Best dog-friendly bars: Where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your pup

By Fred Jéquier

The month of March brings with it a number of events—the beginning of Lent, the first day of spring, and the ever-festive St. Patrick's Day. Wherever you may be in the world, this festival is a chance to indulge in a pint of Guinness, dress up in green, and celebrate all the things that we love about the unique Emerald Isle.

We're not the only ones getting excited at the prospect of a full day of hanging out with our friends and enjoying a pint or two of delicious dark beer, though. Our four-legged pals are more than ready to do a puppy pub crawl with us! Before you get your green t-shirts out, and your green collars ready, it's time to find some dog-friendly pubs and bars to enjoy together. After all, Fido doesn't want to be left home alone!

Here are just a few of our favorite places to enjoy Yappy Hour with your dog on St. Patrick's Day.

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The Morrison in Los Angeles, California

Photo of a doggy platter at The Morrison.

Never mind a doggy bag—this fabulous bar has doggy platters! With burgers to make their humans drool, pups can rest easy in the knowledge that they can happily tuck into a burger dish of their own. At $6 for the dog-friendly menu, this is an affordable place to spend St. Patrick’s Day. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., you can enjoy Happy Hour and choose from a wide range of beers, ales, and lagers. If you're in need of a spot to relax after a long day at work and you don't want to make your dog feel melancollie by leaving them behind, why not bring your pup down and treat them to a meal out?

Rogers Park Social in Chicago, Illinois

A street view of Rogers Park Social.

Is your dog a bit fancy or little on the pawsh side? Rogers Park Social may be perfect for your pup. While St. Patrick's Day is a popular day for the avid beer drinker, some of the more pampered pooches out there may prefer something a little less heavy. Sadly, the drinks on offer here aren't designed for Poodles and Pomeranians, so they'll have to make do with water while you enjoy a wide range of seasonal cocktails designed by the owners of this beautiful bar.

If beer is your beverage, then you're in luck! As well as the delicious cocktails on the menu, there are lots of craft beers to sample while you relax in the lounge or play a board game. When happy hour comes around at 4 p.m., be sure to give the extensive drink menu a look!

The Dog Bar in Charlotte, North Carolina

A couple of dogs enjoying St. Patrick's Day at The Dog Bar.

This human-friendly bar is the perfect spot for pups and hounds to bring their two-legged friends. The Dog Bar is ideal if you want your dog to have a bit of freedom while you "sit, stay, and drink" on St. Patrick's Day.

Dogs are allowed to run around and explore both inside and outside, where there is a covered AstroTurf that has a misting system for summer, so there won't be any hot dogs on a sweltering summer day. Your pooch will also be wonderfully warm in the winter, thanks to the outdoor heaters!

For the two-legged guests, there is a wide range of beer, liquor, and wine options to enjoy. The Dog Bar requires a $10 annual membership fee, but let's be honest, even if you take those wagging tails, there for a day, 10 bucks is a pretty good price for such a unique experience.

Yard Bar in Austin, Texas

The dog-friendly area of The Yard Bar.

Austin, Texas, is home to some of the country's most famous BBQ restaurants and a number of awesome rock and blues musicians, and now, it's also the home of this perfect, pet-friendly watering hole, too. The Yard Bar will leave it's guests, both two- and four-legged, grinning ear to floppy ear!

“Impawsible”, you say? We assure you this no tall tail! Once your pup is over four months old, they can come here and enjoy a day out in the spacious outdoor bar area—all for the bargain price of $5.50 per day! While owners tuck into some tasty food and refreshing beers, the aptly named Bark Rangers keep an eye out on the playing pups.

MUTTS Canine Cantina in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas

A dog makes the most of his day out at MUTTS Canine Cantina.

MUTTS Canine Cantina is the perfect spot to unleash your dog for a day of ruff and tumble fun with some new puppy-pals, while you get your St. Patrick's Day pawty going. As you enjoy a cool beer or a margarita in the beer garden, your dog will be having the time of their life in the one-acre dog park. This establishment throws a range of events for their clientele, including yoga classes, visits from Santa and the Easter Bunny, and a big outdoor screen for movies.

Going to the source: Ireland

There's no way we can talk about St. Paddy's Day, though, without acknowledging St. Patrick's motherland. If you're lucky enough to find yourself in this uniquely beautiful country on March 17, you're definitely going to want a pint of Guinness after exploring the coastline of Wexford, wandering the rolling hills of Kilkenny, and staring out across the Cliffs of Moher. Here are a couple of pet-friendly pubs to make the most of your time on the Emerald Isle!

MVP in Dublin, County Dublin

Photo of a dog sitting at the bar at MVP, Dublin.

With great food, and craft cocktails, this is the ideal spot to bring you dog for a fun day out in the lively city of Dublin. If you head down there on St. Patrick's day, you'll be able to catch the final day of the Women's Six Nations and then join in an Irish-themed sing-along.

The Hollywood Inn in Hollywood, County Wicklow

The beer garden at The Hollywood Inn.

