Friendsgiving with Glamping Hub

By Ben Clarke

Thanksgiving, from its inception, has always been a holiday centered around those closest to you. More recently, we have seen the phenomenon of "Friendsgiving," a new emphasis on bringing together people from your wider social circle, perhaps best captured in the sitcom "Friends."

Thanksgiving

Although Thanksgiving is an American holiday, we, at Glamping Hub, feel that a season of such good cheer should be shared with all of our friends around the globe. That's why we've included accommodations from several different countries. After all, Thanksgiving is a good excuse for a well-earned vacation!

Fredericksburg, Texas

Big Bend State Park, Texas

The Lone Star State is perhaps the epitome of America—not afraid to do things bigger and in its own, innovative way. Nowhere is this truer than in the town of Fredericksburg, the heart of Texas Wine Country. There, they celebrate the holiday season in a big way.

Two days before Thanksgiving is the lighting of the German Christmas Pyramid. There is also an outdoor ice skating rink, a Christmas Party at the local theater, and so much more festive celebration.

It's also a great time of year to visit the local vineyards, many of which will be offering their own locally produced mulled wine. If you need perking up, there is an exhilarating hike up through the pink granite domes of the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

Tranquil Log Cabin Farm Stay in Texas Hill Country near San Antonio

To fully enjoy the rustic Texan charm of Fredericksburg, why not rest your head at this tranquil log cabin on a farm?

Winter Park, Colorado

Winter Park, Colorado

The incredible Winter Park Ski Resort in Colorado is fully open by late November, and it offers something for everyone: skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and so much more. When you're not carving up the slopes, the town of Winter Park offers brewery tours, spa treatments, parks, picturesque hiking trails, off-road tours, and a buzzing nightlife.

Stunning Cabin Getaway Rental near World-Class Ski Resorts in Winter Park, Colorado

Once you've had a long day on the slopes, why not make your way back to this stunning cabin rental?

Hawaii

Waimanalo Beach, Oʻahu, Hawaii

Hawaii has long been a favorite for an American domestic vacation, and with good reason! The islands' Pacific location allow for the feeling that you've gone somewhere really exotic, whilst minimizing the cultural shock. Known for its brilliant weather in late November, where better to vacation? The island of Oahu has a range of attractions, including Diamond Head (a volcano that offers excellent hiking opportunities), a wide selection of spectacular white sand beaches, the historic Pearl Harbor, and Kualoa Ranch (a vast nature reserve offering ATV rides, a zip-line, and Hollywood film set tours).

Secluded Vacation Lodge Rental, Oahu, Hawaii

After you've spent a long day exploring the mysticism and tranquility of beautiful Oahu, why not cook up a Thanksgiving feast at this secluded oceanfront vacation lodge rental?

Sydney and the Blue Mountains, Australia

Blue Mountains, Australia

With an average temperature of 69°F in November, it's no surprise that visitors flock to the Blue Mountains of New South Wales to enjoy the incredible summer weather. Blue Mountains National Park consists of dramatic valleys and soaring mountain peaks, the most famous of which is the Three Sisters.

Many hiking trails intertwine and join onto the Giant Stairway, which descends down into the Jamison Valley. There is also a strong Aboriginal influence here; visitors can tour through Red Hand Cave, which displays some of the best cave art in all of Australia.

Unique and Rural Cabin Rental with Observatory in Leura, New South Wales

How better to enjoy the stunning views of this natural paradise than from this unique cabin rental with an observatory?

Sydney Opera House

The Blue Mountains are only an hour and a half away from Sydney, which is perhaps best known for the unique Sydney Opera House, overlooking the water. It is an excellent destination for anyone with an interest in the performing arts—be it opera, theater, music, or dance. Darling Harbor, a vast recreational area, offers shopping, restaurants, museums, an aquarium, and so much more. Bondi Beach, just across the bay, is one of Australia's most iconic beaches and offers excellent surfing and a relaxed dining atmosphere.

Cozy Tent Rentals

Why not get back to nature and sleep under the stars in these cozy tent rentals?


Inspired to check out some more Friendsgiving ideas? Check out our website and blog.

What is the Tiny House Movement?

