What is Eco-Tourism (and why is it the next big trend in travel)?

By David Pope

With Earth Day right around the corner on April 22nd, Glamping Hub is taking the time to highlight the importance of sustainable, eco-friendly travel. This week, we're checking in with Cameron Brown of The 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 not give eco-tourism a try for yourself? This yurt rental is the perfect fit for a family.

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:

  1. Is this going to be good for me?
  2. Is this going to be good for others?
  3. 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.

If you're looking to plan your own experience in eco-tourism, head over to Glamping Hub's collection of our most eco-friendly rentals right now!

Staff Picks: Across the Globe with Liz

By Elizabeth Young

When asked to pick a few of my favorite accommodations on our website, I really had to think. Working here, you come across so many amazing properties that it is hard to decide where to begin. When choosing mine, I decided to pick from four different categories: rentals I brought to the website when I worked in the Sales Department, rentals I've visited, rentals on my bucket list, and rentals that everyone can afford. So let's take a look!

Dome in the Catskill Mountains, New York

This property stands out in my mind for a few reasons. Firstly, I am from New York and have visited the Catskill region many times—it's beautiful no matter what time of year you visit. If you're looking for an memorable outdoor getaway from Manhattan, the Catskill Mountains are an easy drive. Another reason is that this is one of the first properties I signed up on the website when I was working in Sales. It is a truly unique place, with a few different kinds of accommodations on the property and enough space for large groups to come and stay.

Villa Rental in Andalucia, Spain

Living in Andalucia, or southern Spain, means that you get almost a full year of sunshine and more than eight months of beach weather. I was lucky enough to visit this villa last year with a group of friends for my birthday. Not only was it an easy drive, but it was the perfect space for eight people and even has a pool. There are few things better than waking up surrounded by loved ones and spending your days under a sunny, blue sky by the pool.

When you stay here, you can visit many stunning coastal towns like Nerja and bigger cities like Malaga or Marbella. There's truly nothing like the Spanish sunshine, especially when accompanied by a glass of sangria or some delicious tapas.

Bucket List Mountain Getaway in Australia

The longer I work at Glamping Hub, the longer my bucket list grows—every day, I come across stunning properties that you could never even imagine existed. Forget that same hotel room that you always go back to, and this holiday, book somewhere really special. This secluded mountain cottage in Australia is a perfect example.

This cottage is truly one-of-a-kind, with a private location, a wrap-around deck, and a beautiful, modern interior. At the end of the day, relax under the stars with that special someone, perhaps with a glass of Australia's famous Shiraz.

A Pacific Northwest Getaway Everyone Can Afford

You may be thinking, "This list is getting a little expensive," and that may be true. To switch things up a little bit, I chose one of our most stunning, riverfront cabins, and the best part is, you can stay here for under $100 per night! On the banks of the Sandy River in Rhododendron, Oregon, guests have easy access to the Mount Hood National Forest, as well as the Mount Hood Skibowl and the Timberland Ski Area, for some outdoor fun all year long.

Looking for more? Head to Glamping Hub for a full look at our luxury camping accommodations!

Staff Picks: Jen's Favorites

By Jenn Johnson

Born in Charleston, South Carolina, I was brought up on the Atlantic Ocean and near numerous lakes and rivers, so it isn't surprising that most of my favorite glamping sites are on or near the waterfront. Growing up, most summer days were spent bodyboarding and surfing at Folly Beach or wakeboarding and water skiing in the rivers and lakes.

I cannot think of a better place to have grown up than in my old neighborhood, where the Cooper River and two gorgeous lakes were just steps away from my childhood home. Spending the first 18 years of my life in such an idyllic setting has allowed me to fully appreciate the benefits of being in nature, and it is a big reason why glamping is so special to me today.

With a strong passion for cooking, surfing, wakeboarding, sports, guitar, yoga, and a healthy lifestyle, I choose accommodations where I can easily enjoy my hobbies and spend the maximum amount of time outdoors, experiencing nature with all five senses. For me, the experience of living in nature helps me to connect with my true self.

Luxurious Tree House on Working Farm in Taos, New Mexico

a treehouse for rent in Taos, New Mexico

Everything about this enchanting tree house is unique, particularly its design, its setting, and its marvelous location in the art colony of Taos, New Mexico. This special tree house was hand-built by the owner—a Taos artist and metal sculptor—and features handmade furniture and antiques. When you stay at this breathtaking property, you'll love having breakfast on the deck that overlooks a 100-foot pond, with the relaxing sound of the Rio Hondo River flowing in the background. It'd be hard not to adore the company of the property's friendly alpacas, ducks, chickens, geese, and Pyrenees dogs on the working farm.

