How to prep your accommodation for summer guests

By Eric Wright

Summer is that time of year that most of us are eager to head out into the great outdoors, enjoy the sunshine, and make more long-lasting memories with friends and family. Whether it be a day of lazing around at the beach sipping a cold brewski, an epic mountain hike with majestic summit vistas, or exploring vast lakes by kayak, it's vital that we, as well as our guests, have an idyllic spot to retreat to.

With these handy tips on how to prepare your accommodation for summer, you can brighten up your guests' glamping getaway, making it as comfortable and unforgettable as possible.

1. Maintain the pool

Chilling out poolside is the epitome of summer for many of us, so making sure your pool is in tip-top condition is an absolute must when summer is approaching. Important processes in keeping your water pristine include regularly checking the pool's pH balance, cleaning out the skimmer baskets, checking the water level and chlorinator, and cleaning pool filters. Blow your competition out of the water by having your pool in perfect condition, just asking to be dived into!

2. Set up outdoor furniture

Decking out your accommodation with comfy outdoor furniture is the perfect way to allow your glampers to really make the most of all the outdoor spaces in your unique getaway. Be sure to place well-maintained tables and chairs in spots with the best views, as well as provide equipment, such as barbecues for them to cook up some tasty treats out in nature. Bring a vacation of pure bliss to the table this summer and kit out your decks and outdoor spaces with the highest quality furniture!

3. Offer summer sports equipment

If your getaway sits by a peaceful body of water that already attracts thousands of tourists each year, offer your guests the chance to get out on the water by providing a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard. Most glampers are looking to explore the area where they stay, so what could be better than throwing on a life jacket and taking some water sports equipment out for a spin? With many affordable options on the market, this may be a purchase that keeps your guests coming back year after year. Splash out this summer, and the guests will be streaming in!

4. Put in mosquito nets

The sound of a pesky mosquito flying around your ear when you're trying to get a good night's sleep can be a real buzzkill when it comes to guests leaving a positive review of your accommodation. For that reason, it's imperative that your mosquito nets are well-maintained and free of any rips or tears from the previous year. Checking your nets and regularly buying new ones when necessary will ensure your guests are not bitten and sleep soundly.

6. Supply cold drinks and snacks

Arriving at a seemingly perfect romantic getaway with your significant other after a long drive can be slightly ruined if you have to head out right away for some essential supplies, such as cold drinks and snacks. A delicious local beverage and a few tasty treats laid out for your guests upon arrival may only cost you a few bucks, but it will mean the world to your guests. Make sure you're unique retreat is well-stocked this summer to avoid your next glampers wine-ing as soon as they get there!

7. Provide outdoor games

Whether it's a family get-together or an annual camping getaway with friends, outdoor games are the perfect way to hit a home run with your glampers. Games like Jenga, darts, ring toss, bocce ball, and even the odd soccer ball and football are a cheap way to ensure that your guests get a real kick out of your property. Don't drop the ball and make sure your getaway is a frontrunner in your area this summer.

8. Update your listings with upcoming events

Maybe your property is near an upcoming music, arts, film, or even beer festival? If so, it will be music to your guests' ears, while also enticing them to make that all important booking. Sites like Eventbrite offer a user-friendly way to find out what's happening in your region this summer (and year-round!). Blow your own trumpet, and hit the right note with your glampers by keeping your listing, as well as your guests, up-to-date about all the events happening near you.


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Host Spotlight: Mindy

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Mindy, who manages this romantic A-frame cabin in Zion National Park, Utah.

1. What is the story behind you starting your glamping site?

The A-frame on my glamping site has been a labor of love and was built as such. It is a getaway to relax, hike, and enjoy. The stargazing is stellar, and I wanted to share this place because of the location, the views, the ambiance, and the unforgettable experience. I want to let fellow adventurers bring the outdoors in and the indoors out.

2. What did you do before becoming a glamping host? What drew you to glamping?

Before becoming a glamping host, I was, and still am, a full-time biology student. Studying biology has drawn me to nature and helped me gain a true appreciation for the incredible environment around me. I've decided it's only natural that I share that beauty with those who value it as much as I do.

3. In your opinion, how does your accommodation fit the definition of glamping?

Glamping is a way to let guests connect with nature, without sacrificing comfort. My A-frame cabin provides the option to be outside, inside, or both. To maintain comfort in our space, there is a very big, very comfortable bed that gives the luxurious feel that is expected from a glamping experience.