By Emily Nehme

Simply put, the tiny house movement is the recent trend to downsize one's physical living space. People are making the decision to give up their full-size homes for petite households that range anywhere from 100 to 400 square feet. The result? An eco-friendly, cost-saving, and sustainable lifestyle. These creatively-designed properties have all the necessities of a cozy, comfortable life while offering the motivation to keep up with a more active routine.

Gone are the days of hiding from the sun to lounge on the couch and binge on reality TV shows. Gone are the days of stressing about cleaning every corner of a three-bedroom home. Gone are the days of struggling to scrape up the funds to pay the mortgage. When living the tiny life, these worries diminish—giving you the opportunity to truly live life to the fullest.

A tiny house in the woods.

Upgrade by downsizing. Tiny homes like this are sustainable, stylish, and affordable!

What are tiny houses?

Tiny houses come in a variety of creative shapes and sizes and can accommodate an entire family. They can be built suite-style to resemble a hotel room or tall and narrow for a modern twist on a loft. They can be stand-still timber huts or miniature portable homes on wheels ready to take you all over the globe. The endless, innovative designs inspire a unique combination of simplicity and comfort—a lifestyle that will make you wonder why you ever dreamed of owning a many-storied mansion.

A tiny house in Hawaii.

Tiny living is the new coast-to-coast trend—and even beyond the coasts, like this tiny home in Hawaii!

What are the benefits of tiny living?

The benefits of tiny living are plentiful. This life is suitable for anyone looking to go green, as these small structures use minimal resources and can easily be powered using renewable energy. Additionally, the smaller physical capacity calls for less material posessions, reducing the amount of clutter that seems endless in today’s materialistic world. Fewer things and less space also means diminished costs!

Lastly, tiny living adds the feeling of freedom to the mix. The accommodation provides all the necessities needed for a comfortable lifestyle but now, the temptation to waste away indoors is lacking. The tiny-house movement is suitable for anyone looking to benefit from these perks—and let’s face the truth, everyone is.

A tiny house in Texas.

From chic to rustic, tiny houses provide a unique combination of elegance and comfort, and this tiny home in Texas is no exception!

Why glamp in a tiny house?

The tiny house movement is a spectacular phenomenon, but it does require drive and commitment to start. For those who are still on the fence, why not give tiny house glamping a try? Adventurers, explorers, and nature lovers are bound to enjoy a change of scenery every now and then. One of the best kind of luxury glamping retreats are those that allow you to relax at no additional expense. Cue tiny house glamping! Think about the possibility of eliminating the stress of high costs, both monetary and environmental, while reaping the benefits of an exclusive getaway.

Tiny house movement in Florida.

You can even take your tiny home on a tiny adventure if it has wheels!

You might be living small, but don’t be afraid to act big! As inviting and cozy as tiny houses can be, the adventure begins from when you first step out of the front door. Whether you’re hidden away in a national park or facing a beautiful lake, glampers have access to an endless number of activities including hiking, biking, canoeing, bird watching, and more. Take your pick of chic, modern tiny houses—from wheeled huts nestled in the wilderness to mini beach houses overlooking a stunning ocean view, we’ll find the best tiny glamping spot for you.

Tiny house movement in New Jersey.

Glamp in style at this tiny home in New Jersey.

Take the first step in the tiny house movement, and glamp at any one of Glamping Hub’s tiny houses across the U.S. and beyond!


Hungry for more? Click here to see Glamping Hub's thousands of luxury accommodations worldwide. For more information on types of glamping, keep exploring our blog!

Top Fishing Tips for Glampers

By David Pope

Glamping is shore-ly the best way to explore the great outdoors in style and comfort, with some-fin for every type of traveler! While for some, the peace and quiet of secluded glampsites are enough to inspire relaxation and tranquility, for others, it's the call of outdoor activity that sparks a getaway. So why not par-hake in that classic camping experience, and add some fishing to your glamping trip? Here are our top tips to help you get started! Sweet breams are made of this!

1. Choosing the location

fishing vacation rental in canada

Canada makes for the perfect place to sit back, relax, and enjoy a day by the water.
Whether you're looking for a roe-mantic (or is that row-mantic...) cabin or a spacious lodge for groupers, the location of your glamping getaway can make or break your fishing trip.

