Travel Guide: Pro Tips for Traveling the Land of Oz

By Xavier Vale Buisson

Author's note: This was co-authored by Alexandra McGowan.

This hugely diverse land sprawls itself across its very own continent. Its vibrant cities, marine wonderland, and rugged landscape are all only a part of what gives Australia its magic. To find out what gives Australia its aura of adventure, you’ll have to head there yourself. Luckily, you have our travel guide to point you in the right direction, and we’ll give you a sprinkling of some glamping inspiration, too.

Good to know before you go

Getting there and around

As if you need any more excuses to embark on your next adventure, it’s great to know that this is a lot more straightforward than you may have first thought. Traveling to the southern hemisphere may feel like an odyssey to the other side of the world, but Australia has many international airports, making this far-off wonder very accessible. The international airports are in a number of Australia’s major hubs: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.

Once you’ve touched down in the great outback, traveling around Australia presents you with various options. Australia’s wide reaching and reliable road system gives you the perfect opportunity for a road trip. Car hire is reasonable, so buckle up and head out on the open road. Just be sure you have a driving license issued in English or an International Driving Permit.

If you fancy a road trip but driving doesn’t appeal to you, why not try the Australian bus system? Greyhound Australia has a national network of comfortable buses and offers a short "hop on-hop off" bus pass for 30 days. You could even join a backpacker bus to take in all the sites along the way. Groovy Grape Tours offers small group tours ranging between one day to one week.

The sheer size of Australia can make land travel time consuming. Head up into the skies to cut your travel time with the many domestic airfares on offer. Jetstar, Qantas, Tigerair, and Virgin Australia are all well-known domestic airlines. It’s also good to know that if you’ve arrived in Australia with Qantas or American Airlines, you can apply for a "Walkabout Air Pass." This offers benefits for customers when booking domestic flights.

You could even head onto the high seas and enjoy a short distance regional ferry ride to Kangaroo Island, Rottnest Island, and Bruny Island. Long-distance boat trips can also be enjoyed on the Spirit of Tasmania when departing from Melbourne to Devonport.

Useful facts

Culture

Food and Drink

The vast majority of Australia's hot spots are based around its incredible coast line. This creates the opportunity for travelers to indulge in some of the world’s best seafood. Whether you're looking for the Michelin star experience or simply some "fish 'n' chips" by the beach, Australia has got you covered. For those that are a fan of lobster, look out for the Moreton Bay Bug, which is a special kind of lobster native to Australia. If there is any fish that describes the local cuisine and atmosphere the best, that is the simple prawn or tiger prawn. Australians love this simple fish that can be cooked in a variety of different ways to tantalise the taste buds.

Seafood aside, Australia has many other popular culinary traditions. You can’t get more local than sizzling some steaks on the "barbie" and having a beer with your family and friends. Kangaroo meat is becoming an even more popular choice among locals and is perfect for a barbecue. For snacking in between meals, you should try a bit of toast with the infamous Vegemite spread. Very similar to Marmite, guests will either "love or hate" this acquired taste.

Amongst popular belief Fosters beer is not actually readily available in Australia. Other very popular beers include VB beer, commonly known as Victoria Bitter, and Carlton Draught. The coffee culture has grown intensively over the past few years, too. Melbourne, which is the sport capital of Australia, can also be dubbed as one of the coffee capitals of the world. So for that morning burst of energy, or that simple relaxing brew, Australia has got you covered.

Sporting Events in Australia

Melbourne is home to numerous sporting events throughout the calendar year. One of the first events to arise is one of the four major tennis competitions held between January 15-28. Watch the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal battle it out on court to enter the history books. Next on the calendar in late January is the festival of sails held in Geelong. This festival is a week of festive fun with fireworks and free sailing entertainment for all.

For the motorsport fanatics, Melbourne always plays host to the opening race on the Formula 1 calendar. This includes four days of action-packed drama. Albert Park hosts this event, which is right in the centre of Melbourne. Finally, the events keep on flowing for motorsports fans, as MotoGP comes to town in late October and offers even more exhilarating drama.

The State of Origin series is one of Australia’s biggest sporting events. It’s all about one very bitter rivalry between the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons. Rugby League is already huge within Australia, but this event tops it all. Players are selected to represent their state, and it is a huge honor for these players to battle it out in front of a sold-out crowd. Make sure to try and catch one of these events either live in the stadium or in a bar around Australia—it is an experience not to be missed!

Australia Day

This vastly important day in Australia’s calendar is a national holiday to commemorate its founding in 1788 by the British. Be sure to celebrate in style with the locals on January 26. Go out and about and check out one of the many events, shows, and ceremonies that run throughout the day. The biggest events take place in Sydney Harbour, which the British fleet sailed into in 1788. There will be fireworks, performance acts, and a buzz in the air on a day that cannot be missed.

Alongside Australia day there is another festival hosted called the Yabun Festival. It celebrates the survival of the aboriginal culture during one of the most frightful days in their history. These side by festivals highlight the great diversity of cultures and beliefs in this sprawling country.

Safety Essentials

Documentation and Customs Regulations

Let us clue you up before you set off. Our low down on the ins-and-outs of documentation is sure to save you a headache at the departure gate. Be aware that documentation and visa checks are carried out before boarding the plane, and make sure you have them ready to be checked.
  • Travelers must carry an international certificate of vaccination.
  • Proof of a yellow-fever vaccination if arriving in Australia within six days of staying overnight in a yellow-fever affected country is required.
  • A "travel history card" and an "incoming passenger card" must be filled out on arrival.
  • Tourists require an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority).
  • All food, plant material and animal products must be declared on arrival.
  • Prescription medicines must be left in original packaging and accompanied by a doctor’s letter noting the dosage. No more than a three-months supply can be brought into Australia.

Health

  • The World Health Organization recommends all travelers be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox and polio, as well as hepatitis B.
  • Tap water is safe to drink. Treat any water that is not tap water.
  • Do not underestimate the strength of the Australian sun. Be aware of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Apply plenty of sunscreen, stay hydrated, and seek shade.
  • Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved clothing, and DEET to protect against insect-borne diseases.

