National Parks: Interesting Facts and Captivating Accommodations

By Neil Graham

On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act, which ensured that Yellowstone was "reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, or sale" and that it was "for the benefit and the enjoyment of the people," thus, creating the concept of a National Park.

Today, there are 60 National Parks across the United States, many of which showcase some of the world's most fascinating and awe-inspiring geological features on the planet—including red rock canyons, snow-capped peaks, deep lakes, and even a supervolcano. Every year, they attract millions of adventurers who are yearning to experience the sublime beauty of the wilderness and a rejuvenating sense of freedom.

An image of Yellowstone National Park.

To help you decide where to go on your next glamping getaway, here are five interesting facts about National Parks along with five of our most extraordinary accommodations nearby.

Yellowstone National Park

A view from Yellowstone National Park.

Sprawling across three different states, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, Yellowstone was the first ever National Park and is renowned for its multitude of wildlife and geological features including Old Faithful, a spectacular cone geyser that erupts with relative predictability, which led to its name.

Fact #1: Beneath the surface of Yellowstone is an active supervolcano that contains enough magma to fill the Grand Canyon more than 11 times over.

A view from the exterior of the log cabin near Yellowstone in Montana.
For your trip to Yellowstone, stay at this log cabin with mountain views in Montana.

Sequoia National Park

A photo of Sequoia National Park in California.

Sequoia National Park lies in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California and is world famous for its astonishing sequoia trees in the Giant Forest and its breathtaking trails, including the Moro Rock Trail, which offer sensational mountain views.

Fact #2: Named after an American Civil War general, the General Sherman sequoia tree towers above any visitor at 83.8 meters tall and is the largest-known, living, single stem tree on the planet.

A view of the exterior and outdoor seating area at the riverfront cabin near Sequoia National Park in California.
For your trip to Sequoia National Park, stay at this riverfront cabin in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California.

Yosemite National Park

A photo of the mountains in Yosemite National Park in California.

Thanks to the efforts of Scottish activist John Muir, who grew up in Wisconsin, the natural beauty of Yosemite was well-documented in national newspapers, magazines, and journals, and he was able to raise awareness about the potential threat of destruction to its landscape.

Fact #3: Yosemite's Half Dome granite rock formation provided the inspiration for the logo of outdoor specialists, North Face.

A view from below the impressive cabin rental near Yosemite National Park in California.
For your trip to Yosemite National Park, stay at this gorgeous woodland cabin in Mariposa, California.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A photo of Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

Spanning across North Carolina and Tennessee, the legendary park is renowned for its astonishing fall colors, its snowcapped peaks in the winter, and its rich Southern Appalachian history. Unlike other National Parks, there is no charge to enter the park, and it proudly holds the title of the most-visited National Park in the U.S. There are over 800 miles of hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail, as well as picturesque rivers and waterfalls, ancient woodlands, and 300-million-year-old mountains.

Fact #4: The park gets its name from the Cherokee word shaconage, which means "place of blue smoke" and describes the eerie fog that gathers above the forested mountains, which creates a "smoky" effect.

A view from the exterior of the log cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the wintertime.
For your trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stay at this luxury log cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Olympic National Park

A view of the ocean waters that form part of the Olympic National Park in Washington.

The Olympic National Park is one of the most unspoiled parks in the country, giving visitors an insight into its ancient formation from glacial ice and an authentic wilderness experience. Its mountains were developed deep beneath the ocean's surface before glaciers, which were one mile-thick, carved out its rugged terrain. Nowadays, it is home to an array of diverse ecosystems, all teeming with wildlife, and boasts 73 miles of epic mountainous coastline.

#Fact 5: Due to its Ice Age isolation, 15 animals and eight species of plant evolved here and nowhere else on the planet, such as the Olympic marmot, Olympic mud minnow, and crescent trout.

A view from the exterior at nighttime of the cabin rental near Olympic National Park in Washington.
For your trip to Olympic National Park, stay at this spacious cabin rental in Port Angeles, Washington.


