Guide to Hawaii's Best Glamping Activities: Big Island

By Jessica Armstrong

How 'bout that boat ride in? We know Kauai sure made a huge impression, but we saved the biggest and best for last! What is a trip to Hawaii without visiting the grandest island of them all: The Big Island.

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Not only is the selection of glamping accommodations on the Big Island, well…big—and so are the adventures. A peek at your Big Island bucket list would likely reveal volcanoes, black sand beaches, Kona coffee, history, culture, and waterfalls, right? If so, then you’re in luck because we have handpicked these Big Island tours not only because will they show you the best the Big Island has to offer, they’ll do so in a way that makes your Hawaiian vacation simply spectacular.

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The Volcano Van: No trip to the Big Island would be complete without touring the volcanoes and surrounding areas, and that’s where The Volcano Van comes in. Tour the famous Kilauea (caldera, summit, and steaming bluffs), Thurston Lava Tube, Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots, Waimea Town, Akaka Falls, Onomea Bay, and so much more. They can even customize a tour just for your party. Plus, their knowledgeable guides are flexible, keep groups small (or private if you prefer), and focus on fun.

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Safari Helicopters: Do you want to easily tour the Big Island and enjoy the best seat in the house, too? Want to explore the volcanoes and lava in the safest way possible? Then an island tour with Safari Helicopters is the way to go. Their expert guides will have you zooming over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to spot bubbling lava lakes, craters, and lava tree forests. You’ll even see entire neighborhoods that have been consumed by the unforgiving lava. Then, “cool off” with views of waterfalls and the Hilo Bayfront if you’d like…ahhh!

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Hawaii Forest and Trail: There are tours; and there are tours that offer a profound insight into the natural history, geology, and flora and fauna that make the Big Island so unique. That insight, imparted by expert guides with a passion for the island, is what you’ll find at Hawaii Forest and Trail. Their half-day and full-day tours cover a variety of breathtaking experiences: hiking pristine rain forests; stargazing atop Mauna Kea; bird watching for some of the world’s rarest and endangered species; zooming along a zip line; swimming amazing waterfalls; and touring Kona coffee farms. There’s something for everyone at Hawaii Forest and Trail.

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Hawaii Forest and Trail: There are tours; and there are tours that offer a profound insight into the natural history, geology, and flora and fauna that make the Big Island so unique. That insight, imparted by expert guides with a passion for the island, is what you’ll find at Hawaii Forest and Trail. Their half-day and full-day tours cover a variety of breathtaking experiences: hiking pristine rain forests; stargazing atop Mauna Kea; bird-watching for some of the world’s rarest and endangered species; zooming along a zip-line; swimming amazing waterfalls; and touring Kona coffee farms. There’s something for everyone at Hawaii Forest and Trail.

Hope you all enjoyed the best activities and adventures brought to you by Hawaii Guide!


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Blogger Spotlight: Jessica and Carla

By Jessica Armstrong

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining, and the East Coast is looking like a pretty good place to be right about now. Travel blogger BFFs, Jessica and Carla of Dining Traveler and Spicy Candy DC, would surely agree.

Just this March, they grabbed their bags, hubbies, and glamping must-haves to make their way over to the coziest cabin in Lexington, Virginia. A little getaway from Washington, D.C., to disconnect in the great outdoors was just what the doctor ordered!

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But what makes a glamping stay with your squad that much better? Find out below, as Jessica and Carla give Glamping Hub the full scoop on their most recent stay, and do's and don'ts:

What is your favorite thing about travel and glamping in Virginia? On the East Coast?

Jessica: Love the nature of Virginia. It's lovely to be able to live in such a dynamic city such as D.C. and have Shenandoah and the Blue Ridge mountains. The East Coast is so diverse. Would love for my next glamping experience to be in upstate NY. Having gone to high school and college in the area, I have an appreciation for the nature of the region, especially in fall.

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Does the time of year affect your preference for accommodation?

Jessica: It depends what you want. If you want to be outside, I recommend spring or fall. Our trip was at the end of winter, which made it nice to stay in by the fire and hang out at the cabin.

Carla: I think so! I'm not a big fan of insects (who is though?) but like I can't deal with mosquitoes so I prefer to travel to outdoorsy places during the fall.

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

Jessica: My camera. Love capturing the moments of my travels. When I was younger, I didn't take that many photos and I regret that. I've been to places like Kenya, Ethiopia, and Qatar and don't have many photos from those experiences.