Dangers

  • Be aware that many areas are far from each other. Always carry a means of communication and First Aid supplies.
  • Take care on rural roads, especially at night time, due to roaming wildlife.
  • Check the regulations regarding Interstate Quarantine of fruit and vegetables.
  • Take note of warnings from local authorities about possible natural disasters including bush fires, floods, and cyclones.
  • Be aware when swimming in Northern Australia. Check with locals to find out if crocodiles frequent the waters.

Places to visit

Great Ocean Road

Rated by many as a true bucket list item the Great Ocean Road is not to be missed. Located just west of Melbourne, explore one of the greatest coastal drives the world has to offer. Stretching for 243 kilometers you can sightsee, sunbathe, and surf your way down the coast. The biggest attraction along this road is the 12 apostles that have been formed by thousands of years of constant wave erosion. As the coast line gets pushed back these 12 apostles continue to stand tall and strong embedded in the ocean floor.

Elsewhere along the Great Ocean Road, you can partake in numerous outdoor activities, including mountain biking and bush walks. For the animal lovers out there, take a detour off the road and visit one of the many koala sanctuaries and share some incredible moments with some of the most peaceful animals on earth.

Why not completely immerse yourself in nature by staying in a Romantic Canvas Bell Tents for Two in Natural Bush Setting near Melbourne?

Great Barrier Reef

Arguably the southern hemispheres most famous natural area, the Great Barrier Reef provides color, life, and adventure for those who seek to dive in its mystical waters. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef, and it is made up of over 3,000 different coral systems. The magnitude of this reef cannot be overlooked, quite literally, as it can be spotted from outer space.

The best way to visit the reef is by partaking in one of the numerous activities on offer including snorkeling, scuba diving, and for those that are not a fan of swimming, glass-bottomed boat sailing. The Great Barrier Reef is located on the North Eastern coastline of Australia and is easily accessed from Cairns in the region of Queensland.

Start your next adventure by staying in the Gorgeous Glass Cabin Rentals in Bushlands of Queensland on Sunshine Coast

Blue Mountains

Just west of the thriving bay city of Sydney are the glorious Blue Mountains. This National Park is a heritage site spanning over 1 million hectares. The best way of exploring the parks is via the walking trails. You should look out for the famous Three Sisters. Once at the top, take your time to walk around, relax, and watch the sun cross this stunning greenery at one of the many viewing platforms provided.

For those that are not afraid of heights and are up for the challenge, check out the Giant Stairway, which is a trail spanning from Echo Point to Scenic World. This 4.7-kilometer trek can take around three hours in one direction. Food and water provisions are a must while taking on this walk. Once guests have reached Scenic World, they will be presented with the opportunity to ride the Scenic Railway, which is the steepest train of its kind on a 52-degree gradient.

Treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime vacation by staying in a Romantic Airstream Rental with Outdoor Shower near New South Wales Coast

Uluru

Right in the center of Australia, within the outback, appears an enormous sandstone rock named Uluru. This rock is a sacred site to many of the aboriginal people of the area. If it is total seclusion that you're looking for, glamping around this area would be perfect for you. Uluru is located 450 kilometers from the nearest big town of Alice Springs. Uluru stands at 348 meters high; however, this is a very minute part of the rock. The rest of it is a whopping 2,500 meters underground.

The best way to appreciate this beautiful red natural wonder is by taking a 10-kilometer trek around the base of the rock. This incredible experience will take you three hours and 30 minutes and will be sure to leave you with lasting memories of Australia’s incredible landscape.

Head out to the great outdoors and stay in this incredible safari tent on the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory of Australia

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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.

The Top 5 National Parks to Visit in Winter

By David Pope

For those of us who love the serenity, scenery, and all-round splendor of nature, winter can start to be a drag. Sure, snow looks great on T.V. and from behind the thick curtains of a well-heated house, but it kind of limits options for outdoor activities that don't include fixing bits of fiberglass to your feet and hurtling down slopes at breakneck speed. Luckily, we're here to make sure that the whites of a snowy winter don't make you blue.

You might think that National Parks aren't the most intuitive place to head to at this time of year, but all across the U.S., there are landscapes that offer an escape from dreary, winter twilights. And with free entry just around the corner, thanks to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there's no excuse for staying indoors this January!

Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Hawaii must surely be the first choice of destination for anyone trying to forget that it's winter. Despite being in the middle of the colder period (hooilo), the average daily temperature is still a balmy 78°F (25.6°C). If that doesn't get your pulse racing, then you should check yourself for the onset of hypothermia.

Not only that, but Volcanoes National Park promises to offer plenty of unique terrain to discover—from jungle trails to volcanic rock. More intrepid glampers can even try a climb up Kīlauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes!

Why not completely immerse yourself in nature by staying in a secluded tree house rental near Volcanoes National Park?

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park makes for a captivating getaway in any season, but winter brings a whole new side to this spectacular scenery. The rust red hues of the world's largest collection of hoodoos (the eye-catching towers of rock) become capped with pure white snow, but the desert climate happily keeps the temperatures from dropping below freezing.

Clear winter skies also bring fantastic stargazing, so make sure to bring plenty of warm clothing to stay warm while taking in the Milky Way.

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

This one is for the snow lovers. If you're looking to do some incredible skiing or snowboarding this winter, you can't ignore what Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer. With more than 60 majestic peaks above 12,000 feet high, these slopes are sure to inspire adventure and get adrenaline pumping.

Come back to warmth and comfort when you stay in this ski cabin rental near world-class ski resorts.

Everglades National Park, Florida

There are some travelers who say that visiting the Everglades National Park in winter is actually far preferable to going in warmer months. And it's not hard to see why—with lower water levels drawing rare local fauna, such as the gray fox and white-tailed deer, with the added bonus of fewer mosquitoes!

Plus, bird watchers are in for a treat, as migratory birds make Florida their home for the cold season.

Death Valley National Park

The hottest place on Earth can swelter in temperatures over 120°F (48.9°C) in summer, so winter is probably a much better time to visit Death Valley National Park, with a daily average of only 70°F (21.1°C).