Check out our collection of extraordinary accommodations near National Parks and enjoy an unforgettable experience in the sublime beauty of nature!

Earth Day, Ecotourism, and What You Can Do to Help

By Kyomi Wade

Without nature, one of the four pillars of Glamping Hub's core values would crumble—which is why we, as a business, both respect and appreciate every aspect of it. This month, as Earth Day approaches on April 22, we are taking the opportunity to help spread the word about its aims and complex subject of ecotourism.

Glamping Hub will be donating 10% of the day's revenue to the official Earth Day Network and have launched a Green Pledge with the full support of the company's senior management.

Photo courtesy Earth Day Network

What is ecotourism?

As you begin to understand the principles of ecotourism, it is easy to immediately be thrown off by the industry's technical jargon. Eco-friendly, responsible tourism, conscious travel, and green tourism are just a few of the larger list of terms that are regularly used in an interchangeable way.

But we have good news for you! The majority of these definitions unify to support quite a simple ethos: protecting and respecting local culture, adopting environmentally-friendly practices, and economically supporting local communities in a sustainable way.

We particularly like the definition of Ecotourism coined by the director of the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative at Harvard, Epler Wood: "responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” For example, it might be easier to think of conserving the natural wonders of our earth as ecotourism—which it is—but equally so is making sure that the locals are economically benefiting from tourism.

The travel industry has the opportunity to provide education, job/career creation, and development for local communities. However, due to what is referred to as "tourism leakage," sometimes only a mere 10% of money is going back to the local community. Your contribution as a conscious traveler can be awareness when traveling, choosing to spend your money at local businesses whenever possible.

Earth Day and making a difference

This year, Earth Day is calling each and every one of us to pledge to end plastic pollution, one of the most important environmental problems that we face today and one that we have contributed to greatly—whether knowingly or not. Did you know that 300 million tons of plastic are sold each year and that 90% of that is thrown away? The opportunity to tackle this is huge, and with your input we can really make a difference.

But why should you care about plastic pollution? The issue with plastic is that the amount of plastic we create is essentially here forever. To put it into perspective, one single plastic bottle, though it may decompose, takes close to 500 years to fully do so. Moreover, although it breaks down, it still remains in our soil and water, affecting our crops, ocean life, and ourselves.

When plastic decomposes in the ocean for example, it breaks down into small poisonous particles, microplastics, that are then swallowed by ocean life and, later, humans. As if this wasn't enough reason for concern, the energy it takes to simply create plastic creates omissions that catalyze climate change. Therefore, if we think about how much plastic we use on a daily basis, pledging to recycle or cut down on usage seems like a small feat to combating climate change and protecting the health of both our sea life and ourselves.

What you can do and our pledge

Thanks to our wonderful and proactive Glamping Hub Green Initiative Team, we have already started to take steps as a business to reduce our waste and recycle. We have developed a system to educate our office on what goes where, making the process of recycling easier for everyone. Currently, we can are recycling plastic, cans, paper, glass, and batteries.

Continuing the green theme and our support of Earth Day on April 22, we pledge to not use plastic bottles, bags, and straws for the whole month of April. We have also organized fundraising initiatives to add to our contribution.

If you're wondering what you can do to help out starting today, let us be of assistance. Begin by reading some easy-to-implement tips on traveling green. If you are a traveler, you may or may not know that 2017 was the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, and a very useful resource is their "Tips For a Responsible Traveler" guide, from the #travelenjoyrespect campaign, which you can find here.

You can also sign the Earth Day petition to end plastic pollution. The petition calls on governments and world leaders to take note of the severity of plastic pollution. Your signature would make a world of a difference in showing those in charge that we, the people of planet Earth. You can find the petition here!

Lastly, you can book your next glamping trip with peace of mind! As mentioned above, Glamping Hub will be donating 10% of revenue made on Earth Day, April 22, to the official Earth Day Network. You can plan your perfect getaway knowing that you are simultaneously making a pledge to protect our earth.

