Staff Picks: Marta's Favorites

By Marta Gintowt

As a lover of luxury, as well as the outdoors, I, as an editor at Glamping Hub, have found myself in the perfect position, not only professionally but within my travels. In a normal day at the office, I get to see firsthand the gorgeous collection of accommodations that our website has curated, allowing me to personally craft my past, present, and future adventures. In this blog post, I am happy to share two of my most cherished glamping experiences, as well as two more that I am planning for in the future.

Incredibly Secluded Ski Cabin with Spectacular Views in Taos, New Mexico

When planning a getaway, I have to always keep a few things in mind. For instance, comfort and convienience can never be compromised. That being said, when I need a vacation, I expect to immerse myself in sheer relaxation and head to where I can be completely secluded in nature.

While planning a vacation where the objective was that I could reconnect with myself while I disconnect from everyday life, I decided that this gorgeous ski cabin near Taos, New Mexico, would be perfect for me. Waking up in the shadows of the surrounding mountains was truly magical, and being encompassed by the silent, profound forest was food for the soul. As my stay came to an end, I could imagine myself staying here forever.

Charming and Rustic Villa with Private Swimming Pool near Alcúdia, Northern Mallorca

In complete contrast with the previous accommodation, this unforgettable villa in Mallorca allowed me to experience the magic of the Mediterranean at its best. Situated close to the rocky coast, this property had everything I needed and more.

Basking in the warm Spanish sun was made easy with the private pool, which made deciding where I would go relax for the day a difficult choice. Here, I was able to appreciate luxury, sophistication, and comfort throughout my entire stay, and again, imagined myself perpetually sunbathing by the sparking swimming pool.

Romantic Tree House Cottage in Forest of Halfmoon Bay in British Columbia

British Columbia is a destination that I have had my eye on for a while. From the ominous, mid-latitude rainforest to the peaceful, stoney shores, it seems ideal for a glamping getaway to get away from it all. This breathtaking tree house-style cottage features a private hot tub and a secret reading nook, both of which would be attractive to any glamper looking for a romantic stay with a significant other or a trip away with friends. As spring sneaks into the northern hemisphere, I am truly look forward to a rejuvenating stay along Halfmoon Bay.

Charming Classic Airstream Rental in Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Central Colorado

As stated above, when I travel, I look forward to staying in an accommodation that keeps my comfort in mind, as I appreciate escaping from everyday life. I have never stayed in an accommodation outside of my comfort zone, and I feel that this unique Airstream in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and its desert is the perfect place to start. The combination of the still isolation of the desert mixed with a vintage-esque dwelling is comparable to something out of a 1960s movie—exactly where I want to be.

For more firsthand glamping experiences from our staffers, check out Neil's recommended mountain treks and Liz's Glamping Hub wishlist!

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!

Staff Picks: 4 Reasons to Visit Julian, California

By Jessica Armstrong

It wouldn't be a vacation to California without some glamping, and I've got a special treat for you. While I'd love to keep the charming town of Julian, California, a secret just for me and my family, it would be wrong of me not to share.

A beautiful view of Lake Julian from the tree house cabin.

A stunning view of Lake Julian from the comfort of Rick Dyer's tree house cabin.

Just an hour outside of San Diego, Julian offers epic views of nature around every corner, the US's best apple pie (yum!), deer sightings almost every hour, and one of the best glamping sites I have visited to date. For a town of only 1,502 residents, Julian sure has a lot to offer glampers looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

1. Rick Dyer's Tree House Cabin

I have had my eye on this accommodation for quite some time, and boy, did it exceed my expectations. From waking up to woodpeckers in the trees to enjoying the sunset from the Jacuzzi after an excellent day of hiking, this tree house cabin was the perfect place to call home for the week. Having been passed down for generations, Rick has made this glamping accommodation a true haven for families to spend some quality time with each other.

Rick Dyer giving us the grand tour of the cabin rental.

Be sure to get the full tour to learn fun facts about this glamping rental.

A photo of the author in front of the tree house.

I couldn't help but get a photo in front of this beautiful retreat.

All bundled up around the kitchen table playing board games, catching up, making new memories, and sharing laughs that could probably be heard across the canyon is exactly what glamping with the family is all about. When visiting this cabin be sure to ask Rick for the grand tour—it is worth hearing all the fun facts about the previous owners' family stories. This will not be my last visit to this tree house cabin.

A view of the tree house from the trails above.

Explore the trails above the tree house to get the most epic views of Julian.

