Blogger Spotlight: Jane and Drew

By Jessica Armstrong

Newly married and founders of Outdoor Junkiez, Jane and Drew Farwell have taken the time to share their experiences with both glamping and camping with Glamping Hub, including what differentiates and unites both vacation styles.

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Outdoor Junkiez connects travelers with the gear and goods for exploring the beautiful islands of Hawaii, and they know that getting all the insider tips and need-to-knows while planning a vacation can sometimes be overwhelming. That's why these two campers-turned-glampers made a stay at a one of Glamping Hub's finest Maui eco-retreats that much easier to book with their go-to guide for the ultimate Maui stay.

Pull out your yoga mats and snorkels, and let Jane and Drew take you on the adventure from here.

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What truly makes an impact in defining the difference between camping and glamping?

Glamping, an idea originally created as a style of glamorous camping, has taken the next step with Glamping Hub. Just like our campsites have evolved over the past 30+ years, we now find campsites with showers and bathrooms, and we bring mattress pads, coolers full of frosty beverages, and anything we can cook on a stick. Yet camping remains nostalgically simple—a space to escape, sleep under the stars, and reek of campfire smoke for a good 48-72 hours.

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The defining difference between glamping and camping, aside from the gl- and the c-, is experiencing someone’s special place on their property, designed specifically for a tranquil and relaxing vacation.

With camping you need to be prepared for the elements, which for Hawaii can be quite minor—a couple of rain showers at night, critters attracted to the blazing fire, and the occasional rooster who will think they’re being helpful by waking you up at dawn.

All of this is part of the camping experience, and once the tent is folded back up, the campsite is swept for any left over trash, and you get back into your car, and you feel refreshed yet very, very, dirty (nothing a beach shower won’t mend).

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Our experience in Maui was just this. We had spent four nights camping in Hana and sleeping in a yurt on farm and felt alive, yet in need of a good waterfall shower, dinner, and a comfortable bed to lay our heads. In our efforts to redefine the way people buy, use, and rent outdoor equipment, we have seen also how the idea of glamping is no longer bringing a fancy cot to sleep on and a cast iron skillet for bacon in the morning...it is much more, but bacon is always a nice touch.

Glamping is focused on thinking (or sleeping) outside the box, to experience a 100% sustainable eco-retreat tucked back into the lush jungle and gardens of Maui. It gives you the opportunity to stay places you’d never thought you’d experience and brings a new perspective to your trip.

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Now having experienced glamping, will this influence your future outdoor getaways?

Drew and I grew up camping, him on the East Coast, me in California, and both in Washington and Hawaii. For us, camping has always been a one- or two-day escape from the hustle and bustle of town. This was the main reason we started Outdoor Junkiez here in Hawaii, provided the low-cost rental option for both travelers and residents to check out and see Hawaii in it’s rawest form.

Glamping Hub is the perfect component to balance out the more rugged style of vacationing while holding on to a lot of what we believe is a better way to travel. Staying in eco retreats, yurts, and 100% off-the-grid cottages, to name a few, is the perfect compliment to our conservation through recreation lifestyle.

Next on the list is to stay in one of the stunning tree houses listed...

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What positive experiences in both can you share with our readers?

Living in Hawaii and promoting a platform to reduce the amount of waste entering our landfills, while also getting more and more people outside, has been the most positive experience we could ever ask for. Our connection to one another and this island we call home only grows stronger with each weekend get away.

You literally have to pinch yourself as you watch the sun set over the ocean into a fiery orange and purple haze, while humpbacks play in the water no more than 300 yards away. You get to disconnect—our phones are only used, if ever, to play music and record a video here and there to document and hopefully inspire others to get outside, too.

There's nothing better than falling asleep to crashing waves while shimmying into the sand to create the perfect sleeping body mold, only to wake up with the sun for a salty dip.

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Our experience in Maui while glamping at the Maui Eco Retreat was nothing short of wonderful. Being a part of someone’s land and their efforts to create a sustainable and relaxing environment is both humbling and inspiring. We did as much as time allowed us, from swimming in the waterfall pools and eating delicious Thai food to sleeping in a comfortable bed listening to the bamboo rustle in the wind.

