Starting the new year in Sri Lanka

By Caroline Picken

I started the new year airbound somewhere over the Arabian Sea, with my plane landing in Colombo, Sri Lanka, bright and early on January 1. Whenever I take a long holiday, I like to revert back to my “backpacking days” and really hop around a country. I enjoy this type of travel philosophy and truly believe its the best way to see a country and all it has to offer.

Having thoroughly researched all of the top spots to see—and discovering some gems along the way—my friend and I decided to head straight to Sri Lanka’s tea country, where we were to spend two nights in a tree house. This particular accommodation was the first of its kind in Sri Lanka, and it is built in a live pine tree that is suspended 30 feet above the ground...glamping in its purest form! While laying in bed, the structure moved and creaked, so it definitely is not for the faint of heart, but stepping out onto the balcony, the view of the surrounding valley was spectacular, making it all more than worth it.

On our first evening, we ate from a local roadside spot, and three curries and some fried Asian delights later, the bill came to approximately $2.80. (It was going to be a great two weeks.) We then headed further inland towards Kandy, a highly polluted but bustling city. After a quick pit stop, we headed north to the Knuckles Mountain Range and the Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge, where our luxury safari tents were.

In between the tree house and these tents, I can easily say they are the top two most unique accommodations I've ever stayed at in my life. Each safari tent had every five-star amenity you could ask for—topped off with a mesmerizing view of the aforementioned mountains—all while being nestled amid a working tea plantation. It was the perfect place for some relaxation.

Hailed as one of the most beautiful train rides in the world, we headed south from Kandy to Ella on the famous blue train. Getting tickets was slightly tricky; they sell out months in advance, but thanks to a local tout, we managed to secure our seats. The train snacks were delectable! The locals would dangle out of the window or run along the tracks with fried goodies, and they would hand them to you in someone's old math homework papers.

Ella is a unique city; it reminded me of the yogi vibe that Ubud, Bali, has. Everyone is trying to be very zen, but it just doesn't quite fit. We did a beautiful hike at dawn up Little Adam's Peak, but we quickly decided it was time to move one.

Our next destination was Yala National Park, where you can do a half-day safari for less than 30 euros, where you get to see elephants and leopards, the lords of the jungle. A driver's commitment is key when going on safari, and our guy was definitely the MVP. He found an elephant 25 minutes after picking us up—all before dawn! I absolutely love animals, so seeing a herd of wild elephants playing in the dust was a real highlight.


Finally, it was time for the beach. For our last week, we decided to hop between beach towns on the southwest coast. We found three boutique hotels that offered eco-chic rooms with easy access to the beach, which was important to us for viewing the mesmerizing sunsets in this part of the world.

We stayed in a Swedish-owned boutique hotel that was like nowhere I've ever stayed before. If it were on Glamping Hub, I'd categorize it as a “room in the wild.” The concrete, three-story structure is just off the main road, but it overlooks the beach and Taprobane Island. Every last detail has been considered here, from the design of the rooms and the hipster magazines scattered about to the local products left for guests to enjoy. Meanwhile, at night, you could sip on a local cocktail while looking out over the beach of Weligama. This place officially confirmed for me that Swedish people have the best taste in home decor!

Sri Lanka has many nicknames: Ceylon, the Pearl of the Orient, and the Teardrop of India. For me, the exquisite nature, vast wildlife, and the people make it one of the most enchanting and unique places in southeast Asia. From tea plantations, 100-foot waterfalls, and temples in the north to magical sunsets, secret beaches, and the colonial city of Galle in the south, the diversity of Sri Lanka's landscape and its myriad of cultures made every day a new adventure, and I would highly recommend adding this pearl of an island to your bucket list.


To see everything we have to offer in Sri Lanka, keep exploring on Glamping Hub! For more on Caroline's adventures, be sure to check out her blog on Costa Rica, too.

Top winter glamping sites in the U.K.

By Eleanor Stanesby

Camping in the middle of winter in the U.K. is one thing that we're not sure we can get behind, but glamping? Well, now, that's a different story entirely. Not having to worry about cold nights laying on the ground in a pop-up tent? Sign us up!

We've compiled our top glamping sites for a winter getaway in the U.K.—everything from luxury pods and tree houses to classic cottages. It's easy to enjoy the beautiful rolling hills and forests from the comfort of one of these cozy accommodations. Braving the chilly weather has never sounded so appealing!

1. Luxurious, Adults-Only Tree House in Devon

Don't let the description of this tree house fool you into thinking you'll be cold during your stay. This elevated accommodation is equipped with a wood-burning stove to keep the whole place toasty come nightfall—and we haven't even told you about the big, luxurious bathtub yet. Talk about a five-star experience!

We'll leave you with this...just imagine stepping out on the balcony for a morning coffee amid the smell of the crisp morning dew and surrounded by the trees, listening to nothing but the natural sounds of the local wildlife. Sounds likes the perfect way to start the day to us.

2. Eco-Pod on Derbyshire Farm

A getaway in a pod is a favorite of the British public, something different from your typical caravan or hotel stay. This eco-pod is a unique way to experience the countryside—in fact, that's all that surrounds this perfect pod.

Built to endure all aspects of English weather, thanks to its insulation, cladding, and fire pit, this pod is a sure winner for a winter break. Each morning, you'll get to wake up in a comfy bed with perfectly placed French doors to see a breathtaking view of the surroundings from the minute you open your eyes.