Want to browse some beautiful, eco-friendly properties on Glamping Hub? Start exploring here!


We hope that by Glamping Hub pledging to make internal changes, we have made you think about your relationship with our planet. Though we don’t yet consider ourselves to be a fully eco-friendly company, we hope you will join us in our journey to do so,one step at a time!

What is Eco-Tourism (and why is it the next big trend in travel)?

By David Pope

With Earth Day right around the corner on April 22nd, Glamping Hub is taking the time to highlight the importance of sustainable, eco-friendly travel. This week, we're checking in with Cameron Brown of The Thriving Collective, who's here to tell us what exactly eco-tourism is and why it's shaping up to be the next big thing in the travel industry.


What is eco-tourism?

Eco-tourism is all about traveling in a way that is responsible and deliberate—to affect global, positive change for the individual, the broader community, and the planet as a whole.

This sort of self-aware tourism is rapidly becoming a big trend in the travel industry and is set to become even more influential in the future. More and more people around the world—in many areas of life, both personally and professionally—are searching for that which gives them more meaning, something that gives them a sense of purpose, and above all that which allows them to really connect with something greater than themselves.

Eco-tourism is about using travel as a means to achieve this in a sustainable and purposeful way that is of benefit to not just the traveler, but the planet as a whole. On a more individual sense, it's about helping people to experience just what makes travel so special.

If, when traveling, you're just staying in a resort the whole time and not getting out and exploring your surroundings, you're really missing out on what makes travel so special. It's a unique experience that lets you take in another culture, see a spectacular piece of nature, and see what it is that makes that part of the world so beautiful. And again, most importantly, it's about making it easier to connect with something greater than yourself.

Why not give eco-tourism a try for yourself? This yurt rental is the perfect fit for a family.

Why should we take part in eco-tourism?

What I've found personally is that when I'm engaging in travel and experiencing and exploring new cultures and places, whether it be Idyllwild, California; northern Argentina; Columbia; or Costa Rica, these different places all have different reasons for why they are so special. It's so much harder to appreciate and respect these reasons if you're not out there exploring and experiencing it for yourself. What can happen then, if you're able to get out and discover it for yourself, on your own terms, is that this new experience is able to increase your compassion for that place and for the natural landscape that supports it.

Consequently, this kind of travel heightens your awareness of how and why to start making decisions, and taking actions, in a way that is of benefit to the planet as a whole. I really believe that this is a really important part of travel in general. Tourism can truly change the world, but only if we are doing it in a way that is thoughtful, self-aware, and purposeful.

How do I become an eco-tourist?

When it comes to being an eco-tourist, whether it is within the U.S. or abroad to other parts of the world, the questions that we should always be asking ourselves are:

  1. Is this going to be good for me?
  2. Is this going to be good for others?
  3. Is this going to be good for the planet?

When it comes to planning a vacation, a lot of people really only focus on the first one: "Is this going to be good for me? Am I going to enjoy myself?"

And to be fair, that's really important! People should be able to enjoy themselves on vacation (that's kind of the point, of course!), especially if they've had a really stressful working year and are taking this time to get away from it all. But to be a conscious and sustainable traveler, and to thus be an eco-traveler or an eco-tourist, it's vital to ask yourself those other two questions.

Yes, this is good for me, and yes, I'm going to enjoy myself, but is it good for others? This can be as simple as making sure that if you are traveling with others, whether they be family or friends, that it's good for them. But, more importantly, it's about ensuring that this travel is going to be good for the local community that you are visiting.


"Eco-tourism is about traveling in a way that is responsible and deliberate, to affect global, positive change."


I was recently traveling through Costa Rica, and I heard plenty of anecdotes from the people living there about how their communities were receiving barely any money from the commercial tourist cruise ships that flock to their shores each year. In cases like this, which happen every day in every part of the world, tourism is really not supporting the local community. This type of travel is not self-aware, it's not purposeful, and it's not sustainable. To be a deliberate eco-tourist is then to ask yourself; is what I am engaging in beneficial to the people who are supporting my travel here?