Why not give your hound a sniff around the garden? The Garden of Ireland, that is! Wicklow's unsurpassable natural beauty has to be seen to be believed. Once you've finished exploring the green hills, or the lake at Glendalough, let your pup rest his or her paws at this great pub. The Hollywood Inn, just half an hour from the historic Glendalough, is a traditional Irish pub with a dog-friendly patio. It also has a great range of beers and a wonderful menu to fill you up after exploring this incredibly beautiful county.

It's time to get the pup ready for his big day out—just remember to make sure he brings his best table manners with him!

Want to make a getaway out of it? Find out the best places to take your dog here, and check out some of our amazing pet-friendly rentals on Glamping Hub!

Five must-see cities in Andalusia, Spain

By Eleanor Stanesby

Each year on February 28, the southern region of Spa
in, which is called Andalusia, celebrates el Día de Andalucía, or Andalusia Day, which is in honor of the day Andalusia officially became an autonomous community back in 1980.

Flag of Andalusia. Photo from Wikipedia.

Glamping Hub is proud of the fact that we not only have an office based in Seville, the capital of Andalusia, but also that our CEO is from here! To celebrate this regional holiday, we'd like to show you five of our favorite cities in the beautiful southern region of Spain.

Where to visit

1. Seville

As previously mentioned, Seville is the capital of Andalusia and definitely not one to miss on your travels in southern Spain. Rich with history and culture, Seville holds the largest Gothic church in the world, with its bell tower, La Giralda, giving arguably the best views of this stunning city.

Photo from Henrique Ferreira on Unsplash..

You can't go to Seville and not try the amazing local tapas, overwhelmed for choice as you meander the many small streets, each with buildings of their own unique character.

Photo from Johan Mouchet on Unsplash.

The Plaza de España, originally built for the 1929 Ibero-American Expo, is now one of the most-visited attractions in all of Spain. Rent a small boat and row the canal that lines the building to experience a different perspective of the incredible architecture.

Photo from Alev Takil on Unsplash.

2.Cádiz

Cádiz is the perfect pick for those who love to be at or near the beach, especially on those hot summer days! Known as the oldest inhabited city in the whole of Europe and home to the Spanish Navy, the city boasts over 100 watch towers, due to the fact that it is almost entirely surrounded by water. When here, be sure to visit the Cadiz Cathedral—it took 116 years to build, which can be seen throughout the changes in the style of architecture.

Photo from Flickr.

If seafood is your thing, you cannot leave here without eating it! No matter if from one of the local fish markets or a restaurant, the quality of the seafood here is bound to impress.

If you happen to be here during the Carnival of Cádiz, you're in for an additional treat. Music can be heard from all around the city, and exuberant costumes are worn in celebration—basically just one big fiesta!

Photo from Flickr.

3. Córdoba

Córdoba was one of the most important Roman cities during the Middle Ages and is known best in present day for its courtyards home to stunning and vibrant flowers and plants, all beautifully displayed. In fact, there is a local celebration each year in May called the Patios de Córdoba, where the city's courtyards, most of which belong to people's private homes, are put on display—proudly showing off one of the city's claims to fame.

Photo from Flickr.

The Mezquita of Córdoba is truly stunning, both in its physical design and the history and culture behind it. Built in the 10th century, the structure was first a mosque that was later turned into a cathedral—making a visit to this historical monument is well worth the entry price.

Photo from Wikipedia.

4.Granada

Referred to as Spain's "Moorish Jewel," Granada is one of the most-visited cities in Spain by tourists from all around the world. A trip to the majestic Alhambra, a former palace and fortress that will make your jaw drop, is in order—especially when coupled with the Sierra Nevada mountains as the backdrop.

Photo from Mariano Colombotto on Unsplash.

Catching the sunset at the Mirador de San Nicolas is a favorite among tourists and locals alike—one that typically includes a flamenco treet performance of flamenco as background music while the sun goes down. Meanwhile, the Alcaicería holds the Great Bazaar in Granada, where, since the 15th century, stalls have sold vibrant clothing and souvenirs, allowing its patrons to feel the city's intrinsic connection with northern Africa and Moorish culture.

Photo from Flickr.

5. Málaga

Málaga is a diverse city, from the incredible modernization of Spain's oldest operating port to the charming streets of the old town. While in the city, you have to visit the Alcazaba, a Moorish palace and fortress from the 11th century, which sits up on the hillside and holds secret courtyards and stunning views of the city and ocean.

Photo from Hiveminer.

Alternatively, you can immediately head to any one of the many fantastic beaches on the Costa del Sol, i.e., the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With 15 beaches within the city limits, you'll have plenty of options to choose from, including the Playa de Guadalmar and the Playa del Campo de Golf-San Julián, which is popular with the area's kite-surfers.

Photo from Spain-Holiday.com.

Eager to see more of Andalusia? Check out our complete collection of glamping accomodations across the south of Spain!

What's Mardi Gras and where to celebrate it in the U.S.

By Mikaela Amundson

Mardi Gras is almost here and that means its time for costumes, beads, and a lot of celebration! We're here to give you some great background on this enormous party and some glamping sites perfect to head away to if you want to be close to the action and have an unforgettable experience this year.