This is the largest National Park in the contiguous United States, and with low-angled light casting dramatic shadows, this scenery is a photographer's dream.

Enjoy warm winter nights with this Native American-style tipi rental in the Mojave Desert near Death Valley.

Looking for more getaways to help beat the winter blues? Check out glampinghub.com for more luxury rentals, or head to our blog for more travel tips, tricks, and accommodations.

Kickstart your New Year

By Elizabeth Young

The holidays have come and gone, leaving the prospects of a new year ahead. 2018 holds 365 days of promise and adventure, during which you could travel to a new country, meet someone special, get a new job (or maybe a promotion!), join a gym...the possibilities are endless. With the whole year ahead of you, it's easy to procrastinate, thinking you have time to check things off your bucket list.

A holiday wreath with a New Year's message.

Here at Glamping Hub, we want to help you fit as much fun and adventure into 2018 as possible. A little bit of time spent outside is good for the body, mind, and soul, and we do our best to make sure you have the most memorable outdoor experience possible.

Kickstart your new year and make a splash as you enter 2018 with one of these glamping getaways. From the beaches of Australia and the peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the forests of Galicia, Spain, we have selected for you some of our favorite accommodations worldwide to start the year off with a bang.

Visit the Land Down Under

As the Northern Hemisphere bunkers down for the cold of winter, the Southern Hemisphere enters the summer season. If you're planning a warm-weather vacation, consider Australia, home to the Great Barrier Reef, the Sunshine Coast, and hundreds of kilometers of stunning beaches. Take a look at some of our favorite rentals below.

Beach Cabin in Tasmania

A view from outside of the beach cabin in Tasmania.

It's hard to beat the views from this modern beach cabin.

With room for six guests and an unbeatable waterfront location, this beach cabin on Tasmania's Bruny Island is perfect for a trip with family or friends.

Two-Person Dome in Western Australia

A view from the outside of the dome in Western Australia.

Enjoy the peace and quiet of the woodlands when you book this luxury dome.

Ideal for a romantic getaway, this one-of-a-kind dome has plenty of room for a couple to relax and enjoy the fresh air here in Yelverton, Western Australia.

Luxury Glamping Tent in New South Wales

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Visit New South Wales in style from the comfort of this luxury glamping tent.

If you've never been glamping before, this is a good place to start. With an ensuite bathroom and all the comforts of home, this luxury tent provides comfort, design, and an unbeatable outdoor location in New South Wales.

Snowy Getaways in the Rocky Mountains

Start your new year off with a vacation to the Rocky Mountains, and enjoy the fresh powder at mountain resorts like Breckenridge, Colorado; Deer Valley, Utah; or Whitefish, Montana.

Log Cabin with Hot Tub in Breckenridge, Colorado

A view from the hot tub at the log cabin in Breckenridge.

There's nothing better than ending a day on the slopes relaxing in your private hot tub.

If you're looking for a more traditional winter vacation, the mountains of Breckenridge, Colorado, offer alpine fun for all ages and abilities. Whether your an amateur skier or just learning to snowboard, you'll find trails perfect for you. What could be better than relaxing tired muscles in the hot tub with a view of the mountain?

Luxury Villa in Park City, Utah

An outside shot of the luxury villa in Park City.

Ski or snowboard at a different resort everyday from this villa rental located between Park City, Deer Valley, and Alta Ski Resorts.

This luxury villa is where style and design meet comfort, with all the amenities you could possibly want in a vacation rental. Plus, you'll have easy access to some of Utah's top ski resorts, from Park City and Deer Valley to Snowbird and Alta, when you rent this accommodation.

The Best of the Iberian Peninsula

If you don't want to go to the beach and you're not so into the snow, may we suggest Spain and the Iberian Peninsula? Get ready for a temperate climate, almost-year-round sunshine, and a warm and inviting culture.

Eco-Friendly Tree House in Galicia, Spain

A view from outside of one of the tree houses in Galicia.

Go out on a limb, literally, for your next vacation in Galicia, Spain.

Tree houses aren't just for kids and this one is a good example. This modern, eco-friendly tree house comes complete with a private hot tub for true relaxation in a quiet forest setting in Galicia.

Costa Blanca Villa Rental with a Pool

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Enjoy the sunshine and temperate climate of the Costa Blanca as you sit poolside.

This villa rental sits outside Valencia on the Costa Blanca, where you can relax alongside your own private pool with a glass of sangria.

Traditional Cave Accommodation in Granada

A view of the cave from the exterior in Granada.

Visit Granada and sleep in one of these cave rentals in the Sacramonte overlooking the city.

Granada is a special city rich in history. As it was the Moorish capital when they occupied Spain, it is filled with remnants of Islamic Spain. The Sacramonte overlooks the city, and in these hills, you can find many traditional cave dwellings of the Romani people.


Didn't find what you're looking for? Head over to our homepage for a full selection of all our rentals!

Travel Guide: Pro Tips for Traveling Kiwi-Style

By Xavier Vale Buisson

Author's Note: This post was co-authored by Alexandra McGowan and Ben Clarke.

New Zealand’s evergreen pastures are sure to enchant. Being known for its relaxed atmosphere and welcoming vibe, New Zealand is the perfect place to explore the Great Outdoors. Whether you’re a travel expert or have a newfound sense of wanderlust, our knowledgeable travel guide—complete with a dusting of glamping magic—will supply all you need for a fabulous trip to New Zealand!

Mitre Peak on the South Island of New Zealand.

Good to know before you go

Guide to New Zealand customs and tourist season
Guide to New Zealand currency and slang

Getting there and around

Air New Zealand

New Zealand consists of two large islands. Both are easily accessible via airplane and have excellent infrastructure, so guests can easily travel to their unique glamping accommodation. The main international airports are Auckland, Hamilton, and Rotorua on the North Island, and Christchurch, Dunedin, and Queenstown on the South Island.

