Blogger Spotlight: Louise Claire Johnson

By Jessica Armstrong

She's at it again—and this time visiting one of Glamping Hub's most unique properties, a hobbit house in Quebec.

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This November, Louise Claire Johnson embarked on her fourth Glamping Hub stay, and we can see why it was the adventure of a lifetime! After days of exploring "Middle Earth" Canadian-style in this snowy wonderland, LCJ is giving us all the feels by sharing the ins and outs of her latest stay.

At this property, glampers get a taste for it all with a tipi, a yurt, and a tree house all on site. Glampers can get a first-hand glimpse below and see for themselves with Louise's latest glamping video: Hobbit House.

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Choose three adjectives to describe the glamping site you stayed at before your trip and another three words to describe it post-stay. How did your expectations measure up to reality?

Before: Cool, cute, and cozy.

After: Same as above, PLUS wintery, whimsical, and wonderful

Nestled in a wooded winter wonderland, the hobbit house exceeded all of our expectations.

Who did you go glamping with, and what was your favorite memory that you made together during the stay?

I went with my youngest sister and (one of my) best buds, Meredith. There were a lot of memorable moments from our recent trip. If I had to choose? The winter hike to a lookout point over Lake Nominingue and slow mornings sipping coffee in our little hobbit house.

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What was the best part about the accommodation? How does it compare to past places you’ve stayed?

The structure in itself was so unique with its circular frame, intricate carvings, and curved windows that it made for an incredible experience. We loved the custom bunk bed, breakfast nook with a map of “Middle Earth,” and the giant oval window that was perfectly shaped to fit the curve of your back while reading.

It’s hard to compare to any other places we’ve stayed since it was truly one-of-a-kind. It’s fun to look back and be able to say that we’ve officially lived in a true hobbit house!

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Describe to us the area around the glamping site. What do you think the perfect time of year to stay here would be, and why?

The hobbit house was deep in the forested property of Les Toits du Monde in Nominingue, Quebec (about 200 k.m. from Montréal in the Laurentian Mountains). We stayed there just after a HUGE blizzard, which made for an unforgettable adventure. Everywhere we looked there were more titling trees dripping in crystal white snow.

The hobbit house is available all four seasons, and I’m sure you would feel just like Frodo and Bilbo Baggins bopping around The Shire in the fall, spring, or summer—but I can’t imagine anything more stunning than the snow-scapes we witnessed while staying there in the winter. It added an extra element (no pun intended) that gave us an excuse to cozy up by the fire and make s’mores every night.

Tell us one thing about your glamping experience that surprised you and why.

In our tech-dependent world, I’m always surprised at just how little you need to survive and have an enjoyable time. Without the distraction of devices, we were able to spend some real quality time together, just talking, making meals, reading in comfortable silence, going for winter walks, and tending to the fire. We left feeling so refreshed and clear-headed.

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If you could have invited a famous celebrity (dead or alive) over to your glamping site, who would it be, and what would you have done together?

It might sound corny but I wouldn’t have changed our sister-bonding time together for anything—except to include our other sister, Grace!

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What is your ideal food item and beverage for a glamping trip, and why? If you have a special secret or recipe, please share with us—if you’re willing, of course!

With only a propane cook top, we boiled a lot of water for instant coffee and tea to drink (along with some beers/ciders, which we kept outside in “nature’s fridge.”)

Egg-in-the-hole is my go-to glamping breakfast. With limited utensils/supplies, the recipe is pretty simple: cut a hole in a slice of bread (I use a tin camping mug), and toast it (along with the center piece that you cut out) on a frying pan as you crack an egg into the empty space. Eh, voila, egg-in-the-hole!

S’mores were a nightly treat, since we rarely have access to a real fire anymore.

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Do you prefer a more active or more relaxing getaway? Which did you opt for at the glamping site, and what was the best related activity in the area?

My favorite glamping getaways are ones that offer both adventurous activities and moments of relaxation. Savoring a cup of coffee in the morning and then going for a challenging hike would be the ideal day for me.

Les Toits du Monde offers a variety of activities for every season from kayaking in the summer to dogsledding in the winter. The hike overlooking Lake Nominingue you can do all-year-round, which I would highly recommend.

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Fill in the end of the sentence: “This glamping site would be the perfect place for ____________________,” and tell us why!