A brief history

Mardi Gras in the U.S. dates back to 1703, when the tradition was brought to what is now Mobile, Alabama, by French explorers sent by Louis XIV to defend the then territory of Louisiana in the New World. They held the first organized Mardi Gras celebration there in Louisiana, starting a tradition that endures to this day.

When the capital of the territory moved to Biloxi and, later to New Orleans, the traditions spread and stuck. While today Mardi Gras is celebrated primarily in Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, and parts of Texas, the spirit of the holiday has spread all over the U.S. and can be found just about everywhere.

When to celebrate

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday and is the culmination of the celebration of Epiphany, or the holiday honoring the Magi, 12 days after Christmas. It occurs the day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

Lent is a religious period marked with repentance, somberness, and giving up habits or pleasures to prepare for the dark Good Friday and subsequent happy Easter Sunday in the Christian tradition. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the last day to party it up with food, drink, music, and dancing before Lent begins.

Local groups, known as Mystic Societies or Krewes, organize parades, masked balls, and parties that are super unique. With good food, dancing, costumes, and beads, this celebration is a must-see. In recent years, more Mardi Gras celebrations are discouraging single-use plastic and glitter (a harmful micro-plastic for marine life) in an effort to become more environmentally conscious.

Where to celebrate

If you're looking to get in on this legendary party, heading to Mobile, Alabama, or New Orleans, Louisiana, is a no-brainer, but if you want to make this trip something a little more unique, a glamping site nearby would be the perfect getaway! Look below for some sites that put you close enough to the celebrations, but far enough away so you can sneak away from the crowds when you're done for the night.

Mobile, Alabama:

This tucked away tent has access to gorgeous beaches, a nature preserve, and great trails for hiking and biking. After heading into Mobile for the celebrations on Tuesday, enjoy a few more days on the gulf for a well-rounded vacation.

30 minutes outside of Mobile, you'll find this cottage on the coast of Mobile Bay, with everything you need for a comfortable stay. With everything from Wi-Fi, a king-size bed, and a screened-in porch, this accommodation is the perfect comfortable spot to settle into before donning your costumes and heading to the parade!

New Orleans, Louisiana:

This perfectly cozy A-frame cabin sits on an incredible private 53-acre lake, surrounded by gorgeous wildlife, marshes, ponds, and forests. Just a 40-minute drive into the city of New Orleans, this little nature getaway is perfect for couples looking to experience a little bit of everything in the bayou.

This massive lakeside rental will make you want to get every friend you know and head down to NOLA. Located on Lake Pontchartrain and 45 minutes away from this city, this 20-person accommodation will be the perfect place to host the whole gang for a relaxing get away before heading into the city for a very memorable Mardi Gras.


Don't let the party stop here! Be sure to check out our collections of accommodations near New Orleans and Mobile for even more Mardi Gras-worthy options.

The 14 most romantic Valentine's Day getaways

By Mikaela Amundson

As you and your special someone make fancy dinner reservations, get ready to exchange gifts, and plan extravagant surprises, take this year as an opportunity to explore a different, but equally as memorable and meaningful, way to show your love for one another.

A romantic glamping getaway is the perfect way to sweep your favorite person off their feet for an amazing experience and create long-lasting memories that you'll cherish forever. To help out, we've curated a list of the most unique experiences for couples to celebrate their love together this Valentine's Day.

1. Cozy Tennessee Tree House:

This tucked-away tree house is a great spot for couples to head off to for a romantic weekend. With a fireplace, a hot tub, and a queen-size bed, this elevated hideaway is the best of the rustic and comfortable. Feel like you're living in the trees for an entire weekend while enjoying movies, Wi-Fi, and a fully-furnished kitchen in this high-off-the-ground glamping site. The Tennessee woods are a wonderful background for a solo weekend away with that special someone.

2. Romantic Lakeside Cabin in Maine:

Spend your Valentine's Day cozied up in this charming, lakefront cabin with your special someone—cuddling up in the plush seating area in front of the warm and inviting fireplace. The fully-equipped kitchen is perfect for preparing a romantic meal for two while watching the picturesque snow scene outside. It'll be too easy to become enamored with the beautiful hardwood and cobblestone chimney; you may never want to leave this lovely getaway!

3. Adults-Only Green House for Two in Oregon:

Are traditional cottages not you and your honey's speed? Try out this incredible, converted green house, complete with 360-degree views of its gorgeous surroundings through the nearly wall-to-wall glass windows. Spend your daytime exploring the surrounding farm and nearby Silver Falls State Park, then warm up with a campfire outside the green house with marshmallows and hot cocoa. To finish off your romantic day, try stargazing cuddled up the elegant double bed upstairs in the loft—after a soak in the natural cedar hot tub in the downstairs living room, of course.

