with nature so adding a touch of luxury, a dash of style, and a pinch of comfort to camping really is ideal for me.
At the end of the day, wherever the vacation destination, I always have two goals: firstly, to do something I have not done or seen before, to have an entirely new experience, and secondly, to make it count! For me, vacations are about creating memories that I can look back on, decades from now, with a big smile. With that in mind, my personal glamping picks are all sites where I know these goals and more could become a reality.
Inviting Yurt with Twinkling String Lights in Slane, Ireland
Of course, I had to choose an accommodation in Ireland to begin with! This gorgeous yurt is on my list of places to visit in 2018. This fantastically-unique rental is beautiful on the inside and on the outside, but it's the views of the vast, verdant countryside beyond that really capture my attention.
There is so much attention to detail in these yurts, from the luxury bed linens to the handmade toiletries and more. Outside of the yurt, there is even a wood-burning hot tub and a clay oven for making pizzas! It's such a cool and unique place to glamp—I can't wait to visit.
Dome Perched on Towering Cliffs Overlooking the Capertee Valley of New South Wales
My second glamping pick is this glorious dome in New South Wales, Australia. I honestly can't think of a better way to feel fully immersed in nature, all the while enjoying a serious amount of luxury! The views, the weather, and the incredible design of this dome are why it comes a close second on my list.
The queen-size bed with goose down pillows is just one of the luxurious features you can enjoy here. For me it's the perfect romantic getaway; this would be sure to knock the socks off that special someone! Just imagine waking up, cozy and warm, amid five-star comfort, while taking in that beautiful Australian sunrise cresting over the ocean horizon.
Beautifully Decorated and Spacious Tent Rental Overlooking Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
We'll take a quick leap away from Australia now and arrive at fabulous number three. This brings us to the pristine, Middle Earth-esque South Island of New Zealand. This bell tent is probably closer to camping than my previous picks, but it's without a doubt camping at its most glamorous!
This particular rental has incredible views of Lake Wanaka, and has everything you need for a truly comfortable and stylish stay. I love this accommodation because of its uniqueness, and with space for up to four people, it'd be sure to make for a fantastic girls' getaway!
Storybook Tree House near the Rogue River in Tiller, Oregon
We'll come back north through the Pacific Ocean and arrive at my last pick of the day (but, by no means my least favorite!). This unbelievably-cool accommodation is so unique that it makes it difficult to label it as one type of accommodation! Is it a tree house? Is it a tower? I say it's both!
Since I began working in Glamping Hub, I have had a fascination with tree houses: to be elevated and so close to nature is such a special thing to experience. I hope someday to visit this particular rental in Oregon.
If you are like me and love to get out and about in nature (but aren't the biggest fan of slumming it with camping!), why not give glamping a try? It's not hard to fall in love with unique rentals like these.
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 Emily, who manages these unique tipi rentals and glamping tents near the Arapaho National Forest in Granby, Colorado.
1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?
About four years ago.
2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?
Once we decided to re-open the ranch, which has been in our family for over 40 years, we decided to use the glamping concept for lodging. We love the outdoors and the hotel-like qualities of glamping—it seemed like the perfect fit for our gorgeous property.
3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?
Magical, relaxing, and adventurous.
4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?
At our very own ranch!
5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?
It's a beautiful and comfortable way to be outside in nature, without lugging around a bunch of camping things that you have to take time to set up—and then you get a poor night's sleep unless you are equipped with a really good air mattress. Glamping gives you the chance to go "camping" without any of the hassle.
6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?
They can expect 200 gorgeous acres of unfiltered, atypical resort-type scenery. Its all natural and minimal landscaping allows people to get to experience the natural beauty of the Colorado Mountains.
We provide almost everything you need for your stay: the beds are very comfortable, we keep the buildings very clean, and we are extremely attentive and relaxing with our guests. We won't bother you if you want peace and quiet, but will talk to you about the history of the buildings and our property being in operation since the 1800s for hours.
Colorado's smallest bar is the coolest place to hang out at night. Since people have been enjoying this ranch since the early 1900s as a camping site, vacation destination, and dude ranch, there are decades of good vibes, people falling in love, weddings, and good old fashioned fun. The vibe is something you will not find anywhere else.
7. What makes your property unique?
We are not a resort-ized facility. As a husband and wife team, we build and run everything at our facility—and sometimes the kids even help! We have unique decor, since we are art collectors, and we have lots of amazingly beautiful art and old fashioned ranch-themed equipment around the property. As hosts, we're not fussy, and we're not overly obnoxiously, in-your-face service representatives who will ask you 20 times a day if you need something; however, we are right there if you have any requests.
The property itself has been in operation as a vacation property since the 1900s, and some of the buildings (the Lodge and the Dance Hall) were properties built in the 1900s and moved up to our land on logs back in the day. The history and stories about this property are endless, and my husband, Todd, is full of excellent stories that are typically told from our bar or around the campfires at night. People tend to feel a part of a community when they come to our ranch, and we consider you our family when you are here!
8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?