4. What is the most special thing about your property?

The most incredible aspect of my property would have to be the incredible views. Standing at the base of the Canaan Mountain Range is breathtaking, overwhelming, and completely gorgeous—all at the same time.

5. What do you love the most about running a glamping site? What are some of the challenges you face?

The joy that I feel from sharing such a unique experience is unparalleled. I can't tell you how many times my glamping site has given full-grown adults the urge to giggle with excitement. The convertible wall lets visitors stargaze in the evening and wake up to stunning views in the morning. That said, there are challenges. The biggest challenge I've faced is encouraging guests to respect the environment by staying on walking paths and letting the vegetation thrive.

6. Tell us about your most memorable guest experience to date.

My most memorable guest experience was with a woman named Lauren. She was visiting from California. I met her upon arrival, and she was so sweet. As we introduced ourselves and began to converse, she spoke to me about some of the struggles she had been going through. She had recently been forced to put down her long-time fur-baby due to health complications. Lauren stayed for a few days, and at the end of her stay, she expressed that the getaway to southern Utah was exactly what she needed to take a break from it all and reflect, re-energize and reset.

7. Which three words are most commonly used in guest feedback about your accommodation?

The three most common words I hear in feedback are view, stars, and magical.

8. Tell us about the experience you provide for guests visiting your glamping site.

The A-frame offers an experience so unique and so closely connected to the outdoors. The goal is to contribute an unforgettable way for travelers to disconnect from daily life and reconnect with one another.

I always recommend that my guests bring food for grilling and light the tiki torches as the sun sets to fully enjoy the experience of eating and witnessing the awe of an entire canyon as their front yard.

Instead of driving out to nearby hiking routes, I encourage guests to search for their our own hiking paths out in the canyon right in front of the cabin. It is the best way to be able to hike without any people or distractions around.

9. If you could have anybody stay at your accommodation, who would it be and why?

If I could host anybody at my cabin, it would be George Daniel. He's weird and talented and makes incredible tunes. Who knows? Maybe it would inspire him to make more music.

10. Are there any upcoming additions/changes to your glamping site you would like to share with us?

I have big plans for my glamping site! Southern Utah is a truly magical place, and I am designing a site that will allow me to share my personal slice of magic with others. I want to add another A-frame cabin that offers the same experience as the first, but with enough space between the two that guests still get seclusion and privacy. I also plan to add a common area that will offer a community experience, if desired. The common area will include a hot tub, a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen, and other goodies.


To book an unforgettable stay with your special someone at Mindy's A-frame cabin in Utah, click here!

Photo and video credit go to Ethan Abitz.

Host Spotlight: David and Marta

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have David and Marta, who manage a unique glamping property on the Península de Setúbal near Lisbon, Portugal.

1. What is the story behind you starting your glamping site?

[David:] There are two stories behind starting our glamping site: a childhood dream and a love story. I was a boy from Lisbon, spending all of my weekends and holidays at my parents' bungalow in the countryside (what is now the glamping property) and reading many Mark Twain, Jules Verne, and pirate books that took me on amazing travels and adventures around the world without ever leaving the sofa.

Fascinated by Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn's tree house, when I was about 10, I decided to build a tree house—which ended up being a few wood boards tied together with a rope on a big pine tree close to our house. Since that moment I dreamed of living in cabin or tiny rustic space one day.

Many years after, Marta and I met and fell in love in Lisbon, and as soon as she visited the property for the first time, she, too, surrendered to the beauty of this place, and we soon decided to leave the city and move to the countryside to start our glamping project.

2. What did you do before becoming a glamping host? What drew you to glamping?

[David:] After high school, I studied hotel management at university and started working as a bellboy in a 180-room, four-star hotel in the center of Lisbon, later moving to reception. Six years later, I changed to another international hotel chain, where I later became the Front Office Manager where I was also responsible for the Back Office, group reservations, meeting rooms and events.

The turning point to change things was when I decided to go back to university and do a postgraduate degree in hotel management. One of the subjects was innovation in the hospitality and tourism industry, and we had to present a group project. I suggested a project about eco-friendly tree house glamping, including an organic garden, animals, solar energy, rain water collection, and school excursions to put children in touch with nature, see how food is grown, and have them taste some real, healthy, organic veggies grown without any chemicals or pesticides.

