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!

Where to spend Christmas in Europe

By Amber Woolley

If you're thinking of getting away this holiday season but not sure where to go, Europe is a fantastic option for those who want to travel while still going somewhere where festive spirits are high. From traditional holiday markets and nostalgic settings to charming medieval squares and Gothic churches, all throughout Europe there are countless destinations that can definitely deliver a hefty dose of holiday spirit.

Kiruna, Sweden

As the Northern Lights are one of the seven wonders of the world, the best time to chase the Aurora is during the holiday season. In December, evenings are long and dark, so the chances of seeing the lights are very high. During the day, there will be plenty of time to spend in the snow so finally, you can enjoy the white Christmas you've been longing for.

Spending the nights beneath the Northern Lights is the ideal retreat for a romantic getaway. In Kiruna, Sweden, you can fall asleep watching the Aurora dance the night away under a completely translucent glass roof—a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Nuremberg Christmas market, Germany

Christkindlesmarkt, otherwise known as the Nuremberg Christmas Market.
Photo sourced from Faredepot.

Whenever we think of holiday festivities, German markets always make it to the top of the list. Although there are some great German markets around Europe, one of the most famous is Nuremberg's German Market, which boasts around 2 million visitors per year.

Wrap up warm, enjoy the hustle and bustle, and immerse yourself in the excitement of Christmas. Appreciate the sweet gingerbread aroma, sip on hot mulled wine, enjoy a bratwurst, and take the old fashioned stagecoach around Nuremberg to learn even more about the city's culture.

Lapland, Finland

If you're traveling to Europe with family this holiday season and have young children, taking them to Lapland will create the most amazing winter wonderland experience. Make it a weekend trip, and stay in this unique igloo before taking a short road trip to Rovaniemi to visit Santa's Village. Your day will be full of fun, family activities, which may include a ride on a snowmobile, a reindeer safari, a husky ride, and, of course, saying hello to Santa!

St. Moritz, Switzerland

Luxurious Ski Resort in Switzerland.
Photo sourced from Snow Magazine.

The perfect time to take a ski trip to avoid an overcrowded resort is Christmas! That's because the peak season for the European slopes is February through March. Traveling to Europe for a ski holiday is totally worth it for the experience; you'll get the opportunity to ski where the sport originated from, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and indulge in the local food and wine.

There are hundreds of ski resorts to choose from, but St. Moritz in Switzerland is a truly special destination. This resort is the oldest winter holiday destination in the world, making it the most luxurious and unique escape you could ask for this holiday season. Spend your mornings skiing, and in the afternoons, get cozy by the fire with a hot chocolate and relax in style and elegance.

Prague, Czech Republic

Old Town Square in Prague.
Photo sourced from Eurolines.

Discover a real-life fairytale this Christmas and enjoy a city full of character. Take a trip in December and discover Prague's architecture all lit up by magical holiday lights. Here, you will have an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Gothic architecture, uncover the cities best traditions, and experience its delightful cuisine. The whole city is also decked out with bright and vibrant wooden huts— animated with music and all the holiday decorations you could imagine.

Granada, Spain

The Alhambra with the Sierra Nevada range in the background.
Photo sourced from Spain Attractions.

If you're looking for a storybook Christmas, Granada is the perfect place to visit. The city is famous for its breathtaking, postcard landscapes and magical nativity scenes, known as belenes. Set the tone this festive season and introduce something different and exciting—a Spanish navidad, perhaps? Reconnect with nature and stay close to the snow capped mountains of Sierra Nevada in this beautiful tipi.


Want to check out some more of our winter glamping options in Europe? Keep exploring here!

Our favorite travel gadgets to gift in 2018

By Eric Wright

Although most of us travel to escape from work emails, the hubbub of the office, and the distractions of technology-based modern life, having the right gadgets to take on your upcoming trips can be a real life-saver. Whether its something practical or a brand-new invention, an inspection of these gadgets will have you adding a few more items to your 2018 holiday wish list. Here's to your future getaways being safer, more comfortable, and more incredible than ever!