All of the main rental companies are represented at major airports, so you can get straight on the road after your flight. Younger visitors need to be wary that the rental age in New Zealand is commonly 21 and older. We strongly recommend renting a car, as it is the easiest way to explore this magnificent country and the best way to access our glorious glamping sites. You should also note that in New Zealand you drive on the left!

  • Rail travel in New Zealand tends to be more scenic than efficient, but guests will be able to get a unique perspective of the New Zealand countryside that is not available from the roads. The country’s cities are well-connected by rail, especially when compared to the U.S.
  • For a cheap and easy way of getting around, visitors can find bus fares from as cheap as $1NZD. The main companies are InterCity and StrayBus.
  • The quickest way to visit New Zealand's major cities is via plane. It takes under two hours to fly from Auckland in the North Island to Queenstown in the South.

Train Travel in Wellington.

Useful facts

Guide to population and climate of New Zealand

Culture

Food and Drink

Dairy cows grazing in the countryside.

Dairy production is extremely important to New Zealand's economy. Here are some quick facts:

  • New Zealand is the world's eighth largest dairy producer, and accounts for 3% of total world production.
  • New Zealand exports 95% of its dairy.
  • New Zealand exported $8.5bn worth of dairy products between June 2015 and June 2016.
  • There are over 5 million dairy cattle in New Zealand.

Many consider New Zealand’s lamb to be the best in the world. It is produced so efficiently that it is often cheaper after shipping than U.S. lamb, so it’s likely that you already have a taste for it. Lamb from New Zealand is grass-fed throughout its life and tends to have a more pronounced, richer flavor. In New Zealand, only animals under 12 months old can be labeled as "lamb." There are no such regulations in the U.S.

Wine in New Zealand is a young industry. In the 1960s and 1970s, many young New Zealanders traveled, lived, and worked in Europe, due to the rise of commercial airlines. This was the first time that many New Zealanders came into contact with the well-established wine cultures of Europe. For many years, New Zealand has produced what many consider to be some of the world’s best Sauvignon blanc. More recently, the country has began to develop many other types, such as Chardonnay, Cabernet/Merlot blends, Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and Syrah. Visitors can find wineries all over.

Mānuka honey is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native mānuka bush. It is commonly sold as an alternative medicine. Its advocates cite the natural antibacterial properties of honey. Although it is four times more antibacterial than standard antiseptic, there is little scientific backing for its medicinal use. Nevertheless, the Māori have used its honey and oils for centuries, and honey producers have developed a scale for rating the potency of mānuka honey called UMF, which stands for Unique Manuka Factor. Therapeutic honey starts at 10 UMF.

Mānuka honey being poured.

History and Heritage

Māori traditions.

New Zealand is a relatively new country. It was the last habitable part of the world to be discovered and settled. The first inhabitants were the Māori, who arrived from Polynesia in the 13th century. According to legend, New Zealand was discovered by captain Kupe. The first European to visit was Abel Tasman in 1642. He gave it its Dutch-sounding name, Nieuw Zeeland. It was later colonized by the British in the early 19th century. At Waitangi in 1840, over 500 Māori chiefs signed a treaty with the British Crown.

War broke out on the North Island in the 1860s and swathes of Māori land was either bought or confiscated over 20 years. The South Islands prospered, chiefly from gold. The British continued to invest in New Zealand, and railways and new towns sprang up. In 1882, the first shipment of frozen meat arrived in England, and paved the way for New Zealand as an exporter of meat and dairy products.

In 1893, New Zealand was the first country to give women the vote. State pensions and housing were also first offered in New Zealand. New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907. It contributed many troops to the ANZAC in both World Wars, as part of the British Empire, most famously at Gallipoli. New Zealand became independent in 1947. When Britain joined the EEC in 1973, New Zealand began to accelerate its export diversification, and today exports farm goods and other exports to many other countries.

Events

A music festival.

New Zealand's music festivals take place during the peak of summer, from November to February. The two biggest music festivals happen in late December. Rhythm and Vines is situated amongst the sunny vineyards of Gisborne, the first city to see 2018, thanks to its location on the international dateline, and Rhythm and Alps is set among the picturesque peaks surrounding Wanaka on the South Island.

Rugby Sevens has been a big festival for several years in New Zealand and it's taking place in Hamilton on February 3rd-4th. The competition will involve 16 of the world's greatest sevens teams, and attendees will also be treated to live performances and competitions.

Rugby

The Marlborough Wine Festival on February 10 involves 40 wineries and an evening of great music, delicious food, and excellent wine!

For those with an adventurous palate, the Wildfoods Festival in Hokitika on March 10 is well worth visiting! There's a whole range of exotic food, including huhu grubs and bats. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, wear fancy dress, and party all night.

Matariki (Māori New Year) has had a revival in recent years and is celebrated nationwide on June 15. It is a time for remembering the dead and celebrating new life and is marked by kites, fireworks, and hot air balloons.

Fireworks

Māori religion

Traditional Māori religion has changed very little from the beliefs of their Polynesian homeland. The believe that everything, including natural elements and all living things, are connected by common descent through whakapapa. All things are thought to possess a life force (mauri). Tangaroa was the god of the ocean and ancestor of all fish, Tāne the forest and all birds, and Rongo peaceful activities, agriculture, and the ancestor of cultivated plants.

The Māori have traditionally believed that people and objects contain mana, spiritual power or essence. Society was stratified according to this belief. Tapu implies rules and prohibitions. There are two types: public and private. A person, an object, or a place that is tapu may not be touched or in some cases not even approached. Nowadays, tapu is mostly observed in matters relating to sickness, death, and burial.

Since the early 19th century, Christianity has become increasingly important amongst the Māori. Large numbers became affiliated with the Church of England and the Catholic Church. Nowadays, Christian prayer (karakia) is often the expected way to begin and end Māori public gatherings.

Māori Temple

Safety and essentials

Documentation and Customs Regulations

Let us clue you up before you set off. Our low-down on the ins and outs of documentation is sure to save you a headache at the departure gate. Be aware that documentation and visa checks are carried out before boarding the plane and make sure you have them ready to be checked.