2. Julian Apple Pie

If you have heard of Julian, apple pie was probably mentioned in the same sentence. Why is Julian so famous for apple pie, you ask? During the Gold Rush, Julian arose as a charming mountain town and along with it came an outstanding number of apple trees. As the saying goes, when life gives you apple make apple pies—and so they did.

One of Julian's delicious pie companies.

This may or may not have been our secret pie spot, but guess you will have to find out for yourselves.

With over five different pie companies in Julian alone, glampers will have to make a day of touring the different cafes to find out which one really is the best. We found our answer, but I will keep that an insider's secret for now.

Dutch Apple Pie from Julian Pie Company.

We're still dreaming of Dutch Apple Pie.

3. Antiquing

There is nothing I love more than a good shopping trip, and Julian is filled with the cutest antique stores. A personal favorite? The Warm Hearth of Julian. With cookbooks, kitchen products, clothing, and home goods galore, it was hard not to spend more than an hour browsing the trinkets and collectibles this store has to offer. I wouldn't be the shopper I am if I did not pick up a few collectibles to fill my house with.

A view from the top of Stonewall Peak hike.

There is nothing quite as good as hiking to the top of Stonewall Peak with this view as your reward.

4. Hiking Stonewall Peak

The exquisite views that stretch from Julian to the Pacific Ocean are worth the hike up Stonewall Peak. A good hike for beginners and intermediate hikers, it takes about two hours and 30 minutes from start to finish. I would not recommend hiking this trail on a very windy day, as the top of the hike requires stairs and holding onto rails, but on a sunny day like ours, it could not be beat. I cannot wait to go back and visit more trails surrounding this peak.

A view from the other side of Stonewall Peak hike.

My brother is a professional climber, so he did all the daredevil work for us.

A view of Julian from the top of Stonewall Peak.

A photo does not quite capture the beauty to been seen from the top of Stonewall Peak.

From a lovely stay at Rick's tree house cabin to the yumminess of apple pie and the breathtaking views of Southern California, Julian is one for the books.

Be sure to check out more amazing, one-of-a-kind getaways in Southern California, including this amazing Julian tree house rental for your next getaway!

Staff Picks: Chloe's Top Five

By Chloe Stein

Staff Picks: Every two weeks, we'll be bringing you one of our staffer's favorite glamping sites. This week, Chloe is here to share which accommodations she's chosen!

When working at Glamping Hub, not a day goes by without oogling and ogling over a newly-listed tree house, a funky yurt or a charming shepherd hut—and don't even get me started on tiny houses, they're utterly praise-worthy.

So, let's begin our first week of staff picks with two things in mind. One, prepare to be amazed, and two, you can bet your bottom dollar there will be a tiny house.

1 - Tree House: Misiones, Argentina

This new sign up is the bee's knees, his legs, and his arms. Why do we love this Argentinian tree house? I mean, isn't it obvious?

2 - Tented Cabins: Rhone Alps, France

These tents are our second choice as they are available year-round—withstanding winter, spring, summer and fall. Also because we can always get down with a glass of Côtes du Rhône, from the Rhone Alps, with love.

3 - Safari Tent: Kanab, Utah

This third pick makes our list for many reasons, but the number one? Location, location, location. This destination is right next to the immaculate Grand Staircase National Park, as seen in the second photo below.


Photo by Kane County Office of Tourism

4 - Private Island: Little Diamond, Maine

If we were to pick one region in the world to camp for the rest of our days, it would probably be New England—which brings us to this private island rental in Maine.

5 - Tiny House: Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Don't say we didn't warn you! This gosh-darn adorable tiny house is what dreams are made of. Is that going overboard? Personally, we think not. All hail tiny houses!

Like what you see? Stay tuned for our staff picks in the weeks to come or, if you're feeling adventurous, create a free Glamping Hub account and start your own wishlist today!

Host Spotlight: Gail

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 Gail, who manages this fairy-tale luxury cottage in West Glacier, Montana, and these stunning tree houses in Whitefish, Montana.

An exterior photo of the tree house cabin in Whitefish, Montana.

Looking out towards Glacier, Montana, and surrounded by woodlands and mountains, you'll be quick to want to call this tree house home.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

Yes, several years ago.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

I grew up with memories of a tree house! I was raised in Pennsylvania in the 60s, and my father was a contractor who built thousands of single-family homes. He always had scrap lumber around the house. With his help, my siblings and I built a rough tree house in an oak tree near our home.