The third question we need to be considering is that of our impact on the global eco-system as a whole. Is this good for the planet? Given the increasing number of tourists who travel and base their stay in a resort for their entire experience, this question is more important today than ever before.

The need for new, luxury resorts in close proximity to spectacular scenery is causing bulldozing in these pristine environments at an alarming rate, gradually encroaching on and destroying those very same beautiful areas that they are striving to give their guests access to in the first place.

While spending time in these high-end resorts can be a totally acceptable part of even an eco-vacation, it's important to make this choice in a deliberate and self-aware manner and to also make sure that you're spending some time out in other areas, as well. Not only will this exploration give you an increased sense of discovery, and hopefully allow you to connect with something greater than yourself, you'll also know that you're doing your part to make the world a better place.

The importance of eco-tourism

Eco-tourism, then, is about acting in a way that is responsible and deliberate. It's part of a broader lifestyle choice that sees our impact on the world as something that is within our power to change. Utilizing travel as a means to make positive change in the world is not a new concept, but it is one that is surely more important now than ever before.

Thanks to Cameron for that insightful and inspiring piece! Be sure to check out his other fantastic work over at The Thriving Collective.


If you're looking to plan your own experience in eco-tourism, head over to Glamping Hub's collection of our most eco-friendly rentals right now!

How to Celebrate a Very Glamping Galentine's Day

By Jackie Dreyer

Leslie Knope from

What's Galentine's Day, you ask? "It's only the best day of the year," according to the beloved Leslie Knope. Our favorite "Parks and Rec" character has made it clear: February is not just for showering your S.O. with love and affection. Your gal pals deserve a major shout out, too!

Start celebrating Galentine's Day in 2018, and honor those strong female presences in your life and all of the devotion, support, and respect they give you day in and day out. Gift them a glamping trip, or plan a girls' getaway for February 13 to really pay tribute to these strong lady friendships.

The starry night sky of Texas, perfect for a Galentine's Day setting.

What better way to illustrate the power of "ladies celebrating ladies" than by imagining where the women of "Parks and Rec" would do Galentine's Day their way? We know just the spots.

Where Leslie Knope Would Glamp

The sheer number of beds at this enormous mountain cabin in Colorado would mean two incredibly important things to Ms. Knope. One? She would literally have space to invite every female who ever was important to her ever. And two? The many bedrooms at this accommodation are just screaming for a Pawnee Goddesses-style sleepover, complete with pillow fights, puppies, and candy.

A group-sized cabin for rent in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
View from a winter cabin for rent in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

That's not all this luxury, winter-perfect cabin has to offer, either! It's many amenities include four cozy, wood-burning fireplaces, Wi-FI in order to post envy-inducing photos all day long, and an inviting games room.

Where Ann Perkins Would Glamp

Being the "beautiful, naive, sophisticated newborn baby" that she is (Leslie's words, not ours—we swear!), a classic A-frame cabin is most certainly what Ann would book for a Galentine's Day escape with her best ladies. A fully-equipped kitchen ensures all the right tools for Leslie to surprise the girls with a full brunch—100% homemade, of course—and the wood-burning fireplace would be the perfect spot for the women to circle up and tell inspiring stories about their favorite females.

A luxury camping cabin in the woods of San Jacinto, in southern California.

P.S. What we really think is that if Ann let her wild side show juuuust a little, she'd be booking these funky, chic, repurposed shipping containers in Florida.


Where Donna Meagle Would Glamp

The pool next to a luxury villa for rent in Malibu

Without a shadow of a doubt, Donna would be screaming "Treat yo' self!" and reserving this luxury villa in Malibu, California, without batting an eye. Complete with a heated, freshwater pool (including waterfalls and a wading pool!), an outdoor bathtub overlooking the rolling hills of California, and opulent décor throughout the entire interior, the girls would most certainly be glamping in the lap of luxury, and let's face it—they deserve it.