  • For duty-free allowances, check out the New Zealand customs website here.
  • It is advisable to declare any unusual medicines. Have the medication clearly labeled with a signed and dated letter from your doctor explaining your condition.
  • Plant and animal products must be declared. Any type of food or wood product must also be declared.
  • The United States is a visa waiver country of New Zealand and therefore a visa is not required to visit for three months or less. Consult the US government's state department link for passports and visas here.

Health

  • Be sure to take out comprehensive health insurance before your trip.
  • New Zealand has no essential vaccinations; however, as always, the World Health Organization recommends that all travelers should be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, polio, and hepatitis B.
  • Do not drink untreated water from streams or lakes. Giardiasis can be passed through untreated water. That said, tap water in New Zealand is normally safe to drink.
  • Insect repellent is advisable to ward off sand flies in coastal regions.

Dangers

  • Hypothermia can be a big risk during the winter. Be sure to keep warm at high altitudes or when exposed to high winds.
  • Be aware of the ocean! Rip tides and undertows are common.
  • Occasional earthquakes do occur in New Zealand so be sure to know the protocol in such an occurrence.

For comprehensive travel advice please refer to the US Department of State website.

Places to visit

Auckland

Auckland's Skyline

As you’re most likely to end up here after your international flight, it’s well worth staying for a couple of days to explore New Zealand’s largest city. The Auckland Art Gallery is the country’s largest and is great for a cultural fix. It features over 15,000 works of art from a variety of styles and eras.

The Auckland Domain Park is the city’s oldest park, and at 185 acres, it has a bit of everything. The park has been developed around the cone of an extinct volcano, and features exquisite Winter Gardens, the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Formal Gardens, and several duck ponds. The city is also home to a wide range of international restaurants and has an excellent nightlife.

For those who are more adventurous, there is a Auckland Bridge climb, and even a bungee jump.

Luxury Tent Resort and Tree House Paradise above Karioitahi Beach, New Zealand

How about renting a luxury tent or treehouse within easy reach of Auckland?

Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

Located in the northeast of the North Island, about a three hour drive from Auckland, this archipelago consists of over 140 subtropical islands. It’s famed for its beautiful undeveloped beaches and big-game fishing. It is also an important historical site, hosting both Māori artifacts and the whaling town of Russell, the nation’s first colonial capital. It is the perfect place to go sailing, boating or fishing. You can also take up a new hobby; Paihia Dive offers an introduction to scuba diving course which ferries you out far into the bay. There are also opportunities for both dolphin watching and even swimming with dolphins. Don’t forget to check out the Hole in the Rock, an opening in a rock formation that you can sail through, tide permitting.

Deluxe Private Suite with a Hot Tub at a Bed and Breakfast in Kerikeri, New Zealand

Look over the stunning bay from this deluxe private suite with a hot tub.

Rotorua

Rotorua Hot Springs

A geothermal town in northern New Zealand centered around Lake Rotorua, Rotorua is renowned for its effervescent mud pools, impressive geysers, and natural hot springs. The surrounding nature is also stunning. There are crystal-clear streams, encapsulating redwood forests, whitewater rivers for rafting, the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute at Te Puia, the Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, a Polynesian spa, and the Skyline Gravity Mountain Biking Park, which takes visitors to the top via gondola and allows them to cycle back down.

Peaceful and Romantic Bell Tent for Rent near Tauranga, New Zealand

Get back to nature and kick back in this peaceful, romantic bell tent.

Waiheke Island

Vineyard on Waiheke Island

Situated to the east of Auckland, the island is easily accessible by ferry. The island is home to many excellent vineyards, so you’ll definitely want someone else to transport you around. Waiheke Island Wine Tours will shuttle you to three different vineyards to sample 14 varieties of wine. Waiheke is also home to a popular arts community, beaches, forests, and olive groves. It’s also a great place to go hiking. The Headland Sculpture on the Gulf hiking trail is particularly worth seeing. We also recommend the Connells Bay Sculpture Park, which hosts nature-inspired sculptures by New Zealand artists.

Romantic Studio Rental for Two for Wine Tasting Getaway near Auckland, New Zealand

Why not treat yourself and your partner to this romantic studio rental in Waiheke Island wine country?

Queenstown

Queenstown

Queenstown has long had the reputation as the adventure capital of New Zealand, and with good reason. During the winter and spring (June to October) it is a premium skiing destination, with the Remarkables Ski Area of particular note. Other adventure activities such as bungee jumping, skydiving, jet boating, and river rafting attract adrenaline junkies year-round. At 182 meters, the Shotover Canyon Swing is the world’s highest cliff jump. Queenstown also has some of New Zealand’s best dining, including burger joints, steak houses, and fine dining options.

Sunny Farm Cabin Rental with Wood-Burning Stove near Lumsden, New Zealand

Escape to the picturesque South Island countryside in this cabin rental on a farm.


Get your suitcase ready and check out more of our New Zealand glamping accommodations here!

Post-Thanksgiving Escapes with Glamping Hub

By Ben Clarke

Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays of the year. It's a great time to reconnect with your family and closest friends. We all can admit, however, that it can also get a bit stressful. As much as you love your nearest and dearest, you might feel like you need an escape before you return to the daily grind. Well, don't worry—we've got you covered! Below are some of our suggestions for a brilliant, post-Thanksgiving escape.

Family and Friends

Upstate New York

Niagara Falls

New York has long been a top winter destination...and with good reason! The Adirondack region is home to some of the best winter activities in the whole state. The idyllic village of Lake Placid has the beautiful Mirror Lake, as well as an Olympic ski jump complex and bobsleigh course.

Whiteface Mountain is home to some of the best skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowmobiling and other winter sports activities in the entire eastern United States. Old Forge offers lake cruises and hiking up Bald Mountain and through the local trails.

Those who want more hiking adventures should check out the New York stretch of the Appalachian Trail.

Luxury Lodge with Jacuzzi and Hot Tub, Adirondack, New York

Why not relax after an action-packed day at this luxury lodge with a Jacuzzi and a hot tub?