No matter if fishing is the sole reason for your glampventure, or if your just tackle-ing it on, making sure that you choose the right location is of paramount importance. Some lakes and rivers require permits or licenses, so be sure to check that your rental matches your needs.

2. Packing for the fish

Wahoo! You've booked your stay, so what next? We don't want to carp on about this, but preparation really is the name of the game. Mahi-king sure that you've researched what fish are nearby will help ensure that you stock the right type of bait, as well as the best practices for catching them.

Luxurious Cliffside Cabin Rental with Private Pool in Canyon Lake, Texas

Enjoy the views of Canyon Lake from this stunning cabin.
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3. Learning the craft

Fishing, like any other sport, requires plenty of training and knowledge, so prepare yourself with plenty of tips, or even take a lesson! Thatfishing.com has plenty of tips and tricks for knowing the trade and even offers up a handy guide for beginners, so be sure to check them out. Mullet over, but to enjoy your trip, you've cod to prepare!

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Start your morning right at this glamping site. You know what fishers say, "Early fish gets the bait."
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4. Be patient

Fishing requires time, lox of time. And sometimes, you might be out in the water, beckoning and cursing fish until you're blue fin the face. But for those patient enough to enjoy the serenity of nature, as stoic as a monk, this is the beauty that the act of fishing can provide in even the most barramundane moments.

Sardinely, this is a great ray to enjoy the natural surroundings present at each glamping site.

Thanks to our friends over at That Fishing for the helpful tips on how to make the most of a fishing and glamping trip!


Hungry for more? Tuna in to our blog for more outdoor tips and tricks, and check out Glamping Hub for unique rentals from around the globe.

Blogger Spotlight: Jane and Drew

By Jessica Armstrong

Newly married and founders of Outdoor Junkiez, Jane and Drew Farwell have taken the time to share their experiences with both glamping and camping with Glamping Hub, including what differentiates and unites both vacation styles.

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Outdoor Junkiez connects travelers with the gear and goods for exploring the beautiful islands of Hawaii, and they know that getting all the insider tips and need-to-knows while planning a vacation can sometimes be overwhelming. That's why these two campers-turned-glampers made a stay at a one of Glamping Hub's finest Maui eco-retreats that much easier to book with their go-to guide for the ultimate Maui stay.

Pull out your yoga mats and snorkels, and let Jane and Drew take you on the adventure from here.

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eco-friendly reterat in maui, hawaii

What truly makes an impact in defining the difference between camping and glamping?

Glamping, an idea originally created as a style of glamorous camping, has taken the next step with Glamping Hub. Just like our campsites have evolved over the past 30+ years, we now find campsites with showers and bathrooms, and we bring mattress pads, coolers full of frosty beverages, and anything we can cook on a stick. Yet camping remains nostalgically simple—a space to escape, sleep under the stars, and reek of campfire smoke for a good 48-72 hours.

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The defining difference between glamping and camping, aside from the gl- and the c-, is experiencing someone’s special place on their property, designed specifically for a tranquil and relaxing vacation.

With camping you need to be prepared for the elements, which for Hawaii can be quite minor—a couple of rain showers at night, critters attracted to the blazing fire, and the occasional rooster who will think they’re being helpful by waking you up at dawn.

All of this is part of the camping experience, and once the tent is folded back up, the campsite is swept for any left over trash, and you get back into your car, and you feel refreshed yet very, very, dirty (nothing a beach shower won’t mend).

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eco-friendly reterat in maui, hawaii

Our experience in Maui was just this. We had spent four nights camping in Hana and sleeping in a yurt on farm and felt alive, yet in need of a good waterfall shower, dinner, and a comfortable bed to lay our heads. In our efforts to redefine the way people buy, use, and rent outdoor equipment, we have seen also how the idea of glamping is no longer bringing a fancy cot to sleep on and a cast iron skillet for bacon in the morning...it is much more, but bacon is always a nice touch.

Glamping is focused on thinking (or sleeping) outside the box, to experience a 100% sustainable eco-retreat tucked back into the lush jungle and gardens of Maui. It gives you the opportunity to stay places you’d never thought you’d experience and brings a new perspective to your trip.