Carla: I bring dry shampoo with me every time I travel! This minimizes the time in getting ready.

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

Jessica: Having a glass of wine by the fireplace with my friends. Love that cozy feeling!

Carla: Having a good glass of wine by a fireplace! There is something so soothing about the sounds of wood burning.

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

Jessica: To New Zealand. It's been my dream destination for years, and I would love to be as close to nature as possible.

Carla: Oh man! I'd love to visit Colorado, but Tulum is also on my radar.

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

Jessica: Rather do it with a small group, five people max.

Carla: Large group is always more fun! But I can totally see the romantic moments you can have if you go with just your significant other.

What is your most memorable experience from your stay in Virginia?

Jessica: Being able to share the experience with my close friends and family.

Carla: The bonding time we had during our cooking sessions!

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What do you recommend the most for a glamping stay?

Jessica: Staying in at least one night and cooking together. Really brings people together.

Carla: This glamping site would be perfect for anyone that is looking for a fun adventure outdoors!

This glamping site would be perfect for...

Jessica: A small group of friends or a family. I traveled with my four-month baby, and the experience was fantastic.

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To find more staycations close to home, check out the Virginia Getaways Portal, here, and follow Jessica and Carla's future travels on their blogs: Dining Traveler and Spicy Candy DC.

Blogger Spotlight: Sonal and Sandro

By Jessica Armstrong

South Asia has become a hot spot for globe-trotters, and we can see why! From the tranquil beaches to the bustle of city life, all the meanwhile being surrounded by thick forests and luscious greenery.

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It makes sense why Sonal and Sandro of Drifter Planet wanted to spend a getaway glamping in Sri Lanka at this unbelievable tree house. Being travelers on-the-go, planning and choosing each spot to visit has some important steps, and they are here to help you out, glampers!

For the ins-and-outs of quick glamping getaways, take a page out of their book, and read below:

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What is your favorite part about glamping and why?

I love being outdoors and staying in a place that's off-the-grid. I really enjoy camping, but every once in a while, I treat myself to a little luxury and indulge in a "glamping break." My favorite part about glamping is the comfort, which is not always there when I'm camping.

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

I prefer going with my husband or solo. I usually don't like going in groups.

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What is one of your most memorable glamping or travel experiences?

My most memorable glamping experience was when my husband and I stayed in the middle of the jungle in Sri Lanka. This place was completely off-the-grid, and we had a little tree house to ourselves! It was very adventurous because we slept with the sounds of forest and romantic because we woke up to the music of birds. The best part was the glamping location because it was very beautiful and peaceful.

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What has glamping taught you about travel and nature, especially from this last stay at the tree house?

Based on our few conversations with the property manager at our last stay, we realized how important it is to understand the ways of the land before building anything new. As humans, we are always intruding, but it is very important to understand the ecological impact of our actions and to minimize it. More than this, I learned about a few more species of birds, insects, and trees.

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What is your favorite type of accommodation and why?

My favorite type of accommodation is the one that runs on the principle of responsible tourism, where there is a sustainable source of energy, where every kind of waste is recycled, and where rainwater is collected and harvested. Of course, the rainwater collection may not be possible in dry areas, but I really love places where every effort is taken to "leave no trace."

What trends do you follow when planning a glamping getaway?

I don't follow anything, but just pick a place where I can be closer to nature.

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For more info on trips and travel around South Asia, check out Sonal and Sandro's blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Guide to Hawaii's Best Glamping Activities: Kauai

By Jessica Armstrong

Hope you all enjoyed the last set of epic Maui activities, because Kauai's glamping guide is packed with even more to see and do.

This week's Hawaii Guide, brings us: Kauai. Glamping is meant to give us access to the great outdoors: its natural splendor, raw beauty, and fresh breezes. And where is the best place in Hawaii to find all of these, you ask? The Garden Isle, of course.

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From quaint beach cottages to lovely cabins for two, Kauai has the perfect glamping setting for you and your party. No matter which glamping accommodations you choose, rest assured that your surroundings will be nothing short of awe-inspiring, as nature rules supreme on the island. Deep valleys, lush rain forests, epic waterfalls, the NaPali Coast, and perhaps the best hiking in Hawaii await you. So grab your surfboards, hiking boots, and beach towels, because Kauai and these amazing activities to give a go are calling.