Phoenix-Scottsdale, Arizona

Apache Trail, Arizona

Phoenix shines in the winter, as its scorching summer weather often puts off visitors. It is an excellent place to relax and unwind. While not known for its nightlife, leisure in this metropolitan area is abundant. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of shops, golf, and spa days. Phoenix is also perfectly situated for those who want to visit the Grand Canyon.

Moreover, the city is well-known for its array of museums, including the Musical Instrument Museum and the Heard Museum, which displays a range of artworks and historical artifacts. A crowning jewel is the Desert Botanical Garden, where visitors can learn more about the desert fauna of the southwest.

Sophisticated Desert Cabin near Scottsdale, Arizona

How about getting a true sense of desert living in this sophisticated cabin rental?

New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans truly is a gem. Perhaps best known for Mardi Gras, the city truly is a center of festivities and good cheer, and this is only amplified over the Thanksgiving period. The city hosts a wide range of cultural sites, such as the Saint Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and Frenchmen Street.

The city is also home to the National WWII Museum, which has so many exhibits that visitors could easily spend a day there and explains the conflict in an accessible and interesting way. It's a wonderful place to relax and unwind, too, whether it be on one of the many bridges of the New Orleans City Park or walking amongst the statues and plants of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

Charming Suite Rental at Bed and Breakfast near New Orleans, Louisiana

Get a real taste of the South by staying in this romantic bed and breakfast suite.

San Diego

San Diego

"Navy Town, USA" is situated in the south of the beautiful Golden State of California. This stunning city is known for its dazzling white sand beaches, parks, and warm climate year-round. It has a thriving cultural scene, which includes many art galleries, artists' studios, museums, and parks.

Balboa Park hosts the San Diego Zoo, which has existed for over a century and hosts a plethora of exotic animals, including gorillas, eagles, tigers, sun bears, Asian leopards, and polar bears.

Although the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located within the city of San Diego, it has some of the state's most beautiful landscapes, with large stretches of unspoiled beaches, magnificent Torrey Pine trees, and a large lagoon.

Luxury Camping Cabin with Breathtaking Mountain Views near San Diego

Where better to enjoy California's natural beauty than from this luxury camping cabin with breathtaking mountain views?

Salt Lake City

Zion Park

Salt Lake City is situated between the bright blue waters of the Great Salt Lake and the majestic peaks of the Wasatch mountain range. The city is known for its architectural grandeur, with its stunning Capitol building, the nineteenth-century Salt Lake Temple, and the neo-Gothic Assembly Hall.

Zion National Park is an excellent destination for keen hikers and naturalists. The park consists of sheer red cliffs towering over the Zion Canyon. The Virgin River that flows through the canyon leads down to the sparkling Emerald Pools, with their waterfalls and hanging garden.

In addition, there is easy access to the famous Grand Canyon National Park, as well as several ski resorts.

Impressive Cabin Rental by Ski Resorts near Salt Lake City, Utah

Rest your head amongst a relaxing alpine setting in this impressive cabin rental.


Want more ideas for your post-Thanksgiving escape? Check out our website and blog.

Camping and Thanksgiving: A return to nature

By Ben Clarke

Thanksgiving has long been a holiday of excess: extravagant meals, uncontrollable spending on Black Friday, and hugely expensive activities; however, it doesn't have to be that way. The first Thanksgiving, nearly 400 years ago, was a celebration of a good corn harvest by the Pilgrims, to which the Native Americans were invited and brought deer meat to add to the three-day feast.

S'mores

Modern Thanksgiving could definitely learn a thing or two from this tradition. Perhaps the best way to do this is to plan an escape modern existence and return to a simpler time. We, at Glamping Hub, feel that the best way to do this is to camp amongst idyllic natural surroundings with good friends and good food. Check out some of our suggestions for Thanksgiving camping below!

Mojave Desert, California

Joshua Tree National Park

The Mojave Desert is a large desert that stretches across California and southern Nevada, and is the driest in North America. Visitors can enjoy the Joshua Tree National Park, named for the ubiquitous Joshua trees in the park, and consists of striking rock formations and arid desert landscapes. It includes the Barker Dam, which holds a picturesque expanse of crystal-clear water and offers a number of excellent hiking trails.

There is easy access to Indio in the Coachella Valley, the “City of Festivals.” The town has year-round temperate weather and has been described as a golfer's paradise. Slightly further afield is the Golden State's cultural capital, the city of Los Angeles.

Luxury Tipis in Ancient Desert Hills of the Mojave Desert, Death Valley, California

After a long day, why not enjoy the beautiful night sky from the comfort of a luxury tipi?

Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Daniel Boone National Forest

The Daniel Boone National Forest is the only National Forest entirely within Kentucky, and it offers visitors a wide range of activities, including boating, hiking, fishing, and hunting. There is a Skylift aerial tram that can take visitors up to the Natural Bridge, an iconic rock formation of the park.

The Red River Gorge area offers hikes through caves, arches, and waterfalls. It is also easy to access the city of Lexington, known by some as the "Horse Capital of the World." Attractions include horse racing at the famous Keeneland racecourse, the Kentucky Horse Park, and the International Museum of the Horse.

Elevated Yurt in the Woodlands near the Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky

Enjoy stunning views over the surrounding woodlands from this elevated yurt.

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Colorado

Arapaho National Forest

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests spread out west of Denver and merge with several other National Parks, including the Rocky Mountain National Park and the White River National Forest. They are excellent for a wide range of recreational activities, including hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing.

There are also several nearby ski resorts, including Breckenridge, Vail, and Winter Park, which offer skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. Thanksgiving in the city of Denver is a medley of fun free events, performing arts, live music and plenty of family-friendly activities.

Incredible Glamping Tents near Vail, Colorado

Sleep soundly after a long day of festivities in one of these incredible glamping tents.

Tahuya State Forest, Washington

Tahuya State Forest, Washington

Located only around an hour outside of Seattle, Tahuya State Forest is a picturesque, working woodland in the Pacific northwest. The area allows for a wide range of recreational activities, including ATV driving, horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking.