The teacher liked our project but we were even more enthusiastic. The glamping "seed" that had been in my mind for so long had finally started growing, and I started to feel the need to change my direction towards a more natural way of life and to share our unique space with others.

In 2015, we made the first experience transforming a storage space into a small cottage. After the successful results, we started seriously believing we could make a living out of it—a family-friendly life in harmony with nature and far from the stressful urban environment of the big city. One year after I left the company, I moved with my family to our property in the countryside, and we started making our dream come true!

3. In your opinion, how does your accommodation fit the definition of glamping?

My idea of glamping is a way of connecting people to nature and wildlife without sacrificing luxury, sleeping in original and cozy accommodations in an environmentally-friendly place.

Our original "Hobbit pods" and tree house cabin are entirely made of wood and perfectly match their natural surroundings. The caravans from the '80s are completely renovated and lay in the shade of the property's beautiful pine trees, where our guests can fully immerse themselves in nature in a place where ecological awareness and sustainability are always present.

Environmental problems are of great concern for us, and we make a real effort to be as eco-friendly as possible. Our electricity comes from solar panels; the water comes from our well; we use dry compost toilets and organic amenities; and we have a beautiful organic garden, from which we take most of our food during spring and summer, that we love to share with our guests.

Living our lives like this also gives us the opportunity to help develop the local economy, as we buy most of what we need in the village, including fresh and delicious regional cheese and bread from the local baker. We also recommend great restaurants in the area and a large number of outdoor activities organized by local companies, such as dolphin watching, rock climbing, caving, paragliding, kitesurfing, and more.

4. What is the most special thing about your property?

If I had to choose only one thing, it would have to be the special and unique beauty of this place! We're just 45 minutes by car to the south of Lisbon, and we're in a secluded area near the sea, which forms part of the Parque Natural da Arrábida. It's the perfect place for those looking to connect with nature, explore the beauty of the nearby beaches and the endless coastline trails, watch stunning sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean, and stargaze while listening to the waves.

5. What do you love the most about running a glamping site? What are some of the challenges you face?

What I love the most about running a glamping property is the independence that it gives me. It allows me to simultaneously spend time with my family and work in the place I've always dreamed to live, surrounded by pine trees and beautiful landscapes while listening to the ocean nearby.

In the last few years, I have learned so many different things—from management to organic gardening, from social media to carpentry, from accounting to electrical work and construction. This changed my way of looking at things and to start focusing on solutions instead of problems. The most important thing is to live a happy life and go to bed each day with a smile on my face and the feeling of having had a productive and fulfilling day.

6. Tell us about your most memorable guest experience to date.

We have had quite a few memorable experiences, but the last one was just before Christmas. We received a message from a super-friendly couple with a photo of an ultrasound scan, saying that this was their baby—a result of the two amazing weeks they spent on holiday in our caravan last September. What could be more memorable than that?

7. Which three words are most commonly used in guest feedback about your accommodation?

The words we hear most often to describe our accommodations are peaceful, magical, and charming.

8. Tell us about the experience you provide for guests visiting your glamping site.

There are different kinds of experiences you can take away from a stay at our glamping property.

On the one hand, our unique, eco-friendly glamping project is an ideal way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury. You will be immersed into nature and have the chance for a relaxing holiday that mixtures countryside, sun, and sea.

On the other hand, and from a more philosophical point of view, it can be an introspective exercise that may lead you to find out that you could happily and easily live without most of the stuff we have at home. Why not downsize and get rid of things we do not really need? We had this conversation with many guests where we noted this question stayed in their minds.

9. If you could have anybody stay at your accommodation, who would it be and why?

Greta Thunberg is definitely the person I would love to host the most. She is a 16-year-old Swedish activist that is seeking to fight global warming, and she is a perfect example of the determination that young generations need in order to face big environmental challenges, such as global warming, carbon dioxide emissions, and plastic pollution.

She has participated in the Rise For Climate demonstration outside the European Parliament, the United Nations Climate Change conference, and the Davos World Economic Forum, among other events. She represents the future we want for our children and younger generations, who fairly deserve a healthier planet than the one we have now.

