Blog Spotlight: Megan

By Jessica Armstrong

If you and your gal pals are looking for some extraordinary advice from some ladies who know how to throw a classy bachelorette adventure or ladies getaway, then meet Megan of Glamour and Grace.

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For inspiration, how-to's, and know how to make a glamping getaway the best last ladies event before walking down the aisle, this blogger has got all the knowledge and expertise.

This summer Megan and her friends went on a trip to visit the deluxe cabins at River Farm in Virginia, and you can catch her review of the getaway, here. Find out more about her must-haves this fall and advice on traveling with your gals below.

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What are your top must haves when glamping in the fall?

Fall is my favorite season! I love the rich colors and all the fun accessories that come with the time of year. Great boots are a must, and I am a big fan of a felt floppy hat!

How does your travel style change between seasons?

Styling with the seasons is all about layering. My style has really evolved lately into a few key neutral pieces that I can mix and match and use accessories for fun pop of color and texture.

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

I'm a foodie, so my favorite vacations always revolve around food. I love traveling to new places, but being well fed makes or breaks a trip for me. Italy and Ireland are big favorites with their comfort food that is always a winner!

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Are you an overpacker or underpacker? How so?

I'm a just enough packer! Oddly enough, for shorter trips I will pack more because I have more room in the suitcase and I like to have options. But if I have a longer trip, I definitely know how to pare down to the basics. One thing I've learned is to always pack a swimsuit. Doesn't matter where I'm going or what I'm doing, I always pack one (you never know if you might come across a hot tub even on a winter trip!)

What is your favorite piece of fall apparel?

You can't go wrong with a great denim jacket. I have this one cropped one from Gap in both light and dark denim that has become a staple in my wardrobe.

How do you advise fall glampers to plan their wardrobe?

Again, layering is key. Some light weight jackets and scarves, paired with jeans and boots are all you need to be stylish in the fall.

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What is your favorite type of accommodation to style for?

I'm an old soul at heart, so I love anything with history, it gives everything such a great character. There is always a good story in an old place.

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

I'm probably more chic and stylish, but I love a bit of whimsy too. The yurts or tree houses or old cabooses that are modernized are that perfect blend of vintage and chic for me!

What are some of the highlights from your most recent glamping trip?

I loved getting together with my friends over wine around a fire pit making s'mores. The best conversations usually happen when there's a warm fire and good wine.

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What are the things you look for in planning out your glamping stay?

I'm a planner vs a spur of the moment traveler, so searching out activities with things to do and see in the area are a must. I'll make an itinerary for a trip to be able to fit in all the must-dos, but leave it fluid enough to be relaxing.

How do you match your glamping stay to your style and personality?

For me, the best glamping stays are the perfect blend of old and new. You get all the history and character, but the comfort and connection of the modern age.

To read more about how glamping can make for the perfect bachelorette getaway and more, check out Megan's blog, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Host Spotlight: Rosemary

By Chloe Stein

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Rosemary, who manages this property nestled among the rainforest in Mount Glorious, Queensland

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

About three years ago.

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

After a lifetime living in the city, Russell and I wanted to get away to a semi-rural environment, with a 'non-retirement' plan that would provide a reasonable living and a pleasant lifestyle in a beautiful setting. We have had the cottage accommodation on our property for 10 years.

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

From our guest feedback, the most common responses are peaceful, relaxing and welcoming.

4. What was your first glamping /camping experience?

I love being in the bush, but I camped a couple of times as a young student—forty years ago—and hated it! Since then I have only stayed in cottages with running water and indoor toilets. So I guess I was glamping before anyone knew what it was!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

You can experience the beauty of the natural environment, without having to rough it!

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

Cozy private cottages set in 15 acres of rainforest. Cool, fresh mountain air, national parks, beautiful birdlife, peace and quiet. Our cottages are comfortable, with everything you need in them—we have a policy of staying in our own accommodations, so we can 'road test' it and iron out any glitches.

The decor is tasteful, with lots of wood, much of it from our property, fireplaces for cold mountain nights, and personal touches such as fresh flowers, candles, port and home-made chocolates.

7. What makes your property unique?

Within 40 minutes of leaving the central business district of Brisbane, you can be at Mount Glorious, a tiny village surrounded by National Park, 2100 feet above sea level, with cool fresh mountain air, amazing wildlife and absolute tranquility. For all those busy city people we try to provide the most relaxing getaway possible—close to the city, yet worlds away!

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

Living in a beautiful rainforest environment and being able to share that with others.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

Sustainability is a major commitment on our property. Just some of our eco-friendly practices include water efficiency, collection & storage ensuring no dependence on bought (town) water. We reuse timber milled on site for floors, bench tops, wall linings, etc.