4. Huge Heated Bell Tent Under the Stars in Utah:

If you're looking for a more au naturel Valentine's Day with your partner, look no further than this bell tent near Utah's beautiful Zion State Park for an unbeatable, nature-filled weekend away. Enjoy exploring the beautiful surrounding mountain scenery and petroglyphs with your loved one just north of this glamping site. The fire pit and surrounding chairs are the perfect place to curl up after a long day for some unbeatable stargazing—all before retiring to the luxurious king-size bed inside this amazing, heated tent.

5. Garden Cottage for Two in Quintana Roo, Mexico:

For something a little more tropical, try this delightful garden cottage in sunny Quintana Roo for a warmer way to spend the weekend with your favorite person. The encompassing glass windows offer amazing views of the surrounding mangroves and colorful gardens, and the site boasts incredible local cuisine made by the host. If that's not enough to entice you, the pristine sand beach and great snorkeling at just steps from the cottage's door should be enough to have you two packing your bags!

6. Secluded Beach Pod in Portugal:

This inviting pod in Portugal is located on the beautiful Peninsula de Setubal, perfect for couples that want mountainous coastline, beaches, wine country, and lush forests all at one glamping destination. You can swim in the Atlantic, bike along the water, and swing in a hammock for the perfect Valentine's Day with your partner. After a great night's sleep in the cozy double bed, enjoy a complimentary organic breakfast to start your adventure-filled day off right.

7. Tree House with Romance Package near Madrid:

The allure of this Spanish tree house would be enough to make anyone want to slip away from the hustle and bustle of Madrid and head off to the mountains, but this host offers romantic add-ons to make a Valentine's Day getaway that much more special. Enjoy a glass of bubbly surrounded by candles and romantic decorations while snacking on chocolate with your special someone, thanks to the property's romance package, for the perfect evening under the stars.

8. Rustic Cottage for Couples on Lake Erie

This wonderfully-eclectic cabin is perfect for couples that want to tuck in for the weekend and just enjoy each other's company. The cabin has floor-to-ceiling bookshelves with a large offering of books and games, as well as a piano and guitar for a delightful weekend away. The wood-burning stove will keep you warm and cozy while you enjoy the charming snow views outside.

9. Unique Island Cottage in British Columbia:

Your fairy-tale romance deserves a cottage straight out of a storybook. This incredibly unique cottage on Mayne Island in British Columbia is a magical property sure to make your Valentine's Day unforgettable. There are orchards, gardens, and sheep just outside the door, and inside, you'll be greeted by incredible woodwork and charming vintage and handmade decor! This cottage is as special as your partner and is the perfect place to whisk them away to on February 14.

10. Luxe Tent Outside of Killarney:

If you're looking for a place where you can have both the rustic and the modern, this luxury tent just outside of Killarney is the perfect place for your Valentine's getaway. Just a 15-minute walk from the center of Killarney, this tranquil accommodation offers the chance to experience the city and the countryside all in one go. This wonderful property offers coast views, lush forests, and astonishing mountain views—in addition to being able to pop into town for a romantic dinner of fish and chips.

11. Mountain-View Bed and Breakfast near Melbourne:

You can never go wrong with the classic bed and breakfast. If a more traditional accommodation is to your liking, but you still want to enjoy Mother Nature, this lodge just outside Melbourne is what you're looking for. The hosts take pride in whipping up delicious meals that can be catered to your liking and enjoyed from the comfort of your own balcony—all while enjoying the views of the amazing Cathedral Range. Take a dip in the heated, saltwater swimming pool or go for a walk in the garden before retiring to a plush king-size bed for a weekend trip!

12. Safari Tent for Two in New South Wales

This luxurious tent for two is a perfect mix of rustic and plush. With a private balcony and views of the beautiful Turon River, this place makes for the perfect backdrop to a romantic Valentine's Day weekend. Read a book on the cozy couch, sunbathe on the attached deck, or take a soak in the deluxe bathtub that's big enough for two to round out a relaxing day together.

13. Fully-Furnished Airstream Rental in Greece

Why not try a refurbished Airstream parked on a gorgeous farm for a unique Valentine's Day weekend? This glamorously-decorated camper in Greece gives total vintage vibes for you and your honey to relax in. Enjoy the plush queen-size bed and fully-functional kitchen for the ultimate cozy night in. During the day, arrange for tours of the farm, check out the observation tower and chapel, and finish off your day with a drink at the local tavern.

14. Rustic Bell Tent in Sicily

This simple and lovely bell tent in Sicily, Italy, leaves all the busyness of the city behind and allows for couples to escape to a romantic camping weekend. Spend February 14 surrounded by hiking trails and canyons with gorgeous nature views, and later on, enjoy your evening surrounded by candles and a record player for a truly unforgettable experience.


P.S. If Portugal is your perfect plan, the host of this unique glamping getaway, Sarah, has something that will sweeten the pot! She's offering a special deal for a three-night stay that includes a bottle of champagne and exclusive access to a romantic, outdoor bathtub—perfect for stargazing as a pair.


Don't stop here! Keep exploring on Glamping Hub and let us find you the perfect fit for your Valentine's Day glamping getaway this year.