Glamping gives an elevated experience to camping while still holding on to the idea that being outside is better than being inside. Also, the glamping amenities did not go unnoticed to this camping couple! A hot shower, fresh eggs to cook in the morning, and a beautiful deck to lounge, read, and relax on were all welcomed aspects to what glamping has to offer.

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What is one thing you will not forget about your stay in Maui?

Hopefully we will not forget a single moment from this trip, but if one would have to stick out, it would be skinny dipping in a jaw-dropping waterfall overlooking the ocean. It was cold, refreshing, and all to ourselves. I tell you, if you haven’t skinny dipped in a waterfall...you haven’t lived!

For your very own luxury getaway to Hawaii, browse the selection of one-of-a-kind tropical stays, here.


Be sure to catch up with Drew and Jane and their next adventures on their blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Blogger Spotlight: Pamela

By Jessica Armstrong

We're not the only ones hollering out a big yee-haw to the glamping treasures of Texas! Just check out travel guru, Pamela, and her family's visit to the eco-cabins of Texas Hill Country. It will only take a second for you to be convinced that a visit down south is bucket list-worthy. As Pam and her family aim to accomplish 12 trips in 12 months, Glamping Hub could not say no to being part of such a unique opportunity.

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With over 300 glamping rentals in Texas alone, we cannot wait to see where Pam's next trip will take her—perhaps a glamping getaway abroad?

To find out more about the luxuries of Texas glamping and what made the biggest impression on this blogger extraordinaire, read her Glamping Hub interview below:

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What is your favorite thing about travel and glamping in Texas?

One of my favorite things about traveling and glamping in Texas has got to be how diverse Texas is. I love that the agriculture allows for so much different plant life everywhere we go. On our last trip, we picked up a fun cactus as a souvenir!

Does the time of year affect your preference for accommodation?

A bit. I'm trying to experience a proper fall and winter this year, so during those times, I'll be on high alert for the prettiest destinations for fall foliage and snowflakes.

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What is your go-to must-have for traveling?

Dry shampoo. I usual exhaust myself with trips (even when "relaxing"), so dry shampoo is the best to keep me from feeling too gross.

What is your absolute favorite activity to do when glamping? Why?

I love to just RELAX. I do that by hiking, stargazing, or just laying around.

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If you could pack your bags to go glamping anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would it be and why?

I'd absolutely LOVE to go glamping in Italy; I think every girl wants to get away to Italy once in her life. And I found the coolest cave to stay in, too!

Do you prefer glamping trips with a couple people or a large group?

I love to get away with just my husband and kids. Although trips with large groups is fun, I'm a control freak so they stress me out a bit. ;)

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What made the most lasting impression for you at the last accommodation you visited?

Seeing how comfortably we could live in around 200-ish square feet made me reexamine just how little I might need in my daily life.

This glamping site would be perfect for:

Groups, because it had mini cabins, so everyone would have their own area to escape but can come together in the outdoors.

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Can you please explain more about your 12 trips in 12 months Goal?

I came up with the idea (after a bit of wine) of taking 12 trips in 12 months with my husband and two kids. I have been too focused on being available for work (as had my husband) & not focusing on what really mattered to me. So this year we hope to take 12 trips together as a family and focus on making memories together. Because memories and family are what really matter.


To see where the next of her 12 trips will take her, check out Pamela's blog, Youtube Channel, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and head over to the Texas Getaways page to see where your next dream vacation will take you.

Guide to Hawaii's Best Glamping Activities: Maui

By Jessica Armstrong

Hey, glampers—we have got a special treat for you! Summer is coming fast, and nothing screams kowabunga like a glamping getaway to Hawaii. Our friends over at Guides of US have provided you with the best activities Hawaii has to offer. When planning your one-of-a-kind stay, it's important to know what activities are going to make this experience that much more epic.

Follow along the next few weeks, as we cruise from island to island, catching the gnarliest waves and exploring the most enchanting coves—all just steps away from your very own luxury glamping rental.

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Glamping is one of the trendiest and most memorable ways to experience The Aloha State’s gorgeous natural wonders. But how do you know which activities are the perfect complement to your glamping experience? How do you get the best up-close-and-personal experience, whether you’re looking to hike, fly, or paddle your cares away? Look no further than our island-by-island guide to the best glamping activities in Hawaii.