This glamping site would be the perfect place for hobbit adventures! The hosts have done an incredible job at creating such a unique hideout. You feel as though you’ve stepped into a storybook.

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Would you recommend glamping to family and friends? Do you see yourself going glamping again? Let us know why!

YES x2 ! It’s the best way to give that overworked brain of yours a much-deserved break.

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Where will she go next? Never miss a LCJ adventure, by checking out her blog and vimeo page for all the updates on her explorations and travels to new destinations.

Blogger Spotlight: Ariana

By Jessica Armstrong

This November, Ariana, editor of In Clover Magazine, took her sights from the UK to Oregon for an adventure at one of the luxury tents at this organic and solar energy-powered farm in Oregon.

We got a chance to catch up with her to find out all about the magic of her stay at this idyllic property. How can we not want to explore it ourselves after the charming tales of her luxurious glamping experience on the farm?

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Choose three adjectives to describe the glamping site you stayed at before your trip and another three words to describe it post- stay. How did your expectations measure up to reality?

Before: Remote, rustic, and slow living.
After: Magical, cozy, and personal.

I knew that it would be beautiful but I wasn’t expecting to have such a sense of community; our hosts were so welcoming and willing to share their knowledge of running an organic farm. It was all the personal touches that made the difference.

Who did you go glamping with, and what was your favorite memory that you made together during the stay?

I went with my dear friend Aimee from London, as well as my cousin who is based in Portland—and a camping pro! My fondest memory from our stay was teaching Aimee how to make s’mores. Growing up in the UK she had never had them.

We spent the night chatting, drinking wine by the fire before filling up our hot water bottles and heading to our toasty glamping tent! (It was only toast, because Suzanne from the ranch had kindly built a fire in our chiminea.)

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What was the best part about the accommodation? How does it compare to past places you’ve stayed?

I honestly think it was the best sleep we had during our trip. The beds were so comfy and the extra touches of building us a fire at night and showing us around the farm all made it so lovely. It was quite fun getting up in the morning had having to harvest our own food for breakfast!

Describe to us the area around the glamping site. What do you think the perfect time of year to stay here would be, and why?

It was very wild, but the land was also obviously well maintained. In the morning, there was a lovely fog that settled over the fields, which made for the perfect start to the day. I went in mid-October and it was quite chilly, but I’d still recommend it then! I think September time would be perfect, getting a mix of hot and cold days!

Tell us one thing about your first glamping experience that surprised you and why.

I didn’t realize that Suzanne gave farm tours—there was so much to learn and I can’t wait to go back!

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If you could have invited a famous celebrity (dead or alive) over to your glamping site, who would it be, and what would you have done together?

I’m a big fan of Maya Angelou. I can’t imagine anything better than sitting by the campfire listening to her tell stories, read poetry, and sing.

What is your ideal food item and beverage for a glamping trip, and why? If you have a special secret or recipe, please share with us—if you’re willing, of course!

One recipe that I actually picked up on this trip was a salad recipe with toasted quinoa! I’d never heard of toasting it before. It’s such a fast way to give an extra crunch to any salad!

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Do you prefer a more active or more relaxing getaway? Which did you opt for at the glamping site, and what was the best related activity in the area?

With my job, I’m juggling tours, events and photo shoots—it's pretty hectic. So when I’m on vacation, I really like to just switch off, catch up on my reading, new recipes, and exploring the city I’m in.

I do hope that eating can count as an activity—trying new restaurants is my favorite activity! I was surprised but delighted to hear that there was a notable restaurant in town called Smithfields.

“This glamping site would be..."

...the perfect place for old friends. In my experience, your oldest friends tend to live the furthest from you. When you get to see them, it’s a rare treat, one you treasure.

Would you recommend glamping to family and friends? Do you see yourself going glamping again? Let us know why!

I already have recommended Glamping Hub to a few people! I’m thinking of even organizing a family reunion for next summer…but this time in the U.K.! :)

Follow the rest of Ariana's adventures on her blog and Instagram.

Blogger Spotlight: Mandi

By Jessica Armstrong

Today we are bringing you one of our favorites, glampers! We love Mandi of Making Nice in the Midwest not only for her exceptional lifestyle tips and incredible photography skills, but for showing the world how easily glamping can become a necessity in everyday lives.

