Endless summer: Year-round warm-weather destinations

By Arran Wallace

With the June solstice firmly behind us, summer is gradually drawing to a close. The nights are getting longer, and the weather is getting colder, causing many of us to daydream of a summer that never ends. Wouldn't that be lovely? Imagine it—warm weather in December instead of bracing yourself against whipping winds, sub-zero temperatures, and heavy snowstorms. While it's not possible to bring the warm beach weather of the Caribbean to a Midwest winter, you can escape the cold and snow.

Head out to one of these warm vacation spots from November through February, as these places boast year-round warm temperatures and sunny weather!

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Fundadores Park on Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Photo courtesy of MissTourist.com

In Mexico, the Riviera Maya can be found on the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the Caribbean, and is a popular location for both locals and tourists. The region boasts a low tropical climate, with mean annual temperatures ranging from 75 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit, and the jungles and beaches one expects from the Caribbean.

Popular activities include swimming with dolphins, jet skiing, and scuba diving, as you might expect, but the region is also home to some incredibly preserved Mayan ruins. History buffs and culture vultures will love a visit to Tulum on the coast or Chichen Itza, which is two hours inland. The area is serviced by the Cancún International Airport, with many direct flights from the U.S.

Central Valley, Costa Rica

One of the many waterfalls in La Paz Waterfall Gardens in Costa Rica.
Photo courtesy of Costa Rica Guide.

Costa Rica's Central Valley, where the capital of San José is, has a tropical wet and dry climate, and average temperatures vary very little, with averages of 71 degrees Fahrenheit in October and 75 degrees Fahrenheit in April. The result is an incredibly fertile terrain, teeming with lush jungles, winding rivers, and impressive volcanoes, making it one of the best vacation spots for trekking and adventure.

Visitors can explore the rainforests and mountains by hiking, rafting, zip-lining, and taking an aerial tram above the tree canopy. Meanwhile, the city of San José offers a variety of urban and cultural activities. This is likely the first port of call for most visitors, with the Juan Santamaría International Airport just 12 miles west.

Santa Barbara, California

Tall palm trees in Santa Barbara, California.
Photo courtesy of The Blonde Abroad.

As you might expect from southern California, temperatures in Santa Barbara are pleasant throughout the whole year. Even during winter, from November to March, temperatures can climb up into the 60s in the afternoon—the perfect, warm, beach weather for barefoot walks on the sand, albeit perhaps a little too brisk for a dip in the sea for all but the very brave!

During the summer, visitors can rent out paddleboards, kayaks, and bikes to explore Butterfly Beach and the harbor. Visiting in winter, you can avoid the crowds and go shopping on State Street or visit the bohemian Funk Zone, with its art galleries and boutiques. Once you work up an appetite, there are dozens of unique eateries to satisfy your cravings, including everything from Japanese to Mexican cuisine.

Canary Islands, Spain

The incredible Mount Teide, an active volcano on Tenerife, one of Spain's Canary Islands.
Photo courtesy of Rough Guides.

Spain's Canary Islands, located off the western coast of Morocco, have a subtropical and desert climate, which is regulated by the ocean winds, The end result is mild temperatures all year round, with a low of 65 degrees Fahrenheit in January and a high of 76 degrees Fahrenheit in August—making these islands one of the best beach vacations in Europe at any time of the year.

There are seven islands in total, and all boast sublime beaches and the opportunity go scuba diving, whale watching, and sky diving for a unique view of the islands. On the island of Tenerife, though, is where you will find Teide National Park and Mount Teide, Earth's third tallest volcanic structure.

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Photo courtesy of Adventurous Kate.

The coolest and wettest entry in our list, nor strictly a land of endless summer, Stellenbosch still boasts warm weather in December, January, and February, due to its location in the southern hemisphere. Located to the east of Cape Town in South Africa, Stellenbosch is famous for being the main wine region of South Africa, and as such, visitors flock from all around the world to visit the vineyards and wineries to sample their wares.

Don't like wine? Not to worry! There are two nature reserves nearby, Jonkershoek and Jan Marais, both of which offer hiking and mountain biking routes, as well as fantastic spots for games with the family or romantic picnics. The more adventurous will enjoy Pete's Adventure Farm, where you can go ATVing, do some horseback riding, or try your hand at archery. Giraffe House is home to—you guessed it—giraffes and other animals, making it a great option for a day out with the family.