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Holo-Holo Charters: Explore the glorious NaPali Coast on a custom-built catamaran made for Kauai’s waters. You’ll enjoy snorkeling with Hawaiian green sea turtles, endangered monk seals, and a rainbow of tropical fish. And there’s plenty to see above water, as well- sparkling waterfalls, lush valleys, and ancient sea caves are yours to admire. You even have the option to head to The Forbidden Island of Niihau and snorkel around Lehua Crater, home to Hawaii’s most remote and pristine snorkeling and native bird sanctuary. A delicious continental breakfast, deli-style lunch, and assorted beverages round out their epic adventures.

Kauai Hiking Adventures: If you’ve never hiked The Garden Isle with Kauai Hiking Adventures, you have no idea what you’re missing! KHA’s expert guides believe in exploring the land in a respectful way while discovering the island’s beauty. Their half-day and full-day hikes are great for all types of hikers and fitness levels; whether you’re looking for a leisurely rainforest or beach stroll or a challenging hike to the NaPali’s coastal ridge tops. Let Kauai Hiking Adventures help you find your perfect trail.

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Tread Lightly Kauai Tours: Perhaps no one knows Kauai better than the company’s owner and guide, Jay Dorrance. A Kauai explorer since the 1970’s, Jay’s love and respect for The Garden Isle shines through in his light hiking tours, and he will customize your private tour to meet your needs. Know exactly what you’d like to see? Jay will take you there. Not sure where to go but want to "go where the locals go?" No problem. Head to famous movie locations, lovely waterfalls, bamboo forests, charming old towns, ancient Hawaiian structures, and so much more. Enjoy all these adventures, as well as loads of information you’ll never find in any guidebook.

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Capt. Andy’s: First, choose your NaPali adventure: laid-back sailing or thrilling high-speed rafting. Second, decide when you’d like to tour. How about a relaxing sunset dinner and cruise? Or maybe a fun sunset sail with appetizers, drinks, and live Hawaiian music? You can even set sail in the morning and enjoy a big adventure, complete with continental breakfast, snorkeling and exploring galore, a BBQ lunch, and drinks. No matter what time of day it is, it’s always a good time to explore the NaPali Coast with Capt. Andy’s.

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Safari Helicopters: Much of Kauai is difficult to access by land, as the terrain is just too remote, harsh, or inaccessible. That’s why a helicopter tour is the easiest and fastest way to see the best sights The Garden Isle has to offer. Soar over waterfalls, including the famous “Jurassic Park Waterfall” and Wailua Falls from Fantasy Island. Gaze into Waimea Canyon, known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Dip down into the Hanalei Valley’s tropical rain forest. Land at the Kauai Wildlife Refuge. There’s so much to explore and no other helicopter tour company brings it all to you like Safari Helicopters.

Be sure to catch the next feature, when Hawaii Guide shows us a killer time on the Big Island!


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Glamping to Commence on ING's International Headquarters, Workers to go GlampING

By David Pope

Yes, you read that right. Glamping Hub is partnering with ING to give the finance giant's 3,200 global professionals a way to relax from the rigors of their day, by constructing glamping tents on the roof of the multinational headquarters and office buildings throughout the world.

The plan, labeled "GlampING," will begin on April 10 and will encourage the hard-working employees to take well-deserved breaks and upstairs getaways, in a variety of safari tents, tipis, and yurts.

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With the diverse locations of ING's international buildings, the tents are to be designed in a variety of durable materials to withstand everything from harsh monsoons to the steady unquiet of Dutch spring nights. We're not kidding—they're tough.

And, in the style of glamping at its finest, they'll also be completely eco-friendly, using canvas recycled from natural materials, backpacks donated by former children, and sails taken from the confiscated yachts of Russian oligarchs.

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On the other hand, the towering wax palm trees will not be locally-sourced and are to be shipped from central Colombia with an arrival date of April 28, as construction will commence the week before.

The blueprints, exclusively leaked to the Glamping Hub Blog, detail the preliminary plans, including the free-form layout of the tents. However, this is, of course, subject to change.

Blue prints of the GlampING Project

"We've always planned on doing something like this," explains Glamping Hub co-founder, Ruben Martinez. "I mean, why else would we name it GlampING Hub?"

And for those ING employees with furry friends? They needn't miss out either! GlampING. with Pets is coming soon, offering four-legged ING mascots the chance to relax alongside their tented masters.

Click here to see more!