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Having recently visited two of our one-of-a-kind sites in California—a bell tent near San Francisco and a stunning cabin in Big Bear—and one of our New York tree houses previously, she is no first-timer when it comes to exploring glamping sites across the states. You can read all about her most recent adventure with her gal pals right here.

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We had to ask Mandi for her insider's scoop, so we're always as prepared for the next big adventure just like her. Read on for some of her best glamping memories and tales.

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

I have to admit, with my work-at-home mom lifestyle in the suburbs, I mostly get to enjoy the changing leaves and beauty of fall from the windows of my car as I drive from place to place. But a whole weekend of glamping in the wooded mountains and rolling hills of the west coast blew me away! I loved getting to soak it all in constantly, without having to worry about all the distractions at home.

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

I definitely enjoy glamping in a group. I've learned that as my friends and I grow older, it is far more difficult to connect with one another, especially when so many of us have moved to new homes around the U.S. Having one or two weekends a year where we can get away from it all and really connect fills us up for quite a while, but it also gives us a unique experience that bonds our ties of friendship even more.

What is one of your most memorable glamping experiences?

I had never been to California before my most recent glamping trip, and I was blown away by the landscape. I think my best memory was driving through the mountains with my friends who kept yelling, "SHUT UP!" about how amazing the views were! We kept stopping to take photos.

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What has glamping taught you about travel and nature?

Glamping has taught me that when nature doesn't fit naturally (ha) into your everyday life, you should schedule it in and make it a point to get out there and soak it all in. I believe that humans are refreshed and inspired by nature more than human-made environments, yet so few of us make it a point to surround ourselves with nature and feel revived.

What is your favorite type of accommodation and why?

My dream home would be a mid-century cabin (an A-frame in particular), so it would be so much fun to stay in one during a glamping trip. I love the experience of nature, but being able to cook in an equipped kitchen and sleep in a warm bed inside a home really makes a trip stress-free for me—someone who isn't much of a camper, admittedly. Some of the cabins I've stayed in through Glamping Hub created an escapist experience for me, making me feel way cooler than I actually am!

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What trends do you follow when planning a glamping getaway?

I doubt I'm very hip to the trends these days, but I do like to look up nearby establishments and ask followers on social media if there are any places they recommend visiting while I'm in the area.

How has glamping changed the way you vacation?

Glamping gives me a fresh perspective on the places I visit, getting me out of the off-the-highway hotels and shopping areas and into the beautiful landscapes and quaint areas I really crave.

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Give us the scoop on your glamping go-tos: What’s in your bag?

My last trip was actually my first time narrowing down my bag contents to fit inside of a carry-on! I packed light with two pairs of jeans (black and blue), a couple of t-shirts (gray and white), a couple of sweaters, and one chambray shirt. I brought active wear as well, but didn't end up using those!

I wore boots and a poncho on the plane (along with one of my t-shirts and jeans) and packed spare toiletries, and my camera and lenses, as well as a couple of books. I even had room to bring a few souvenirs for my family.

I picked up a friend before driving to the cabin, and she filled up our vehicle with games, and then we stopped at a grocery story to get enough food to last us a couple of days. It was a lot of fun cooking with friends!

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Follow the rest of Mandi's adventures with Glamping Hub on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Blogger Spotlight: Cheryl

By Jessica Armstrong

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Summer coming to an end doesn't mean our travel plans have to!

Travel and fashion blogger, Cheryl of Oh to Be a Muse shows us just what we need to pair a perfect getaway to Mexico with the transition of seasons. Having her glamping style down, Cheryl shares with us on her blog all the details of her trip with Glamping Hub to these beachfront casitas in Tulum, Mexico.

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Glampers can sure pick up a tip or two from her travel-wear to how to pack for any season, destination, or accommodation. Read on to get all the styling answers you'll need before your next glamping escape.

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

It depends. If I want to glamp in a fall setting, then I want to make sure that I'm wearing cozy clothing and surrounded by beautiful fall scenery. Or I might want to get away from the cold and glamp some place warm, in order to hold onto the last warm days of the year.

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How does your travel style change between seasons?