1. Waterproof camera

Photo courtesy of digitalcameraworld.com.

A fitting gift for friends and family who regularly give in to peer pressure, these sleek devices come with a great image quality—some even being resistant to shocks and freezing temperatures. Whether it's a vacation of relaxing at the beach, an unforgettable scuba expedition to the depths, or a kayaking trip, help your buddies capture those once-in-a-lifetime underwater moments with a waterproof camera.

2. Portable projector

We all know there's no place like home, but what about watching your favorite flick while surrounded by thousands of distant stars and planets? Well, say hello to my little friend! From ultra-small, mini-models to more up-scale versions with an eight-foot projection screen, these gadgets allow you to bring the cinema to the great outdoors.

3. Camera drone

Perfect for travelers looking to catch the ultimate sunset, these ultra-modern machines come with all the trimmings. Able to fly up to four miles away, the soaring robots allow you to capture those unforgettable vacation moments with astonishing clarity. Equipped with intuitive smartphone control, GPS, and several flight modes, a camera drone is the ultimate gift for someone looking to take their vacations to the next level—literally.

4. Portable fire pit

Going camping with friends and family just wouldn't be the same without a night of chatting, stargazing, and, of course, roasting marshmallows together around a fire pit. These lightweight models range from simple steel pits to trendy, modern designs, and they're all easy to carry and store in the back of the car. So, as Gandalf once so famously said, "Fry, you fools."

5. Water-resistant Bluetooth speaker

Enabling you to listen to your favorite tracks anywhere in the world, a water-resistant, portable speaker is an absolute must for music lovers on vacation, especially during that November rain. Both dust and splash resistant and with almost 10 hours of playtime, this nimble party-goer should definitely be your next travel companion.

6. Sandless beach mat

Photo courtesy of sandlessbeachmats.com.

Originally created for military purposes, this incredibly handy towel allows you to enjoy those idyllic beach days without having to worry about getting any pesky sand on your electronic devices or picnic snacks. Practically impossible to cover in sand, help your friends get the ultimate suntan next year from one of these super useful beach mats.

7. Water purifier bottle

Photo courtesy of toomanyadapters.com.

With the majority of traveler's health problems coming from drinking contaminated water, a water purifier is an absolute must for the explorer in the family. From state-of-the-art devices that can clean naturally sourced water in 15 seconds to more affordable models, these life-saving gadgets offer safe drinking water wherever you may be exploring.

8. Battery-charging backpack

Photo courtesy of TYLT.

Never miss a photo op due to a dead cell phone battery with this battery-charging backpack by TYLT. Perfect for those who love to go on long hikes and won't be near a power source for hours and hours, this backpack, complete with a 5,200 mAh battery, has got your phones and tablets covered. What's more? It even has a built-in laptop sleeve that is TSA-compliant, making getting to and leaving your destination a breeze.


Need to find somewhere to use all of these amazing travel gadgets? Check out our staff's 2018 holiday wish list!

How to host the best Christmas for your guests

By Amy Ahlblad

It's the host wonderful time of the year—and a chance to make the holidays away from home all that more comfortable for your guests. Going the extra mile promises a great experience, and a few decorations during the holidays can mean the world to guests who are celebrating the holidays in a new destination. Besides the basics, here are our favorite, five-star ways for you to host the best Christmas for your guests, all of which are simple, out-of-the-box, and unforgettable.

Email a holiday edition of your welcome packet

Be the host who gives the most and clue visiting guests in on the best holiday and winter activities in your area. These could be any number of things, including, but not limited to, Christmas tree lightings, the best neighborhood decorations, ice skating, seasonal theater performances, unique church services, public cookie decorating parties for young families, and Christmas markets.

Bonus points: Include restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas, as well as suggestions for local restaurants with festive menus and/or holiday specials.

Photo courtesy of Food and Wine.