Camping Cabin for Yoga Retreat near Mauna Loa, Hawaii

a camping cabin in Mauna Loa, Hawaii

An uplifting and spiritual experience is what's in store at this unique retreat near Pahoa, Hawaii. The site offers yoga with an ocean view, daily meditation, and holistic nutrition. To top it all off, the nearby beaches are ideal for surfing. It really doesn't get any better than this!

Chic Lakefront Cabin in South Lake Tahoe, California

a cabin rental on the shores of Lake Tahoe

One of our core values at Glamping Hub is "To-Gather," and for me, glamping is about sharing the experience with the ones you love most. For family glamping getaways, cabins are an optimal choice in accommodations, because they provide maximum comfort for everyone, especially for grandparents and other elder family members.

This unique cabin on Lake Tahoe is one of my top choices because of its waterfront location, stunning surroundings, gorgeous design, and fantastic amenities. Here, you can enjoy boating, jet skiing, water skiing, and wake boarding right out the front door. With the mountains nearby, there are endless year-round activities at this fabulous destination, no matter the season.

The cabin also boasts a private dock, a spacious deck with a hot tub, and stunning lake views, making it the ideal waterfront glamping site. The main level has an open floor plan with two dining tables and is an ideal space to gather in the evenings to play board games and card games, which has always been a tradition on glamping getaways with my family.

Stylish Yurts near Beaches in Tarifa, Spain

a yurt rental in Tarifa, Spain

Not only is this special glamping site located in one of my favorite places on this planet, but it also shares my values of sustainability, simplicity, and a healthy lifestyle. The delicious, homemade breakfast and welcome basket include local products, such as freshly-laid eggs, honey, homemade jam, and cheese. This property's rustic setting by Tarifa's gorgeous beaches allows me to get back to the basics, connect with nature, and, of course, head out into the ocean for some kiteboarding or windsurfing until the sun sets.

Eco-Friendly Luxury Cottage in Asturias, Northern Spain

a cottage rental in Asturias in Northern Spain

This property in Asturias in Northern Spain is one of my absolute favorites for so many reasons. I greatly admire the hosts for following their dreams and converting this stunning piece of land into the incredible glamping site that it is today. I also find their lifestyle, based on simplicity and sustainability, a huge inspiration.

I appreciate learning new things all the time, and that is another reason why this site is at the top of my list. The hosts are passionate to teach you about their acquired skills and knowledge related to low-impact living, such as how to grow your own vegetables, how to sustain a natural water supply, and much more.

Lastly, this wonderful property is only a few minutes' drive from one of the sweetest surfing spots in Spain—Playa Rodiles—with its picturesque setting, golden sand, and perfect waves.

For more wonderful staff recommendations, check out the rest of the Staff Picks, or start your own adventure by browsing Glamping Hub!

7 Pioneering Female Travelers (Who You Haven't Heard Of!)

By Elizabeth Young

Throughout history, women have been met with the word "no" time after time—it doesn't matter if they were flying a plane, traveling alone, or sailing around the world. In the face of such adversity, that only makes these seven women and their feats that much more remarkable. Desires to explore new lands, reach new heights, and find the undiscovered, all drove these women forward, in some cases quite literally.

In celebration of International Women's Day, we're highlighting these seven adventurous women who paved the way for generations to come.

Annie Londonderry

This is a photo of Annie Londonderry on her bike.
Photo Sourced from JWA

Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, also known as Annie Londonderry, was a Latvian immigrant who arrived to the U.S. in 1894 or 1895 and became the first woman to cycle around the world. It started as a bet; Annie was challenged not only to circle the earth on a 42-pound Columbia bicycle, but to also earn $5,000 en route. Not only a test of physical fortitude and endurance, this was a test of a woman's ability to fend for herself in the world.

A true trailblazer, Annie flipped every Victorian notion of female propriety on its head. She left her husband and children, she rode in a man's riding suite on a man's bicycle for most of the journey, and earned her way selling photos and advertising on her bike.