How to plan a unique Valentine's Day experience

By Eleanor Stanesby

Valentine's Day is almost upon us—a time when expectations to have the perfect day planned are at an all-time high. What's the perfect restaurant to book? Where's the most romantic place to have a cocktail or two?

Scratch all of that. Why not treat your partner to a romantic getaway, surrounded by serene nature and beauty from every angle, instead? From tree houses and cabins to luxury tents, experience a different type of Valentine's Day this year with unique accommodations that are sure to give you a weekend beyond compare.

Tips to make Valentine's Day a success

1. The gift

Finding the perfect gift can cause a lot of trouble, especially with the market saturated with generic and cliché gifts that don't quite hit the mark when it comes to expressing how you feel about your loved one. With a romantic weekend getaway, this becomes the gift—taking away a lot of the pressure that surrounds this part of the day.

2. Dining out

Valentine's Day sees many couples booking reservations to dine out at a different or expensive restaurant. The stress of finding the best place that both you and your partner will enjoy is gone with a glamping stay. The two of you can relish in the comfort of your luxurious accommodation in front of a home-cooked meal, which, let's be honest, is usually way nicer than dining out.

3. Dress to impress

Finding the best outfit for the Valentine's Day can come with a lot of money spent, as well as a lot of time wasted scrolling on the internet for an outfit that suits the occasion. While glamping, the natural surroundings allows a more relaxed approach with no expectations. Of course, if dressing up is something you particularly enjoy, a romantic getaway still allows you to do this, simply without the gaze of other couples that are also celebrating.

4. A full day of plans

A meal or drinks after work is the usual plan for many couples on February 14. However, when you make plans for the entire day—and maybe even more!—it allows you to spend more quality time with your partner, something that you may not get enough of amid the busyness of your normal, day-to-day schedule. Glamping allows you to make 100% of the time quality time, with relaxing together and enjoying one another's company being the only thing on your agenda.


Love our advice on how to get the most unique Valentine's Day plans you've ever had? Have an even better idea? Show us your unique way of celebrating Valentine's Day by sharing your photos with us on Instagram!

Delicious holiday drink recipes

By Marta Gintowt

The holiday season is the perfect time for getting together, lighting up the fireplace, and sharing a warming beverage. A glass of red wine or a chilled beer will always do the trick, but why not use this time of year to get creative and try something new and festive?

Whether you are entertaining a large group of friends or are just trying to impress your partner, we have curated the perfect list of interesting and delicious holiday drink recipes, ranging from simple to complex, to try out this cozy holiday season.

Chai eggnog

Photo and recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

A Christmas cocktail that adults love and kids loathe, this special twist on the classic recipe marries chai tea and exotic spices together to create a more than memorable flavor. Either to be enjoyed without alcohol or combined with a rich whiskey or brandy, this recipe is sure to make those of all ages eggnog converts.

Spicy pomegranate Moscow mule

Photo and recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

Christmas time calls for an abundance of winter fruits, like pomegranates and any citrus of your choice, so both novice and experienced cocktail-makers, take note! The traditional Moscow mule is a drink whose popularity is steadily on the rise, due to the tangy ginger flavors and satisfying crushed ice. This spicy interpretation is bound to make a statement with the addition of sweet pomegranate and spicy jalepeños.

Blood orange and pomegranate thyme spritz

Photo and recipe from A Cozy Kitchen.

Continuing on with our love for winter fruits, those who appreciate eclectic, sophisticated flavors will adore this festive beverage. The robust essence of thyme, paired with both rich pomegranate juice and tangy blood orange soda, are refreshing, yet warming—making this a perfect entertaining aperitif.

Glögg

Recipe from The Spruce Eats.

The holidays call for traditions, whether that is getting together with the family or making classic recipes that have been passed down through generations. Mulled wine, or the stronger Swedish Glögg, is a fragrant, noted beverage that is famous around the world and can easily be made at home. Served warm, this Glögg combines wine, spices, fruit, and an optional hard spirit for that extra cozy feeling.

Grapefruit whiskey sours

Photo and recipe from Heather Cristo.

Whiskey is known for it's warming properties, hence it being one of the main ingredients in the cold-combating Hot Toddy. Extremely easy and perfect for either a cozy night in or a holiday party, whiskey sours are a definite crowd pleaser. This recipe suggests adding grapefruit soda and pink lemon wedges (rare, but gorgeous) for a pop of color and a fragrant twist.

Kahlua hot chocolate

Photo and recipe from Damn Delicious.

Once the temperature drops and winter has announced it's frigid arrival, hot chocolate is natural a go-to soul-warmer for those of all ages. This delicious, spiked hot chocolate is especially appealing to adults, due to the addition of Kahlua liquor and salted caramel, for a decadent winter evening treat.


Need some ideas on where to make these warming winter beverages this holiday season? Try them out at one of our favorite places to celebrate New Year's Eve!

8 unique ideas for where to spend New Year's Eve

By Eric Wright

With the vast crowds descending on Sydney and New York each New Year's Eve, avoid the stress and crammed city streets and escape to one of these lesser-known destinations.