10. Are there any upcoming additions/changes to your glamping site you would like to share with us?

Last season, we built a new cabin that has been a success, and during the winter, we did the deck and insulation. We now have six accommodations in total! This year, we will not add any more units, but who knows if next season a beautiful gypsy caravan may make it's way to the property or not...?


To book an unforgettable stay with your special someone at David and Marta's glamping property, click here or here for a "Hobbit" pod, here or here for a caravan, here for the tree house cabin, and here for the cottage!

GH Tips: Pet-proofing your vacation rental

By Arran Wallace

More than 60% of American households own a pet; pet-friendly cafes and workplaces are becoming more and more popular; and in 2018, 4,416 dogs stayed at one of our accommodations with their owners! And when guests with pets want to head on vacation, organizing a caretaker for them can be both stressful and expensive, meaning more and more travelers are considering taking their four-legged friends with them on trips.

As a host, you can stay ahead of the curve and ensure that your vacation rental will appeal to this new generation of animal-loving travelers, in addition to getting as many bookings as possible. We understand, however, that animals can be—as anyone who has had a pet can tell you—well, messy.

Things like your rental's floors and furniture are understandable primary concerns, so it's important to know how to pet-proof your accommodation. It will not only save you time and money, but will also make your rental a clean and welcoming place for every guest, regardless of how many legs they may have.

Getting rid of pet odors

Walking into a house to be greeted by the smell of a wet dog is unpleasant—and not the first thing you want your guests to experience in your rental. Air fresheners and scented candles may smell great, but they are only masking the smell and can be toxic to many animals, as well as humans with respiratory problems. If you must use them, try to use them only between bookings, and if available, beeswax candles are a much healthier and safer option than regular scented candles.

The best way to avoid smells is with regular cleaning and washing. Enzyme cleaners are particularly good for areas that you suspect might have seen an accident, as they break down the proteins found in animal feces and vomit. Powdered cleaners are good for spot-cleaning stains; simply shake it onto the affected area, let it sit for 30 seconds, scrub, and rinse. Always make sure to read the instructions before using any cleaning product. For everything else, a good vacuum cleaner, broom, and mop are going to be your new best friends.

A great air purifier option is the Levoit Compact.

Air purifiers, especially those with HEPA filters, are great at removing pet smells from your rental, as they remove the particles from the air that cause odors. They also get rid of hairs and allergens, so people with allergies will be unaffected by past guests' pets. These devices can be pricey, but they are worth it in the long run.

Quick tip: We fully understand that this may sound like a lot of work and money, but people traveling with pets are more likely to be willing to pay large cleaning fees, so you can afford a good deep clean more frequently.

Furniture and floors

Carpets can become reservoirs of dust, hair, skin, and other tiny particles—and that's before throwing a hairy animal into the mix! Consider hardwood floors made from oak, cherry, maple, hickory, walnut, mahogany, or bamboo. They're much easier to clean; won't trap all that hair; look modern and stylish; and may add to your rental's resale value, should you decide to sell. Laminate floors are also a less expensive option, although they don't compare aesthetically to real wood.

This Lisann Sofa Throw is great way to protect your furniture.

Rugs in the right location can really bring a room together, as well as provide a soft surface for tired feet. If you do decide to include them in your rental, make sure you choose ones with bright colors and patterns, as they are much better at dissimulating any pet mishaps. This rule applies to covers and throws, too, which are a great way to protect your sofa and armchairs, as they act as barrier between an animal and the furniture (should you allow animals to be on the furniture, of course), and they can be removed and washed easily.

A cover or throw, however, will not protect your furniture from sharp teeth or claws, and exposed seams and legs are especially at risk. Prevention is key, and by that, we mean remove furniture that you don't want to be put at potential risk. If your rental is furnished with expensive sofas or family heirlooms, consider moving them to your own home or storing them away and replacing them with cheaper alternatives.

This Raliegh Dream Convertible from Target is a great option.

In an ideal world, your rental will be safe from teeth and claws, but accidents do and will happen, so if a puppy is going to chew the chair leg, you'd rather it was a mass-produced and easily replaceable-chair. It is the same principle with curtains—one of the most attractive items to young cats and dogs. Save yourself the hassle and expense of replacing those lovely drapes by using a cheaper and more readily-available option.