Set up a hot cocoa bar

With a few simple (and inexpensive) ingredients, you can set the stage for a fun and memorable activity for your guests. Assuming that a kettle will already be provided, include powdered hot cocoa, candy canes or cinnamon sticks to stir, and whipped cream or marshmallows to top it all off. Bring out the winter-themed mugs and allow children and adults alike to relish in crafting their own custom cocoas together.

Bonus points: If you have an outdoor fireplace, consider a festive s'mores bar. Leave guests with graham crackers, chocolate (or peppermint bark!), and marshmallows to roast.

Photo courtesy of Betty Crocker.

Create a holiday movie basket

If you won't be watching "Elf" and "Home Alone" yourself, place your favorite holiday movies in a basket to welcome guests—complete with popcorn and a bag of sweets. If you haven't seen a physical DVD since 2008, leave guests with a handwritten card that has all the holiday movies available on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

Bonus points: Add a few pairs of fluffy socks that guests can wear during their stay and then take home with them as a cozy keepsake.

Photo courtesy of Country Living.

Fashion a holiday photo booth

All you will need are a few silly, holiday props and a sheet of wrapping paper to set the stage for a fun and memorable activity. Hang the sheet of wrapping paper behind a closet door to open up when the spirit hits.

In a basket, place a few fluffy hats, reindeer horns, and faux poinsettia flowers, for example. Keep decorations non-denominational and celebrate all festivities that take place during the month of December. Decorations can be found at your local party store or on Amazon!

Bonus points: Include a disposable or Polaroid camera. Physical photos are always appreciated, even in the digital age.

Photo courtesy of the Hallmark Channel.

Opening our homes, as well as our hearts, is the best way to spread holiday cheer with guests, new friends and loved ones. To give is the best gift. And with that, Glamping Hub wishes you health, happiness, and a wonderful holiday season!


For more tips on how to be a fantastic host, check out our post on how to lower your accommodation's carbon footprint here!

What we're asking for this holiday season: Our staff wishlist

By Jackie Dreyer

We understand that it can get difficult to surprise your loved ones year after year with new gift ideas, and we're sure that Mom's scarf and candle collection is close to hitting its limit. One thing that never gets old—and doesn't require any wrapping paper (hello, eco-friendly!)—however, is the gift of travel. Giving someone an experience, especially if it's somewhere they've never been before, is one present they'll never forget.

Our staff is chomping at the bit to head to an endless list of accommodations on Glamping Hub, so we had them sit down and write their wish list for this holiday season, choosing the ideal getaway they'd love to see pop up under the tree this year.


"I usually do not travel much during the winter because I dislike the cold, but there is something about this accommodation that seems so unique and cozy that it would be a must-visit during winter. I would love to ski in the Alps! What's not to love?"
— Jessica A., Partnerships Manager

"From when I read Phillip Pullman's book, "Northern Lights," as a child, seeing this wonder of the world has been high on the list of things I want to do. What better way to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience than in an accommodation that is just as unique and spectacular?"
— Nadia, Visual Marketing Designer

"I would love to go here, sleep in the domes, and watch the Northern Lights. Finland is one of the best places in the world to see the Aurora Borealis, and I think it would be the epitome of hygge to drink some yummy, mulled wine in these domes and watch the Aurora dance."
— Lauren, Business Development Manager and Payment Support

"It has always been a dream of mine to travel to northern Scandinavia, and this dome is perfect for seeing the Northern Lights, along with experiencing a true winter."
— Marta, Editor

"I cannot think of a better way to spend New Year's than relaxing in the countryside of Sri Lanka. Starting the year off as I mean for it to go on is very important to me."
— Caroline, Business Development Director

"It's looks like a cool place to relax with my girlfriend. We love Granada, and I've always wanted to try skiing, so it's so convenient to have the Sierra Nevada really close!"
— Arran, Editor

"This yurt looks like the perfect environment for resting, as well as doing outdoor activities, like hiking, biking, and more!"
— Manuel, Financial Planning and Analyst Manager