3. Unique Cottage at Adventure Park in Scotland

This unique cottage, which is located among the mountains that surround Loch Tay in Scotland, has a rustic wooden appearance on the outside, with a modern twist on the inside. This cottage is equipped with all you could ever need for a nature-based getaway and keeps you close to the beautiful natural surroundings—while also allowing you to enjoy them from the comfort of the accommodation's many windows.

4. Romantic Pod Farm Getaway in Essex

This romantic pod is equipped with all the necessities for an ideal winter holiday. From under floor heating, a fire pit, and a log fired hot tub - If you can brave the chill before getting in. Located in a county speckled with picturesque villages and towns you can explore for the perfect relaxing day. The pod is also dog friendly, so bring your dog for all the more fun!

5. Warm and Inviting Holiday Yurt in Wales

You'll never get bored on holiday at this yurt rental in Wales, from its convenient location near the River Dee to the on-site recreational barn filled with games and entertainment options. Located in the beautiful countryside of a small village, you'll find a market town nearby that is filled with pubs for you to enjoy, should you so desire. A trip to see the serene waters of the aforementioned river is also a must, where a horse-drawn canal trip comes highly recommended.

6. Stone Cottage with Wood-Fired Hot Tub in Wales

The rustic feel of this stone cottage is perfect for the winter. Tucked away in the rural village of Felindre in Wales, you'll get to enjoy strolling along any one of the number of nearby trails, all of which boast beautiful landscapes and the peaceful sounds of local fauna. On those cozy relaxing nights in, this cottage is equipped with an AGA range cooker to heat the whole space—the snow is no match for this countryside accommodation!

7. Modern Country Cottage in North Cumbria

This modern cottage in North Cumbria, England, is surrounded by eight acres of private land for the perfect weekend escape from your busy life. You can enjoy the peaceful grounds, venture to the nearby Carlisle Castle, or go off to explore the Lake District. Underfloor heating and a fireplace are sure to keep you warm at night, while the home cinema keeps you plenty entertained. The lounge gives you a perfect 180-degree view of the grounds through its large glass walls—the perfect place to be sat as the sun sets!

8. Beautiful Cabin on Organic Farm in West Wales

Farm stays aren't just for the summertime, and this eco-friendly cabin for hire in West Wales is the perfect example. Come wintertime, guests will love the underfloor heating and the wood-burning fireplace to help them warm up after a day exploring the walking trails amid the serene countryside that surrounds this property.

9. Pet-Friendly Cottage in Northumberland

Situated in Northumberland—the northernmost town in all of England—this pet-friendly cottage rental can easily accommodate family, friends, and dogs for the ideal winter holiday. For a fun trip close to the accommodation, you can visit Alnwick Castle, widely known as one of Britain's most iconic castles, as well as where a number of scenes from the Harry Potter films were shot.

10. Tree House Hideaway in Wiltshire, England

This tree house is surrounded by organic pastures, streams, and historic oak trees that paint the perfect backdrop for this idyllic getaway. It accommodates up to six guests with its luxurious, three-level floor plan. While staying at this property, you can take advantage of the surrounding land, as well as day trips to the nearby town, all of which is sure to keep you entertained!

11. BEAUTIFUL COTTAGE RENTAL, NORWICH

Perfect for a small family looking for a cozy holiday, this cottage is located on a working farmland, and the on-site scenic walks are second to none through the woodland areas of the countryside. The cottage also comes fully equipped with everything you'll need to cook meals for the whole family and enjoy a relaxing night in.

12. UNIQUE ECO-POD IN ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE

This pod is nothing short of a dream come true—all while being eco-friendly! Solar-powered fairy lights illuminate this pod from the inside out, while the wood-fired hot tub allows you to comfortably kick back after a day spent exploring the surrounding wildflower meadows and coppice woodlands. Striving to have zero CO2 emissions, this glamping site is sure to be the most environmentally-friendly place you've ever stayed!


Ready for a winter getaway in the U.K.? Click on the the links above to book your favorite of these accommodations now!

Travel Guide: Banff National Park

By Amber Woolley

Banff National Park is home to sensational mountains, vast, white glaciers, stunning alpine meadows, and an abundance of wildlife. Located in Alberta in the Rocky Mountains, this is Canada's first-ever National Park, and it's quite amazing. From a quaint peaceful town with plenty of restaurants and boutiques to an array of outdoor activities, Banff is one place that is never short on adventure. Since this breathtaking place has so much to offer, we don't want you to miss out on any opportunities, so we've created a travel guide to make your trip even more spectacular.

Good to know before you go

Getting there and around

If you are flying in, Calgary, in Alberta, is the main city and the easiest way to get to Banff National Park. Calgary International Airport (YYC) is 88 miles from the charming town of Banff, which will take you approximately 1.5 hours to reach by car. You can also get to Banff and Lake Louise by the readily-available local bus services for around $71 per person.

If you want to travel to Banff by direct train and fancy traveling in style, it is recommended you take the Rocky Mountaineer—where you can uncover this hidden world of unparalleled beauty and experience incredible views of the Canadian Rockies.

The best way to get around Banff National Park is to drive your own car or rent one from a car rental service. It is also important you pick up a park pass, which can be purchased upon entry to the park or in advance online.

