Blogger Spotlight: Megan

By Jessica Armstrong

As the summer season continues on down under, Megan Jerrard of Mapping Megan took a trip with her partner down to Victoria, Australia, to give glamping in the green countryside a go!

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Bikes, comfy socks, and camera in hand, this glamping gal was well prepared for another adventurous getaway—this time to this contemporary cabin on Gippsland Lakes in Victoria. At this luxury cabin retreat, Megan and her partner enjoyed the comforting luxuries of their cozy farm stay, the on-site Jacuzzi, the regional wine, and they even made a few friends in the Australian wildlife.

Now that she has said goodbye to camping life and taken a plunge into the world of glamping, Megan has some unique advice for travelers on taking the next steps and transitioning to a more luxurious and nature-based way of life. For more information on her glamping must-haves, must-dos, and can't-live-withouts, check out her interview with Glamping Hub and photos of the stunning countryside accommodation she stayed at below.

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What is your favorite part about glamping in the fall and why?

Glamping is all about spending time in the great outdoors and enjoying nature, and there's no prettier time of year than fall. It's such a spectacular sight to watch as the leaves change, regardless of whether you're in Australia or glamping along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina!

Fall glamping feels a lot more romantic than other times of the year because of the color of the trees!

Do you prefer to go glamping solo? In small groups or big group?

I prefer glamping with my partner—most glamping sites offer a wonderful opportunity to disconnect and therefore reconnect with each other, and the cozy atmosphere makes for an amazing romantic trip.

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What is one of your most memorable glamping experiences?

Out first glamping experience was the most memorable—we weren't sure what to expect and were blown away when we realized the level of luxury! We stayed at sleek and romantic cabins in an unspoiled forest setting on the Southern coast of Australia, and it was spectacular beyond belief. This was the moment we realized we would never camp again!

What has glamping taught you about travel and nature?

That you don't have to sacrifice creature comforts to enjoy the wilderness and the great outdoors.

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What is your favorite type of accommodation and why?

We enjoy cabins, as they usually come with kitchen facilities, and we enjoy the freedom to cook proper meals.

What trends do you follow when planning a glamping getaway?

We always check the season and the time of year against the type of accommodation we're booking. For instance, if it's winter, we'll usually opt for cabins as opposed to luxury tents—there's just that little bit more insulation. Whereas in summer, or in destinations with a mild climate year round, we're happy to opt for tents, yurts, hammocks...you name it!

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How has glamping changed the way you vacation?

We now no longer camp!

Give us the scoop on your glamping go-tos: What’s in your bag?

Knowing that we're going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, I always pack suntan lotion and mosquito repellent. And aloe vera gel for when I fail to apply the sun tan lotion!

Pack warm clothes, even if you're heading to a warm destination. Sometime,s regardless of the country or time of year, nights can become quite cool.

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To see more of the beautiful properties Australia has to offer, check out Glamping Hub's Australia portal, here.

Be sure to follow Megan and her newest adventures on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.