Making certain areas off-limits

Unfortunately, a Corgi isn't included with this Carlson Pet Gate from Petco.com.

Making your rental pet-friendly doesn't have to mean that guests' animals have full domain over your accommodation. You can specify that only certain areas of the house are open to pets and reduce the spread of hair and paw prints. When guests check-in, you can explain this to them, as well as strictly enforce the rule by installing a couple of strategically-located safety gates, if you so desire.

In a Double Door Pet Crate from Petvalu.com, this Golden Retriever won't be chewing anyone's slippers. Remember to close the doors, though!

If you're not happy with the visual impact of gates, you can install a door closer, which automatically closes doors after you. Another alternative is providing an animal crate, which will give guests the option to leave their pet unattended overnight and for small periods of time during the day while ensuring they cannot escape and wreak havoc on your rental.

Storage units and loose cables

The image above is a few of my books after my own dog had gotten to them. Luckily, I had already read them! That day, I learned a valuable lesson: never store anything within reach of prying paws. Keep books and treasured photos on shelves around eye level, and make sure there are no "stepping stones" nearby that adventurous animals can use to climb up.

With storage units and cupboards that are closer to ground level, consider installing child-proof (and therefore, pet-proof!) locks and catches, so that only your human guests can open them. Loose cables often prove too tantalizing for many animals, so try tying them together and fix them to the wall. Not only will they be a less appealing distraction for animals, but it will also make your rental a lot tidier and easier to clean, saving you time in the long run.

Garden

Human guests love a nice garden, but animal guests love them even more! It's easy, though, for animals to escape from an unsecured garden, so make sure your garden is completely enclosed—with appropriately-sized fencing or walls running around the whole perimeter. Make sure there is nothing that determined animals can use to help them make their escape. If you are concerned about curious creatures making holes in your garden patch, burying chicken wire, flat rocks, and citrus peel is a good way to deter digging doggies.

This Pet Bathing Sprayer Grooming Glove by Innovations Plus is great for cleaning up a dirty dog.

For smaller animals, an uncovered pool can be a risk. An unattended animal may jump or fall in and be unable to get out again. A pool cover will prevent this from happening, as well as keeping out other undesirables, like leaves and insects, when not in use. Another cool feature to have is a garden hose; guests can use it to hose down particularly muddy dogs after rainy hikes in the woods, therefore avoiding all that dirt being brought in (it’s also a good idea to leave a towel out for drying down that wet dog).

Toys and rules

Click on the image above for a list of great dog toys and here for a list of great cat toys!

Keeping a selection of good pet toys at your rental is a sure way to keep animals occupied and distracted. After playtime, they'll be too tired to even think about scratching the furniture! Keep them in area where you are most worried about damage, and leave a couple of tennis balls in the garden, too, for a cheap and easy way to entertain and tire out energetic dogs.

A couple of strategically-placed Post-It notes will help remind guests to not let the dog go upstairs.

Remember, it is standard practice for any rental owner to provide some ground rules for guests, so don't be afraid to add a few more that are pet-specific. As mentioned above, you might want to make some parts of the rental off-limits to animals, which is a reasonable request that most pet owners will understand.

It's also a good idea to leave your rules written and displayed in an obvious place, like the front door or kitchen wall, as a gentle reminder. We also recommend putting the details of the nearest vet and animal emergency center somewhere in the accommodation; it's a thoughtful touch that will be greatly appreciated, no matter whether they are needed or not.


If you haven't read it yet, be sure to check out our blog with our top tips for creating the ideal listing for your unique accommodation, too!

Host Spotlight: Robert

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Robert, who manages a unique glamping site on the western edge of Zion National Park in Utah.

1. What is the story behind you starting your glamping site?

I've always loved nature. Living at the edge of Zion National Park gives me access to 146,000 acres of wilderness at all times. The property is in the heart of hiking and climbing country, and its very remote and beautiful—nestled in its own valley surrounded by the red rock of Zion.

I'm an artist, writer, and filmmaker for PBS, as well as Channel 4 in England, and now, I have opened my home to offer people the unusual experience of solitude and silence in this age of noise and distraction.

2. What did you do before becoming a glamping host? What drew you to glamping?

Glamping was the best way to share the natural beauty of where I live, next to Zion National Park. I am an artist with an unbounded enthusiasm for nature and its healing beauty. Glamping is my way of sharing. Through the films I've made for PBS and the books I written, I've shared this love, and now, through glamping, I can share it directly with others.