For those wanting a truly relaxing getaway where they can focus solely on the incredible scenery, public transport runs throughout the park, making travel from one beautiful spot to the next completely stress-free. Roam is a regular hybrid bus service and you can find out more information here.

Useful Facts

Popular spots you don't want to miss

Every destination in Banff National Park is beautiful and it is sometimes difficult to know where to start. Here are a couple of suggestions to get you started.

Upper Hot Springs

Banff Upper Hot Springs
Photo sourced from Banff and Lake Louise.

First, we'll begin with the discovery that led to the development of Banff National Park: the hot springs. These were discovered in 1883 by three railway workers looking for healing and wellness. The Upper Hot Springs are one of nine naturally occurring hot springs at Banff. You will experience a striking and scenic backdrop while unwinding in steamy, hot mineral water—sure to be a highlight of your vacation!

Bow Falls

Another popular destination that can't be missed is Bow Falls, which is within walking distance from Banff. The stunning waterfall is shallow, but wide, and is caused by the change of course in the Bow River. Enjoy the view, take a picnic, or hike along the trail by the side of the falls.

Banff Gondola

Fancy a thrill? The Banff Gondola is a must! Experience a 360-degree, bird's eye view of six scenic mountain ranges from 7,486 feet above sea level! This scenic cableway ride will provide beautiful mountain vistas in every direction and will take you up to the summit of Sulphur Mountain.

Trip savvy: Activities on a budget

Visiting Banff doesn't have to be a costly trip; being in the heart of Canada's most renowned park is sufficient enough! Banff National Park is not short of low-cost and free activities that you should definitely take advantage of.

Wildlife viewing

When you step into Banff National Park, the chances are very high that you'll catch a glimpse of a grizzly bear, a mountain goat, or one of the many amazing bird species in the area. Wildlife viewing is also a perfect and exciting activity that can be done with the whole family and is completely free.

Sometimes, it really does help to know the right spot and the right time to be there. Here are some tips to optimize your chances:

1. Choose a quiet area. You have a higher chance of spotting wildlife if there are fewer tourists. A good recommendation is Bow Valley Parkway (Hwy 1A), which is a less-traveled road. Typically, this is where you will find wolves, black bears, deer, and sheep.

2. Search at the right time. Yes, you probably guessed, this means early mornings. Animals are more likely to be feeding at lower levels. If you are not an early riser, the next optimal time is just before dusk.

3. Be respectful and keep your distance. Getting too close to animals can threaten their survival. Seeing them in their natural environment and giving them space is an important wildlife viewing tip.

Self-guided walking tours

Historic Ski Village of Banff
Photo sourced from SKI Magazine.

Do you want to discover more about Banff? A self-guided walking tour is a fun and interesting way to learn about the town's history. Download this easy PDF, which will provide you with five tours that have been optimized for mobile viewing.

Hiking

With a 1,000 miles of trails, hiking in Banff National Park is full of adventure, has some of the world's most spectacular views, and is completely free of charge. The park is perfect for those wanting an easy stroll, as well as those who desire a more ambitious hike. Plain of Six Glaciers is a rewarding hike that should definitely make it onto your bucket list. This hike has one of the most accessible trails and offers extraordinary views of the mountains surrounding Lake Louise.

Banff National Park is also dog-friendly for those traveling with their pet. The only stipulations are that your dog must be kept on a leash and under control at all times. There are, however, some trails where dogs are not allowed so be sure to check this out beforehand.

Hot tip: Check the latest trail conditions with Parks Canada before you begin your adventure.

Upcoming Events

Events in Banff National Park and Lake Louise.
Photo sourced from Banff and Lake Louise.

There are many exciting events all year round at Banff National Park, so be sure to check the calendar before you book your vacation. The following are some examples of the types of events offered:

  • Alpenglow Festival at the Banff Gondola: March 1, 2019
  • Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise: April 26, 2019
  • Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival - October 26-November 3, 2019

Safety

Before you depart to one of the worlds most beautiful and wild places, it is important you are all clued up on some important safety tips.

Natural Hazards

Natural hazards can be a big part of the National Park experience, but their impact can be reduced if you are well informed and prepared. If you want to read more on how to keep safe in the outdoors, visit AdventureSmart!

Driving

If driving, you must be prepared for a variety of weather conditions, even at all times of the year. At higher elevations, it may even snow during the summer. This is why it's extremely important to drive with caution at all times. A top tip is to equip your car with the essentials in case of an emergency, such as a shovel, a flashlight, a blanket, food, and water.

Mountain safety tips

  • Never hike alone.
  • Plan your trip beforehand and take a map.
  • Pack a flashlight.
  • Take extra clothes.
  • Bring a first aid kit.
  • Ensure your cell phone is fully charged.

Animal Safety

Wildlife behavior is unpredictable, and animals can get stressed when their space is invaded by humans, especially when they are trying to protect their offspring. It is important to view and photograph the animals from a sensible distance. In general, it is recommended to stay back 100 meters from bears (unless you are inside a vehicle); 30 meters from all other large species; and 200 meters from coyote, fox, or wolf dens.

Health

  • Be sure to take out comprehensive health insurance before your trip.
  • Canada has no essential vaccinations; however, as always, there are some that are recommended by the World Health Organization, such as hepatitis A and B, rabies, meningitis, and MMR.
  • Even though Canada is an industrialized country, bug bites can still spread diseases. Try to avoid bug bites, especially when you will be spending a lot of time outside and in wooded areas. It is recommended to take an insect repellent along.