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Now having experienced glamping, will this influence your future outdoor getaways?

Drew and I grew up camping, him on the East Coast, me in California, and both in Washington and Hawaii. For us, camping has always been a one- or two-day escape from the hustle and bustle of town. This was the main reason we started Outdoor Junkiez here in Hawaii, provided the low-cost rental option for both travelers and residents to check out and see Hawaii in it’s rawest form.

Glamping Hub is the perfect component to balance out the more rugged style of vacationing while holding on to a lot of what we believe is a better way to travel. Staying in eco retreats, yurts, and 100% off-the-grid cottages, to name a few, is the perfect compliment to our conservation through recreation lifestyle.

Next on the list is to stay in one of the stunning tree houses listed...

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What positive experiences in both can you share with our readers?

Living in Hawaii and promoting a platform to reduce the amount of waste entering our landfills, while also getting more and more people outside, has been the most positive experience we could ever ask for. Our connection to one another and this island we call home only grows stronger with each weekend get away.

You literally have to pinch yourself as you watch the sun set over the ocean into a fiery orange and purple haze, while humpbacks play in the water no more than 300 yards away. You get to disconnect—our phones are only used, if ever, to play music and record a video here and there to document and hopefully inspire others to get outside, too.

There's nothing better than falling asleep to crashing waves while shimmying into the sand to create the perfect sleeping body mold, only to wake up with the sun for a salty dip.

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Our experience in Maui while glamping at the Maui Eco Retreat was nothing short of wonderful. Being a part of someone’s land and their efforts to create a sustainable and relaxing environment is both humbling and inspiring. We did as much as time allowed us, from swimming in the waterfall pools and eating delicious Thai food to sleeping in a comfortable bed listening to the bamboo rustle in the wind.

Glamping gives an elevated experience to camping while still holding on to the idea that being outside is better than being inside. Also, the glamping amenities did not go unnoticed to this camping couple! A hot shower, fresh eggs to cook in the morning, and a beautiful deck to lounge, read, and relax on were all welcomed aspects to what glamping has to offer.

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eco-friendly reterat in maui, hawaii

What is one thing you will not forget about your stay in Maui?

Hopefully we will not forget a single moment from this trip, but if one would have to stick out, it would be skinny dipping in a jaw-dropping waterfall overlooking the ocean. It was cold, refreshing, and all to ourselves. I tell you, if you haven’t skinny dipped in a waterfall...you haven’t lived!

For your very own luxury getaway to Hawaii, browse the selection of one-of-a-kind tropical stays, here.


Be sure to catch up with Drew and Jane and their next adventures on their blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Blogger Spotlight: Titilola

By Jessica Armstrong

While helping her followers learn the best ways to dress to succeed, Titilola of Titi's Passion is giving us major glamping goals this spring!

Fresh off her very first glamping trip to one of Georgia's finest Airstream accommodations, we've learned two things. One? We need to make our way over to Ellijay stat because holy wow is Georgia b-e-a-utiful. And two, how about that breakfast provided by the hosts? Fresh fruits and farm eggs—yummy!

Welcome sign at Airstream in Ellijay, Georgia.*

You can be sure that the hosts of this [Airstream](https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/southeast/georgia/ellijay/tree-house-near-atlanta/) will go the extra mile for their glampers.
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Don't miss a chance to get some great insider tips and find out all the reasons why glamping, Titilola-style, is the way to go.

What was the most memorable experience during your glamping getaway?

The most memorable experience during my glamping getaway was definitely being close to nature. I have never had this type of experience even though I have been camping in the past. Glamping gave me the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in comfort. I also enjoyed that it was an opportunity for me to unplug from my norm.

A photo from the exterior of the Airstream in Ellijay, Georgia.*

An exterior view of this [gorgeous site](https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/southeast/georgia/ellijay/tree-house-near-atlanta/).
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What was the best surprise about your glamping site?

The best surprise about the glamping site was the service provided by our hosts. Jeffrey and Fabrizio provided exceptional customer service—from the bottle of wine they provided when we arrived to getting fresh farm eggs to cook for breakfast.

A view from the tree house next to the Airstream in Ellijay, Georgia.*

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Where is your favorite destination to go glamping?