3. In your opinion, how does your accommodation fit the definition of glamping?

If glamping is providing a unique outdoor experience close to nature, our accommodations provide that without giving up the basics: a good bed, a shower, and a kitchen. Yet, you are still at the heart of the artichoke of Zion National Park's wilderness. Here, you don't have to drive nor hike with anyone else, as you do in other areas of the park.

4. What is the most special thing about your property?

The most special aspect is our location at the wild western edge of Zion National Park. People visiting actually have the experience they desire—visiting the southwest without the crowds.

5. What do you love the most about running a glamping site? What are some of the challenges you face?

The guests are the most interesting aspect of running a glamping site. What do they want to do? How can I help? These are the greatest pleasures for me. My greatest challenge is getting people to know our property is here.

6. Tell us about your most memorable guest experience to date.

A family of four from Venezuela wanted to do a diverse number of activities while they stayed here. They wanted to hike, bike ride, paddle on the reservoir, horseback ride, and relax!! Working out their schedule and seeing them smile made them my most memorable guests.

7. Which three words are most commonly used in guest feedback about your accommodation?

The three most common words in guest feedback are: unique, unexpected, and comfortable.

8. Tell us about the experience you provide for guests visiting your glamping site.

I provide as much, or as little, guidance as guests want. There are numerous outdoor activities available to them right on the property including hiking, climbing, biking. The most popular experience, though, is relaxing in our quiet, beautiful valley. Our property is a very private place.

9. If you could have anybody stay at your accommodation, who would it be and why?

I like families, because they are a mixture of ages, and it's a pleasure introducing them to nature in ways they've not experienced before.

10. Are there any upcoming additions/changes to your glamping site you would like to share with us?

2019 is my second season. I am adding an area for yoga practice and a full-bodied outdoor shower. I have also extended my connections to include more available experts to lead outdoor activities. I have been recognized as a beautiful venue for smaller weddings, as well.


To experience all the southwest has to offer, book a life-changing stay in Zion National Park at Robert's suite or guest house. Coming with a group? You can even book the whole property!

Our Support team and the new host dashboard

By Lauren Goldstein

This new dashboard has been a huge labor of love for the Support team. So many hours of thought, effort and design have gone into this new product, and our team feels that this is the first step into a more interactive, aesthetically appealing, and feature-forward platform for our hosts. We hope that this will be the first of many new features within this dashboard—each one enhancing both our guest and user experience.

Our biggest hope is that this new dashboard will give autonomy and independence to our hosts and lead them to engage more with the platform. This means that more of our time can be focused on promoting our hosts, boosting their listings, and increasing requests to all of our accommodations.

While we aspire to help our hosts become more independent, we will still always have our Support team available 7 days a week, 365 days a year, to help our hosts and guests by phone or email. We pride ourselves on being a team that can successfully solve problems with a human touch and are proud to say that most of our hosts know our team by name. We commit to continuing practices that maintain personal relationships with all of our hosts for many years to come.


Don't hesitate to contact our Support team for more information and any questions regarding the new dashboard!

Glamping Hub set to release new host dashboard

By Matt Turner

We are proud to announce the release of Glamping Hub's newly designed dashboard for hosts on our site. It’s been a long time coming, and we’ve worked hard to create an intuitive interface that will allow hosts to efficiently manage their calendars, bookings, rates, and communication with guests. This is great news for hosts, as we have added new features and a new design that is sure to make it is easier to maintain listings on Glamping Hub.

What are the new dashboard features, and how have we improved them?

Smart calendar

Our calendar system has been updated, making it more user-friendly and easier to update availability. The new display has been simplified to work better on both mobile phone and desktop versions.

New inbox

We’ve added a general inbox to the dashboard in order to organize all guest messages, so keeping track of new inquiries is much more straightforward.

Notifications

Host notification emails have been completely redesigned giving hosts much clearer details regarding booking requests, confirmations, cancellations, and any other important notifications.

Help Center

The Help Center allows hosts to quickly search for the most commonly-asked questions regarding the new dashboard. It is organized in a way that is easy for hosts to quickly find the answers they need.