Our tree house was a place that I could visit and anything was possible. It was a place without limitations where my imagination could run free. If I wanted it to be a rocket ship, a castle, or a mansion in my mind, it was. As a child in that tree house, nothing was impossible.

Our original tree house was very basic, but it fueled my desire for a "real" tree house, which wasn't fulfilled until I turned 58! This past fall, we started construction on Snow Bear Chalets—the world's first ski-in/ski-out tree houses!—which are located five feet from the slopes at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Montana.

A view from the tree house's great room and its welcoming balcony.

The tree house's cozy interior brings the outdoors indoors,with stunning views from every room.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Whimsical, luxurious, and unique.

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

Our tree houses!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

It opens up a whole new way to travel.


Guests will love the tree house's layout, including a well equipped kitchen for easily whipping up meals all trip long.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

Expect to smile a lot!

7. What makes your property unique?

We are the world's first ski-in/ski-out tree houses.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

Being able to stay here when it's not booked!

One of the tree house's charming bedrooms.

A good night's sleep is easily obtained from any of the cozy bedrooms at the tree house.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We kept the trees on the property and built around them, as well as used the best environmentally-friendly products in construction, maintenance, and cleaning.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

I'm passing on the tradition! When my five-year-old granddaughter first set foot in the turret of one of the tree houses, she went to the window, grabbed her hair and asked me to open the window. When I asked her why, she looked at me like I was clueless and said, "How can my prince climb the tower if I don't throw my hair down?" The magic and love of fairy-tale tree houses along with the belief of infinite possibility has been passed on to the next generation.

A whimsical lofted space in the Whitefish, Montana, tree house.

As if staying here couldn't get any more magical, check out the turreted ceiling, beautifully painted like the Montana night sky.

Book Gail's gorgeous Montana cottage and tree houses here, here, here, and here. You're sure to love our unique Montana getaways, too!

Host Spotlight: Cindy

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 Elizabeth, who manages the tree houses of our childhood dreams near the White Mountain National Forest in Maine.

white-mountain-tree-house This tree house rental near White Mountain National Forest is just waiting to be discovered!

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

About three years ago.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

Sleeping in tree houses—to me that's the ultimate form of glamping.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

A unique, peaceful, and fairytale-like experience.

a portland treehouse rental in maine

Tree houses like this don't grow on...well, they're still worth checking out!

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

Sleeping in tree houses.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

You still get all the joys of camping without the stress of setting up a tent.

view from a treehouse rental near Augusta, Maine

Enjoy views like this when you go glamping in a tree house near Augusta, Maine.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

A one-of-a-kind experience, from a luxurious tree house with all the amenities, including Wi-Fi and DirecTV, to a nature lover's dream, tucked away in Maine's beautiful woods.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are the only tree house glamping resort in New England.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

I get to meet so many wonderful people and share in the joy that we can offer them.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We have built the majority of our tree houses with lumber that was taken right from our property.


Glamping comes in all shapes and sizes, and this caravan rental by a lake in Maine is proof of its diversity!

Interested in a glamping escape to New England? See more of what Cindy's tree houses and glampsites can offer here, or take a look at the other thousands of unique rentals we offer on Glamping Hub.

Host Spotlight: Don in Arizona

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 Don, who manages this luxury expedition property with beautiful tents that can be set up wherever glampers would like in Sedona, Arizona, and the Grand Canyon in Arizona, as well as a unique dome in Monument Valley, Utah.

One of the luxury tent offerings of this property in Arizona.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

I wanted to offer my guests the experience of being surrounded by nature with comfortable luxurious accommodations. Glamping was a term that was a perfect fit for the company.

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

The concept of bringing luxury camping to my guests was truly the foundation of the business, to allow for authenticity with a personal touch for guests visiting the southwest. Our campsites are mobile and can be set up in a variety of locations according to the guests custom itinerary.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

Amazing, spectacular, awe-inspiring.

A view of the river from the luxury tent in Arizona.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

Many years ago while camping/hiking with my wife, she brought wine and cheese with dried salami platter in her backpack. We enjoyed the luxury touch to our outback adventure along with a good laugh.

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

Glamping allows you to experience nature while maintaining a level of comfort not usually found when camping.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

Our goal is to exceed the guests' expectations for comfort and service while vacationing in a wilderness environment.

The interior of one of the luxury tents in Arizona.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are fortunate to operate our glamping services in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, in some of the most beautiful and iconic landscapes on earth. This includes one of the seven wonders of the world at the Grand Canyon.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

Being able to give our guests a deeper understanding and appreciation for the areas we visit combined with a truly authentic experience.