Bangkok, Thailand

Chatuchak Market, one of the largest in the world, located in Bangkok, Thailand.
Photo courtesy of The Crazy Tourist .

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is one of the best vacation spots in winter, boasting average temperatures of 80 degrees Fahrenheit in these months. In fact, the temperature barely changes all year, and its seasons can be divided into three—hot, rainy, and cool—although their cool is our hot! The city itself is famous for its incredible nightlife, fantastic street food, and as a base to explore the beaches on the Gulf of Thailand, where you can go whale watching and scuba diving.

Other attractions in the city include the fascinating Grand Palace and nearby, the Wat Pho Buddhist Temple, which is home to a 46-meter-long, gold-plated, reclining Buddha statue. The best way to get around is by taking a "sky train," where you can see Bangkok from a height in the comfort of an air-conditioned carriage. If possible, try to visit between April 13-15, when Songkran, or Thai New Year's, is celebrated. The whole city breaks out into a huge water fight! It's not just a way to keep cool, even though it definitely helps; the tradition comes from the Buddhist belief that this will wash away any sins and bad luck.

Dahab, Egypt

Relax by the pool overlooking the sea in Castle Zaman in Dahab, Egypt.
Photo courtesy of Castle Zaman.

Dahab, Egypt, is located on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula and has a hot desert climate. Tempered by the winds coming in off the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea, the city ends up having nice weather year-round. October is a great time to visit, as, by then, the highest temperatures have passed, and the town begins to cool. A whole world away from the chaos of downtown Cairo and the pyramids, Dahab is a mellow beach town on the backpacker trail and is famous for being one of the best diving spots in Africa.

In addition to scuba diving, you can also explore the land surrounding the town on horseback or by camel, giving you an insight into the local Bedouin culture, as they gallop through the desert canyons to drink traditional tea at an oasis. The area is also home to St. Catherine's Monastery, which was built upon the spot where Moses was said to have encountered the burning bush. As if that weren't enough, the monastery is found at the foot of Mount Sinai, the 7,497-foot mountain where the Ten Commandments were received by Moses.


Feeling inspired? Keep exploring on Glamping Hub to find where you're going to extend your summer!

Top 10 winter glamping destinations near Melbourne

By Alexis Vega

When in the thick of winter from June to July in Australia, Melbourne rises up as one of the top cities to spend the cold season in. But why are winters in Melbourne so special? During winter, the city turns into a dreamland, where food festivals, art shows, and markets take place to invite Melburnians and visitors to stay active and have some fun during the season. Outdoor activities, such as skiing, ice skating, and bathing in natural hot springs, are also part of the reason Melbourne is the "Capital of Cool"—and the perfect destination for your winter holidays.

Where to stay

If visiting this amazing Australian city sounds like a plan, wait until you try winter camping here!
The following accommodations are 10 of our most extraordinary, eco-friendly, and glamorous rentals near Melbourne to make sure your stay will be one you'll never forget.

1. Eco-Friendly Villa near Daylesford

Located near Daylesford, Victoria, this eco-friendly villa accommodates up to 15 guests in five, perfectly decorated bedrooms. Large groups will enjoy the spaciousness of two living rooms and a fully-equipped kitchen, where breakfast is served every morning. Outside, you can explore five acres of gardens, enjoy the private, cedar hot tub, and participate at the on-site activities studio, where the hosts run workshops and classes.

2. Luxury Cottage in Yering

This luxurious cottage is located in Yering at a nature reserve in the heart of the Yarra Valley. Accommodating up to four guests, the cottage features two rooms, one bathroom, and a cozy living room with a fireplace—making this cottage perfect for a family getaway. The surrounding valley is not only home to kangaroos, echidnas, and wombats that can be seen wandering around the property, but also to vineyards, wineries, chocolateries, and ice cream shops, which are all within 10 minutes by car.

3. Log Cabin in Woodlands of Yarra Valley

Tucked in the woodlands of the Yarra Valley, this log cabin can comfortably accommodate up to six guests amid its three, beautifully designed bedrooms. Outside, an ample open deck—complete with a covered dining area and a luxurious hot tub—features views of the expansive fields and beautiful scenery that surround the cabin, where wombats and wallabies can be spotted.