Recycled materials are used wherever possible. We utilize natural building materials (light earth, stone, aged timber), blending with the environment. You'll find environmentally friendly cleaning products, zero or low VOC paints, finishes on all new internal surfaces as well as the following features.

• Low energy consumption—supplemented with photo voltaic solar power.

• Being able to offer our guests home grown produce whenever possible.

• Buying Fair Trade goods, which offer a better deal to farmers in the developing world.

• Maximum recycling of household waste including composting.

• Only buying Who Gives A Crap toilet paper, which sends 50% of its profits to WaterAid providing clean water in developing countries.

Interested in a glamping escape to Mount Glorious? See more of what Rosemary's rainforest property can offer, here & here!

Blogger Spotlight: Laura

By Jessica Armstrong

Between traveling the globe, curating beautiful photos for her Instagram and blog, and finding a way to break cultural barriers through her educational foundation, Laura Lazzarino of Los Viajes de Nena has one big vision for teaching the world why travel is so important.

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Having visited over 50 countries and currently touring through Africa, Laura and her partner Juan, stopped by this gorgeous property in Kenya to try their hand at glamping. With many different vacation, excursion, and camping experiences under their belt, glamping definitely had caught their attention.

To find out more about Laura and Juan's' glamping trip to Kenya and some when and how to's on glamping and travel, check out their interview below.

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What is your favorite season to glamp and why?

Spring and fall, when temperatures are not extreme, and you can get to appreciate the changes in nature.

How do seasons affect your glamping style?

In glamping, as in travel in general, I try to make the most of every season. If it is summer, I definitely choose a nice place by the beach, where I can swim or enjoy the sea breeze. If it is fall, then I love going to the mountains, where golden colors turn the landscape into a magic scenery.

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Where are your favorite places to travel in the fall?

Salta and Jujuy in the northwest of Argentina are beautiful provinces to travel to in the fall, as it is warmer than in the rest of the country, and the mountain colors seem to be more beautiful than ever.

Where are your favorite places to travel in the summer?

The Caribbean Sea is my favorite place in the world. Any island or beach with white sand, fresh seafood, and a calm beach to swim at all day long makes me happy. But if I’m in Europe, Southern Italy would be my choice.

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Tell us about one of your favorite glamping trips.

Well, I’m pretty new to glamping, and so far I’m loving it. That’s why I guess I will never forget my first time. It was in Kenya, traveling around Laikipia, when we had the chance to visit Sabuk, a beautiful lodge with gorgeous views. The privacy of the lodge, combined with a carefully planned integration with nature makes Sabuk an ideal place to taste African wilderness in a comfortable environment.

What is your biggest piece of advice about traveling in between summer and the holiday season?

Just do it! If you have the chance to travel before high season, then take advantage of it—prices are not high yet, places are not full, and you can enjoy the place at its best!

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Tell us about one of the best parts of your most recent stay?

Having lunch while watching a whole family of elephants eat in the hills in front of us, going to bed with the sound of the river, waking up with the birds, and going on a camel safari were just some of the highlights of the trip.

What is one of your favorite things about visiting new sites?

I love the feeling of discovering new places, especially when they are so different to my country or my culture.

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Interested in learning more about Laura and Juan's excursions around the globe? Check out Los Viajes de Nena and Acrobata del Camino.

Blogger Spotlight: Sarah Bianchi

By Jessica Armstrong

Finding beauty and something unique and special in every crevice of the world, next in our fall blog series is fashion and travel blogger Sarah Bianchi of Chic Neverland. Currently living in Venice, Italy, Sarah turned this glamping lodge near Venice, Italy, into the perfect end of summer staycation.

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A visit to these luxury tents was her first glamping getaway with us here at Glamping Hub, but Sarah already has a keen eye for the perfect luxury campign destination. Keep reading to hear her take on travel and how to plan the best vacation according to the year. We definitely are looking forward to see where she'll be off to next this fall!

What is your favorite thing about end-of-summer traveling?

What I prefer the most about end-of-summer traveling is the beautiful light of this period and the possibility to walk in nature or around cities enjoying the warmth of the sun's rays with lower temperatures. Also, sunsets have incredible colors at the end of August.

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How do the type of accommodations you choose differ between the two seasons?

Both for summer and winter, I choose accommodations with large windows to enjoy the view; I love to wake up in front of a beautiful panorama. During winter, I usually look for something with cozy interiors, while in summer, I love open air places, with white curtains and walls.

What kind of places do you prefer to visit in the summer? In the fall?

In the summer, I prefer northern countries if I want to visit cities, while I choose beaches and seaside if it's all about relaxation. In the fall, I really love to travel to natural places, because tree and leaves colors are gorgeous in this period. And to NYC also—I love autumn in the city so much.