Getting to know the guests! We have met so many amazing people. Lots of people have found us online, recognized the name, and realized that their parents and grandparents came to the ranch many years back. Some of these parents and grandparents even met and married on the property!
We love hearing stories about past guests and their experiences. Providing a place where families, friends, and even strangers can create memories together is a priceless way to work—it doesn't even feel like work!
9. What makes your property eco-friendly?
We are completely of the grid; generate our own electricity via a generator; and have our own water rights that come off a bubbling stream from the Colorado River—the water is absolutely delicious up here. We continue to make progress in moving towards all sorts of other ways we can make our property eco-friendly, too."
10. Anything else you’d like to add?
Come visit us! It's one of those places you can't quite describe and fully enjoy until you get here and experience it for yourself! We have weddings (which are absolutely gorgeous with the scenery of our private lake and mountain backdrop), family reunions, and all sorts of friendly get-togethers. There is even have a bluegrass event once a year that is a blast!
It might not feel like it just yet, but summer is right around the corner! The East Coast snows have piled up just enough, leaving us dreaming of our summer destination spots. At just a few months away, we have more than enough time to start planning. Travel blogger Marissa Tejada is a professional at picking the best spots to go in Europe—from the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean to the rolling countrysides of Italy—and you can find the best tips and tricks on her blog to make the perfect Euro-trip.
Talking with Marissa, we asked her about how she plans her amazing trips and what’s on her list for this year!
When and how do you to start your planning for your next vacation? Do you start with destination or the accommodation?
I like to plan my trips around the destination. There are many places I’d love to see and tick off my travel bucket list. If the opportunity comes up, the plans go in motion, and then I figure out the logistics, from flight to accommodation.
When planning a trip to a place you have never been before, what’s the best tip of advice on where to start?
I think you need to start by being inspired by the destination. The beauty of travel is that we all travel differently and see the beauty of a place differently. That’s exciting. So, when you start with sheer inspiration, I believe the logistics fall into place. Online research about anything about that trip from what to eat, what to do and where to stay becomes that much more fun!
What is your favorite time of the year for traveling?
I don’t have a particular favorite time of year to travel. I think all seasons offer something special when considering a destination. I must admit, however, that I love beautiful beaches and tropical island scenery, so if the weather is beach weather at a destination, that is a big plus.
What is your top must see this year?
Now that I am living in the U.S. again, I’d love to see Hawaii—I've never been!
What is your favorite type of glamping accommodation?
I love the fact that glamping combines luxury and nature. The design to me is just wonderful to experience so I think my favorite type of glamping experience would be one that is truly dedicated to showing off the local flavor, culture and nature of a place.
Marissa Tejada is an author, travel writer, and award-winning journalist. Her work is featured in CNN Travel, BBC Travel, Forbes, Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, Telegraph Travel, and an array of travel and lifestyle magazines. She also publishes a top niche travel blog, Travel Greece, Travel Europe.
Marissa is originally from New York and lives in Seattle; however, part of her heart will always be in Athens, Greece, where she lived for eight years. Keep up with her travels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!
As a lifelong lover of the great outdoors, I needed very little encouragement to get behind the glamping philosophy, and I was sold long before I started working at Glamping Hub. Being raised in the English countryside, camping trips and summer festivals were a regular pastime. However, in case you haven’t heard, the U.K. is not always blessed with the most glorious weather. “Give up" and “go back inside,” I hear you say? No chance! We bought bell tents.
In a bell tent, you have all the space of a small living room in which to relax and socialize—big enough for a double bed and with room to spare—not just your average tent! All your friends gathered to wait out the rain, and then, when it stops, all you have to do is unzip the porch and there you are, in a green field, surrounded by nature. When life gives you intermittent rain showers, go glamping! That’s what they say, isn’t it?
Beautiful Bell Tent in Pembrokeshire, Wales
Pick number one is this fully-furnished bell tent in Pembrokeshire, Wales. No matter the weather, you can enjoy the sounds and smells of nature from this cozy, tented accommodation. Inside, you'll find everything you would need for the perfect relaxing getaway at just a stone’s throw from the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. You will also find you'll get very good at balancing on one foot while you master the delicate art of removing muddy shoes before coming inside. This isn’t just a vacation, you know—these are life skills!
Luxury Tiny House in New Zealand
Fast forward a couple of years, and I’m sitting at my desk in the Glamping Hub office with my mind lost in a world of wanderlust. While perusing images of stunning accommodations in far-flung parts of the world I'd love to visit (this is work, I promise), I stumbled across this beautiful glass house in New Zealand.
Tiny houses are my new favorite thing, by the way. Everything about them is ingeniously designed and considered, something that I find endlessly satisfying, and they are eco-friendly, too! Dream big, sleep small, and look up to the stars!
Tree House near Chattanooga, Georgia
This tree house I present to you with mixed emotions, because this is hands-down nicer than my apartment and a whole lot cooler. (Life goals: Must live in a cool tree house one day…). Who wouldn’t love to go for a weekend getaway in this amazing accommodation in Chattanooga, Georgia? Now, I have never been to the U.S.A., but when I do, staying here is at the top of my to-do-list. New York City might never sleep, but I’m going to...in this amazing tree house!