4. Oceanfront Cabin with Private Beach in Bass

Uniquely designed to accommodate up to six guests, this vacation rental is located in Bass and boasts panoramic oceanside views, thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors. This modern cabin has three bedrooms and two living rooms, in addition to a sunny deck, where you can watch the sun rise and set or simply just relax. The best part? There's a private stretch of beach that sits on the property that's all yours to use!

5. Unique Cave in Gippsland Region

Set in the Gippsland region of Victoria, this unique cave is the perfect location for a getaway for two—offering up luxurious decor and a wood-burning fireplace to create a cozy and romantic atmosphere. You and your significant other are sure to enjoy this carved-in-the-hills accommodation and its surrounding dams, creeks, bushland, and native wildlife.

6. Vibrant Barn near Moondarra State Park

This unconventional, yet magnificent, barn is located near Moondarra State Park and accommodates up to five guests. It comes with all the essentials for a fantastic stay, including a delicious breakfast every morning! The barn also features a rustic patio with a barbecue and great views of the green fields that surround the property—an ideal choice for those who seek the peace and serenity that nature provides!

7. Stylish Bell Tent near Daylesford and Hepburn Springs

Located near Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, this stylish bell tent welcomes two guests, with its charming interiors and luxurious furniture and amenities. The property is close to the aforementioned, well-known mineral springs, as well as Wombat State Forest, which makes it an ideal spot for those who want a romantic getaway with plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventures.

8. Peaceful Cabin near Mount Toolebewong

This gorgeous eco-friendly cabin is located in Mount Toolebewong and can comfortably accommodate up to two guests. You're sure to love the six large skylights that let in plenty of natural light, as well as the ample deck, from which you can enjoy the views of the forest. The cabin is a TV- and Wi-Fi-free space so you'll have no trouble at all disconnecting from your phone and reconnecting with nature.

9. Luxurious Tree Houses in Rainforest of Olinda

This luxury tree house hotel offers one-bedroom accommodations for two that are the perfect rental for a couple's getaway. The site is situated on two hectares of rainforest and fern gullies in Olinda, Victoria, which can be admired from the comfort of your bed—thanks to the windows in the vaulted ceiling—and the private balcony.

10. Secluded Pod in Healesville

Winer of the 2018 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards for unique accommodation, this glamping pod in Healesville comfortably accommodates two guests. Tennis courts, a pool, and a heated spa are all available for you to enjoy on-site, while off-site, bird watching is a popular pastime in the area.


To book one of this fantastic accommodations, click here! For more stunning accommodations in Victoria, check out our curated collection!

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!

8 unique ideas for where to spend New Year's Eve

By Eric Wright

With the vast crowds descending on Sydney and New York each New Year's Eve, avoid the stress and crammed city streets and escape to one of these lesser-known destinations.

From incredible fireworks displays and live music to magical sunrises and sandy beaches, this countdown of locations is sure to help you bring in the new year with a bang.

1. Reykjavik, Iceland

New Year's Eve in Iceland sees the whole country go wild as an epic fireworks display takes place half an hour before midnight. Oskjuhlid Hill can be found right the center of Reykjavík and is the perfect spot to sit and watch the whole night's sky light up over the entire city. After the celebrations are over, there's nothing better than enjoying the spectacular Northern Lights on the first day of the new year from this stunning glass cabin.

2. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The perfect place to relax and reflect on the past year, Grand Canyon National Park is the ideal spot to swap those crowded New Year's Eve streets for jaw-dropping views and unbeatable hiking trails. The majestic sights from the South Rim are sure to put the year in perspective making this the go-to getaway for those looking for a peaceful and uplifting new year.

3. Homigot Sunrise Festival in South Korea

Homigot Village, located on the easternmost point of the Korean Peninsula, plays host to the one-of-a-kind Sunrise Festival every New Year's Eve. Visitors get to see the sun make it's first new appearance, rising majestically over the fascinating hand sculpture that bursts through the calm ocean. With the festival also holding traditional Korean performances, a fireworks show, and local food, New Year's Eve here will seem like a strange but beautiful dream.

4. Madeira, Portugal

The picturesque island of Madeira offers a New Year's Eve of top-class wine, fine seafood, and, of course, an amazing fireworks show over Funchal Bay. During the day, spend time exploring this charming island, and when night falls, take in the special atmosphere with the locals in the quaint side cafés. When day breaks for the first time in 2019, waking up to to the sight of the serene ocean from your own secluded beach hut will be a moment that stays with you for a lifetime.