Seattle is an excellent place to celebrate Thanksgiving. Revelers can enjoy watching the Macy’s Parade, witness the lighting of the city's Christmas tree, and splurge on the Black Friday sales.

Glampers are highly encouraged to visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass gallery for their Thanksgiving walk. This exhibition focuses on artist Dale Chihuly and boasts eight interior galleries, a verdant outdoor garden, and a central glass house.

Luxury Camping Tent near Seattle, Washington

After the hustle and bustle of Seattle life, where better to relax than this luxury tent?

White Mountains, New Hampshire

White Mountains, New Hampshire

The White Mountains National Park is undoubtedly the most beautiful part of New Hampshire—and quite possibly New England! Visitors can ascend right to the top of Mount Washington, the park's highest peak, using either the auto road or the cog railway.

Franconia Notch State Park often features amongst the top state parks in America, and it offers very accessible hiking, as well as beautiful fall colors. There is also a children's theme park in Jefferson called Santa's Village.

Those looking for a more cultural experience will be able to visit Manchester, which contains the famous Currier Museum of Art and the Palace Theater.

Luxury Tent for Camping in the White Mountains of Conway, New Hampshire

Why not enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding woodland from this luxury tent?


Hungry for more luxury camping ideas? Check out our website and blog.

Travel Guide: Pro Tips for South African Safari Travel

By Alexandra McGowan

Author's note: This post was co-authored by Xavier Vale-Buisson.

When you touch down in South Africa— get ready for the trip of a lifetime!—travel arrangements within the country might not be on the top of your list. There’s so much to see and do, but how will you ever glimpse the animals of the Big Five if you can’t see beyond your spectacular glamping destination? Let us clue you in on what's good to know before you head out into the wild.

Luckily, we’ve created a one-stop shop for all the travel info and pro trips you’ll need to make your South African safari dreams come true. You'll be leading the pride in no time!

A group of lions laying down together in South Africa.

GOOD TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
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Getting there and around

Airplane

Head up high in the sky and travel to Sub-Saharan Africa. Getting to South Africa by air travel has never been easier. The principal international airports are Cape Town International Airport, Oliver Tambo International, and King Shaka International.

While traveling in South Africa why not try something a little more unique? Head up into the skies at sunrise in a hot air balloon. This balloon has only one destination: Kruger National Park. Soar over the western edge of the park as you scan the horizon for the Big Five.

Kruger National Park

Bringing you back down to earth for a second, the Baz Bus can be a reliable and fun, everyday method of transportation. This handy hop-on, hop-off idea can get you to Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg, all while traveling with fellow explorers. This user-friendly initiative gives you the perfect excuse to discover the stunning beaches of Durban.

If you fancy heading back up into the sky, fear not—domestic flights are super reasonable and are an alternative to the longer Baz Bus routes. Mango and Kulula are two inexpensive airline options, which will get you to major cities quickly and with little hassle. Just kick back and relax, and you’ll be across the country in no time.

Off-road driving at sunset.

Fancy going solo? A 4x4 is highly recommended. Traveling by car will give you a fantastic opportunity to make your own itinerary. Why not visit iSimangaliso Wetland Park? It's one of South Africa’s eight World Heritage sites. This stunning park is home to hippos, crocodiles, pelicans, and flamingos—sure to be an unforgettable experience. Then again...that will likely be the case with your entire vacation here.

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CULTURE
Food and Drink

Braai

South Africans are world famous for their braai. Such pride is taken in this traditional South African barbecue that it has become an art form. While in South Africa be sure to head to a traditional braai! Of course, no meal is complete without drinks, so be sure to head into the Cape Winelands. This area is famous for spectacular grapes and boasts wine tasting routes where you can savour as many vinos as you could wish for.

South Africa is full of diversity and this is reflected in its cuisine. Trying the traditional South African flavors is a must, but so is sampling the wide variety of other flavors on offer. Durban has close ties to the Indian subcontinent and offers a spectacular array of Indian cuisine. Cape Town offers tantalizing Malay cuisine that is also sure to impress.

History and Heritage

Cape-Town

The variety of delicious flavors on offer is testament to the rich and varied heritage of South Africa. This beautiful country has indeed suffered a turbulent history, but there is nothing better to represent its resilience than its rich diversity. From the Mediterranean feel of the Cape coast, to the traditional villages of Zulu Land, and the Gum Boot mining dancers in Durban, you are bound to experience a country that embraces the many influences of its past.

Events

Cycle-Tour

As part of the South African lifecycle week, that will run between March 3rd to March 12th, the Cape Town Cycle Tour will be held in the beautiful city of Cape Town. It is dubbed the world's largest individually timed race and is formally known as the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. This 109km long time trial will test the keenist of cyclists. It will be a physical challenge that will get the adrenaline pumping for those on or off the track. Cyclists participating in this event will feel like true athletes as they push through the mental and physical challenge that this event presents.

Art-festival

Kicking off in the first week of December is South Africa’s largest street festival. This vibrant festival has many different activities going on. There are a variety of beer tents, music venues, art galleries, and film installations to keep visitors fully entertained. This event takes place in Cape Town and more specifically it takes over the suburb of Observatory.

The National Arts Festival in South Africa is the biggest collective celebration of arts on the whole African continent. This festival is held in Grahamstown, a small town just east of Port Elizabeth. Each year, visitors are treated to new and thought-provoking art forms making every year different from the last. Included in this festival are music, film, and visual arts productions. There really is something for everyone. This event runs from the end of June until mid-July.

SAFETY AND ESSENTIALS
Documentation and Customs Regulations
Let us clue you in before you set off. Our low-down on the ins and outs of documentation is sure to save you a headache at the departure gate.

  • In terms of visas, British and American citizens visiting South Africa for tourism purposes can stay in the country for up to 90 days.
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 30 days after the return date.
  • There must be at least one unused visa page in your passport for the South African Immigration Services.
  • A certificate of a Yellow Fever vaccinaction is required of those traveling from countries with risk of Yellow Fever transmission.
  • In terms of customs regulations, if you have anything to declare you must fill out at TC-01 form upon arrival.
  • A Traveler Card must be filled in before heading to immigration.
  • Excess currency, animals and plants as well as their products, medicines, and herbal products all need written authorisation

Health

  • It is advised that all your vaccinations are up to date.
  • Among others, the vaccinations of tetanus, Hepatitis A and B, and rabies are recommended.
  • The tap water is drinkable but not in rural areas.
  • Malaria is present, so be sure to take the relevant precautions. These include using insect repellent and mosquito nets.