Where April Ludgate Would Glamp

You know by now that April would pretend to go along with whatever Leslie's plan for Galentine's Day was, meanwhile sneakily swiping her credit card and booking her own February 13th celebration for just one gal (herself, obviously), far away from the others.

Inside a vintage airstream trailer for rent in southern California.

April would surely beeline for this upscale Airstream in Southern California, rejoicing in her good fortune to be alone and have a luxurious queen-size bed to roll around in all to herself. What could be better than a little peace and quiet in complete solitude? To April—and perhaps, to you—nothing.


We're certainly not saying you should forget about bae, either, though, so make sure you take a gander at our options for romantic weekend trips for Valentine's Day in 2018, too!

Glamping Trip Ideas for Valentine's Day 2018

By David Pope

Love is in the air—not the thick and polluted air of the city, but the fresh air of the great outdoors. This year, why not treat that special someone to a Valentine's Day they'll never forget, with a unique glamping getaway near you? Glamping Hub is here to help you with all things love and adventure, so we've put together some of our top trip ideas for making memories that will last a lifetime.

Chuck the chocolates, forget the flowers, and ditch the diamonds because Valentine's Day isn't a time for things—it's a time for unforgettable romance.

Adorable Tipis in the Woods of Oregon

Stay in these quirky tipis on a woodland retreat in Oregon for a completely secluded getaway this Valentine's Day.

Escape to the peace and quiet of rural Oregon to enjoy an intimate immersion into nature this Valentine's Day. These quirky tipi rentals offer an atmosphere of romance in the midst of a pristine landscape, perfect for getting away from the distractions keeping you from your special someone.

Unique Tented Cabins for Rent in Kings Canyon National Park, California

Fly as high as cupid when you stay in these luxury tents among the trees of a Californian national park.

They say that love makes your spirit soar above the trees. Well, with a Valentine's Day getaway to a luxury tented cabin like these ones, high above the sequoia boughs, your body won't be far behind. Aside from the elegant rental, included in the daily rate of this site are meals prepared in the fine-dining alfresco pavilion, so that you won't have to lift a finger to keep the romance high on the agenda.

Romantic Safari Tent Rental in Woodlands of Olympia

Tucked away in the lush, green woodlands of Washington is this romantic safari tent, perfect for enjoying a secluded Valentine's Day getaway. In addition to the cozy king-size bed, there is also a fireplace to add that extra spark to the romantic ambiance—plus a spot for cuddling up!

Unique Bell Tent Camping near San Antonio, Texas

Everyting is bigger in Texas, even the romance!

Gazing over the stark and austere beauty of the Texas Hill Country from the private deck of this unique bell tent near San Antonio is sure to invite contemplation and romance. With a surprising amount of space and a comfy queen-size bed, this quiet retreat seems made for lovers!

Luxury Safari Tents in Enchanting Finger Lakes Region, Upstate New York

If love is an adventure, then a safari tent makes for an appropriate accommodation, right?

The Finger Lakes region of New York is perfect for romance, with quiet forests and rolling hills cascading into fertile valleys covered in a thick blanket of winding vines bursting with fruit and color. With this romantic safari tent rental, you'll be able to treat your Valentine to all this and more! So go on, book it now, romance waits for no one.


Looking for more romantic destinations in which to spoil that special someone? Check out the rest of our listings over at Glamping Hub and let your inner romantic shine. Looking for stuff to do on your romantic getaway? How about these picnic ideas?

9 (Unusual) Alternatives to a Valentine's Day Dinner

By Julia Dennis

Valentine’s Day is coming up faster than you can say “dinner reservations,” and it’s time to start planning your next big move to woo your boo. If you’re looking to step it up a notch from a cliché candlelit meal this year, you're in luck.

We've played Cupid for you and gathered a handful of overlooked activities that will have your loved one swooning. Your getaway will be even more enticing with these 9 alternatives to a Valentine's Day dinner that are guaranteed to make this February 14 better than 1,000 boxes of chocolate.

