Guest Spotlight: Serinda Swan

By Jessica Armstrong

Happy 2017 Glampers! We are kicking off a new year of guest spotlights with the amazing Serinda Swan.

This Christmas, the Canadian actress and her family wanted to "think outside the box" and experience a glamping getaway together to these stunning tents in British Columbia. We asked her to share some stories of her experience with us and can't wait to see where she goes next—hopefully bringing her adorable French Bulldog, Buddha, along for the journey again.

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Choose three adjectives to describe the glamping site you stayed at before your trip and another three words to describe it post-stay. How did your expectations measure up to reality?

Pre-trip: Tranquil, beautiful, and relaxing.
Post-trip: Perfection, wonder, and celebration.

Who did you go glamping with, and what was your favorite memory that you made together during the stay?

This year, my family decided to "think outside the box." Nothing would be given in boxes or bags, with bows or with ribbons; instead, we would give each other the gift of time with one another. We decided to wrap ourselves up instead, walk through the forest, tie scarves around our necks, and pull on hats as we explored the sea coast recounting the past year and telling stories. I think my favorite memory was playing crib with my family by the fire laughing and drinking wine.

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What was the best part about the accommodation? How does it compare to past places you’ve stayed?

The property. Waking up to that via every more was incredible and not like anywhere else I have stayed, as its so secluded and private.

Describe to us the area around the glamping site. What do you think the perfect time of year to stay here would be, and why?

Going in the winter was lovely, because you enjoyed the fire and hot soaker tubs, but in the summer, you would be out by the pool and kayaking so honestly I think any time of the year.

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Tell us one thing about your first glamping experience that surprised you and why.

It's just as luxurious, if not more, than staying in a hotel. The staff at the property were so helpful and created the perfect environment to relax and disappear but always there if you needed them.

If you could have invited a famous celebrity (dead or alive) over to your glamping site, who would it be, and what would you have done together?

I would ask to trade the "celebrity" for my grandmother, and we would have done the exact same things...laugh, hike, play crib, and sit by the fire.

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What is your ideal food item and beverage for a glamping trip, and why? If you have a special secret or recipe, please share with us—if you’re willing, of course!

Steaming hot coffee and the perfect breakfast consisting of eggs, toast, and copious amounts of avocado! Oh, and a hot Toddy!

Do you prefer a more active or more relaxing getaway? Which did you opt for at the glamping site, and what was the best related activity in the area?

Usually when I go glamping, it's to get away and relax. I like to be in nature and explore new places, and I found that at the resort, the area has some of the best hiking I have ever done (you can hike to waterfalls or secret ocean coves—it really is quite spectacular).

Fill in the end of the sentence: “This glamping site would be the perfect place for ____________________,” and tell us why!

My birthday! Just like Christmas, my birthday is a time I like to get all the people that are important to me together. I was born in July, so the weather would be incredible, and I know all my friends and family would love this property.

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Would you recommend glamping to family and friends? Do you see yourself going glamping again? Let us know why!

Of course! With glamping, you get the privacy and seclusion you are looking for, plus varying degrees of comfort you can choose from, so really, it's a perfect way to travel.

Follow the rest of Serinda's adventures on her social Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You might even see her on another Glamping Hub trip very soon!

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Adventurer in All of Us

By Jessica Armstrong

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It's that time of year that has us wondering—what to gift and what to be gifted? If you are like us, we cannot wait to see a Glamping Hub gift card under the Christmas tree so we can visit safari tents in Australia, tree houses in Vermont, or even an airplane villa in Costa Rica. What better a way to show someone you care than by gifting them the adventure of a lifetime?

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As the holiday gift guides come rolling in giving you inspiration this holiday season on some must-haves for you, your family, and friends, we have asked some of our favorite partners to put together gift guides that will call out to the explorer, glamper, or outdoors enthusiast in all of you.

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After heading down to sunny Tulum to visit on of Glamping Hub's luxury villas, Cheryl of Oh to Be a Muse has a few gift ideas from cool gadgets to your everyday style can't-get-enough-ofs that you can check out here.

What's better than bringing the outdoors with you everywhere you go? Brittany of Blissful Britt—and soon to be a first-time-glamper in Washington—has some bests for all nature lovers, which you will not want to miss out on this Christmas. From I-Watch bands and chic mountain earrings to a trip to the Cliffs of Moher, get your inspiration from her wishlist.

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Washington is a magical place to experience during the holidays, and thanks to Seattle Bloggers, we bring to you the best WA accommodations to visit this winter here.

