Packed Perfectly is Lara's specialty platform for making all things travel easy, enjoyable, and one-of-a-kind. Newly back from her trip visiting Joshua Tree, this glamping gal can tell us a thing or two about how to make summer last all year long.
With fantastic amenities, complete seclusion, and a rustic decor, Lara's glamping cabin made the perfect desert home-away-from-home. With over 100 different accommodations to choose from in Southern California, we know we want to be heading to visit these luxurious cabins in Joshua Tree, too.
Lara gives us her thoughts on glamping, travel, and what inspires her below.
Lara embraces the rustic appeal of Joshua Tree.
What do you like most about glamping?
I like things that push the social norm, and glamping is that push. Anything that gets you closer to nature while still having that comfort of a warm bed and modern amenities is more appealing to me than a five-star hotel. I crave experiences and glamping indulges those cravings.
Tell us three words to describe this accommodation.
Experience-curated, creative, and rustic-chic.
An accommodation elegantly furnished to match the rustic scenery.
Do you prefer to travel alone or with a larger group?
I think there is an overwhelming need for solo travel, one where your phone is not used as a crutch and connected to your hand at all times. Most of my happiest and transformational moments have come from solo travel, as it brings about radical self-reliance and the self-confidence that comes from that.
Finding your tribe and being in a group is a great experience and fun, but you truly learn about who you are and what you bring to the world when it is you answering your own thoughts—where you should go today, what you should eat for dinner, should you be gregarious and meet people or stick to yourself? Everything you do depends on your mood and you create your own adventure.
You add to your social capital this way and become a global citizen, which does affect the way your view the world and the help you bring to it. Any time you step out of your boundaries and comfort zone you become a more interesting human, so bring a few books, and make sure your suitcase is packed perfectly.
The refreshing outdoors is just as welcoming as the cozy cabin comforts.
Where is your dream destination?
It changes with every dream destination I accomplish. I never just dream about a destination—more of an experience I want to have while at a destination. Today, it is paddleboarding through the glaciers of Antarctica and scuba diving with orcas.
If you were to go glamping tomorrow, where would you go?
I am plotting out my trip to Patagonia and want to book this immediately! I have been dreaming about finding this, especially this location:
Find this glamping site nestled in the Chilean foothills of Patagonia.
What was the most memorable experience at your most recent glamping stay?
My most recent experience was to Joshua Tree. I glamped at
an isolated, yellow cabin decorated on the inside like your grandmother's house if your grandmother is an electric-type with impeccable taste and attention to detail in every room.
Perfectly equipped for outside living, the five-acre property features a stunning outdoor stone fireplace and a picnic table topped with a beautiful chandelier for long cozy dinners.
My built-in after dinner activities began with horse shoes. I cannot tell you the last time I played a good game of horse shoes.
A private pool is the perfect escape from the hot, desert sun.
Living in the technology age of constant over-stimulation the essence of properties like this in Joshua Tree is to bring you back to what is important—simplifying in all aspects of life including and most importantly, play. The cabin, designed by Joshua Desert Retreats, might as well specialize in reconnecting you with nature, as they carefully curated your day around it.
In the heat of the day, you can enjoy the pool. The hot tub is perfect for watching the sky rainbow itself through sunset. You will find yourself moving to the ginormous comfy swing, perfect to watch the constellations appear at dusk. If you want to get the most out of your Joshua Tree experience, make sure you book yourself into a property that knows what you want to experience before you do.
What is your top tip or recommendation for a first time glamper?
Be prepared to be hooked on the experiences glamping gives you that a hotel or AirBnb will not. These are the experiences we yearn for when we travel, plus you're not camping—you get fresh towels and a warm comfy bed.
What about travel inspires you?
I have taken the non-traditional approach to life in just about every aspect, especially where I have chosen to live. I am an Asheville-born, NYC-shaped, European-stylized, Australian, and newly Californian. I elongated the traditional gap year to fit my life and set out to live meaningful travel, wanting to experience cities through the eyes of a local. That desire has lead me to develop many friendships all over the earth, from all walks of life. My dinner table is a multi-cultural one, as are all global citizens.
There's nothing like a relaxing sunset to wrap up a fun-filled glamping retreat.
Whether I am standing on the edge of the world’s highest bungee jump in New Zealand, getting dared to eat a scorpion in Bangkok, riding a camel to camp in the Sahara desert, or racing across the Mekong Delta to play a pickup game of water basketball in Laos, the Talking Heads song “Once in a Lifetime” starts playing in my head. Travel inspires me to look at the world differently and what motivates me to seek out those unexplored corners of the globe.
Turns out, I am one of those weirdos that can embrace constant change with a childlike outlook—wandering into the unknown seeking knowledge and friendships. I basically want to turn over as many rocks as I can while I am on this Earth, adding to my social capital.
Until next time...
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