The unique dome in Monument Valley, Utah, from the outside.

The unique dome in Monument Valley, Utah, from the inside.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We work on natures terms utilizing solar power. Our company follows the principals of the Leave No Trace Community Stewardship Initiative, with all effort being put into recycling or reusing campsite-related items.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Our in-depth knowledge and special relationships with these areas, bring a level of service to our guests that goes above and beyond the usual visitor experience to these amazing locations.

Click here to book this luxury tent, the other luxury tent, or the dome today. For more southwestern vacation options, check out our Arizona Weekend Getaways page!

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.

eco-friendly reterat in maui, hawaii

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.

eco-friendly reterat in maui, hawaii

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.

eco-friendly reterat in maui, hawaii

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).

eco-friendly reterat in maui, hawaii

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 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.

eco-friendly reterat in maui, hawaii

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...

eco-friendly reterat in maui, hawaii

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.

eco-friendly reterat in maui, hawaii

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.

eco-friendly reterat in maui, hawaii

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 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.

Staff Picks: The Age of Glamping is Here, so Set Your Watches to Yurt

By David Pope

"Camping is a thing of the past," a friend once remarked to me between bites of a macaroon. "This is the age of glamping!"

She was, of course, wrong, as it was the early 1980s. But if she had waited just a few short decades, she would have been dead right, in an obvious kind of way. As her spoon dove through layers of trifle, an excellent choice given her outfit, she continued to gift me pearls of wisdom that stick with me today like sticky pearls.

"Sleeping bags won't cut it anymore, and regular tents are just soooo 1,000 B.C." The moonlight bounces off of her eclair as she speaks, casting the shadow of a tipi. "Mark my words, the future is calling, and the phone is inside a yurt."

I laugh, but not at anything she's said. "But how will people know what glamping sites to visit?" She's quiet for a moment and then pokes her head through her croquembouche pyramid in a charmingly conservative kind of way, while replying, "Sorry, what was that you said?"

But I knew what she meant.

She meant that there'd need to be an expert's guide, the words of a sherpa to bring the un-glamped to glamping. So let this serve as that, my personal pick of the best spots to glamp from across the world.

**1. Inviting Cabins in the Trees Surrounded by Redwoods near Big Sur, California**

glamping cabins in redwood forests in California

I was born and raised in Brisbane, a small pineapple farm-turned-city on the avocado-drenched heartland of Australia's east coast. My mornings were spent the same way as all Brisbanite children, in a sweatshop drawing satirical cartoons for The Economist, dreaming about escaping to the redwoods of northern California (pun intended).

These picturesque cabins surrounded by forest are exactly the place to which my infant mind would have somnambulated, with the trees keeping things cool in summer and heaters ensuring coziness in winter.

2. Charming Couples' Yurt Rental with Air Conditioning in Texas Hill Country

yurt glamping tent in Texas Hill Country

The soft, rounded edges of this glamping tent in Texas Hill Country call to a mind a sense of vulnerability reminiscent of a young Grace Kelly, or an elderly Chris Hemsworth. Equipped with a sumptuous queen-size bed and air-conditioning, this getaway is a sure-fire hit for couples seeking romance or a glamping tent.

3. Stunning Luxury Airstream Rental Outside of Portland, Oregon

Airstream for rent near Portland

I never had the intention of becoming a glamper. In fact, most of my youth was spent protesting against the influence tree houses have in the pharmaceutical industry. But it was Airstreams such as this rental that drew me closer to the concept.

In addition to a super-trendy decor and exterior, guests here will be able to enjoy a comfy bed and a well-equipped kitchenette for a fully-appointed and unique getaway.

4. Mongolian Yurts for Two & Four People near the Costa de la Luz in Cadiz, Spain

Yurt for rent near Cadiz, Spain

It was the comfort-seeking society of the Mongols that first came up with the idea of the yurt, with king-of-cuddles Genghis Khan himself saying that his yurt was the only place he could find a decent cushion upon which to update his Twitter.

This yurt rental on the Costa de la Luz in southern Spain is no different, offering elegance, comfort, and style in abandon. Glampers will feel secluded and come away restored and recharged.

5. Unique Underground Camping Pod Rental on Crop Farm for Vacation near Nashville, Tennessee

Unique vacation rentals near Santa Fe, TN

With hobbit home rentals like these, it's easy to see why Tennessee is officially known as "the foot hair state." Glampers traveling here will find delight in these underground pods, each one filled with a rustic decor. Guests will also be able to enjoy the bounty of nature, with the property home to a variety of seasonal fruits and veggies.