I went to Elijay, Georgia, for my glamping trip, which I love. It was my first experience glamping.

Where is your dream travel destination?

My dream travel destination is the Maldives.

What advice do you have for packing for a glamping getaway?

When packing for glamping my advice is to bring comfortable clothing, shoes, a good book and your sense of adventure.

On the tree house bridge at the Airstream site in Ellijay, Georgia.

Breakfast at the Airstream site in Ellijay, Georgia.*

This organic breakfast is giving off serious glamping goals.
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What is your must-have when traveling?

My must have is definitely a good book. As a busy mom, it is sometimes hard to find time to open a book with so much to do, but travel is always a great time for me to get lost in a good book.

Feeding the llamas at the Airstream site in Ellijay, Georgia.*

The furry friends on site love giving glampers a cheerful hello.
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Do you spend a lot of time planning your trips or are you more spontaneous once you arrive at your destination?

I am more of a planner when it comes to planning trips. I love looking up my destination to find out places to eat, sites to see, and where the locals are hanging out—that way I spend less time planning or asking questions once I am on my vacation and simply enjoy the time away from home.

Do you have your eye on another glamping site for the future? Where?

Yes I do, I am looking at glamping in Julian, California. I would love to experience California in a different way.

The outdoor bathtub at the glamping property in Ellijay, Georgia.*

Relaxation from this luxury outdoor tub cannot be beat.
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Looking for your very own Georgia getaway this summer? Check out the stunning collection of one-of-a-kind accommodations here.


To follow more of the trends and trips brought to you by Titilola, check out her blog, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

6 Around-the-World Parenting Styles that Make your Mom Special

By Laura Camila Rivera

It doesn't matter if you're living the American dream or raised by the Spanish siesta lifestyle, your mom deserves to be spoiled rotten on Mother's Day. For us glampers, it's easy to take on new adventures, but home is always where Mom is. Mamas around the world have left their imprint on generations to come, so here's a quick look at different "mom-ing" strategies from around the world. Do you recognize any?

On safety

Did your mama walk you to school every morning or were you sent off on your own to instill independence? To this day, women around the world differ in this, and it may have a lot to do with who you are as a person now. In Japan, kids go to school by themselves and can be seen walking or even riding trains and buses by themselves. In Denmark, babies often nap outside in a warm stroller while mom has a cup of coffee with no worries. Meanwhile, lone kids in New York are a cause for worry and can even mean trouble for parents back home.

On birthday parties

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Latin American parties demand a lot of energy from Mamas around the world and tend to go on for hours after any preestablished end time. Birthday parties can be huge family events, especially quinceañeros! In Thailand, some people believe it's rude to celebrate on a day that mom went through so much pain. Instead, these holidays can be seen as a chance to make a monetary donation, donate blood, or do some charity work. It brings luck and good karma for the rest of the year, and kids barely seem to notice that the attention isn't on them!

On getting help

While all our mothers are clearly superheroes, this doesn't mean they need to raise their kids on their own. The phrase, "It takes a village," comes in handy in places like Brazil and Africa where it is very common to have nannies and maids to help lighten the load. In some places, it's even an expectation for financially stable families to provide jobs in the community. In New Zealand, midwives can visit the homes of recent moms for weeks after birth to help out, and in Thailand, grandma and grandpa are never too far away and may even move in to help mom get back to work sooner.

On sleeping arrangements

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How old were you when you started sleeping in your own room? Co-sleeping is a norm in places like India where space is limited or in Thailand. It isn't uncommon to see a mom sleeping in a bed with her child and dad sleeping somewhere else. This also means that kids stay up as late as their parents in a lot of places and don't adhere to a bedtime or sleep schedule. If mom's up, I'm up, we always say.

On discipline

If you've heard of la chancla, then you probably grew up in a Hispanic household where discipline consists of mom's sandal, and you've learned never to make that mistake again. Tantrums and hissy fits are a given when it comes to the terrible twos, but in Northern Ireland, people get involved. Strangers in the grocery store have no reservations about calming a baby with a temper, and in Turkey, waiters can pick up a fussy kid and bounce him around until he calms down.