Where to Stay

If you're visiting Banff National Park, it is already clear you love the outdoors and adventure. This cozy lodge is situated right in the heart of Banff National Park and has breathtaking views of Bow Lake. The lodge is located in the ideal spot to access the famous Canadian Glaciers, waterfalls, and Rocky Mountains, as well as being only a 30-minute drive from the town of Banff.

If you are looking for an authentic ski chalet, this log cabin is the perfect spot for you. With a central location that gives you access to an array of activities, guests are never far from adventure, all while knowing they have a cozy sanctuary to relax in at the end of the day.


Want to keep exploring our glamping accommodations in Canada? Check out our complete collection here!

The 14 most romantic Valentine's Day getaways

By Mikaela Amundson

As you and your special someone make fancy dinner reservations, get ready to exchange gifts, and plan extravagant surprises, take this year as an opportunity to explore a different, but equally as memorable and meaningful, way to show your love for one another.

A romantic glamping getaway is the perfect way to sweep your favorite person off their feet for an amazing experience and create long-lasting memories that you'll cherish forever. To help out, we've curated a list of the most unique experiences for couples to celebrate their love together this Valentine's Day.

1. Cozy Tennessee Tree House:

This tucked-away tree house is a great spot for couples to head off to for a romantic weekend. With a fireplace, a hot tub, and a queen-size bed, this elevated hideaway is the best of the rustic and comfortable. Feel like you're living in the trees for an entire weekend while enjoying movies, Wi-Fi, and a fully-furnished kitchen in this high-off-the-ground glamping site. The Tennessee woods are a wonderful background for a solo weekend away with that special someone.

2. Romantic Lakeside Cabin in Maine:

Spend your Valentine's Day cozied up in this charming, lakefront cabin with your special someone—cuddling up in the plush seating area in front of the warm and inviting fireplace. The fully-equipped kitchen is perfect for preparing a romantic meal for two while watching the picturesque snow scene outside. It'll be too easy to become enamored with the beautiful hardwood and cobblestone chimney; you may never want to leave this lovely getaway!

3. Adults-Only Green House for Two in Oregon:

Are traditional cottages not you and your honey's speed? Try out this incredible, converted green house, complete with 360-degree views of its gorgeous surroundings through the nearly wall-to-wall glass windows. Spend your daytime exploring the surrounding farm and nearby Silver Falls State Park, then warm up with a campfire outside the green house with marshmallows and hot cocoa. To finish off your romantic day, try stargazing cuddled up the elegant double bed upstairs in the loft—after a soak in the natural cedar hot tub in the downstairs living room, of course.

4. Huge Heated Bell Tent Under the Stars in Utah:

If you're looking for a more au naturel Valentine's Day with your partner, look no further than this bell tent near Utah's beautiful Zion State Park for an unbeatable, nature-filled weekend away. Enjoy exploring the beautiful surrounding mountain scenery and petroglyphs with your loved one just north of this glamping site. The fire pit and surrounding chairs are the perfect place to curl up after a long day for some unbeatable stargazing—all before retiring to the luxurious king-size bed inside this amazing, heated tent.

5. Garden Cottage for Two in Quintana Roo, Mexico:

For something a little more tropical, try this delightful garden cottage in sunny Quintana Roo for a warmer way to spend the weekend with your favorite person. The encompassing glass windows offer amazing views of the surrounding mangroves and colorful gardens, and the site boasts incredible local cuisine made by the host. If that's not enough to entice you, the pristine sand beach and great snorkeling at just steps from the cottage's door should be enough to have you two packing your bags!

6. Secluded Beach Pod in Portugal:

This inviting pod in Portugal is located on the beautiful Peninsula de Setubal, perfect for couples that want mountainous coastline, beaches, wine country, and lush forests all at one glamping destination. You can swim in the Atlantic, bike along the water, and swing in a hammock for the perfect Valentine's Day with your partner. After a great night's sleep in the cozy double bed, enjoy a complimentary organic breakfast to start your adventure-filled day off right.

7. Tree House with Romance Package near Madrid:

The allure of this Spanish tree house would be enough to make anyone want to slip away from the hustle and bustle of Madrid and head off to the mountains, but this host offers romantic add-ons to make a Valentine's Day getaway that much more special. Enjoy a glass of bubbly surrounded by candles and romantic decorations while snacking on chocolate with your special someone, thanks to the property's romance package, for the perfect evening under the stars.

8. Rustic Cottage for Couples on Lake Erie

This wonderfully-eclectic cabin is perfect for couples that want to tuck in for the weekend and just enjoy each other's company. The cabin has floor-to-ceiling bookshelves with a large offering of books and games, as well as a piano and guitar for a delightful weekend away. The wood-burning stove will keep you warm and cozy while you enjoy the charming snow views outside.

9. Unique Island Cottage in British Columbia:

Your fairy-tale romance deserves a cottage straight out of a storybook. This incredibly unique cottage on Mayne Island in British Columbia is a magical property sure to make your Valentine's Day unforgettable. There are orchards, gardens, and sheep just outside the door, and inside, you'll be greeted by incredible woodwork and charming vintage and handmade decor! This cottage is as special as your partner and is the perfect place to whisk them away to on February 14.