No matter the season, I always make sure I travel in my athleisure to stay comfortable. In the spring and summer, I like to make sure that I pack a lot of sunglasses and hats. In the fall and winter, I keep scarves, cable knits, and booties as part of my travel style.

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

I plan around the destination for sure. It's all about the location, because my main purpose for traveling is being able to see new places. My wardrobe and accommodations just accessorize my surroundings.

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Are you an overpacker or underpacker? How so?

Definite overpacker. I never want to be in a situation where I run out of something important—and important can range from face moisturizers to fedoras. I always pack a couple extra of everything.

What is your favorite piece of fall apparel?

Right now, I'd have to say that my favorite piece of fall apparel has got to be the floral bomber jacket. It might not seem like your typical fall piece, but it's so perfect for adding layers to your look. I'm also a fan of lace-up sweaters this season as well.

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How do you advise fall glampers to plan their wardrobe?

Always bring more than you think. It's much easier to remove a few layers than to add some, especially if you didn't pack the right amount. Also, you can turn one look into three just by switching up your scarves and cape blazers.

What is your favorite type of accommodation to style for?

I feel like I could be comfortable styling for any accommodation, really. I always ask myself if I prefer a beach view, mountain view, or city view, and I think each setting has its benefits. From a beachside cabana or tree house in the woods to a loft apartment with a skyscraper view, it would be hard not to find the beauty in any of those accommodations.

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

Chic and stylish, for sure. That doesn't mean that I need a full face of makeup, but I do need a little more than just a can of bug spray. It is glamping, after all.

You can learn more about Cheryl, her travels, and her style on her Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and blog.

Blogger Spotlight: Megan

By Jessica Armstrong

As the summer season continues on down under, Megan Jerrard of Mapping Megan took a trip with her partner down to Victoria, Australia, to give glamping in the green countryside a go!

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Bikes, comfy socks, and camera in hand, this glamping gal was well prepared for another adventurous getaway—this time to this contemporary cabin on Gippsland Lakes in Victoria. At this luxury cabin retreat, Megan and her partner enjoyed the comforting luxuries of their cozy farm stay, the on-site Jacuzzi, the regional wine, and they even made a few friends in the Australian wildlife.

Now that she has said goodbye to camping life and taken a plunge into the world of glamping, Megan has some unique advice for travelers on taking the next steps and transitioning to a more luxurious and nature-based way of life. For more information on her glamping must-haves, must-dos, and can't-live-withouts, check out her interview with Glamping Hub and photos of the stunning countryside accommodation she stayed at below.

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

Glamping is all about spending time in the great outdoors and enjoying nature, and there's no prettier time of year than fall. It's such a spectacular sight to watch as the leaves change, regardless of whether you're in Australia or glamping along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina!

Fall glamping feels a lot more romantic than other times of the year because of the color of the trees!

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

I prefer glamping with my partner—most glamping sites offer a wonderful opportunity to disconnect and therefore reconnect with each other, and the cozy atmosphere makes for an amazing romantic trip.

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What is one of your most memorable glamping experiences?

Out first glamping experience was the most memorable—we weren't sure what to expect and were blown away when we realized the level of luxury! We stayed at sleek and romantic cabins in an unspoiled forest setting on the Southern coast of Australia, and it was spectacular beyond belief. This was the moment we realized we would never camp again!

What has glamping taught you about travel and nature?

That you don't have to sacrifice creature comforts to enjoy the wilderness and the great outdoors.

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What is your favorite type of accommodation and why?

We enjoy cabins, as they usually come with kitchen facilities, and we enjoy the freedom to cook proper meals.

What trends do you follow when planning a glamping getaway?

We always check the season and the time of year against the type of accommodation we're booking. For instance, if it's winter, we'll usually opt for cabins as opposed to luxury tents—there's just that little bit more insulation. Whereas in summer, or in destinations with a mild climate year round, we're happy to opt for tents, yurts, hammocks...you name it!

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How has glamping changed the way you vacation?

We now no longer camp!

Give us the scoop on your glamping go-tos: What’s in your bag?

Knowing that we're going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, I always pack suntan lotion and mosquito repellent. And aloe vera gel for when I fail to apply the sun tan lotion!

Pack warm clothes, even if you're heading to a warm destination. Sometime,s regardless of the country or time of year, nights can become quite cool.

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To see more of the beautiful properties Australia has to offer, check out Glamping Hub's Australia portal, here.