1. Hot Air Ballooning near Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Take your loved one’s breath away with a tranquil hot air balloon ride above Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. This luxurious expanse filled with picturesque mountains and sunsets will make you swear you’re staring at a painting, all while floating peacefully over pristine lakes and enjoying the scenery.

After a few hours of thrilling hot air ballooning, these nearby luxury cabins will prove to be the perfect comfy abode. You won’t need to give candles as a gift when you can just open your windows and let the sweet smell of tree sap waft in!

2. Mansion Tours in Newport, Rhode Island

Live in luxury like the Vanderbilts did when you stay in this charming lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island. Snuggle up to a cup of warm New England clam chowder in the lighthouse tower with your honey while you take in the stunning views of the surrounding ocean and quaint harbors.

Later on in the day, pretend as if you live in the gilded age by touring these stunning socialites’ mansions and gasp in awe when you see just how extravagant every detail, down to the last door knob, is. An air of romance shrouds these grandiose summer homes, bringing you a Valentine’s Day so special that it will make all of your friends question why they didn’t think of it first.

3. Long Walk on the Beach in Santa Barbara, California

This whimsical Airstream trailer near Santa Barbara, California, will have you swept away in its glimmering exterior, charming patio, and quirky decorations. Live the laid-back California lifestyle this V-Day by riding the two beach cruisers down to one of Santa Barbara’s many expansive beaches.

Take a long stroll lined with towering palm trees on one side and steady rolling surf on the other that will have you filled with some happy, relaxed vibes. You and your companion are sure to leave here with some color on your face and joyous memories in your heart.

4. Wine Tasting in Vendée, France

What says romance more than a day full of wine tasting in the countryside of France? These luxurious tents on a historic estate are in the prime location for easy access to Mareuil-sur-Lay-Dissais, a small village where you can taste high quality wine to your heart’s content.

Let the sweet aroma of these fine wines grown in the Vendée region overwhelm you with an air of passion and enchantment. With a trip for two to these amazing luxury tents, you and your partner’s love will grow deeper than the red of the wines you’ll be tasting!

5. Hiking in the Green Mountains, Vermont

For outdoorsy couples, this tree house in Vermont will provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, where you can spend some quality time hiking, fishing, or just relaxing and breathing in the fresh forest air. Nothing beats being secluded in the great outdoors, where you can spend some alone time with your loved one and won’t be bothered by anything more than a passing squirrel.

The 31 windows in this tree house allow for views of the gorgeous foliage that will really set the scene for the perfect Valentine’s Day. This year, you’ll be able to pick your own flowers instead of buying them from the store!

6. Romantic Road Trip near Cornwall, England

Turn on your favorite tunes and sing at the top of your lungs with your lovebug as you roll through the English countryside in style in this precious vintage V.W. campervan. Pack a polaroid camera, and park at a scenic overlook for some delightful memories and charming photos that you’ll have hanging on your walls for years to come.

Drive to a local market and pick up some of Cornwall’s delicious seafood, which you can roast up on this campervan’s BBQ grill for an off-beat way to celebrate the February 14, leaving your loved one smiling from ear to ear.

7. Skiing Adventure in the Ruby Mountains, Nevada

Instead of buying your significant other a box of chocolates, hand them a steaming cup of hot chocolate—sure to taste like a little slice of heaven after a long day of hitting the slopes in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada. For couples that are crazy for extreme winter sports, these solar-powered yurts will be the perfect place to come home to after a full day in the great outdoors.

Perhaps the most special thing about these yurts is that they come with a built-in ski guide, ensuring that your trip is as spectacular as possible. There is even a helicopter ride to the location, which is sure to make your loved one’s jaw drop open in amazement!

8. Horseback Riding in River Ranch, Florida

These luxury tents on a dude ranch in Florida will offer the ideal off-the-beaten-path escape. Equipped with a personal concierge and gorgeous wooden furniture, it’s guaranteed that you’ve never stayed in a tent quite like this before.