There is nothing like planning a post-holiday getaway and a visit to any one of these Australia destinations—brought to you by Destinations Magazine—is 100% making it onto our list to Santa. By using this Australia travel guide to navigate through some undeniably incredible options, you can see why this makes the list.

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Sempre Viaggiando, otherwise known as "Always Traveling" in English, shows us that glamping is truly a gift for everyone in the family. Get your family together and start planning some trips to these one-of-a-kind sites, thanks to a gift card and a look at their collection.

We agree, that the experience makes the gift, and Jennifer Priest, can teach us all a thing about making a gift last a lifetime worth of memories with her gift guide. From hot new restaurants, glamping, and theme parks, a gift that can be shared with your loved ones is a gift that trumps all others.

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If you are still wondering if a gift card is the right gift for your friends, family, significant other, colleagues, or whomever you'd like to give a gift to, check out some more holiday getaways here!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Boyfriend's Parents in 2016

By Jessica Armstrong

As the holiday season approaches, there is no better time than the present to begin planning the perfect gift for your Boyfriend's parents. What's a better way to show them how much you care, than gifting the experience of a lifetime to visit any luxury glamping accommodation in some of the best winter destinations in the United States using a Glamping Hub Gift Card. You will be winning some big points in your Mother-in-Laws eyes with some of these luxury resorts.

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Do not waste time search through endless sites to find the perfect gift, when Glamping Hub's Collection of Winter Getaways provides a glampers with the most unique, and luxury-nature based experience-filled stays, aka the most thoughtful gift of all. Trade in an apartment for a cozy safari tent in the woods of Washington or a five-star hotel for an outstanding tree house with views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Wherever this loving gift takes them, you will be receiving a permanent invite to every holiday celebration.

Just imagine the joy your boyfriend's parents will have when they set their eyes on these winter getaways:

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Glamping Tree House in Santa Cruz Mountains near Monterey Bay, CA alt

Deluxe Glamping Cabins at River Farm in Virginia alt

Romantic and Pet-Friendly Safari Tent Rental in Woodlands of Olympia alt

Spacious Log Cabin Chalet with Stunning Views & Amenities in Pagosa Springs, Colorado alt

Beautiful Tent Rentals Set on a Camping Resort near Yellowstone National Park alt

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Romantic Safari Tent Perched High Atop a Ridge in Precious Hill Country, Texas alt

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To find more one-of-a-kind winter glamping getaways, visit Glamping Hub’s Winter Portal, here.

Four Fabulous Christmas Gift Ideas for your Best Friend

By Jessica Armstrong

Having trouble finding the most fabulous Christmas gift ideas for your best friend? You've checked the stores? Thought about a girl's shopping day? Didn't know if a bro's day of golf would quite cut it? Well, we can help you out with a present that—until now—you didn't know you and your BFF needed.

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A gift card to travel to some of the most "best-friendly" glamping getaways this Christmas season is just the answer. In the mountains, on the beach, or in the desert or countryside, there is a perfect destination for every best pal.

Take a browse through our unbeatable accommodations that will truly show your BFF they are number #1 in your book.

Mountain Getaway Gifts

A mountain getaway for you and your go-to guy or gal is bound to be adventurous and memorable. With a selection of everything from cabins to Airstreams, glampers and their pals can take advantage of skiing, snowboarding, hiking, fishing, and more from some of Glamping Hub's best mountain rentals including:

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Beach Getaway Gifts

Sit back and relax in the sunshine by the shore at any of these beach getaways with your BFF. Nothing says celebrate all year long by spending your Christmas gift during the summertime, while enjoying the sweet peace and serenity with your best pal. Ocean breezes on the Med or chilling by the gulf, a beach trip is unbeatable at any of these accommodations:

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Beachfront Cabins on a Resort near Tarragona, Spain alt

Unique and Modern Mobile Home Rentals Set on the Island of Sardinia, Italy alt

Desert Getaway Gifts

Motorbiking, climbing, hiking, and watching the sun rise into the desert sky with your best friend will be an unforgettable experience. Your best mate will be thanking you over and over again for thinking of them to share in this one-of-a-kind opportunity. A desert getaway offers so many opportunities for adventure, especially at sites including:

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Desert Tent Rentals with Private Bathrooms in Erg Chebbi Dunes of Morocco alt

Luxury Tipis in Ancient Desert Hills of the Mojave Desert, Death Valley, California alt

Countryside Getaway Gifts

Pop open a bottle of Rioja in this majestic wine country, thanks to the best friend in the whole world. There is so much the countryside, no matter what country you're in, has to offer glampers. Beautiful views, ultimate tranquility, magnificent glamping rentals, and the companionship of your BFF. Share the most memorable moments together at these countryside accommodations including:

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Upscale Tented Cabins Tucked Away in the Picturesque Italian Landscape of Scarlino Maremma alt

Gorgeous Luxury Vacation Rental in CaliforniaWine Country near Napa alt

For more gift card inspo and gift giving ideas, check out our portal on all things Christmas 2016!