Be sure to follow Megan and her newest adventures on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Blog Spotlight: Megan

By Jessica Armstrong

If you and your gal pals are looking for some extraordinary advice from some ladies who know how to throw a classy bachelorette adventure or ladies getaway, then meet Megan of Glamour and Grace.

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For inspiration, how-to's, and know how to make a glamping getaway the best last ladies event before walking down the aisle, this blogger has got all the knowledge and expertise.

This summer Megan and her friends went on a trip to visit the deluxe cabins at River Farm in Virginia, and you can catch her review of the getaway, here. Find out more about her must-haves this fall and advice on traveling with your gals below.

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

Fall is my favorite season! I love the rich colors and all the fun accessories that come with the time of year. Great boots are a must, and I am a big fan of a felt floppy hat!

How does your travel style change between seasons?

Styling with the seasons is all about layering. My style has really evolved lately into a few key neutral pieces that I can mix and match and use accessories for fun pop of color and texture.

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

I'm a foodie, so my favorite vacations always revolve around food. I love traveling to new places, but being well fed makes or breaks a trip for me. Italy and Ireland are big favorites with their comfort food that is always a winner!

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Are you an overpacker or underpacker? How so?

I'm a just enough packer! Oddly enough, for shorter trips I will pack more because I have more room in the suitcase and I like to have options. But if I have a longer trip, I definitely know how to pare down to the basics. One thing I've learned is to always pack a swimsuit. Doesn't matter where I'm going or what I'm doing, I always pack one (you never know if you might come across a hot tub even on a winter trip!)

What is your favorite piece of fall apparel?

You can't go wrong with a great denim jacket. I have this one cropped one from Gap in both light and dark denim that has become a staple in my wardrobe.

How do you advise fall glampers to plan their wardrobe?

Again, layering is key. Some light weight jackets and scarves, paired with jeans and boots are all you need to be stylish in the fall.

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What is your favorite type of accommodation to style for?

I'm an old soul at heart, so I love anything with history, it gives everything such a great character. There is always a good story in an old place.

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

I'm probably more chic and stylish, but I love a bit of whimsy too. The yurts or tree houses or old cabooses that are modernized are that perfect blend of vintage and chic for me!

What are some of the highlights from your most recent glamping trip?

I loved getting together with my friends over wine around a fire pit making s'mores. The best conversations usually happen when there's a warm fire and good wine.

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What are the things you look for in planning out your glamping stay?

I'm a planner vs a spur of the moment traveler, so searching out activities with things to do and see in the area are a must. I'll make an itinerary for a trip to be able to fit in all the must-dos, but leave it fluid enough to be relaxing.

How do you match your glamping stay to your style and personality?

For me, the best glamping stays are the perfect blend of old and new. You get all the history and character, but the comfort and connection of the modern age.

To read more about how glamping can make for the perfect bachelorette getaway and more, check out Megan's blog, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Blogger Spotlight: Laura

By Jessica Armstrong

Between traveling the globe, curating beautiful photos for her Instagram and blog, and finding a way to break cultural barriers through her educational foundation, Laura Lazzarino of Los Viajes de Nena has one big vision for teaching the world why travel is so important.

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Having visited over 50 countries and currently touring through Africa, Laura and her partner Juan, stopped by this gorgeous property in Kenya to try their hand at glamping. With many different vacation, excursion, and camping experiences under their belt, glamping definitely had caught their attention.

To find out more about Laura and Juan's' glamping trip to Kenya and some when and how to's on glamping and travel, check out their interview below.

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What is your favorite season to glamp and why?

Spring and fall, when temperatures are not extreme, and you can get to appreciate the changes in nature.

How do seasons affect your glamping style?

In glamping, as in travel in general, I try to make the most of every season. If it is summer, I definitely choose a nice place by the beach, where I can swim or enjoy the sea breeze. If it is fall, then I love going to the mountains, where golden colors turn the landscape into a magic scenery.

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Where are your favorite places to travel in the fall?

Salta and Jujuy in the northwest of Argentina are beautiful provinces to travel to in the fall, as it is warmer than in the rest of the country, and the mountain colors seem to be more beautiful than ever.

Where are your favorite places to travel in the summer?