Luxury, Romantic Tree House in Walhalla, South Carolina
Call me predictable—it’s another tree house! But, come on, look at that window! The crystal-clear vistas of these stunning woodlands in South Carolina from a beautiful treetop vantage point makes me wonder if I should be antiquing all my furniture in a rustic-modern style and elevating it a good three meters up in the air. (On second thought, that does seem like quite a lot of effort) Maybe I’ll just hit the road instead! You can keep your pancakes, Kerouac; I’m doing a tree house tour of the U.S.A.!
Luxury Glamping Pod Under the Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland
Speaking of American cult travelers, this final accommodation takes us "Into the Wild", but instead of heading up to Alaska, this accommodation can be found in Finland. I love the idea of a cozy night’s sleep in a luxury dome, looking out over the Northern Lights! These beautiful domes become part of the landscape, perched amongst the trees on a lake's edge in the heart of Finnish Lapland. Since reading Philip Pullman's "Northern Lights" as a child, seeing them in real life has been a firm constant on my bucket list and a beautiful testament to the way in which nature can captivate the imagination.
We all know that camping is not for everyone, but glamping certainly is. Wherever the destination, nature is not only for the cavalier, backpack-wearing, adventurous types. Glamping opens the door to everyone, even the bookish daydreamers!
Please note: This piece was guest written by Tatum-Lee Louw, the Brand Content Manager of the Drive South Africa car rental company.
Cape Town is a lush evergreen province situated in the Western Province of South Africa. It is well-known as the Mother City and is the home of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Table Mountain. The city is absolutely beautiful, and it’s popular hiking trails offer travelers an unforgettable experience along with picturesque views to last a lifetime.
Here are five of Cape Town’s best hiking trails:
If you ever want to go on a gratifying hike along the slopes of Table Mountain, Newlands Forest is your ideal destination. This strategically-located jungle in Cape Town is not only popular for walking and jogging, but it also attracts many picnickers, nature lovers, and leisure strollers. An exciting characteristic of the hiking trail is its wooden boardwalks, which are well-maintained along with the raised picnic expanse in the woods.
Hikers can choose many ways to get through the contour path that opens up pathways to the summit of the mountain. Newlands is located in the Southern Suburbs, so if it’s your first time in Cape Town, you might opt for renting a car instead of public transport.
Lion’s Head is a fun destination that coined its name from its characteristic shaped slope as seen along Table Mountain, which resembles the king of the jungle overlooking the picturesque Atlantic Ocean shoreline on one side, as well as Table Bay and Cape Town on the other. The hike accommodates adults, children, and pets, and even though you might find the walk steep at specific parts of the trail, the most memorable thing about hiking here is the breathtaking view of Cape Town.
Serious hikers frequently visit Lion's Head because of the series of ladders and chains fixed along the path to make the walk effortless at specific rock faces with steep sections. The local guides usually advise those hiking with young children to take an alternative route to avoid the scary chain section.
Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch
Taking an exploratory hike between Constantia Nek and Kirstenbosch is a pleasantly-energetic walk that leaves guests satisfied, even during winter. The location is in Constantia, Cape Town, whereby the six-kilometer trail stretches within the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and includes a stopover at the Kirstenbosch Tea Room, where you can have a delightful breakfast. Those who wish to spend more time enjoying the adventure can book for accommodation in Constantia.
This hiking trail begins from the entrance of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and ends at the scenic summits of Constantia Nek. Although the hiking trail is easily accessible, you will need a vehicle to transport you from the two different locations. Most outdoor enthusiasts contact the car rentals at Cape Town International Airport for advice on an affordable transportation option.
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
The Nature Reserve is strategically located in the southwestern Cape, neighboring Stellenbosch and covering the magnificent Jonkershoek Mountains, as well as vivid sections of the Jonkershoek gorge. The circular hiking trail around this destination is approximately 10 kilometers in circumference and takes hikers way down to the valley floor.
The circular drive has four hiking trails with specific lengths and varied difficulty, which includes the approximately 5.3-kilometer Sosyskloof route, the 18-kilometer Swartboskloof Route, the 17-kilometer Panorama Circuit, and the 6.4-kilometer Eerste & Tweede Waterval route.
Kalk Bay Mountains
This mountainside destination is an ideal place that provides both casual and serious hikers with a variety of trails to explore. Kalk Bay trails cover the scenic coastal communities that over the years have enjoyed the stunning sights of the Kalk Bay Harbour, as well as the coinciding False Bay area. Just above Kalk Bay is Boyes Drive, which is one of the access points for this splendid destination, with Silvermine East being another access point that hikers can alternatively use.
Boomslang Cave is found within the Kalk Bay area, and hikers can practice carving here, making this destination a thrilling hiking spot for visitors. The cave can be easily accessed via the tunnels that cleverly cut through the mountain, which can help children learn in the course of the adventure in the woods. The Kalk Bay hiking trail combines two outstanding expanses of indigenous forests and ends up at the summit of the mountains.
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