Intuitive design

The overall design of the dashboard has improved drastically. It’s much more intuitive and makes it much easier to use with whatever device you're most comfortable using.


Don't hesitate to contact our Support team for more information and any questions regarding the new dashboard!

GH Tips: How to make the perfect listing

By Eric Wright

A listing is so much more than a few words and a handful of photos. In order to create the perfect listing—and get your accommodation the attention it deserves and the bookings you want—we've gathered our insider knowledge to maximize your rental's potential and make it shine among its competitors. The following handy tips are an easy way to ensure your property will make it to the top of every Glamping Hub user's list.

1. Photos are everything

We've all heard the common phrase that "a picture is worth a thousand words," and this idiom couldn't be truer when it comes to giving your listing the best chance of getting attention from guests, and ultimately, bookings.

The image is the first thing that will draw a guest's eye, and for this reason, they need to be bright, clear, full of color, and capture the uniqueness of your accommodation. We realize that paying a professional photographer can be pricey, but don't underestimate the power of a smartphone or a point-and-shoot camera! You'd be amazed at the high quality, clean, and attractive images you can produce with the click of a button.

The best photos contain plenty of natural light (open those windows and doors!), have a wide angle that allow the guest to be able to imagine themselves at your rental, and, of course, have an outstanding exterior picture that sums up the property.

2. Catchy titles

In general, a listing with a clear and attractive title will gain a higher click-through rate from potential guests. It's a matter of succinctly summing up the property, while showing off your accommodation's best features. If you've got it, flaunt it! If you have a pristine pool with mountain views or a hot tub under the stars, we need to make sure potential guests know right off the bat.

3. Location, location, location

While guests looking for their next getaway will most likely have already searched for the city or area that they want to stay, using a popular tourist destination in the title and within the text can give that extra push to get more page views and bookings.

With hundreds of millions of visitors flocking to national parks in the U.S. each year, using these popular spots in the title is a great way to attract fellow nature lovers. Is your property within walking distance to a gorgeous beach or an epic peak in the mountains? We need to say so to ensure guests know the best attractions in the area right away.

4. Clear and up-to-date descriptions

Glamping Hub guests are usually outdoor explorers looking to take a unique vacation in a one-of-a-kind accommodation, and for that reason, having an appealing description of the property is a must. If your tree house has a deck high up in the branches with sprawling views of the mountains, guests need to be told! At the same time, over-exaggerating the quality can be counterproductive for a more rustic rental.

Ensuring the listing is up-to-date in terms of local attractions and events can also be key. If there's a new music festival in the area or an adventure center that has recently opened up, potential guests will thank you for letting them know about it.

5. Good reviews

One of the most important parts of a listing is the reviews from past guests. Looking at an accommodation with no reviews can make guests hesitant, so good reviews are a way that for them to connect to the property on a more personal level. Reviews allow guests to put more trust into the rental and significantly increase the likelihood of them booking.

For this reason, it's absolutely crucial for hosts to make sure guests have a memorable and comfortable stay to ensure those attractive reviews build up and further improve the quality of the listing.

6. Be a proactive host

For this last one, we're going to remove your accommodation from the equation and focus solely on you. Being a proactive host is equally as important as having quality photos and an accurate description on your listing.

The most basic first step is the importance of having your profile filled out correctly, in particular, your payout information. Without this, even interested guests won't be able to book your amazing accommodation.

Moreover, be sure that your calendars are synced and to review your rates regularly, so guests are always seeing the most accurate prices available. Our Support team is also ready to help with both of these tasks whenever you should need it!

Your interactions with guests are another critical component, and high responsiveness to guest inquiries and booking requests will not only boost your income, but ensure that guests leave you positive reviews.

P.S. Activate instant book

With the upcoming introduction of the new host dashboard on Glamping Hub, navigating your booking inquiries and requests will be way more user-friendly. What's more, this new dashboard will allow you to easily activate the instant book feature.

Why activate this, you ask? The ability to book an accommodation instantly has proven to be extremely attractive to today's travelers, completely eliminating the wait time between requesting to book and confirmation from the host. At the end of the day, this means more revenue for you and less hassle for both you and your guests.


If you're a Glamping Hub host—or looking to be—stay tuned for more amazing blog content written just for you. While you're here, don't forget to check out our incredible Hosts of the Month this month in Washington and Colorado, too!