As a glamper, you want an adventure that will give you an intimate understanding of Hawaii’s unique landscapes, waters, flora, and fauna. That, and plenty of excitement, of course! Pack your bags—it's time to head to Maui!

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From the otherworldly and sacred slopes of Haleakala to the legendary Road to Hana, Maui is a glamper’s paradise—and let’s not forget Maui’s gorgeous beaches and pristine waters filled with some of the most fascinating marine life on the planet. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly excursion or a wild ride on the waves, these Maui tours are the perfect way to round out your Valley Isle glamping experience.

Maui Kayak Adventures: Kayak and snorkel with Certified Marine Naturalists who are eager to share their love of and respect for Maui’s waters with you. Swim with the curious Hawaiian green sea turtles at Turtle Town, spot spinner dolphins at Honolua Bay, or watch the majestic humpback whales in winter. The view from a kayak is simply unbelievable! Hard-core paddlers can even do the Molokini Challenge—out and back—and earn serious bragging rights along with views of unforgettable scenery.

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Hawaiian Paddle Sports: Honored by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association for their sustainable marine practices and dedicated to using their business to effect positive changes in Hawaii, Hawaiian Paddle Sports is committed to both the environment and to providing you with a superior adventure. Book a private surf or stand-up paddleboard lesson with their Certified Marine Naturalists; customize a kayak and snorkeling tour based on your desired destination and fitness level; surf the waves an outrigger canoe; and watch the humpback whales put on a show in winter. Simply amazing!

Redline Rafting: Looking for a fast and thrilling, yet safe, way to hit Maui’s hot spots and hidden gems all while enjoying personalized attention and the friendliness of a backyard barbecue? Look no further than Redline Rafting. Their guides will "talk story" over a delicious lunch, weave in old Hawaiian legends here and there, and share their extensive knowledge of Hawaii’s geology and marine life with you at every step of your adventure. Snorkel Molokini, spot the dolphins at La Perouse Bay, watch the whales in winter, or customize your own private day at sea.

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Pride of Maui: With over 30 years of experience in providing Molokini snorkeling adventures, Pride of Maui offers their guests outstanding service, amenities, attention, and fun. Snorkel with the kids and explore Molokini, Olowalu, Coral Gardens, and Turtle Town. Or try SNUBA diving: a great way to breathe freely without carrying a tank. If you’re a certified diver, a SCUBA tour is the ultimate underwater experience. Of course, winter whale sightings are guaranteed. With breakfast, BBQ lunch, and open bar options, as well as a glass-bottom boat for those who choose not to dive, Pride of Maui will make everyone’s Maui ocean adventure memorable.

Island Surfboard Rentals: Looking to surf and SUP on your own? Don’t want the hassle of driving around looking for a company and then having to return your equipment? Allow Island Surfboard Rentals to deliver and pick up your premium surfboard or paddle board right to your door—for free! Plus, you’ll get the right equipment for your needs and experience level, safety instructions, guidance, and tips on the best places to catch a wave. It’s fast, easy, and fun.

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FishMaui: Whether it’s your first time ocean fishing or you’re an experienced angler, you’ll absolutely love the thrill of fishing in Maui’s waters. Do a little deep sea fishing for marlin, ono, and ahi. Try your luck at reeling in a trevally, barracuda, or even a shark on a nearshore bottom fishing charter. You can even fish from the lovely white sand beach, if you prefer. Best of all, you’ll have the knowledge of expert guides who can help make your Hawaiian fishing dreams a reality.

Be sure to catch the next feature, when Hawaii Guide brings us the glitz, glam, and adventure, that Oahu has to offer!


Check out Hawaii Guide on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and do not miss out on booking a stay at one of these Maui gems here.

Guide to Hawaii's Best Glamping Activities: Oahu

By Jessica Armstrong

Aloha Glampers! Did you enjoy taking a deep into the blue oasis that is Maui? Because Oahu is the next island on our list with a lot to offer.

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Whether you choose an eco-friendly cabin or a secluded tree house bungalow, you’ll surely love your Oahu glamping experience. Step out into the fresh breezes and get ready for everything "The Gathering Place" has to offer. From the iconic Diamond Head State Monument, world-renowned Waikiki Beach, hiking trails, water sports, and a plethora of historic sites (just to name a few!), Oahu is a great place to sample the best of Hawaii with these tours.