Dangers

  • For safety, all hiking trails should be completed in groups consisting of a minimum of three people.
  • Women should avoid walking alone at night particularly in isolated areas.
  • When driving keep doors locked and windows closed.
  • Beware of ATM scams. Don’t leave your card unattended and take a friend when withdrawing cash.
  • Use ATMs in shopping malls or ATMs with guards.

    For comprehensive travel advice please refer to the United States Travel Department.

PLACES TO VISIT
Kruger National Park

Elephants

South Africa is famous for its stunning wildlife and luscious landscapes. Kruger National Park is the ultimate place to unleash your wild side. Buckle up in your 4x4 and head out into the wilderness. With the help of your safari guide you’ll have the best chance of spotting the Big Five. If you’re ready to push the limits why not see the park from the air? There are mesmerizing hot air balloon rides offering bird’s eye views around the outskirts of the park. This wonderful experience will be sure to create lasting memories of the country’s impressive landscape.

A view from the exterior of these luxury vacation rentals near Kruger National Park.

Take in South Africa from these luxury vacation rentals near Kruger National Park.

Cape Town

Cape-Town-at-night

Cape Town is a must see during your visit to Sub-Saharan Africa. This vibrant ocean city sits on the Horn of Africa and is surrounding by the sprawling Atlantic. This far stretching ocean is home to whales and dolphins, which you could even catch a glimpse of. While meandering throw this rambling city be sure to head up to Table Mountain. Trekking up this six-hundred-million-year-old peak won’t only stretch your legs but give you stunning views of the breath-taking city below.

An exterior shot of the beautifully-furnished tree house in the KwaZulu-Natal Province.

Discover the treetops of South Africa from this incredible tree house rental.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Flamingo

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is one of South Africa’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Exploring this nature reserve will be an experience you’re unlikely to be able to replicate at home. As you’re surrounded by unique wildlife such as hippos and flamingos, you won’t be able to help but gaze in awe, while maybe snapping a few photos too. A trip to iSimangaliso Wetland Park is sure to impress while creating unforgettable memories.

A view from the exterior of these exotic, upscale suites on a game reserve near Johannesburg.g

Treat yourself to a slice of luxury at one of these upscale suite rentals near Johannesburg.


Ready for your Sub-Saharan adventure? Take a stroll through our South African wonders here!

5 Glamping Sites to Visit After Seeing "Amanda and Jack Go Glamping"

By Jessica Armstrong

Have you heard about this year's hit flick coming to theaters near you this November? "Amanda and Jack Go Glamping"—a comedy about a married couple who are looking to put the spark back into their relationship by going on a romantic glamping getaway—will show you that even with some bumps along the road, there is nothing better than experiencing the great outdoors with the one you love.

The movie poster for "Amanda and Jack Go Glamping."

This glamping film is sure to get moviegoers exploring the great outdoors in no time.

Premiering at Austin Film Festival, just in time to inspire some end of fall getaways, this movie will have you leaving the theater and heading straight to packing your bag for your very own romantic Texas getaway.

Looking for some hints on where to visit near the set? Here are five unbeatable sites near Austin, Texas, you will not want to miss out on.

Country Glamping Yurts Outside of Austin

The interior of a beautiful yurt with a king-size bed.

The interior of this country yurt is just as gorgeous as the scenery outside.

Take a drive outside Austin to find these charming glamping yurts, ready and waiting for couples of all ages to enjoy them. With king-size beds, electricity, and comfortable furnishings inside and outside of the yurt, glamping duos will feel at home and relaxed in no time. This accommodation is sure to put the spark into your getaway.

Classic Airstream Rental in Texas Hill Country

The inside of the couples yurt featuring a breakfast bar and queen-sized bed.

Guests will love waking up with a view of the forest and a pre-set breakfast bar.

Cozy up in a deluxe Airstream with modern features and epic views of the surrounding woods. Glampers looking for a secluded getaway, look no further because this Airstream rental is tucked into the stunning Jacobs Well nature areas in Texas Hill Country. Just a short drive from numerous restaurants and authentic Texan nightlife, couples can get a feel for it all at this accommodation.

Spacious Villa with Views of Lake Travis in Austin, Texas

Interior of the pet-friendly villa overlooking Lake Travis.

Enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine while enjoying stunning views of Lake Travis.

Glamping couples looking to invite their friends along for the experience will be heading to this gorgeous villa in no time. Perfect for six guests to relax and enjoy comfortably, this villa boasts upscale glamping. The views of Lake Travis from the rental's spacious deck will take glampers' breath away.

Unique Bell Tent Camping near San Antonio, Texas

The interior of this unique and vintage bell tent.

Guests will adore the vintage decor of this bell tent.

Wake up in the morning to the smells of fresh coffee, sweet teas, and the soothing scents of nature when visiting these romantic bell tents. Camping just got even more luxurious, and for couples looking to get away from it all, this sure is the place to escape to. With high-end features guests would find in a five-star hotel, endless views of Texas Hill Country, and nothing but a blanketed sky of stars to admire above, guests will instantly fall in love with these sites.

Beautifully Furnished Yurt Rental in Elgin, Texas

The exterior of this beautifully furnished yurt.

Surrounded by tall trees and lush greenery will really make glampers feel the connection with the wilderness.

In the heart of the forest, glampers will fall head over heels at this beautifully furnished yurt rental. Decked out and completely secluded, this is where glamping couples come to reconnect with nature—and one other. Offering high-end amenities, unbeatable scenic views, and more for glampers to discover onsite, no duo will want to miss out on a visit to this retreat.


To find your very own romantic Texas getaway, check our our portaland don't forget to see "Amanda and Jack Go Glamping" this November!