The Caribbean Sea is my favorite place in the world. Any island or beach with white sand, fresh seafood, and a calm beach to swim at all day long makes me happy. But if I’m in Europe, Southern Italy would be my choice.

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Tell us about one of your favorite glamping trips.

Well, I’m pretty new to glamping, and so far I’m loving it. That’s why I guess I will never forget my first time. It was in Kenya, traveling around Laikipia, when we had the chance to visit Sabuk, a beautiful lodge with gorgeous views. The privacy of the lodge, combined with a carefully planned integration with nature makes Sabuk an ideal place to taste African wilderness in a comfortable environment.

What is your biggest piece of advice about traveling in between summer and the holiday season?

Just do it! If you have the chance to travel before high season, then take advantage of it—prices are not high yet, places are not full, and you can enjoy the place at its best!

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Tell us about one of the best parts of your most recent stay?

Having lunch while watching a whole family of elephants eat in the hills in front of us, going to bed with the sound of the river, waking up with the birds, and going on a camel safari were just some of the highlights of the trip.

What is one of your favorite things about visiting new sites?

I love the feeling of discovering new places, especially when they are so different to my country or my culture.

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Interested in learning more about Laura and Juan's excursions around the globe? Check out Los Viajes de Nena and Acrobata del Camino.

Blogger Spotlight: Sarah Bianchi

By Jessica Armstrong

Finding beauty and something unique and special in every crevice of the world, next in our fall blog series is fashion and travel blogger Sarah Bianchi of Chic Neverland. Currently living in Venice, Italy, Sarah turned this glamping lodge near Venice, Italy, into the perfect end of summer staycation.

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A visit to these luxury tents was her first glamping getaway with us here at Glamping Hub, but Sarah already has a keen eye for the perfect luxury campign destination. Keep reading to hear her take on travel and how to plan the best vacation according to the year. We definitely are looking forward to see where she'll be off to next this fall!

What is your favorite thing about end-of-summer traveling?

What I prefer the most about end-of-summer traveling is the beautiful light of this period and the possibility to walk in nature or around cities enjoying the warmth of the sun's rays with lower temperatures. Also, sunsets have incredible colors at the end of August.

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How do the type of accommodations you choose differ between the two seasons?

Both for summer and winter, I choose accommodations with large windows to enjoy the view; I love to wake up in front of a beautiful panorama. During winter, I usually look for something with cozy interiors, while in summer, I love open air places, with white curtains and walls.

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

In the summer, I prefer northern countries if I want to visit cities, while I choose beaches and seaside if it's all about relaxation. In the fall, I really love to travel to natural places, because tree and leaves colors are gorgeous in this period. And to NYC also—I love autumn in the city so much.

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How does your packing style vary from fall to summer?

Well, this is easy! In summer, my bags are full of backless tops, short skirts, and light dresses, whereas in fall, I usually use cozy, over-sized knits and gray sweatshirts with jeans. This is my kind of uniform.

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

It always depends on the destination of the vacation. In the summer, I always suggest to stay hydrated, especially when planning long walks or any kind of sports. Sometimes we think this is overrated, but it is definitely important.

For fall, I can suggest to not let the weather upset your plans. It doesn't mean to go in the woods during a storm—just don't panic for a couple of raindrops!

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How does weather affect your travel plans?

I'm not as much of a free spirit as I'd love to be, so when I plan something and it rains, I usually get angry with the weather. It lasts a couple of minutes, then I try to find a quick solution, and I get back on track!

Tell us about one of your favorite fall trips.

As I said previously, my favorite fall trip is New York. Everything here becomes orange, from the leaves in Central Park to lovely pumpkins on doorsteps around the blocks. You can smell cinnamon lattes walking around and get lost with the breezy wind.

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What are some of the highlights of your most recent glamping trip?

My last glamping trip has been great. It was my first experience, and I've been really impressed by the emotions I felt living and sleeping totally in touch with nature.

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What are some pieces of advice as glampers start transitioning from summer to fall glamping?

I suppose the only tips I can share are to get ready for any weather condition, since it rapidly changes in this period, and to fully enjoy the amazing landscape you'll have the chance to see.

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To find out more about Sarah and her travels across the globe check out her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Blogger Spotlight: Tracie

By Jessica Armstrong

When you can live out your hobby and passion through your full-time day job, what more could you ask for?