On recreation

Date nights and romantic getaways are always hard in the first few years with a new kid, but some places write them out completely. In Jordan, women and men often socialize separately and, while the women may miss their partners, they have many ways to let their hair down and let loose when in the comfort of their girls nights. Family-friendly locations are common in Norway for everyone to spend time together. All around the world, when mom and dad can get away, they probably go glamping.

This Mother's Day, don't forget to say thank you for your mom's hard work by spoiling her rotten. We recommend a gift card to an around-the-world stay worthy of your around-the-world mom.

Guide to Hawaii's Best Glamping Activities: Big Island

By Jessica Armstrong

How 'bout that boat ride in? We know Kauai sure made a huge impression, but we saved the biggest and best for last! What is a trip to Hawaii without visiting the grandest island of them all: The Big Island.

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Not only is the selection of glamping accommodations on the Big Island, well…big—and so are the adventures. A peek at your Big Island bucket list would likely reveal volcanoes, black sand beaches, Kona coffee, history, culture, and waterfalls, right? If so, then you’re in luck because we have handpicked these Big Island tours not only because will they show you the best the Big Island has to offer, they’ll do so in a way that makes your Hawaiian vacation simply spectacular.

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The Volcano Van: No trip to the Big Island would be complete without touring the volcanoes and surrounding areas, and that’s where The Volcano Van comes in. Tour the famous Kilauea (caldera, summit, and steaming bluffs), Thurston Lava Tube, Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots, Waimea Town, Akaka Falls, Onomea Bay, and so much more. They can even customize a tour just for your party. Plus, their knowledgeable guides are flexible, keep groups small (or private if you prefer), and focus on fun.

altLuxury Cottage Rental with Lava Rock Swimming Pool on Kohala Coast, Hawaii

Safari Helicopters: Do you want to easily tour the Big Island and enjoy the best seat in the house, too? Want to explore the volcanoes and lava in the safest way possible? Then an island tour with Safari Helicopters is the way to go. Their expert guides will have you zooming over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to spot bubbling lava lakes, craters, and lava tree forests. You’ll even see entire neighborhoods that have been consumed by the unforgiving lava. Then, “cool off” with views of waterfalls and the Hilo Bayfront if you’d like…ahhh!

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Hawaii Forest and Trail: There are tours; and there are tours that offer a profound insight into the natural history, geology, and flora and fauna that make the Big Island so unique. That insight, imparted by expert guides with a passion for the island, is what you’ll find at Hawaii Forest and Trail. Their half-day and full-day tours cover a variety of breathtaking experiences: hiking pristine rain forests; stargazing atop Mauna Kea; bird watching for some of the world’s rarest and endangered species; zooming along a zip line; swimming amazing waterfalls; and touring Kona coffee farms. There’s something for everyone at Hawaii Forest and Trail.

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Hawaii Forest and Trail: There are tours; and there are tours that offer a profound insight into the natural history, geology, and flora and fauna that make the Big Island so unique. That insight, imparted by expert guides with a passion for the island, is what you’ll find at Hawaii Forest and Trail. Their half-day and full-day tours cover a variety of breathtaking experiences: hiking pristine rain forests; stargazing atop Mauna Kea; bird-watching for some of the world’s rarest and endangered species; zooming along a zip-line; swimming amazing waterfalls; and touring Kona coffee farms. There’s something for everyone at Hawaii Forest and Trail.

Hope you all enjoyed the best activities and adventures brought to you by Hawaii Guide!


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Blogger Spotlight: Jessica and Carla

By Jessica Armstrong

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining, and the East Coast is looking like a pretty good place to be right about now. Travel blogger BFFs, Jessica and Carla of Dining Traveler and Spicy Candy DC, would surely agree.

Just this March, they grabbed their bags, hubbies, and glamping must-haves to make their way over to the coziest cabin in Lexington, Virginia. A little getaway from Washington, D.C., to disconnect in the great outdoors was just what the doctor ordered!

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But what makes a glamping stay with your squad that much better? Find out below, as Jessica and Carla give Glamping Hub the full scoop on their most recent stay, and do's and don'ts:

What is your favorite thing about travel and glamping in Virginia? On the East Coast?