From incredible fireworks displays and live music to magical sunrises and sandy beaches, this countdown of locations is sure to help you bring in the new year with a bang.

1. Reykjavik, Iceland

New Year's Eve in Iceland sees the whole country go wild as an epic fireworks display takes place half an hour before midnight. Oskjuhlid Hill can be found right the center of Reykjavík and is the perfect spot to sit and watch the whole night's sky light up over the entire city. After the celebrations are over, there's nothing better than enjoying the spectacular Northern Lights on the first day of the new year from this stunning glass cabin.

2. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The perfect place to relax and reflect on the past year, Grand Canyon National Park is the ideal spot to swap those crowded New Year's Eve streets for jaw-dropping views and unbeatable hiking trails. The majestic sights from the South Rim are sure to put the year in perspective making this the go-to getaway for those looking for a peaceful and uplifting new year.

3. Homigot Sunrise Festival in South Korea

Homigot Village, located on the easternmost point of the Korean Peninsula, plays host to the one-of-a-kind Sunrise Festival every New Year's Eve. Visitors get to see the sun make it's first new appearance, rising majestically over the fascinating hand sculpture that bursts through the calm ocean. With the festival also holding traditional Korean performances, a fireworks show, and local food, New Year's Eve here will seem like a strange but beautiful dream.

4. Madeira, Portugal

The picturesque island of Madeira offers a New Year's Eve of top-class wine, fine seafood, and, of course, an amazing fireworks show over Funchal Bay. During the day, spend time exploring this charming island, and when night falls, take in the special atmosphere with the locals in the quaint side cafés. When day breaks for the first time in 2019, waking up to to the sight of the serene ocean from your own secluded beach hut will be a moment that stays with you for a lifetime.

5. Niagara Falls, Canada

If it's live music, dancing, and dazzling pyrotechnics you're looking for as the year draws to a close, Niagara Falls is the place to be this New Year's Eve. The festivities begin at 8 p.m. in Queen Victoria Park with plenty of traditional food and drinks on offer from the friendly locals, and the night culminates with some magnificent fireworks launched from Niagara Gorge!

6. Honolulu, Hawaii

Welcome in the new year with a warm aloha by spending the last day of the year surrounded by the volcanic slopes and rugged coast of Honolulu in Hawaii. As the bells end, watch the multicolored rockets burst over Waikiki Beach, and after, head on down to one of the tiki bars for some live music, elaborated cocktails, and late-night hula dancing!

7. Florianopolis, Brazil

Although Rio is seen as the number one spot to celebrate New Year's Eve in Brazil, Florianopolis, or Floripa as the locals call it, is Brazil's biggest secret—and the party destination for some of Brazil's best soccer stars. With more than 42 sandy beaches, hidden coves, and pristine lakes, there is something for everyone here. Take a seat lakeside with a cold caipirinha and enjoy the New Year's Eve fireworks display in style.

8. Zion National Park, Utah

Why not ring in the new year surrounded by the soaring landscape and iconic red rock canyons of Zion National Park this year? Make the last day of the year one to remember by hiking up to the epic Angel's Landing for 360-degree views of the sprawling 147,000-acre park, all before cozying up with loved ones, glass of champagne in hand.


For more New Year's Eve inspiration, keep exploring on Glamping Hub!

Experience-based gifts for the whole family

By Stephen Gillis

When thinking about what to get your family for the holidays, consider gifting an experience. Experiences are the gifts that keep on giving and will be shared and reminisced for years to come around the dinner table and over cups of coffee. Unlike things, experiences get better the more you share them with others.

Create lifelong memories with those closest to you while doing something a little out of the ordinary. Here is a list of some of the best activities to do while glamping that will make great gifts for the whole family.

Yoga

Get the whole family to disconnect, de-stress, and open your minds while doing yoga on your glamping getaway.

Yoga with the whole family is a great way to expose children to lifelong healthy activities.No matter your age or experience level, yoga can be beneficial in a myriad of ways—breathing techniques for better stamina, mindfulness for clearing away stress, and stretching to ease muscle tension and soreness. See who can hold their downward-facing dog pose the longest!

Horseback riding

Horseback riding in Croatia will get you vistas you won't see anywhere else—a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Few other animals parallel the majesty of the horse. Embrace this beautiful animal with an open spirit to embark on an indelible experience with the kids. Exploring rugged terrains and gorgeous landscapes on horseback will surely fill you and your children with fond family memories and a renewed sense of enchantment.

Safari

Get ready to see rare and endangered wildlife while on a safari in Kenya.

Witness the excitement nature has to offer on a safari in Kenya. Learn about the area's wildlife and ecosystem from the safety of a vehicle at a comfortable distance. Fascination will be the primary emotion when you and your family are experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe the most impressive animals on our planet.

Canoeing

Explore Washington's coast from the water with a relaxing canoe ride.

Canoeing is family bonding at its finest. Everyone must be in proper balance and rhythm to ensure you remain dry by the time you dock. Navigate the shore and have a glimpse of the coastline from a new perspective. Maybe you'll even encounter some wildlife! As long as life jackets are securely fastened and you don't find yourself without a paddle, your family will be very safe on this adventure—not to mention you will leave having completed a killer arm workout.