Meet Tracie of Tracie Travels, a travel photographer and blogger full of wanderlust and with a eye for all scenes and destinations—visually inspiring people across the globe. Having visited a number of countries, while documenting amazing sites and capturing the most beautiful photos, Tracie headed down to visit this eco-friendly cabin in Hawaii.

As summer winds down and fall comes rolling in, Tracie is starting off our Fall Favorites series with some of her best travel tips. Check out her fun and informative comments on how to transition from summer to fall, pick out the best destinations for the season, and some of her most unforgettable moments on the go.

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What is your favorite thing about end of summer traveling?

Most summer family vacations are done by that point, so destinations tend to be less crowded. I try to avoid masses of people as much as possible! I like my peace and quiet.

How do the type of accommodations you choose differ between the two seasons?

It really depends more on the climate than anything. If it's Southeast Asia for example, I'd prefer a place with air conditioning and a pool, no matter what the season. I get pretty squirmy about big spiders, so in places like that, I tend to opt for fully-enclosed accommodations unless the view is just too pretty for me to care! During the fall in most of the U.S., I'd probably choose an accommodation with sufficient heating—maybe even a fireplace for that cozy atmosphere!

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

I often enjoy visiting places that have a different climate, sometimes just to escape the weather that I'm experiencing at home. During my summer here in Seattle, I like going to colder places, like Alaska or Iceland. In late fall, when it starts getting pretty cold, I like visiting places like Central America or Southeast Asia.

However, if I can only see something during a particular season, then that's when I will travel there. For example, the Northern Lights in Iceland are only visible from late fall through early spring, because there is too much sunlight during the rest of the year. I'll brave any weather for the chance to photograph something like that!

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How does your packing style vary from fall to summer?

I love packing for the summer, because clothes are smaller and lighter. They don't take up as much space, and you don't need nearly as much to be comfortable. Traveling in the fall requires strategically packing lots of layers. Fall is one of those seasons when you can't really be sure if the weather will be warm or cool, so you have to come prepared for anything. Unfortunately, all those extra clothes take up a lot more space!

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

If you don't have a place in mind yet, try picking a few favorites and narrowing them down based on when the low or shoulder season is for tourists. If you are already set on the destination, try to schedule your vacation to avoid the high season. Destinations often have specific attractions that vary by the season. If the things you want to see definitely depend on the season, then you may just have to bite the bullet and join the crowds.

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How does weather affect your travel plans?

As I mentioned, I try to travel to places that have the opposite climate or weather that I'm experiencing back home, so the only way the weather can really affect my plans is if a storm prevents me from catching a flight. This is why I tend not to travel in certain places during the dead of winter!

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Tell us about one of your favorite fall trips.

I once took a road trip from Seattle all the way across the country and back in three weeks. I went with two friends and managed to pack a lot of camping gear into my tiny, two-door car. Two of us started in Seattle and picked up our friend in Manitoba. From there, we crossed back into the U.S. and continued through most of New England.

New England is famous for it's pretty fall colors, so it was a great time for us to be there! The weather was comfortable most of the time too. Not too hot, not too cold. It was a very memorable trip, but next time I would go for longer and take a much bigger vehicle!

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What are some of the highlights of your most recent glamping trip?

I was hired to photograph a wedding recently on Hawaii's Big Island, but I couldn't leave without exploring for a few more days. I made sure to see as much lava action as possible—especially since it had just started flowing into the ocean again for the first time in three years!

I took a thrilling, doors-off helicopter flight over the lava, and I biked and hiked to the ocean's lava entry point to get some photos. Those were both incredible lava encounters!

I was also lucky enough to swim with some wild dolphins during my time on the island! Even the Glamping Hub cabin that I stayed at for part of my trip was a highlight, because it was the perfect place to recuperate from all of my activities. It was so beautiful and peaceful!

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What are some pieces of advice as glampers start transitioning from summer to fall glamping?

I know Glamping Hub offers a wide range of options, so I guess this really depends on what kind of glamping accommodation you want to choose. I would recommend looking into the heating and cooling amenities before deciding on a place.

You should also make sure that the climate in the area you're going to is what you expect, so you can plan accordingly. Even if your destination is in the desert, the nights could get pretty cold!

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