Junko Tabei

This is a photo of Junko Tabei at the summit of Mount Everest.
Photo Sourced from The Guardian

Junko Tabei reached new heights for all women—literally. No mountain was too much for the five-foot tall Japanese mountaineer. Weighing in at 92 pounds, Tabei became the first woman to scale Mount Everest in 1975, and later on, to climb the Seven Summits (the highest peaks on every continent). And she didn't stop there—Tabei was also the first woman to reach the highest peaks in more than 70 countries, like Aconcagua in Argentina and Vinson Massif in Antarctica.

Back in the 1970s in Japan, men were the ones to work outside, and the woman's role was in the home. In the face of this adversity, Tabei was able to finance three years of training, the climb, and plan an expedition of all women (plus six female sherpas). Pretty darn impressive, if you ask us!

Freya Stark

This is a photo of Freya Stark.Photo Sourced from the New York Times

Freya Stark, one of the first female explorers, led an extraordinary life. Born in Paris in 1893, she moved around many times with her parents, never receiving a formal education; however, by the time she entered college, Stark was already fluent in French, German, and Italian.

After her time as a nurse in World War I and her studies in London at the School of Oriental Studies, she headed to Lebanon in 1927, kicking off a life-long affair with the mysterious Middle East. Her travels brought her to Persia (modern-day Iran), by that point she was fluent in Farsi, where she became the first Westerner to identify the Valley of the Assassins on a map.

Moreover, Stark was an immensely-significant figure, not only because she was one of the few women explorers of the time, but also due to her language abilities, which gave her a certain advantage of her male colleagues. Stark was able to get very close with the women of the Muslim societies she visited, granting her a much more intimate understanding of the woman's role in the Middle East.

Kay Cottee

This is a photo of Kay Cottee sailing.
Photo Sourced from Australian Sailing Hall of Fame

Kay Cottee is an Australian sailor, who was the first woman to sail around the world. In fact, she circumnavigated the globe and did so alone, without stopping. She completed this amazing journey in 1988 on her 37-foot yacht, Blackmores First Lady, in 189 days. Cottee and her sponsor, Blackmores, raised more than $1 million on the voyage for education programs. She also completed an 18-month national school tour, inspiring high school students to follow their dreams.

Valentina Tereshkova

This is a photo of cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.Photo Sourced from Time Magazine

From a young age, Valentina Tereshkova was destined for great heights. Born in 1937 in a small Russian village, Tereshkova made her first parachute jump when she was just 22. When she wasn't working, she also enjoyed skydiving, and it didn't take long for her to become a pro. In 1962, she was selected for the Soviet space program, a time when the Soviets were in a fierce space race with the U.S.

While she was selected with two other women at the time, Tereshkova was the only woman aboard Vostok 6 when it headed for space in June 1963. She reentered the atmosphere a little less than three days after her departure—and entered history as the first woman in space.

Asnath Mahapa

This is a photo of pilot Asnath Mahapa.Photo Sourced from LinkedIn

Asnath Mahapa was always fascinated by planes, but growing up in post-apartheid South Africa, it often seemed impossible. Though her family strongly disapproved, Mahapa went on to break boundaries by becoming South Africa's first black female pilot. She first enrolled in a course in electrical engineering, only to later start at flight school. She was the only woman in her class; however, her hard work paid off, and in 1988, she took to the skies.

Mahapa didn't stop there. In 2012, she opened the African College of Aviation to help and inspire further generations of female pilots. She has no regrets, despite all the challenges, and said "Ask any pilot, they'll tell you, our view from our office is the best in the world, so why would you get bored doing a job like that?"

Jeanne Baret

This is a photo of Jeanne Baret.
Photo Sourced from NPR

Born in France in 1740, Jeanne Baret was the first woman to sail all around the world. Jeanne's interest in botany, in addition to some schooling in the subject, led her abroad. When the French government announced they were sending two ships around the world to discover new territories for the glory of France, they needed a plant hunter-botanist on board, and Jeanne and her partner, Philibert de Commerson, leaped at the opportunity.

While women were expressly prohibited aboard a ship, that didn't stop Jeanne. Jeanne, or Jean as "he" was known aboard, was eventually found out and forced to abandon the crew. Her bravery and tenacity, however, paved the way for women to come.

March is Women's History Month, and March 8 is International Women's Day. Check out our Instagram and Facebook for more updates!

Host Spotlight: Wallis

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 Wallis, who manages this lodge and cabin property in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon.

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

My family and I have always gone camping, but I believe I learned about it before we visited El Capitan in SoCal and booked a swank cabin for our "babymoon." It was perfect!