"I would do a wildlife experience trip so I could take great photos of the animals and native fauna, as well as see the Aurora Borealis."
— Stephen, Marketing and Design Assistant

"I chose this because I've never seen anything like it before. From the custom pools to the vintage and up-cycled decorations, this place would be an awesome getaway."
— Amy, Partnerships Manager

"I would want a secluded and rustic getaway with no electricity or TV. This cabin is on an idyllic farm, and I'd want to spend the days playing guitar by the fire and having a few cold ones over a game of poker with friends, before stargazing at night."
— Neil, Editor and Email Marketing Specialist

"The photos probably don't do it justice—it's completely isolated, has an amazing view, and is perfect for fishing and exploring in isolation."
— Matthew, Host Relationship Specialist

"I chose this because the view from the tree house looks amazing, and it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience! I'd go for a weekend break with my family or friends."
— Amber, Marketing Assistant

"I've been to Morocco before and absolutely loved it, but I never got out to the desert. These tents look amazing, and I bet the stargazing at night is unforgettable."
— Liz, SEO Specialist

"I've always wanted to do a road trip around Morocco (my home country) with the end destination being the Sahara Desert! This accommodation would be the perfect place to relax after a long road trip and a great place to truly enjoy nature."
— Talal, Co-Founder

"I have done a lot of trail running in this area, and it's pretty spectacular! This dome cabin is super unique—it would be a great "base camp" of sorts for both activities and day trips."
— Jeff, COO

"I would love to visit this accommodation; it looks like paradise!"
— Rebecca, Brand Manager

"A trip to this enchanting tree house in France combines two dreams of mine: disappearing to the woods to focus on my writing and staying in a real tree house! The cherry on top for me here is the hot tub on the deck; it's the perfect dose of luxury that will ensure I come back to work relaxed and refreshed."
— Kyomi, Social Media and Ads Manager

"I think it would be ridiculously cool to have a relaxed getaway at a place as idyllic as this one. During the days I'd head off to the Sacred Monkey Sanctuary, the rice terraces, Kelingking Beach, and the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, before heading back to the retreat for some pampering and pool action."
— Eric, Editor

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— Rocio, Operations Manager

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— Danny, Business Development Manager

"When I was a kid, we had a tree house in my backyard. I've grown up a lot since then, but I will never outgrow the sense of adventure a tree house gives my inner child."
— Jessica I., Key Account Manager


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Unique recipes for your Thanksgiving leftovers

By Marta Gintowt

Thanksgiving is a holiday that more or less revolves around eating. The day itself is dedicated to cooking, socializing, and binging on delicious, fall-inspired fare. The days after are usually spent trying to fit all of the leftovers into the fridge like a game of Tetris and finding ways to eat everything without getting tired of turkey sandwiches.

These recipe ideas are for those who find themselves still recovering from their turkey coma and who are uninspired and overwhelmed by the wall of stuffing and green beans that none of their guests touched on Thursday.

Thanksgiving-Inspired Breakfast

The morning after a filling Thanksgiving, a number of Americans may be experiencing a raging hangover—caused by either too much food or too many glasses of wine. What better way to cure a headache and a sore stomach than with a medical-grade breakfast? Leftovers can be used in a Thanksgiving-inspired breakfast, including an English Breakfast-style spread and an omelet filled with corn and string beans.

Our favorite is a take on Eggs Benedict, where turkey is substituted for traditional bacon (or omitted if vegetarian), and hollandaise sauce is replaced by gravy. Pop two biscuits from the night before in the toaster while two eggs poach on the stove. Feel free to heat up your turkey in the gravy for optimum flavor and then top the biscuits with all of the above ingredients.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Balls

Photo taken from Foodie Crush.

I know we've sworn off food for a week after Thanksgiving, but this might change your mind: Baked. Macaroni. And. Cheese. Balls. These are wonderfully easy to make, portion out, and freeze—aside from being very tasty!