Hungry for more? Check out other unique glamping getaways at Glamping Hub or head to our blog for more travel tips, tricks, and destinations.

Blogger Spotlight: Inma and Jose

By Jessica Armstrong

After studying, volunteering, and working their way around the world, Inma and Jose launched A World to Travel to share their experiences around the world, their passion for music festivals, the great outdoors, and all things travel. You can bet their pup Rufoo will be included in the journey.


When they aren't making new worldly discoveries, this Spanish couple makes time for charming getaways nearby their home in Northern Spain, including to this one-of-a-kind Spanish tree house.

Looking to get the scoop on glamping around the globe like a Euro pro? Not only will you feel like a local anywhere you travel after browsing their blog, but you'll want to visit places you never even thought about adding to your bucket list! We know we do. Follow along below to make sure the next time you travel you'll be prepared, stoked, and ready for adventure.



What are your top must-haves when glamping and traveling?

As little as possible! We are light packers and, unless it is strictly needed, we never check in luggage. That way we can save time, money, and possible losses or thefts. Anyway, we rarely miss anything after having honed the art of packing up over the years.

Our photography equipment takes more than half the space of our suitcases and the rest are functional clothes valid for any season and destination. Here's our trusty and minimalist packing list for long-term travel. Check it out!



How does your travel style change depending on the time of year and season?

Since our plans may change last minute, we need to have both warm and light clothes with us pretty much all the time. For instance, two years back, I traveled for a few months and went from -18ºC in Finland to +45ºC in Dubai.
Therefore, layers are key. Apart from that, we usually take something warm in case it gets really cold, something waterproof, something stylish enough to go on a date, and something comfy for the great outdoors.

How do you plan your vacations? Around destination? Around style? Around accommodation?

We used to plan them to take advantage of as many cheap flights as possible, combining multiple destinations in one go. Today, however, this has changed, as our way to travel is shifting accordingly with the times we are living.
We no longer stand for low-cost solutions that in the end might have a huge carbon footprint attached. These days, we only search for meaningful experiences and responsible travel.



What is your favorite activity to participate in when visiting a new place?

Absorbing the local culture and getting to know some locals is a must. Something that cannot be reproduced anywhere else and definitely one of the things we try to do everywhere we go. Apart from that, we usually spend way too much time with our cameras looking for the most gorgeous spots to take pictures at sunset.

The great outdoors never cease to amaze us, and we have learned we get tired of big cities sooner than anything else. In any case, as Spaniards, we always look forward to enjoying life. As a result, we usually end up coming across the most awesome experiences.

Finally, music festivals keep us entertained in summer. We are already looking forward to next season and planning to drop by a few of the world's coolest music festivals!



Are you an overpacker or underpacker? How so?

We never thought we would say this, but after more than 15 years packing almost every month, we can finally say loud and clear that we fall into the underpacker category.

How do you advise glampers to plan their wardrobe for a vacation to a glamping retreat?

I think any approach you take is valid. In the last few years, the rise of glamping has become a global trend. Therefore, tons of fashion and lifestyle gurus seem to have the perfect formula and wardrobe for a glamping vacation.

However, be aware that there is no right way to do this, just your own. And simply pick whatever items you are comfortable and happy with and get ready to have some serious fun and enjoy nature at its best.


What is your favorite type of accommodation to visit, and how many glamping trips have you been on?

No matter their shapes, all glamping accommodations are usually ridiculously cool. Safari tents, caravans, tented cabins, bell tents, cottages, log cabins, tree houses, huts, caves, barns, tipis, domes, campervans, yurts, igloos! I think I need to try them all before answering your first question. :)

As for the glamping trips I have been on, there has been a few of them. Right after launching my travel blog, back in 2013, I won a two-week Mexico trip on a writing contest and got to spend a couple of nights in a luxurious elevated log cabin in Tulum. In 2014, I fell for a very unique and spacious hut in Kerala, India, surrounded by a deep forest. And last year, I went on a Luxembourg hiking and glamping trip and got to sleep in a safari tent.

But without any doubt, the most special glamping experience I had to date is spending one night at these tree houses in Galicia—they are simply otherworldly.


How would you describe your glamping taste? Chic and stylish or rustic and outdoorsy?

Outdoorsy chic!


Do you want to make this exquisite tree house your next glamping stay? Discover this site and more in the Spanish Viajes Portal, here.

Inma and Jose are planning some amazing getaways for 2017! Follow their adventures on their blog, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Photo Credit: Inma and Jose