Zip-lining

Prepare to get a bird's eye view of the jungle while zip-lining.

Few activities are as thrilling as soaring over the jungle canopy on a zip-line. Feel the fresh, rainforest air roll over you as you zip from one platform to another. Zip-lining is a great way to push the limits of the comfort zone of your family. The feeling is exhilarating, and you will leave a more courageous person. Support one another through the course, and you're in for a spectacular moment for the whole family.

Fishing

At this villa, you'll get the chance to go fishing every day from one of the best locations.

Spending the day patiently waiting for that bite to reel in a big one will be an experience never forgotten. If you are lucky, the fruits of your labor will pay off in the form of a big fish to pose with and show off to all your friends. The virtue of patience will be the biggest lesson learned on this trip—which is a valuable lesson for guests of all ages and experience levels.

Stargazing

When you're coming from the city, stargazing is an activity that is awe-inspiring.

Get out of the city and into the countryside to take a look at the beautiful stars overhead. In the city, we often forget they even exist, but once you see them, you can't stop looking. Stargazing puts everything back into perspective, as you gain a more profound appreciation for the vast scale of the universe.

Using a telescope, you can get a closer look at the moon and other planets if you look hard enough. Try to catch a glimpse of a shooting star, and don't forget to make a wish! It will truly be a dream come true and an experience your family will be craving upon returning to the city.


For some more gift ideas or to see where else you can venture to this holiday season, keep on reading on the Glamping Hub blog!

Tips for traveling during the holidays

By Kelsey Leon

Whether you're going to the Christmas markets in Germany or a sunny beach in Hawai'i, traveling during the holidays can be an incredibly memorable experience. The destinations and possibilities are endless!

It can also be very stressful, however, with so many things to remember and plan. "How am I going to get to the airport?" "What if it snows?" "How am I going to fit these gifts in my suitcase?" We know it feels like there is a lot to do, but fear not! Here are some quick tips for traveling during the holidays so you can worry a little bit less and make the most out of your trip.

Arrive early

This is an obvious but very important item to remember. Expect the unexpected! Whether it be bad weather (pun intended) or longer than usual lines, a delay or two could definitely happen. Make sure that you budget enough time to get to whatever destination you need to be at, be it an airport or a bus or train station. Give yourself more time than you think that you need, because, after all, it is better to be too early than too late and to err on the side of caution. The last thing you want to do is miss your plane, train, or bus!

Stay healthy

Winter time makes just about everywhere a breeding ground for colds of all kinds. Couple that with extra crowded areas, and you've got the perfect storm. Even if you are in the Southern Hemisphere at the moment and soaking up some summer rays, it is still very possible to catch a cold. Protect yourself from falling ill (after all, getting sick during the holidays and having to travel is the worst), and be mindful when you are in a public space. Bring some hand sanitizer, remember to wash your hands thoroughly, and try to avoid touching your face.

Be mindful of your carbon footprint

While it is important that you stay clean, it is also important that you keep whatever place you are staying at as clean as possible, too. Everyone has a carbon footprint, and this is even more true when we travel. While it is obvious that some amount of carbon emissions occur during travel, try to keep your waste to a minimum. For some great tips for traveling and creating zero waste, keep reading here on Inspired by Maps.

Be smart about packing

During holiday travel, it is especially important to pack smartly so that you can have one less thing to worry about. Will you be traveling to many places in a short amount of time, or will you be in one place for a longer time? How's the weather where you'll be going? A common rule of thumb is to pack as efficiently as possible. No matter what your situation is, traveling will be easiest with a lighter suitcase.

Bring something festive

Do you do something special with friends or family every holiday season? Well, don't let travel stop you from keeping you traditions alive! Perhaps if it is something more elaborate, you won't be able to go all out, but you can certainly bring a little piece of it with you. Break out your Christmas sweater and get festive on that airplane! This can certainly help you stay cheerful throughout your travels and really get into the holiday mood. It's incredible what a simple thing like this can do!

Be respectful

Remember that it's the holiday season! It can be easy to complain about the bathroom line being too long or the fact that your flight was delayed, but no matter how frustrating the situation, it's important to be patient and to be respectful. Complaining about a situation won't help anything, including people's moods. Take a deep breath, and take any inconveniences or issues with grace. Just think about it—you're lucky that you're even able to travel this holiday season. Many people would love to be in your position, and in just a short while, you'll be at an amazing destination!


Have you prepped your bags with our must-have travel gadgets? If not, be sure to put them on your wish list this year!

Thoughtful gifts for him, her, and Fido

By Elizabeth Young

You may see this and think, "Great, another shopping list for the holidays. What's new?" Well, actually, a lot! This list isn't just a list of random items that could be used by anyone, but rather a curated list of our favorite travel gadgets that we actually used in 2018. Each item on this list has been tried and tested by our Glamping Hub employees, and we're sharing them with you because they've truly changed how we travel.