10. Luxe Tent Outside of Killarney:

If you're looking for a place where you can have both the rustic and the modern, this luxury tent just outside of Killarney is the perfect place for your Valentine's getaway. Just a 15-minute walk from the center of Killarney, this tranquil accommodation offers the chance to experience the city and the countryside all in one go. This wonderful property offers coast views, lush forests, and astonishing mountain views—in addition to being able to pop into town for a romantic dinner of fish and chips.

11. Mountain-View Bed and Breakfast near Melbourne:

You can never go wrong with the classic bed and breakfast. If a more traditional accommodation is to your liking, but you still want to enjoy Mother Nature, this lodge just outside Melbourne is what you're looking for. The hosts take pride in whipping up delicious meals that can be catered to your liking and enjoyed from the comfort of your own balcony—all while enjoying the views of the amazing Cathedral Range. Take a dip in the heated, saltwater swimming pool or go for a walk in the garden before retiring to a plush king-size bed for a weekend trip!

12. Safari Tent for Two in New South Wales

This luxurious tent for two is a perfect mix of rustic and plush. With a private balcony and views of the beautiful Turon River, this place makes for the perfect backdrop to a romantic Valentine's Day weekend. Read a book on the cozy couch, sunbathe on the attached deck, or take a soak in the deluxe bathtub that's big enough for two to round out a relaxing day together.

13. Fully-Furnished Airstream Rental in Greece

Why not try a refurbished Airstream parked on a gorgeous farm for a unique Valentine's Day weekend? This glamorously-decorated camper in Greece gives total vintage vibes for you and your honey to relax in. Enjoy the plush queen-size bed and fully-functional kitchen for the ultimate cozy night in. During the day, arrange for tours of the farm, check out the observation tower and chapel, and finish off your day with a drink at the local tavern.

14. Rustic Bell Tent in Sicily

This simple and lovely bell tent in Sicily, Italy, leaves all the busyness of the city behind and allows for couples to escape to a romantic camping weekend. Spend February 14 surrounded by hiking trails and canyons with gorgeous nature views, and later on, enjoy your evening surrounded by candles and a record player for a truly unforgettable experience.


P.S. If Portugal is your perfect plan, the host of this unique glamping getaway, Sarah, has something that will sweeten the pot! She's offering a special deal for a three-night stay that includes a bottle of champagne and exclusive access to a romantic, outdoor bathtub—perfect for stargazing as a pair.


Don't stop here! Keep exploring on Glamping Hub and let us find you the perfect fit for your Valentine's Day glamping getaway this year.

Best of 2018: Our top-booked accommodations

By Eric Wright

With the holiday season over and 2019 in full swing, we've looked back over a year of intrepid travelers sharing incredible experiences together at some of the most unique accommodations across the globe.

As we run through our list of the 20 top-booked accommodations from 2018, it's time to stop daydreaming and start planning that next unforgettable trip. From epic domes and traditional tipis to rustic cabins and majestic tree houses, we've got your next unique getaway covered.

Let your wild side guide you this year and take that once-in-a-lifetime vacation you've always envisioned!

Top Tents

Looking to add a touch of luxury and glamour to your annual camping trip? This year is a blank canvas, full of possibilities—so make 2019 a masterpiece by spending your nights under the lights of distant stars and galaxies at one of last year's top-booked tent getaways!

Romantic Bell Tent for Two near Melbourne

Luxury Safari Tent near Warner Springs in California

Luxury Camping Under the Stars in Utah

Cozy Bell Tent near Zion National Park in Utah

Deluxe Bell Tents near San Francisco, California

Luxurious Camping Tent with a Hot Tub near Hamilton, New Zealand

Top Tree Houses

These beautifully constructed retreats, high up in the treetops, are the perfect place to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with nature.

As the most popular aerial getaways from last year, these one-of-a-kind structures are just waiting to welcome their next lucky visitor!

Enchanting Tree House near the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia

Secluded Tree House near Chattanooga

Romantic Getaway in the Redwoods of Santa Cruz, California

Stunning Tree House in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California

Top Unique Rentals

Ever thought about sleeping in an extraordinary dome under the stars or toasting s'mores outside your very own tipi? These remarkable getaways are the ones you need to see to believe that something so wonderful and unique actually exists!

Follow in the footsteps of last years visitors, and stay somewhere truly out-of-the-ordinary this year.

Peaceful Cedar Green House near Silverton, Oregon

Traditional Tipis near San Antonio in Texas

Eco-Friendly Yurt in Monticello, Southeast Utah

Handcrafted Timber Hut in Upstate New York

Classic Airstream near Austin, Texas

Epic Dome in the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia

Top Cabins

It comes as no surprise that a yearly cabin getaway is a must for many families and friends. The escape from the daily grind, the peace of seclusion in nature, and the bonding moments that happen on these trips are easy ways to relax and rejuvenate both body and mind.

These are the most popular spots from 2018 where visitors forgot about work emails, abandoned social media, and really explored their wild side!

Pet-Friendly Cabin near Eldora Mountain Ski Resort in Colorado

Majestic Cabins Surrounded by Redwoods near Big Sur in California

Adorable Cabin near Woodstock, New York

Beachfront Cabin on a Private Island near Olympia in Washington


To see where people are looking to stay in 2019, check out our blog on travel trends for this year!