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

We took over the property from a couple who lovingly cared for this historic property for a decade, but didn't have any sort of online or social presence. The beauty of this unknown place motivated me to open the doors to a younger generation of travelers and adventurers.

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

We hear the word "magical" almost daily, so magical, nostalgic, and adventure.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

In the womb—my parents' San Juan Islands camping and bike tour. It's on my bucket list to do that adventure. Maybe this year!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

There are plenty of travelers who don't consider themselves "outdoorsy" but want the creature comforts of a cozy, warm home to come back to after an adventure. Whether you're at home in nature or not, a glamping experience can bridge the gap.

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

This is our home. We hope that people will feel nostalgic and comfortably at home, like they're visiting a destination from childhood or a friend's cabin.

We're pretty hands-off while guests relax and explore the property and beautiful Willamette Forest. We look forward to adding more experiences and options to the property.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are the remaining historic lodge in the entire area and are what people imagine when they picture a "log lodge in the middle of 'Nowhere,' Oregon."

The property has been quiet for a decade and was even completely closed for the decade before that. For being so beautiful, on the river, and sitting on hot-spring activity, we think that it's the perfect blank canvas for events, retreats, and reunions.

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

Everything except old plumbing!

I love the vibe of every event and the energy of every visitor. People come here to celebrate and reunite with friends and family. People come and fall in love with the property, and I can tell they feel the same way I do.

Personally, being on the property fills me up fast. Decorating and loving on those cabins is the happiest I've ever been. I'm literally giddy when I'm working.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We're self-sustaining and relatively low maintenance. Being a historic property, there's plenty of ways to update the property to help it to be greener. We've added new decks with long-lasting, sustainable materials and look forward to many many more eco-friendly updates.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Most of the items in the cabins are also for sale! The rugs are a side-project of mine, and I do a lot of pop-ups with vendors in Bend, Oregon. My on-site store will open in 2018. I've collaborated with local artists, brewers, instructors, and businesses for a lot of cross promotion.

Interested in a glamping escape to Oregon? See more of what Wallis' accommodations can offer here, here, here, here, and here!

Staff Picks: Mahealani

By Mahealani Schuman

If you asked me to tell you my favorite place on earth, I’d answer without hesitation: Hawaii.

While sipping Mai Tais at sunset on the famous beaches of Waikiki is a notorious image across the world, for travelers, Hawaii is sometimes shrugged off due to its high popularity and price tag. But as someone who was born and raised there, I can tell you from the heart—Hawaii is everything that you could ever imagine and more!

There are few words to adequately describe the feeling of being surrounded by nature, observing life as it naturally flows around you. I think there is a point in everyone's life when we have that “ah ha” moment—the moment when we are humbled by the world and its stunning beauty. This moment is not something bigger than ourselves, but rather, it’s when we are really able to reconnect with the raw beauty of our world and find our place within it.

Originally from the island of Oahu, I experienced these moments and feelings my whole life. Nature was and still is engraved in the fiber of my being. Since before I could remember, living meant being a part of nature, embracing what was there before us in its pristine state, and growing with it.

As kids, we were taught how to respect the land we live on, learning to interact with the worldly elements that surrounded us in our day to day. Our parents used to tell us, “Never turn your back to the ocean. Never take a lava rock from the place you found it. Never pick the Ohia Lehua flower because it will begin to rain torrential rain.”

As I traveled around the world and later began my professional career after university, these fundamental values I grew up with, especially the bond I had with nature, became even more important to me. Life is about collecting moments, moments that change you and the world in positive ways.

At Glamping Hub, one of our core values is nature. All of our accommodations are thoughtfully sought after and selected to be on our site with nature in mind. Every day at my job, I am inspired by our incredible hosts, and I’m able to see firsthand how the most unique stays connect people back to nature.

For my staff picks, I want to bring you my favorite places, placing you in the heart of nature. Of course, Hawaii is at the top of my list!

Hawaiian Volcano Tree House

This is a tree house new Volcano National Park, Hawaii.

Tucked away in the green-mossy Hapu’u fern forest, this tree house offers guests an experience like nothing else. Literally built into the surrounding nature, the branches of this tree run wind the heart of the home, reaching and bending in their natural state through the rooms of the rental.

Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, this is the perfect location for all things adventurous! One of the most untouched islands of the Hawaiian chain, the Big Island is home to eight of the 13 different climate zones in the world. These ecosystems range from tropical dry forests and grasslands to snowy mountain tops and anchialine pools.

In Volcano National Park, guests can explore the subterranean lava tube systems, feel the heat of sulfur vents from miles below, or hike out to the coastline and watch the sunset as Kilauea pours into the ocean. There really is nothing missing from this one-of-a-kind tree house, just be sure not to pick a red flower from the ohia tree!

Tiny House, Volcano National Park

This is a tiny house in Volcano National Park, Big Island of Hawaii.

I couldn't help but pick yet another accommodation from the Big Island. This unique, hand-built tiny home perfectly balances inside comforts with the nature of the world outside. Of course, take a day or two to explore Volcano National Park, but make sure to venture out and experience the other sides of the island.

Mauna Kea is not too far of a drive and debatably the most amazing experience you will have while staying at this tiny home. Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the state and the tallest sea mountain in the world. If measured from the ocean floor, it is 33,000 feet taller than Mt. Everest!

During winter, snow covers the tops providing ski-enthusiasts with the novelty of skiing in Hawaii.At night visitors are encouraged to stay and watch as the sky fills with stars, appearing so close that you could reach out and touch them.

For anyone looking to reconnect with nature, the Big Island is one of my favorite places to recommend. Make sure to seek out the green, black, and pink sand beaches, swim with the dolphins in Kealakekua Bay, and jump into a few waterfalls along the way!

North Shore Yurt in Haleiwa

This is a yurt on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

The most widely renowned island is the Island of Oahu. Home to the infamous Waikiki Beach and memorable Pearl Harbor, this island is often seen in movies and popular television shows. As I’m from Oahu myself, it is undoubtedly my favorite, which is why I suggest these glamping yurts on the North Shore.

This non-traditional take on a Hawaiian vacation spot puts guests right in the center of the best surf and the most beautiful views in the area, allowing them to experience Oahu’s finest during their stay. Eco-friendly and locally made, these yurts offer guests everything they could imagine, plus things they hadn’t dreamed of, like a private slide leading into natural salt water pools.

Oahu also has so many activities for guests to enjoy! Close to the rental, guests can take on the challenging Crouching Lion hike or take an easy stroll to Waimea Falls. Make sure to take a day trip to Kailua Beach and the West Side to see a sunset, too!

Glamorous Camping Tent, New Zealand

This is a bell tent in New Zealand.

There really are so many places I want to visit, and not just in Hawaii. On the top of my list are these unique and glamorous bell tents. Guests can enjoy all the luxuries and comforts of a hotel in their glamping tent with the addition of these magnificent views in Waitaki Valley, New Zealand. With a personal fireplace outside the tents and a beautiful wooden deck, watching the picturesque sunset has never been so cozy.

New Zealand has so many amazing opportunities for glampers to experience, from gorgeous hikes to adventure sports outside! These glamping tents are the perfect place to start.

If these beautiful places have inspired you, head over to Glamping Hub and get back to nature!

Unique Spring Break Destinations for 2018

By Jackie Dreyer

A mere couple of months into the year, and we don't know about you, but we're already planning our next big getaway. With Spring Break on the horizon—from early March through late April, depending on location—it's time you give yourself a welcomed break and jet off to a unique destination that's sure to make for your most-liked Instagram photo yet.

Our Top Five Choices

We know you probably think Spring Break is synonymous with crowded beaches, bikinis, and beers, but we'd like to present you with a few fun alternatives. From coast to coast—and even dipping down to Mexico, these five properties are out top choices for a one-of-a-kind of springtime getaway.

1. Texas

Come springtime, as the blue bonnets begin to bloom and festival season falls upon us (including the well-known South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival, Texas turns into a veritable hotspot for cultural activities and nature-based adventures. At just an hour from Austin, this tree house rental puts you at the perfect distance from the city and right in the heart of the New Braunfels' countryside, nestled along the Guadalupe River and just 20 minutes from Canyon Lake.

2. Florida

Swimming in natural springs, kayaking the state's waterways, and feeling the warm rays of the "Sunshine State" brush your skin are only three of the best springtime activities in Florida. Instead of images of Daytona Beach and Panama City Beach floating through your dreams, however, you should start imagining a secluded escape to Siesta Key.