Jessica: Love the nature of Virginia. It's lovely to be able to live in such a dynamic city such as D.C. and have Shenandoah and the Blue Ridge mountains. The East Coast is so diverse. Would love for my next glamping experience to be in upstate NY. Having gone to high school and college in the area, I have an appreciation for the nature of the region, especially in fall.

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Does the time of year affect your preference for accommodation?

Jessica: It depends what you want. If you want to be outside, I recommend spring or fall. Our trip was at the end of winter, which made it nice to stay in by the fire and hang out at the cabin.

Carla: I think so! I'm not a big fan of insects (who is though?) but like I can't deal with mosquitoes so I prefer to travel to outdoorsy places during the fall.

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What is your go-to must-have for traveling?

Jessica: My camera. Love capturing the moments of my travels. When I was younger, I didn't take that many photos and I regret that. I've been to places like Kenya, Ethiopia, and Qatar and don't have many photos from those experiences.

Carla: I bring dry shampoo with me every time I travel! This minimizes the time in getting ready.

What is your absolute favorite activity to do when glamping? Why?

Jessica: Having a glass of wine by the fireplace with my friends. Love that cozy feeling!

Carla: Having a good glass of wine by a fireplace! There is something so soothing about the sounds of wood burning.

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If you could pack your bags to go glamping anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be and why?

Jessica: To New Zealand. It's been my dream destination for years, and I would love to be as close to nature as possible.

Carla: Oh man! I'd love to visit Colorado, but Tulum is also on my radar.

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Do you prefer glamping trips with a couple people or a large group?

Jessica: Rather do it with a small group, five people max.

Carla: Large group is always more fun! But I can totally see the romantic moments you can have if you go with just your significant other.

What is your most memorable experience from your stay in Virginia?

Jessica: Being able to share the experience with my close friends and family.

Carla: The bonding time we had during our cooking sessions!

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What do you recommend the most for a glamping stay?

Jessica: Staying in at least one night and cooking together. Really brings people together.

Carla: This glamping site would be perfect for anyone that is looking for a fun adventure outdoors!

This glamping site would be perfect for...

Jessica: A small group of friends or a family. I traveled with my four-month baby, and the experience was fantastic.

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To find more staycations close to home, check out the Virginia Getaways Portal, here, and follow Jessica and Carla's future travels on their blogs: Dining Traveler and Spicy Candy DC.

Blogger Spotlight: Sonal and Sandro

By Jessica Armstrong

South Asia has become a hot spot for globe-trotters, and we can see why! From the tranquil beaches to the bustle of city life, all the meanwhile being surrounded by thick forests and luscious greenery.

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It makes sense why Sonal and Sandro of Drifter Planet wanted to spend a getaway glamping in Sri Lanka at this unbelievable tree house. Being travelers on-the-go, planning and choosing each spot to visit has some important steps, and they are here to help you out, glampers!

For the ins-and-outs of quick glamping getaways, take a page out of their book, and read below:

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What is your favorite part about glamping and why?

I love being outdoors and staying in a place that's off-the-grid. I really enjoy camping, but every once in a while, I treat myself to a little luxury and indulge in a "glamping break." My favorite part about glamping is the comfort, which is not always there when I'm camping.

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

I prefer going with my husband or solo. I usually don't like going in groups.

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What is one of your most memorable glamping or travel experiences?

My most memorable glamping experience was when my husband and I stayed in the middle of the jungle in Sri Lanka. This place was completely off-the-grid, and we had a little tree house to ourselves! It was very adventurous because we slept with the sounds of forest and romantic because we woke up to the music of birds. The best part was the glamping location because it was very beautiful and peaceful.

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What has glamping taught you about travel and nature, especially from this last stay at the tree house?

Based on our few conversations with the property manager at our last stay, we realized how important it is to understand the ways of the land before building anything new. As humans, we are always intruding, but it is very important to understand the ecological impact of our actions and to minimize it. More than this, I learned about a few more species of birds, insects, and trees.

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What is your favorite type of accommodation and why?

My favorite type of accommodation is the one that runs on the principle of responsible tourism, where there is a sustainable source of energy, where every kind of waste is recycled, and where rainwater is collected and harvested. Of course, the rainwater collection may not be possible in dry areas, but I really love places where every effort is taken to "leave no trace."