Travel trends: Where to go in 2019

By Jackie Dreyer

Whether you already have a travel bucket list scribbled on a piece of scrap paper or jotted down in a note in your smartphone, you better check it twice to make sure at least one of these unique destinations is on there. January 1 is right around the corner, and it's time to start planning where you'll use your ever-so-cherished vacation days in 2019.

North America

Georgia, U.S.

Napa Valley, California, U.S.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Belize

South America

São Paulo, Brazil

Patagonia, Chile

Europe

Berlin, Germany

France

Portugal

Highlands, Scotland

Southern Italy

Slovenia

Asia

Sri Lanka

Jordan

Africa

Namibia

Tanzania

Oceania + Australia

Perth, Australia

Tasmania, Australia

Auckland, New Zealand


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Where to spend Christmas in Europe

By Amber Woolley

If you're thinking of getting away this holiday season but not sure where to go, Europe is a fantastic option for those who want to travel while still going somewhere where festive spirits are high. From traditional holiday markets and nostalgic settings to charming medieval squares and Gothic churches, all throughout Europe there are countless destinations that can definitely deliver a hefty dose of holiday spirit.

Kiruna, Sweden

As the Northern Lights are one of the seven wonders of the world, the best time to chase the Aurora is during the holiday season. In December, evenings are long and dark, so the chances of seeing the lights are very high. During the day, there will be plenty of time to spend in the snow so finally, you can enjoy the white Christmas you've been longing for.

Spending the nights beneath the Northern Lights is the ideal retreat for a romantic getaway. In Kiruna, Sweden, you can fall asleep watching the Aurora dance the night away under a completely translucent glass roof—a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Nuremberg Christmas market, Germany

Christkindlesmarkt, otherwise known as the Nuremberg Christmas Market.
Photo sourced from Faredepot.

Whenever we think of holiday festivities, German markets always make it to the top of the list. Although there are some great German markets around Europe, one of the most famous is Nuremberg's German Market, which boasts around 2 million visitors per year.

Wrap up warm, enjoy the hustle and bustle, and immerse yourself in the excitement of Christmas. Appreciate the sweet gingerbread aroma, sip on hot mulled wine, enjoy a bratwurst, and take the old fashioned stagecoach around Nuremberg to learn even more about the city's culture.

Lapland, Finland

If you're traveling to Europe with family this holiday season and have young children, taking them to Lapland will create the most amazing winter wonderland experience. Make it a weekend trip, and stay in this unique igloo before taking a short road trip to Rovaniemi to visit Santa's Village. Your day will be full of fun, family activities, which may include a ride on a snowmobile, a reindeer safari, a husky ride, and, of course, saying hello to Santa!

St. Moritz, Switzerland

Luxurious Ski Resort in Switzerland.
Photo sourced from Snow Magazine.

The perfect time to take a ski trip to avoid an overcrowded resort is Christmas! That's because the peak season for the European slopes is February through March. Traveling to Europe for a ski holiday is totally worth it for the experience; you'll get the opportunity to ski where the sport originated from, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and indulge in the local food and wine.

There are hundreds of ski resorts to choose from, but St. Moritz in Switzerland is a truly special destination. This resort is the oldest winter holiday destination in the world, making it the most luxurious and unique escape you could ask for this holiday season. Spend your mornings skiing, and in the afternoons, get cozy by the fire with a hot chocolate and relax in style and elegance.

Prague, Czech Republic

Old Town Square in Prague.
Photo sourced from Eurolines.

Discover a real-life fairytale this Christmas and enjoy a city full of character. Take a trip in December and discover Prague's architecture all lit up by magical holiday lights. Here, you will have an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Gothic architecture, uncover the cities best traditions, and experience its delightful cuisine. The whole city is also decked out with bright and vibrant wooden huts— animated with music and all the holiday decorations you could imagine.

Granada, Spain

The Alhambra with the Sierra Nevada range in the background.
Photo sourced from Spain Attractions.

If you're looking for a storybook Christmas, Granada is the perfect place to visit. The city is famous for its breathtaking, postcard landscapes and magical nativity scenes, known as belenes. Set the tone this festive season and introduce something different and exciting—a Spanish navidad, perhaps? Reconnect with nature and stay close to the snow capped mountains of Sierra Nevada in this beautiful tipi.


Want to check out some more of our winter glamping options in Europe? Keep exploring here!

Where to go in December : Australia and New Zealand

By Eric Wright

As the days get longer and the nights grow milder, December in Australia and New Zealand means the start of barbies on the beach, comfortable temperatures, and of course, the hectic build-up to Christmas.

That's why we've compiled some of the best destinations on the eastern side of the Southern Hemisphere to have a warm holiday celebration. With the cities totally chockers, escape to one of these fantastic, rural locations and have yourself a ripper this December!

Australia

1. Wollemi National Park, New South Wales

Just a couple of hours northwest of Sydney, the World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park boasts an abundance of scenic trails in a dramatic setting, along with heaps of rivers for unforgettable arvos of kayaking and swimming.

At this unique site, you shouldn't miss the chance to complete the iconic walk from Thredbo to the summit of Australia's highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, where the panoramic views from the top are simply breathtaking.