For Him

Skyroam's Solis Portable Hot Spot

Charge your gadgets on the go, and get easy, global Wi-Fi.
Photo sourced from Skyroam.

Skyroam Solis is the company's newest model and one of the most powerful, global Wi-Fi hot spots on the market. With super fast 4G LTE coverage in over 130 countries, over 16 hours of battery life, and charging connections for up to five devices, this handy machine makes traveling and staying connected easier than ever before.

Flask Flashlight

Perfect for the guy who loves to camp—and relax at the end of the day with a drink.
Photo Sourced from Kaufmann Mercantile.

Probably two items that you never occurred to you to combine: a flask and a flashlight. With improvements in technology, the big batteries are not needed for flashlights anymore, which for the most part are now all LED.

Thus, the founders of VSSL decided to put all that extra space to use, and one of their feats of engineering is this flashlight and flask combination. It can carry 10 ounces of your favorite drink and comes with two stainless steel, collapsible shot glasses, and a bottle opener (apart from the flashlight).

Bear Grylls' Ultimate Survival Kit

This is the gift you hope you never need, but are always glad to have.
Photo Sourced from Gerber Gear.

This compact and portable survival kit has everything you would need in an emergency situation in the outdoors. With 16 pieces, ranging from a hand saw and survival blanket to fishing and sewing kits, Gerber Gear and Bear Grylls have thought of everything you might need. It even comes with a "Priorities of Survival Pocket Guide" for potentially dangerous or tricky situations.

For Her

Waxed Canvas Backpack

Stylish and practical, this is the perfect weekend getaway bag for her.
Photo sourced from Etsy.

Kovereduk's Lundy backpack combines fashion and function for an overall great weekend bag for her. The brown leather bag is durable, and each one is unique, as it is made with reclaimed leather. With two large, hold-all compartments, a front pocket, and an interior zip pocket, the backpack can easily fit a laptop and clothes for a weekend away.

Carry On Cocktail Kits

Compact and easy to bring along, these in-flight cocktail kits make it easy to relax once you reach cruising altitude.
Photo sourced from Amazon.

Carry On Cocktails are the brainchild of W&P and have us asking, "How did no one think of this sooner?!" Whether you hate flying and need to relax or simply want to get your vacation started early, these in-flight cocktail kits are compact and easy to bring in your carry-on. The company offers drinks ranging from a Moscow Mule to a Champagne Cocktail—all of which make great stocking stuffers for the over-21 crowd.

Sand-Free Beach Towels

Add some style and luxury to your next beach trip with this sand-proof beach towel.
Photo sourced from Tesalate.

These beach towels will change the way you relax and get your tan on forever. Made from Tesalate's exclusive AbsorbLite fabric, sand won't stick to these towels, even when wet! Compact, quick drying, and with more than 20 patterns to pick from, these towels are a no-brainer gift for someone who loves to be at the beach.

For Fido

I have to say from experience, traveling with a dog is tricky. Even more difficult is finding a pet-friendly rental where you can stay and really feel like your dog is welcome—especially if you're glamping and going to be outdoors all day.

These are some of my favorite pet products for traveling, one for fun and two of which really make it easy to keep your vacation rental clean while there with your pup.

Paw Plunger

Portable and easy to use, this Paw Plunger is a no-brainer
Photo Sourced from The Grommet.

The first product is called the Paw Plunger, which quickly and easily cleans your dog's paws. It's perfect for removing any traces of that muddy mountain hike you wanted to take before letting the dog back inside the rental. Fill the container with warm water, and watch as one-by-one your dogs paws are cleaned gently by the bristles inside—truly a lifesaver.

Portable Dog Bath

This handy dog-shower makes staying anywhere with Fido a breeze.
Photo Sourced from Amazon.

If your dog hates being bathed like ours do, this item will be a life-saver. You will be so thankful you bought this for your pup after a walk through the woods, where the dog found a nice puddle to roll around in and you don't want to let them back inside the vacation rental.

This Bissell portable dog bath is perfect for when you're in someone else's home and want to keep the dog clean. It cleans from the skin up, with specially designed nozzles that go beneath the fur, and it also uses only 48 ounces of water and no-rinse shampoo to keep your pup clean from head to tail.

Note to dog-owners whose pups are afraid of vacuums: You may want to introduce this slowly, as it does make a quiet, vacuum-like noise. The product comes with training instructions if this is the case for your dog.

Outward Hound's Dog Puzzles

Now your pup can play Twister, too!
Photo sourced from Outward Hound.

I originally saw these toys first on Instagram and honestly thought they looked a little unnecessary. Either it would be too complicated, or it would be destroyed by my dog in a few hours. After seeing my pup in action with one, however, my mind was quickly changed. These things are great!

With multiple training levels and different challenges, these puzzles help train your dog to learn sequential steps—challenging them while teaching them problem-solving skills. Did you ever think your dog would learn how to problem-solve? Maybe they will in 2019!


Feeling inspired to take a trip with your new gadgets? Head to Glamping Hub for where to stay or check out our staff's holiday wish list here!