Here, you can have a blast horseback riding, biking around the ranch’s expansive grounds, or even trying your hand at archery. Maybe you’ll find out that you're as skilled as Cupid is with a bow and arrow!

9. Couples Massage in Tarn-et-Garonne, France

Enjoy a couples spa treatment in the romantic department of Tarn-et-Garonne, a section of France filled with picturesque villages and rolling green hills. You and your significant other can completely unwind at these spa tree house cabins where endless massages, complimentary breakfast, and hours of relaxation in the sauna are at your disposal.

You’ll fall head over heels in love with the private Nordic bath at your tree house and the breakfast baskets that will be delivered to your door daily. Here, you don’t need to worry about a thing.


Don't miss out on other incredible glamping sites with Valentine's Day availability this year! Check them all out here.

Why Taking a Break from Social Media Can Be Good

By Neil Graham

Checking social media on a cell phone at a coffee table.

Think about how much time you spend looking at social media. For most of us, the first thing we do when we wake up in the morning is to check that no one has tagged us in an embarrassing photo from the night before and then proceed to “like” all the latest memes and videos on Facebook.

After that, it’s a quick look at Instagram to figure out who exactly it was that started to follow you and whether or not you want to follow them back. This whole routine can last between 15 minutes to a half hour, and already, we're pushing back plans for the day.

Wouldn’t it be great to live the day just for ourselves and not for others to judge? Here’s why taking a break from social media can be good and why it’s necessary...at least every once in a while.

Disconnect from social media and reconnect with the outdoors

A woman enjoying a cup of coffee outside of her camping tent.

Putting the phone down for a few hours might leave some frustrated at not being able to feel “in touch” with the social media world, but we soon realize that the real world is pretty interesting, too. Have you ever been in the mountains or some other awesome part of nature only to find that your photographs never do the landscape justice? Maybe we should forget about trying to see the world as a potential profile picture and instead use the authentic #nofilter—our own eyes!

Have more time for life experiences

An artist working on a drawing at his desk.

The non-profit organization Common Sense Media reports that the average teen in the U.S. spends nine hours a day on social media, while the average adult spends around two hours a day. Therefore, the average person will spend roughly five years and four months in a lifetime on social media.

That’s enough time to become world-class at four different fields. (We'll wait for you to pick your jaw back up off the floor.) Malcolm Gladwell’s theory is that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery at something, which works out to only 417 days—talk about putting things into perspective!

Ruining nights out since 2004

A group of friends saying cheers with glasses of beer.

We all enjoy a good night out at the weekend; it’s a good opportunity to blow off steam with friends and catch up. It’s becoming more and more common, however, that we sit in silence, all looking at our cell phones—either “checking in” to let everyone know that we’re in the coolest spot in town (funny how no one does it when they’re visiting their grandma on a Sunday afternoon) or Whatsapping our partners to say we’ll be home soon when we all know there's still going to be one more round. We’re in good company—let’s set our phones down and make the most of it!

Let people learn more about the real you

A woman practicing violin on a bridge.

With a quick glance at one of our friends’ Facebook profiles, we may think they live a globetrotting, bohemian lifestyle, with their Ray Bans and Indie band-style photographs. In reality, I know Joe doesn’t know how to play the guitar, and Stephanie never wears flowers in her hair. Unlike Joe's Facebook friends, I know he has many hidden talents and unique interests that are considered not cool enough to “share” on social media. We say show off your talents, teach us more about your interests, and you’ll find you’re way cooler than your Instagram.

You don't need social media to be social

A group of friends and family enjoying the sunset on the beach.

When we think about our favorite memories, they are all about being with loved ones or going on an adventure—maybe somewhere romantic or perhaps like that time when everybody couldn't stop laughing. They are certainly not about the day we looked at Facebook for 15 minutes on the bus.


Take a break from social media and use your extra time to explore the great outdoors with one of our unique glamping getaways!

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?


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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!


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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!


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