2. The Blue Mountains, New South Wales

With 1 million hectares of majestic forests, epic canyons, and sparkling waterfalls, it's no wonder that over 4 million people flock to this pristine landscape each year. Scenic World at Katoomba is a must with its Scenic Skyway gondola that traverses the Jamison Valley—offering spectacular vistas of the Katoomba Falls, Three Sisters, and Mount Solitary.

After a day of adventures, you can retreat to your own unique getaway and enjoy the vast views of eucalyptus trees seemingly stretching on forever, cold one in hand.

3. Namadgi National Park, New South Wales

Located just 45 minutes drive from Canberra, Namadgi National Park offers a rural haven away from the crammed streets of the city in December. As aboriginal people were living in the area during the last ice age 21,000 years ago, there are an abundance of fascinating sites just waiting to be discovered.

If you're looking for a relaxed holiday full of scenic drives, history, and bushwalking, you'll have found your perfect getaway in the grassy valleys, wetlands, and boundless eucalyptus forests of this gorgeous National Park.

4. Bruny Island, Tasmania

Home of the stunning South Bruny National Park, this one-of-a-kind island offers an unbeatable wilderness retreat. With fur seals, fairy penguins, and white wallabies calling this region home, animal lovers will be in their element.

Visiting in December means that the penguin breeding season will be in full swing, offering you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these slippery characters plod ashore at the picturesque seaside town of Penguin or at Point Sorell.

New Zealand

1. Waiuku near Auckland, North Island

Only an hour from Auckland, the winding Awhitu Peninsular and the iconic black sands of Kariotahi Beach in Waiuku offer a great weekend getaway with sublime coastal views. You can set off on the waters and take the opportunity to kayak and enjoy a magical sunset on the water in the Waiuku Estuary—all before returning to your secluded getaway for an evening of relaxation.

2. Lake Wakatipu, South Island

As the third largest lake in New Zealand, the lightning bolt shaped waters of Lake Wakatipu boast incredible levels of purity and cleanliness, making this an ideal spot for water sports and cruises while surrounded by epic scenery. If you're looking to get your blood pumping, head over to the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, the historic birthplace of bungee, and make the leap of faith from the height of a 10-story building!

3. Lake Wanaka, South Island

Situated in the spectacular alps on the South Island of New Zealand, the pristine lakes and mountains in Wanaka, along with its proximity to Mt. Aspiring National Park, make it a premier site for outdoor activities. Roys Peak is not to be missed, as you'll be in awe at the magnificent views of Wanaka, the lake below, and the humbling peaks of the Southern Alps.

This December, immerse yourself in this incredible world of glaciers, majestic mountains, and deep alpine lakes from this equally as stunning bell tent rental.

4. Waipara Wine Region, South Island

Renowned as New Zealand's premier wine-producing region, the sprawling vineyards, award-winning wineries, and awe-inspiring scenic walkways of the the Waipara Valley make it an idyllic escape for lovers of Pinot Noir and outdoor adventure alike.

Just 45 minutes north of Christchurch, get away from the concrete jungle this December, and surrounded yourself with the stunning panoramic vistas from this accommodation in North Canterbury.


What else makes your glamping wish list this December? Check out what made ours here!

What we're asking for this holiday season: Our staff wishlist

By Jackie Dreyer

We understand that it can get difficult to surprise your loved ones year after year with new gift ideas, and we're sure that Mom's scarf and candle collection is close to hitting its limit. One thing that never gets old—and doesn't require any wrapping paper (hello, eco-friendly!)—however, is the gift of travel. Giving someone an experience, especially if it's somewhere they've never been before, is one present they'll never forget.

Our staff is chomping at the bit to head to an endless list of accommodations on Glamping Hub, so we had them sit down and write their wish list for this holiday season, choosing the ideal getaway they'd love to see pop up under the tree this year.


"I usually do not travel much during the winter because I dislike the cold, but there is something about this accommodation that seems so unique and cozy that it would be a must-visit during winter. I would love to ski in the Alps! What's not to love?"
— Jessica A., Partnerships Manager

"From when I read Phillip Pullman's book, "Northern Lights," as a child, seeing this wonder of the world has been high on the list of things I want to do. What better way to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience than in an accommodation that is just as unique and spectacular?"
— Nadia, Visual Marketing Designer

"I would love to go here, sleep in the domes, and watch the Northern Lights. Finland is one of the best places in the world to see the Aurora Borealis, and I think it would be the epitome of hygge to drink some yummy, mulled wine in these domes and watch the Aurora dance."
— Lauren, Business Development Manager and Payment Support

"It has always been a dream of mine to travel to northern Scandinavia, and this dome is perfect for seeing the Northern Lights, along with experiencing a true winter."
— Marta, Editor

"I cannot think of a better way to spend New Year's than relaxing in the countryside of Sri Lanka. Starting the year off as I mean for it to go on is very important to me."
— Caroline, Business Development Director

"It's looks like a cool place to relax with my girlfriend. We love Granada, and I've always wanted to try skiing, so it's so convenient to have the Sierra Nevada really close!"
— Arran, Editor

"This yurt looks like the perfect environment for resting, as well as doing outdoor activities, like hiking, biking, and more!"
— Manuel, Financial Planning and Analyst Manager

"I would do a wildlife experience trip so I could take great photos of the animals and native fauna, as well as see the Aurora Borealis."
— Stephen, Marketing and Design Assistant