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Mahina Hawaii: Perhaps the most the unique company we have ever partnered with, Mahina Hawaii is centered around the owners’ passions for health and wellness, outdoor activities, yoga, and, most of all… fun! Owners Ryan and Becca Hailstones will help you plan the perfect Oahu experience based on your desires and fitness level. Mahina offers stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, yoga, sightseeing, and, frankly, the experience of a lifetime.

Aloha Trikke: Want to be a trendsetter? Then check out one of the newest ways to tour Oahu’s amazing sights: by trikke. People of all ages will love zipping around Oahu on a fun, safe, and easy-to-operate electric trikke. Best of all, Aloha Trikke keeps groups small, so you’ll have an intimate and personalized experience. Explore Diamond Head, Doris Duke’s Shangri-La Estate, Honolulu’s secret beaches, Magic Island, Waikiki, Ala Moana Beach Park, Chinatown, and more. Plus, you’ll get lots of fascinating history and stories along the way.

Now, where to stay? These glamping sites provide an excellent selection of fauna, flora, and all the fun!

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Be sure to catch the next feature, when Hawaii Guide brings us the glitz, glam, and adventure, that Kauai has to offer!


Check out Hawaii Guide on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and do not miss out on booking a stay at any one of these Oahu gems, here.

Staff Picks: Putting the Amp in Glamping

By David Pope

Staff Picks: Every two weeks, we'll be bringing you one of our staffer's favorite glamping sites. This week, David is here to share which accommodations he's chosen!

It was a Tuesday when I first started working at Glamping Hub. Black clouds hung low and fat over the horizon, and I remember being dazzled by the photographs that seemed to shimmer on the wall as I took my first, tentative steps into the warmth of the office. There were yurts, tipis, tree houses, castles—each one a different mottle of colors and set in a different, far away place. Like portals to distant lands, they seemed to be asking me to step through their thin veneer of physicality and explore new sightscapes in an era of exploration continued from the first pushes of discoverers like Hercules and Magellan.

So, reader, that is what I would like to share with you today. These are just some of the places that inspired me to wildly explore in a way few do, and I hope that they also serve as inspiration for you to begin your own adventures.

1. Peaceful Cedar Green House In Silverton, Oregon

This may not be the first thing that pops to mind when you think glamping. It's not a tent or a tree house or a hobbit hole, it's not made out of recycled fur donated by a family of charming badgers.

But, for me, the greenhouse theme of this unique getaway in Oregon offers travelers the perfect way to immerse themselves in the sights of their natural setting. And, just like a greenhouse, those who stay inside also grow and change as they relax into their surroundings.

2. Rustic and Romantic Tree House Rental in Sonoma Wine County

Tree houses have that magical ability to not just take us to a new place, perched high above the troubles of the world, but to also take us back in time to the unremembered skies and snows of childhood.

This particular rental in Sonoma, California, is no different, transporting us to ourselves as much as to Californian wine country.

3. Mongolian-Style Yurt with Spectacular Views in Victoria, Australia

In 1969, Neil Armstrong took his first steps across the quiet surface of Earth's moon, cementing humanity's place amongst the stars and reminding us all of the importance of not forgetting pronouns when forging great quotes.

But this yurt doesn't care about that. It stands on an ancient Australian landscape that seems to suggest that it will outlast the orbit of the moon, and lets us enjoy a timeless escape.

4. Glamping Caboose Rental Perfect for Families near Clyde, North Carolina

Just as the castles of medieval warlords and feudal chieftains were transformed into the sumptuous palaces of royal elites, so to has this former train carriage been turned into a luxury glamping site. Choo-choo-choose it for your next getaway.

5. Pod on Stilts Surrounded by Vineyards near Mendoza, Argentina

The vines of Mendoza stretch out as a patchwork quilt of purples and greens that blankets the landscape of Argentina in color and vivacity. Making where you stay why you stay is the very core of the glamping dogma, perfectly encapsulated by this pod on stilts above vineyards bursting with life.


Like what you see? Stay tuned for our staff picks in the weeks to come or, if you're feeling adventurous, create a free Glamping Hub account and start your own wishlist today!