This deluxe accommodation is the perfect place for a luxurious and romantic Spring Break, complete with a private pool to take a dip in between sunbathing sessions. There's even a private walkway that leads guests right down to the white sand beaches and the calming water of the Atlantic Ocean!

3. North Carolina

Whether you're walking among the wildflowers, cycling around the area's bike trails, or paddleboarding along the shore of one of the state's numerous beaches, a relaxing East Coast Spring Break is a breeze in North Carolina.

There's no better place than this waterfront cottage rental on North Topsail Beach for a trip that even the family dog can come along on. For the ultimate in luxury, you can even hire a private chef to prepare you meals in the gourmet kitchen all trip long.

4. California

California has literally got it all—from beautiful beaches and State and National Parks to stunning desert landscapes and mountainous terrain. With a plethora of outdoor activities to take advantage of, you won't miss for a second the overpriced cocktails and poor music choices of any establishment on the main drag of a major city.

Opt, instead, for one of these off-the-grid glamping pods in the Mojave Desert in California, where you can rent off-road vehicles to best explore the desert that surrounds you. At night, you'll rest peacefully, with the stars keeping the evening pleasantly aglow, from the comfort of a luxurious queen-size bed.

5. Mexico

"Go big or go home" seems to be the age-old Spring Break motto down in Mexico, but we're not taking you to all-you-can-drink Cancun this spring. We'll do you one better—with this luxury tree house in Tulum, Mexico. With 360° views of the jungle and the ocean, in addition to proximity to the area's famous Mayan ruins, you'll get fun, flora, sand, sun, waves, and a dose of culture at this deluxe glamping site.

No matter where you stay this spring, whether it be a beachfront villa or a secluded tree house, try Glamping Hub on for size and stay unique!

For more Spring Break ideas, check out our page on Spring Getaways and get inspired!

Staff Picks: The Poetry of Nature

By Pollyanna Durbin

It can be said that only in nature may we understand the infinite, and poetry is, perhaps, the map with which we can decipher this greatest of mysteries. Its beauty begets the simplicity of our existence and in its melodic wordplay, we can find truth.

I have long considered wildness a necessity and have been fortunate enough to indulge in exploring the written word under many different skies around the world.

Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, grew up in the vast plains of Ohio, and it was here that her reverence for nature began. When she moved to New England, she set the majority of her work against the backdrop of the wooded, lake-studded acres that surrounded her home.

"Whoever you are", she wrote, "the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting—over and over announcing your place in the family of things."

Nature connected her to those she loved, and to a silence so tender, it imparted on her the most gracious of affirmations, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”


This cabin is near where Oliver wrote the majority of her work. Flanked by pine trees and with ocean views, it is the perfect place to pay homage to this mindful poet.

Federico García Lorca

It was among the shadows of the cypress trees in his hometown of Granada that Federico García Lorca sat and started to gift the world his incurable love poems. Woven into a time of political unrest, Lorca found solace in the moonlight and the large spaces of his home. A great explicator of duende, the idea that all art should be imbued with authentic self-expression and soul, he reworked myths into his own private narration.

In nature, he experienced profound isolation, and from that isolation came a tencious courage. Soon, the sun baked meadows that he had traversed as a young boy—with arms outstretched among the poppies and fireflies—became a place of war and suffering. Nature has its own language in Andalucia, and Lorca was its greatest translator.


Unravel with Lorca in this cabin and relish the splendor of this region where "the landscape sidled on the pivot of a larger arc, into the green of evening."

Virginia Woolf

It was in Bloomsbury, central London, that the acclaimed writer Virginia Woolf strode into the world. A genre-defining, experimental artist, in the truest sense of the word. Along with her unique "set" of fellow thinkers, they deconstructed societal conventions and paved the way for a new literary epoch, one in which women did not have to be defined by their male counterparts.

Woolf once described herself as “a porous vessel afloat on a sensation," and it was among the generous meadow flowers and colorful country gardens of Sussex on the south coast of England where these sensations became some of the most enduring works of the early 20th century.


Though it is unlikely that Virginia herself would have ever had the opportunity to stay in a yurt, this authentic accommodation boasts the same dreamy views that she would have delighted in.

Henry David Thoreau

It is impossible to discuss nature without examining the back catalog of Henry David Thoreau. Often considered the father of environmentalism, Thoreau’s transcendental work speaks directly to the modern condition of restlessness. A gardener, both literally and metaphorically, his ideas germinated in his need for a more spiritual existence.