"I chose this because I've never seen anything like it before. From the custom pools to the vintage and up-cycled decorations, this place would be an awesome getaway."
— Amy, Partnerships Manager

"I would want a secluded and rustic getaway with no electricity or TV. This cabin is on an idyllic farm, and I'd want to spend the days playing guitar by the fire and having a few cold ones over a game of poker with friends, before stargazing at night."
— Neil, Editor and Email Marketing Specialist

"The photos probably don't do it justice—it's completely isolated, has an amazing view, and is perfect for fishing and exploring in isolation."
— Matthew, Host Relationship Specialist

"I chose this because the view from the tree house looks amazing, and it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience! I'd go for a weekend break with my family or friends."
— Amber, Marketing Assistant

"I've been to Morocco before and absolutely loved it, but I never got out to the desert. These tents look amazing, and I bet the stargazing at night is unforgettable."
— Liz, SEO Specialist

"I've always wanted to do a road trip around Morocco (my home country) with the end destination being the Sahara Desert! This accommodation would be the perfect place to relax after a long road trip and a great place to truly enjoy nature."
— Talal, Co-Founder

"I have done a lot of trail running in this area, and it's pretty spectacular! This dome cabin is super unique—it would be a great "base camp" of sorts for both activities and day trips."
— Jeff, COO

"I would love to visit this accommodation; it looks like paradise!"
— Rebecca, Brand Manager

"A trip to this enchanting tree house in France combines two dreams of mine: disappearing to the woods to focus on my writing and staying in a real tree house! The cherry on top for me here is the hot tub on the deck; it's the perfect dose of luxury that will ensure I come back to work relaxed and refreshed."
— Kyomi, Social Media and Ads Manager

"I think it would be ridiculously cool to have a relaxed getaway at a place as idyllic as this one. During the days I'd head off to the Sacred Monkey Sanctuary, the rice terraces, Kelingking Beach, and the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, before heading back to the retreat for some pampering and pool action."
— Eric, Editor

"We live surrounded by too many things, and our daily lives are full of distractions. I love the idea of spending a romantic getaway in this accommodation, which offers what you need to experience JOMO (Joy Of Missing Out)and focus on what's important: your relationship."
— Rocio, Operations Manager

"I would like to walk the Appalachian Trail and spend a night in this amazing cabin along the way."
— Danny, Business Development Manager

"When I was a kid, we had a tree house in my backyard. I've grown up a lot since then, but I will never outgrow the sense of adventure a tree house gives my inner child."
— Jessica I., Key Account Manager


Don't want to choose? Surprise your loved one with a gift card, so they can decide what their dream vacation is all on their own!

Alternative getaways for Thanksgiving

By Eric Wright

The time of year is fast approaching when the smell of roasted turkey and pumpkin pie fills our homes, the guys crowd around the TV with the football on, and family time is paramount. But what if you'd prefer to escape the annual, traffic-jammed drive back home for something out of the ordinary this Thanksgiving? Forget about carving the turkey, throw down the apron, and set off on an alternative getaway at one of these incredible destinations!

1. The Big Island, Hawaii

How about swapping that football game for an unforgettable trek through rainforests and across incredible, volcanic landscapes? Due to it's proximity to the equator, the weather in Hawaii during fall remains warm and pleasant, making it an ideal escape from the hectic Thanksgiving celebrations back home. Those looking for peace and quiet, beaches and mountains, and stunning surroundings have found their perfect fall retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii.

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

"The Big Easy" provides a welcome respite from the traditional festive fall celebrations, with its eclectic mix of jazz and blues bands, French architecture, and rich history. Forget the Thanksgiving shopping list, and experience the buzzing nightlife of Bourbon Street, peruse local art at Jackson Square, and take a steamboat trip down the Mississippi River. Those still craving a festive treat can pop into one of the fabulous eateries in the French Corner for a local Cajun-inspired "turducken," which is a delicious, Thanksgiving turkey stuffed with duck and chicken!

3. Joshua Tree National Park, California

With vast desert landscapes, amazing adventure spots, and spectacular sunsets, Joshua Tree really is an outdoor enthusiast's dream come true. Step out of your comfort zone, and swap the madness of Black Friday for peaceful days surrounded by epic views. While vacationing in this serene oasis, make sure you stop by Keys View to enjoy sweeping panoramic vistas of the sprawling desert!

4. Costa Rica

Looking to trade in the fall foliage for some warm weather? Costa Rica is perfect for those looking for long stretches of sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, and vibrant landscapes. With the possibility to take a thrilling zip-line tour high above the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, nobody in the group will be checking their phone for the latest touchdown back home! Moreover, with fewer tourists and cheaper flights than other times of the year, Thanksgiving in Costa Rica is sure to get your blood pumping.

5. Miami, Florida

Avoid slaving away in the kitchen this year and head to "the Magic City" to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime Thanksgiving dinner while cruising around the Biscayne Bay on a luxury yacht. Attractions include the surreal Italian Renaissance-style Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the fascinating Frost Science Museum, and the lively bars and restaurants in Miami Beach—ensuring this coastal retreat will be one to remember. Those who stick around for the weekend can even attend one of Elton John's last-ever concerts at the American Airlines Arena on Saturday at 8 p.m.!


Keep feeding your craving for all things Thanksgiving with our post on where to hold an out-of-this-world Friendsgiving and how to show your gratitude this year!