5. Niagara Falls, Canada

If it's live music, dancing, and dazzling pyrotechnics you're looking for as the year draws to a close, Niagara Falls is the place to be this New Year's Eve. The festivities begin at 8 p.m. in Queen Victoria Park with plenty of traditional food and drinks on offer from the friendly locals, and the night culminates with some magnificent fireworks launched from Niagara Gorge!

6. Honolulu, Hawaii

Welcome in the new year with a warm aloha by spending the last day of the year surrounded by the volcanic slopes and rugged coast of Honolulu in Hawaii. As the bells end, watch the multicolored rockets burst over Waikiki Beach, and after, head on down to one of the tiki bars for some live music, elaborated cocktails, and late-night hula dancing!

7. Florianopolis, Brazil

Although Rio is seen as the number one spot to celebrate New Year's Eve in Brazil, Florianopolis, or Floripa as the locals call it, is Brazil's biggest secret—and the party destination for some of Brazil's best soccer stars. With more than 42 sandy beaches, hidden coves, and pristine lakes, there is something for everyone here. Take a seat lakeside with a cold caipirinha and enjoy the New Year's Eve fireworks display in style.

8. Zion National Park, Utah

Why not ring in the new year surrounded by the soaring landscape and iconic red rock canyons of Zion National Park this year? Make the last day of the year one to remember by hiking up to the epic Angel's Landing for 360-degree views of the sprawling 147,000-acre park, all before cozying up with loved ones, glass of champagne in hand.


For more New Year's Eve inspiration, keep exploring on Glamping Hub!

Our favorite winter amenities that make glamping easy

By Marta Gintowt

Winter is one of those seasons that people either adore or loathe. When autumn comes to a close, you can hear as many whines of despair as shouts of excitement as people unpack their parkas and wrap themselves from head to toe. Biologically, we all have temperature preferences, where some prefer freezing conditions over a hot climate, but even those who are partial to the cold can admit that roughing it in December and January can be, well, a bit rough.

Some of us may head to tropical climates during our winter getaways, but many of us will stay put and take advantage of the winter wonderlands around us—discovering how the cold, the snow, and the long nights can be as magical as the summertime. This collection of our favorite winter amenities that make glamping easy are perfect for those of you who are looking to take advantage of the snowfall and wintry landscapes in total comfort.

Luxurious hot tubs

Maybe the most luxurious amenity found at a glamping property, a hot tub is something that you can look forward to enjoying all year round. A snow fall might keep some inside, but a warming hot tub can tempt anyone for a soak outdoors. Perfect for a romantic winter evening or a snowy afternoon spent relaxing and chatting, a hot tub is surely the highlight of any winter accommodation.

Healing saunas

After a long day outdoor in the cold—either skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing, a sauna is an amazing addition to a cozy glamping accommodation. Perfect for easing sore muscles and recovering from the cold, outdoor explorers can repair aches and pain that developed before the getaway, making a glamping trip healing for both soul and body.

Nostalgic fireplaces

Cozy nights in are always made better with a good company, delicious snacks, and a crackling fireplace. Reminiscent of home, you'll be able to light a fire in the evening with your loved ones while on a winter vacation that allows you to discover the luxurious simplicity that glamping is famous for.

Cozy home theaters

Being snowed in is a phenomenon that those of us who live above the 40 degrees north latitude belt are quite familiar with. If electricity is not lost during the snowstorm, snow days become synonymous with playing outdoors and then warming up while watching a movie. While glamping, a home theater can make snow day memories a sophisticated reality with a projection screen, a movie library, and comfortable lounge furniture.

Convenient ski-in/ski-out access

While skiing and snowboarding can be considered the most popular winter activities, those of you who aren't looking forward to commuting back and fourth to the mountain will appreciate the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access. Winter accommodations that are located on or near a ski slope allow you to fulfill your dreams of the perfect skiing getaway.

Crackling fire pits

A winter's night spent outdoors can be exhilarating and refreshing, perfectly spent while stargazing and snuggling under a warm blanket. While body heat and outerwear will probably suffice, a fire pit will make the atmosphere unforgettably cozy. From the warm, amber light to the fragrant burning logs, our favorite and maybe most simple winter amenity might be the one that will make the biggest impression.


Check out some of our favorite wintery cabins in the Pacific Northwest and Upstate New York with these cozy amenities!