Form macaroni and cheese into meatball-size balls and set them aside on wax paper (recipe is based on 12 golf ball-size units) and freeze for two to three hours, or until hard. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a saucepan, melt two teaspoons of butter over medium heat. In a shallow dish, separate out two egg whites to be used as an egg wash. In another shallow dish, mix a 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs with a 1/4 teaspoon of paprika, a 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and a 1/4 teaspoon of sugar. Remove the balls from the freezer; roll each ball in the egg white wash; and coat each thoroughly with the breadcrumb mixture.

Place each ball onto parchment paper, and pop them into the oven for 20 minutes, flipping them halfway through. Let them cool and dip them into ketchup, barbecue sauce, ranch, gravy, or whatever your heart desires. You can also fry these tasty little guys in a saucepan or fryer (at 350 degrees Fahrenheit) until golden brown.

Thanksgiving Salad

Stuffing, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and turkey are rich, heavy, and ultimately delicious. The problem is with rich foods is that often we crave something a bit lighter in the days to come. This is when a tasty, yet delicate, salad would be appreciated. Lighter fare from the night before, like string beans, Brussels sprouts, turkey, and roasted vegetables can be thrown together with spinach, kale, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds, and a Dijon vinaigrette for a satisfying, guilt-free salad that helps clear out the fridge.

Feel free to either heat up the vegetables in the oven or keep them cold for a fresher feel. The Dijon vinaigrette calls for four parts balsamic vinegar, a spoonful of Dijon mustard, and a dash of garlic salt, with two tablespoons of high-quality olive oil whisked in to give it a creamy consistency.

Thanksgiving Nachos

Photo taken from TripAdvisor.

Not everyone loves leftovers, but we promise you that everyone loves nachos. This creative way to make use of your post Thanksgiving feast is an easy way to repurpose food that may have otherwise gone to waste!

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. On a baking tray, spread out your favorite tortilla chips and top them with the first layer of cheddar cheese. (Note: Any cheese that melts will work! Maybe you have leftovers from a charcuterie board?) Add sporadic spoonfuls of mashed potatoes on top of the cheese and tortilla chips.

On the side, in a large bowl, mix shredded turkey and cranberry sauce together; you can also add lime juice or salsa to taste, if you wish. Sprinkle the turkey across the top of the mashed potatoes, tortilla chips, and cheese.

Top with jalapeños and another layer of cheese, then pop into the oven for 10 to 15 minutes (or until all of the cheese is melted and gooey). In a separate pan, warm up your left over gravy and drizzle it heavily all over the nachos. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Shepherd's Pie

A rich, Thanksgiving-inspired dish that can feed the whole family, as well as utilize plenty of leftovers, is this shepherd's pie. Whatever remaining mashed potatoes (normal or sweet) over a bed of stuffing, gravy, and turkey makes the perfect lunch or dinner meal. This is also an amazing way to bring your leftovers easily to work, school, or anywhere on the go.

All that is required is to line the baking dish with a thin layer of melted butter (to make sure nothing sticks), followed by a layer of leftover stuffing. Next, mix together sliced turkey, mixed vegetables, and gravy, and pour the mixture over the stuffing.

The final step is to top the layered ingredients with mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese, if desired. The whole dish should be covered and in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes, or until piping hot in the center. Enjoy with a light side salad for a healthy, balanced meal.

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

Photo taken from Wellplated.

What goes well with desert? More dessert. The pumpkin pie milkshake is a great way to enjoy leftover pumpkin pie (if there is such a thing). In a blender, add one slice of pumpkin pie and a handful of crushed ice. For a "lighter version," add a cup of water. For a creamy shake, add a cup of your milk (dairy or non-) of choice or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Blend until frothy, and top with whipped cream and crumbled pieces of left over pie. Voilà!


If you're not going to eat your leftovers, please consider donating them to your nearest food collection service! This article from Food52 has a bunch of great resources, from food pantries to non-profit charities, that you can donate to.