Blogger Spotlight: Alena

By Jessica Armstrong

Let Alena of ModaPrints take you to a place where the land is filled with trees and mountains, where the horses run wild in the wild, and the glampers instinctively flock like birds flying south for the winter—a little place called Colorado.

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The interior of this [spacious Carbondale yurt](https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/mountainstates/colorado/carbondale/romantic-getaway-aspen-colorado/).
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Making her first Glamping Hub debut, Alena gives us all the deets on couples glamping, what not to forget in your suitcase, and why this yurt accommodation is the bee's knees. Read below for more!

Yurt Rental Carbondale Colorado*

Enjoy the scenic views with a cup of coffee in hand from this [gorgeous accommodation.](https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/mountainstates/colorado/carbondale/romantic-getaway-aspen-colorado/).
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What are the five things you have in your suitcase for every glamping trip?

Lotion because I can't handle being dry, wipes when you are feeling lazy to walk to the bathroom and wash your face, a hair brush, wine, and tennis shoes!

How do climate and weather affect what you pack?

I checked the weather, and it said snow, but knowing Colorado, it snows for an hour and everything melts by noon and it's so warm! I packed snow boots and a jacket just in case but also brought shorts and warmer clothes, too! I actually used my jacket for sitting my the fire late at night and shorts during the day, because it was actually hot after a long day of hiking!

Yurt Rental Carbondale Colorado*

A beautiful view of the [yurts](https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/mountainstates/colorado/carbondale/romantic-getaway-aspen-colorado/) ceiling with a skylight.
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Comfortable and casual or chic and trendy? What’s your travel style and why?

It really depends on what we have planned. I brought comfy and causal, as well as a trendy outfit for our dinner plans.

What kind of amenities do you make sure the glamping site provides before you pack them, and why?

Coffee, because I will literally be a grump all morning if I don’t have at least one cup, and milk for my coffee! I've never experienced glamping before so I looked to see if they had a shower and bathroom—that's all I really need.

Yurt Rental Carbondale Colorado*

Enjoy the luxuries of this [stunning accommodation](https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/mountainstates/colorado/carbondale/romantic-getaway-aspen-colorado/) inside and out.
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Overpacker or underpacker? Why? Also, do you have any special tips on how to avoid being one or the other? What are they?

I used to be an over-packer and said enough is enough! I look at the weather and make plans on what we will be doing each day and lay out my outfits to make sure I am bringing everything I need. This helps with underpacking and overpacking, planning your days, and knowing what you will be doing helps.

What are your favorite things to bring glamping and why?

Stuff to make s'mores with, my laptop with at least two movies downloaded, and a bottle of wine! S’mores because glamping without a camp fire and s’mores is no fun. Two movies because we love staying up and watching old classic movies with a glass of wine!

What was your most memorable moment at your glamping stay?

We loved how peaceful it was and how my husband and I had absolutely no service unless we walked to the bathroom to get Wi-Fi. We loved being able to just talk and get away from the crazy, busy lifestyle we have back home.

Yurt Rental Carbondale Colorado*

Follow Alena, for more adventures in and around Colorado, this summer.
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What surprised you about glamping?

How nice everything was and just how we felt so at home!
If you could visit another site soon, where would it be?
Somewhere by the beach would be a dream come true.

To see more beautiful destinations that Colorado has to offer, check out the luxury accommodation portal here.

Yurt Rental Carbondale Colorado

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