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How does your packing style vary from fall to summer?

Well, this is easy! In summer, my bags are full of backless tops, short skirts, and light dresses, whereas in fall, I usually use cozy, over-sized knits and gray sweatshirts with jeans. This is my kind of uniform.

What is your biggest piece of advice when planning a vacation in the summer? In the fall?

It always depends on the destination of the vacation. In the summer, I always suggest to stay hydrated, especially when planning long walks or any kind of sports. Sometimes we think this is overrated, but it is definitely important.

For fall, I can suggest to not let the weather upset your plans. It doesn't mean to go in the woods during a storm—just don't panic for a couple of raindrops!

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How does weather affect your travel plans?

I'm not as much of a free spirit as I'd love to be, so when I plan something and it rains, I usually get angry with the weather. It lasts a couple of minutes, then I try to find a quick solution, and I get back on track!

Tell us about one of your favorite fall trips.

As I said previously, my favorite fall trip is New York. Everything here becomes orange, from the leaves in Central Park to lovely pumpkins on doorsteps around the blocks. You can smell cinnamon lattes walking around and get lost with the breezy wind.

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What are some of the highlights of your most recent glamping trip?

My last glamping trip has been great. It was my first experience, and I've been really impressed by the emotions I felt living and sleeping totally in touch with nature.

The place I've been to was in the countryside near Venice, and the luxury detailed accommodations were more comfortable than many hotel rooms I've been in in my life.

What are some pieces of advice as glampers start transitioning from summer to fall glamping?

I suppose the only tips I can share are to get ready for any weather condition, since it rapidly changes in this period, and to fully enjoy the amazing landscape you'll have the chance to see.

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To find out more about Sarah and her travels across the globe check out her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

No Back to School Blues—Romantic Getaways for Parents

By Isabelle Jefferies

Summer break is a truly lovely thing—late breakfasts during lazy mornings that are free from the stress of packed lunches and school uniforms; no chasing the little ones to try and get them up and dressed; and the chance to actually enjoy your morning coffee rather than downing it on the way to the car.

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Having the kids around 24 hours a day for ten whole weeks over summer makes daily life a lot more exciting, and it seems so cruel that it’s already time to start thinking about new stationary and school runs. No matter how old your mini-glampers are, we totally understand that the thought of sending them back into the real world is just a little bit heartbreaking.

Thankfully, we have just what you need to avoid the back-to-school funk. How does a luxury getaway in a beautiful and tranquil spot sound?

Not that you should need convincing but, as hard-working parents, you really do deserve the chance to relax and unwind. Dare we say...it’s absolutely essential in order to leave you feeling fresh and ready for another year of early starts and hurrying the kids out the door? Have a look at some of our favorite breaks for couples below, and remember—you deserve it!

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Lets start off with this amazing property offering yurts in a secluded rural spot in Tuscany. It really is hard to top Italy in terms of romantic destinations. What’s not to love about the thought of sharing gelato after a cute day spent exploring the traditional surroundings hand-in-hand?

Sticking with the theme of Europe, a stay at this stunning luxury cabin will definitely leave you both feeling relaxed and rejuvenated ready for another school year. Nestled in the heart of Andalusia, we promise that the combination of breathtaking ocean views, private Jacuzzis, and deluxe king-size beds will be the answer to all your wildest glamping dreams.

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For parents that want to stick a little closer to home, the U.S. offers some seriously romantic glamping spots. We love this eco-friendly tree house in North Carolina. Afternoons spent on the elevated deck without a worry in the world sound pretty perfect to us!

How does a spot of sunrise yoga at this property in Oregon to get you back in the routine of those early starts sound? Delicious, gourmet meals are provided each day to give you a break from the cooking, and you can make full use of the spa service available on-site to get you nice and relaxed before heading back to reality.

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Alternatively, how about heading further afield to really feel away from it all? Australia is one of the most beautiful places to spend a glamping break, and the relaxing way of life is the perfect way to ease yourselves back into the school routine. This property is equipped with everything you will need to relax in style, from luxury Egyptian cotton linens to romantic LED lighting.

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If Western Australia is more appealing, try this site that is the perfect base for spending hours on pristine beaches before heading home to a luxury rental for a night under the stars.

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Fiji is seriously underrated as a glamping destination. This property offers the chance to be fully immersed in a luxury private haven in the heart of natural and pristine rainforest that overlooks a bay of crystal clear water with fringing coral reef. What’s not to love?

Wherever you decide to head to beat the back to school blues, remember that you're actually benefiting the kids in the long term. Stress-parents make for a stress-free school run—and we'd be over the moon to make that happen for you.

For more on back-to-school getways for parents, check out our collection on the U.S.' most romantic getaways for couples!