Blogger Spotlight: Inma and Jose

By Jessica Armstrong

After studying, volunteering, and working their way around the world, Inma and Jose launched A World to Travel to share their experiences around the world, their passion for music festivals, the great outdoors, and all things travel. You can bet their pup Rufoo will be included in the journey.

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When they aren't making new worldly discoveries, this Spanish couple makes time for charming getaways nearby their home in Northern Spain, including to this one-of-a-kind Spanish tree house.

Looking to get the scoop on glamping around the globe like a Euro pro? Not only will you feel like a local anywhere you travel after browsing their blog, but you'll want to visit places you never even thought about adding to your bucket list! We know we do. Follow along below to make sure the next time you travel you'll be prepared, stoked, and ready for adventure.

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What are your top must-haves when glamping and traveling?

As little as possible! We are light packers and, unless it is strictly needed, we never check in luggage. That way we can save time, money, and possible losses or thefts. Anyway, we rarely miss anything after having honed the art of packing up over the years.

Our photography equipment takes more than half the space of our suitcases and the rest are functional clothes valid for any season and destination. Here's our trusty and minimalist packing list for long-term travel. Check it out!

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How does your travel style change depending on the time of year and season?

Since our plans may change last minute, we need to have both warm and light clothes with us pretty much all the time. For instance, two years back, I traveled for a few months and went from -18ºC in Finland to +45ºC in Dubai.
Therefore, layers are key. Apart from that, we usually take something warm in case it gets really cold, something waterproof, something stylish enough to go on a date, and something comfy for the great outdoors.

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

We used to plan them to take advantage of as many cheap flights as possible, combining multiple destinations in one go. Today, however, this has changed, as our way to travel is shifting accordingly with the times we are living.
We no longer stand for low-cost solutions that in the end might have a huge carbon footprint attached. These days, we only search for meaningful experiences and responsible travel.

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What is your favorite activity to participate in when visiting a new place?

Absorbing the local culture and getting to know some locals is a must. Something that cannot be reproduced anywhere else and definitely one of the things we try to do everywhere we go. Apart from that, we usually spend way too much time with our cameras looking for the most gorgeous spots to take pictures at sunset.

The great outdoors never cease to amaze us, and we have learned we get tired of big cities sooner than anything else. In any case, as Spaniards, we always look forward to enjoying life. As a result, we usually end up coming across the most awesome experiences.

Finally, music festivals keep us entertained in summer. We are already looking forward to next season and planning to drop by a few of the world's coolest music festivals!

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Are you an overpacker or underpacker? How so?

We never thought we would say this, but after more than 15 years packing almost every month, we can finally say loud and clear that we fall into the underpacker category.

How do you advise glampers to plan their wardrobe for a vacation to a glamping retreat?

I think any approach you take is valid. In the last few years, the rise of glamping has become a global trend. Therefore, tons of fashion and lifestyle gurus seem to have the perfect formula and wardrobe for a glamping vacation.

However, be aware that there is no right way to do this, just your own. And simply pick whatever items you are comfortable and happy with and get ready to have some serious fun and enjoy nature at its best.

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What is your favorite type of accommodation to visit, and how many glamping trips have you been on?

No matter their shapes, all glamping accommodations are usually ridiculously cool. Safari tents, caravans, tented cabins, bell tents, cottages, log cabins, tree houses, huts, caves, barns, tipis, domes, campervans, yurts, igloos! I think I need to try them all before answering your first question. :)

As for the glamping trips I have been on, there has been a few of them. Right after launching my travel blog, back in 2013, I won a two-week Mexico trip on a writing contest and got to spend a couple of nights in a luxurious elevated log cabin in Tulum. In 2014, I fell for a very unique and spacious hut in Kerala, India, surrounded by a deep forest. And last year, I went on a Luxembourg hiking and glamping trip and got to sleep in a safari tent.

But without any doubt, the most special glamping experience I had to date is spending one night at these tree houses in Galicia—they are simply otherworldly.

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

Outdoorsy chic!

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Do you want to make this exquisite tree house your next glamping stay? Discover this site and more in the Spanish Viajes Portal, here.


Inma and Jose are planning some amazing getaways for 2017! Follow their adventures on their blog, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Photo Credit: Inma and Jose

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: 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: Helene

By Jessica Armstrong

What sounds more romantic than a luxury getaway to a vintage chic caravan on the French Riviera with your special someone? A romantic luxury getaway just a week after Valentine's day—that's what!

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Blogger Helene Sula and her hubby took a break from chilly Germany to spend eight days strolling around Northern Italy and the French Riviera, to explore some of Europe's most gorgeous vistas and learn a thing or two about the history of these lands.

While making this the ultimate vacay by giving glamping-a-go, she shares with us all the special ins and outs of her stay and gives us all the reasons to pack our bags and head to France faster than you can say bon jour!

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

France is so incredibly dynamic. From it's pebbly beaches in Nice to the hillside caverns in Gougins, there is so much to see and do. When I explored the French Riviera, I knew about the beautiful beaches, but I had no idea that there was a rich history.

That's why it's so special to go glamping. You get to really immerse yourself in the culture and history of this beautiful place. My favorite part about glamping in France was getting to see what life was truly like in Provence and get a slice of the way of life.

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Does the time of year affect your preference for accommodation?

I went glamping in late February, which I would say is an ideal time. No, you can't go swim in the ocean, it's too cold, but it's much less crowded and you're really able to explore. I know the summer is also a popular time, but really the French Riviera is beautiful anytime!

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

When I'm traveling, I always carry a backpack. I want to be able to carry everything in an easy way that makes it carry all my gear (camera, tripod, and lipstick!). I actually have a whole post on what I pack, here.

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

The unique part about glamping is getting to be in a unique location. My favorite part of glamping is getting to try the local cuisine. With my experience in Mougins in the French Riviera, the staff at the caravan property had an on-site cook who made one of the most incredible meals of my life!

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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 would definitely go to Austria to see the beautiful igloos—such a cool experience and many people don't realize that they can do something like this!

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

I love glamping as a couple because you really get to have a unique experience together. But I could also LOVE glamping with a group, especially somewhere with tents or campervans so you can all enjoy your time together.

This glamping site would be perfect for ...

anyone that wants a unique experience unparalleled to anything else. This will fit anyone's budget, with so many options and locations all over the world. Truly, one of the best experiences you can have and something I will do again and again in the future.

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To see where your next luxury stay to France could be, check out some one-of-a-kind getaways here.


For more of Helene's incredible adventures, visit her blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. A visit to Austria may just be on the horizon!

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!