Top 5 Christmas Gifts for the Adventurous Couple in 2016

By Jessica Armstrong

An adventure is better spent when you can relive the experience over and over again. Gift your life partner the joys of visiting some of the most beautiful destinations around the world together when you give the gift of a Glamping Hub getaway.

When gifting a gift card, glampers share the choice of choosing where their luxury stay will take them and their loved one. Whether your boyfriend has been craving a trip to Costa Rica or your wife cannot wait another second to hop on a plane to see the French Alps, with you by their side, it will be the trip of a lifetime.

Here are our top five Christmas gift getaways for the adventurous couple in 2016. Where will your gift card take you and your perfect match?

1. Cabins

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A stay to this charming mid-century cabin in Northern California is sure to set the mood for a post-holiday season getaway for you and your other half. Snuggled up by the fire with a beautiful view of the star-filled sky could easily be found on any Christmas wish list.

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Feast your eyes on this peaceful cedar green house. Surrounded by forest and luscious valley, this cozy cabin house is the serene getaway you and your special someone need to take a break from it all. Watch as the Pacific Northwest winter colors turn and starting blooming into sunny spring.

2. Villas

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Enjoy the beautiful island views from this outdoor flower-covered tub at a rejuvenating villa with an infinity pool in Ubud. Nothing says couples getaway more than a romantic villa in a serene location with the epic luxury and beauty of Bali. Give your partner the vacation a lifetime by spending a Glamping Hub Gift Card at one of Bali's most breathtaking retreats.

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No experience will ever be quite like staying in your very own windmill villa with panoramic views in Santorini, Greece. By buying a Glamping Hub gift card, you, your loved ones, and even your coupled up friends can all make the quick trip over to Greece to enjoy the adventure, culture, and serenity on the peaceful Mediterranean island. In a villa filled with high-end amenities, you may as well pack your bags full because you will never want to go home.

3. Tree houses

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What doesn't France already do so perfectly? First, food, wine, amazing vineyards, beaches, and cities—and now tree houses! Take the love of your life to easily one of the most romantic spots in the whole world: this spa tree house near the French countryside. Getting pampered from head to toe, having a private outdoor hot tub, and the tranquility of residing in complete seclusion, you won't want to spend your gift card anywhere else.

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Marvel at these amazing tree houses found in Northern Spain while taking a break from tapas and tinto, bask in the peaceful accommodation that is this tree house resort. Within close proximity to the ocean and mountains, glampers will have the best of both worlds. Adventure, amazing eats, majestic views, and five-star accommodations definitely make for the ultimate couples trip.

4. Yurts

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Wake up to the sunrise beaming over Zion National Park at this rustic yurt rental. If you and your partner are fans of hiking, rappelling, cycling, and more, then this yurt accommodation is sure to be the perfect base for an adventure-filled trip. For some action in the day and a peaceful sleep during the night, visit these yurts in gorgeous Utah.

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Spend a day in the countryside of Ireland practicing yoga or kayaking at this romantic yurt. Keep warm in the winter with the wood-burning stove, making it a cozy and lovely accommodation to visit all year long.

5. Safari Tents

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Croatia offers couples the ultimate luxury of a five-star retreat with no distractions, no disruptions, and serenity. At a safari tent right on the Adriatic Sea, it's the perfect place to experience a bit of everything. High-end amenities, kayaking, swimming, nightlife, and more, the fun for every glamping couple is sure to be found at a safari tent in Croatia.

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Nestle up to your partner while you listen to the soothing sounds of the wildlife around you at these luxury safari tents near St. Louis. Making s'mores around a campfire or watching the stars over your private pond while lounging on your deck will be the cherry on top to any romantic getaway. These safari tents in the Midwest are the best present to give your special someone.

This Christmas, show your love how much you care. Nothing says, "You are my favorite adventure," more than a Glamping Hub gift card to spend together.