His most famous work "Walden, Life in the Woods" espouses a profound rhythm of life lived in the wild, away from the boundaries and expectations of urban living. He wrote “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” To Thoreau, reality only existed within the spiritual world that nature encompassed, and as a transcendentalist, he was attached to a deliberate and ethical way of living—a model which many of us follow today.


Experience a different way of living for the night on this houseboat, not far from the ponds that inspired Thoreau's iconic work.

Emily Bronte

It is hard to separate the internal and external landscape of Emily Bronte. Her writing is as stark and weather-beaten as the moors of her homeland. Nature plays a pivotal role within the characters she interweaves into her novels and poems. The scenery she explores is imposing, dramatic and eternal.

From the impossibly soft wildflowers on the side of brook-beds to the bloated shadows of clouds making their exodus across hillsides, a visit to God's own country is a humble one. You only have to look out at the rolling panoramas to envisage Emily—monastic and alone, reactive to the very seasons that we so often ignore.


This country retreat is the perfect place to explore the vast crags and "the power of the north wind blowing over the edge, a range of gaunt thorns all stretching their limbs one way, as if craving the alms of the sun."

If any of these writers have inspired you to immerse yourself in nature, grab a book, visit Glamping Hub, and let a little wildness in.

Blogger Spotlight: Andrezej and Jolene adventure to Noosa, Queensland

By Jessica Armstrong

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.

Andrzej and Jolene picnic in front of their luxury tent.

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.

For a birthday treat unlike any other, Andrzej gave Jolene the gift of glamping.

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!

A stay here is sure to help glampers recharge, relax, and rekindle the spark with that special someone.

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.

Andrzej and Jolene found that these tents beautifully combine nature with luxury.

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.

Now true glampers, Andrzej and Jolene have found a whole new way to define vacationing.

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.

Staff Picks: Eric's "Star Wars"-inspired getaways

By Eric Wright

"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away"...I remember being awestruck by the fabulous, otherworldly destinations seen in the "Star Wars" franchise and wishing to be able to jump in my brother's worn-out, miniature Millennium Falcon to seek out such exotic lands. Fortunately for us, many of these incredible places actually exist on our own little blue and green world.

From this hologram message, rebel scum, empire officers, and interplanetary smugglers alike will have access to the coordinates of the picturesque moon of Endor, with it's thick forest inhabited by Ewoks; the volatile lava lands of Mustafar where Anakin Skywalker met his fate; the vast deserts of Tatooine in which CP30 and R2D2 bumped into Jabba the Hut; and, the most coveted of all, Luke Skywalker's stunning secret hideaway from "The Force Awakens."

With so many astonishing locations available, getting out and exploring our fascinating universe is sure to enchant any visitor. The force is certainly strong with these ones.

Unique Dome Structure Perfect for Luxury Camping with Panoramic Bay Views in Ischia, Italy

This unique dome provides a luxury camping experience with spectacular panoramic bay views of Ischia in Italy. Glampers will be able to take a scenic ferry to Sicily to hike the majestic Mount Etna, which was used as the backdrop for the volatile planet of Mustafar and the epic battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin. For those seeking the unlimited power of nature, this is the chosen one.

Picturesque Glamping Cabin Rental near Redwood State Park in Northern California

This charming cabin is near Redwood State Park in California and gives visitors a chance to really connect with nature in a completely serene setting. Visitors can make the short trip to the gorgeous Redwood State Park, allowing guests to discover the raw wilderness that was used as the remote moon of Endor—and the chance to catch a glimpse of an elusive Ewok.

Secluded Glamping Eco-Pod Rental in the Mojave Desert near Ridgecrest, California

This secluded glamping pod in the vast Mojave Desert is sure to have guests wondering if they are indeed on a far-flung planet. Glampers can take a scenic drive to Death Valley, where CP30 and R2D2 wandered the boundless desert of Tatooine. Brave explorers on this desert planet may even wait for dusk to come when the true power of the dark side makes its stunning entrance.

Tranquil Luxury Tent in Picturesque Ireland

This property truly does give glampers a new hope to discover the sublime countryside of Ireland while sleeping in the great outdoors in these luxurious tents. Luke Skywalker's secret hideaway from the modern installments of the saga, Skellig Michael, can be reached via a spectacular boat ride, and the remote mountain island with its crashing waves and rugged coastline is sure to create unforgettable memories.

If the force of nature is calling to you, let Glamping Hub help guide your way!