What trends do you follow when planning a glamping getaway?

I don't follow anything, but just pick a place where I can be closer to nature.

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Guide to Hawaii's Best Glamping Activities: Kauai

By Jessica Armstrong

Hope you all enjoyed the last set of epic Maui activities, because Kauai's glamping guide is packed with even more to see and do.

This week's Hawaii Guide, brings us: Kauai. Glamping is meant to give us access to the great outdoors: its natural splendor, raw beauty, and fresh breezes. And where is the best place in Hawaii to find all of these, you ask? The Garden Isle, of course.

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Tranquil Luxury Villa with Spa in the Mountains of Kaua'i, Hawaii

From quaint beach cottages to lovely cabins for two, Kauai has the perfect glamping setting for you and your party. No matter which glamping accommodations you choose, rest assured that your surroundings will be nothing short of awe-inspiring, as nature rules supreme on the island. Deep valleys, lush rain forests, epic waterfalls, the NaPali Coast, and perhaps the best hiking in Hawaii await you. So grab your surfboards, hiking boots, and beach towels, because Kauai and these amazing activities to give a go are calling.

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Luxury Villa Rental for Groups on Kauai, Hawaii

Holo-Holo Charters: Explore the glorious NaPali Coast on a custom-built catamaran made for Kauai’s waters. You’ll enjoy snorkeling with Hawaiian green sea turtles, endangered monk seals, and a rainbow of tropical fish. And there’s plenty to see above water, as well- sparkling waterfalls, lush valleys, and ancient sea caves are yours to admire. You even have the option to head to The Forbidden Island of Niihau and snorkel around Lehua Crater, home to Hawaii’s most remote and pristine snorkeling and native bird sanctuary. A delicious continental breakfast, deli-style lunch, and assorted beverages round out their epic adventures.

Kauai Hiking Adventures: If you’ve never hiked The Garden Isle with Kauai Hiking Adventures, you have no idea what you’re missing! KHA’s expert guides believe in exploring the land in a respectful way while discovering the island’s beauty. Their half-day and full-day hikes are great for all types of hikers and fitness levels; whether you’re looking for a leisurely rainforest or beach stroll or a challenging hike to the NaPali’s coastal ridge tops. Let Kauai Hiking Adventures help you find your perfect trail.

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Tranquil Luxury Villa with Spa in the Mountains of Kaua'i, Hawaii

Tread Lightly Kauai Tours: Perhaps no one knows Kauai better than the company’s owner and guide, Jay Dorrance. A Kauai explorer since the 1970’s, Jay’s love and respect for The Garden Isle shines through in his light hiking tours, and he will customize your private tour to meet your needs. Know exactly what you’d like to see? Jay will take you there. Not sure where to go but want to "go where the locals go?" No problem. Head to famous movie locations, lovely waterfalls, bamboo forests, charming old towns, ancient Hawaiian structures, and so much more. Enjoy all these adventures, as well as loads of information you’ll never find in any guidebook.

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Capt. Andy’s: First, choose your NaPali adventure: laid-back sailing or thrilling high-speed rafting. Second, decide when you’d like to tour. How about a relaxing sunset dinner and cruise? Or maybe a fun sunset sail with appetizers, drinks, and live Hawaiian music? You can even set sail in the morning and enjoy a big adventure, complete with continental breakfast, snorkeling and exploring galore, a BBQ lunch, and drinks. No matter what time of day it is, it’s always a good time to explore the NaPali Coast with Capt. Andy’s.

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Safari Helicopters: Much of Kauai is difficult to access by land, as the terrain is just too remote, harsh, or inaccessible. That’s why a helicopter tour is the easiest and fastest way to see the best sights The Garden Isle has to offer. Soar over waterfalls, including the famous “Jurassic Park Waterfall” and Wailua Falls from Fantasy Island. Gaze into Waimea Canyon, known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Dip down into the Hanalei Valley’s tropical rain forest. Land at the Kauai Wildlife Refuge. There’s so much to explore and no other helicopter tour company brings it all to you like Safari Helicopters.

Be sure to catch the next feature, when Hawaii Guide shows us a killer time on the Big Island!


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