Blogger Spotlight: Jeanette and James

By Jessica Armstrong

Grab your sweetie, and get glamping! That's exactly what Jeanette and James of Traveling Honeybird did this January when catching the last rays of summer in the vineyards of Victoria at some of Australia's most charming bell tents.

If you are still looking for a way to make your summer travels last, then Australia is the place to be! Get the scoop with these two travel extraordinaires from Down Under on how to make your travel goals happen.

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Where are your favorite spots to travel?

Oh, this is a tough question! It's almost like asking which one is your favorite child. There are so many different elements that make a spot special. I always love an area that's near water—mountain streams, rivers, or even the simplicity of the ocean. I'm not a great swimmer, but I love getting my toes wet, splashing around, and just enjoying the general beauty around water.

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What is important to you in choosing a travel destination?

I am always aware of who I'm traveling with when I'm choosing a travel destination. Not everyone shares our sense of adventure. I like to choose a travel destination that will keep all members entertained and hopefully happy! For James and I, well, we're an active couple. So for us, it's important that a destination has a lot of activity happening. It doesn't always need to be a big, huge, hustlin' bustlin' city. A place that has great food, wine and coffee is always a winner for us. Throw in some culture and maybe some outdoor adventures, and we are in!

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What types of accommodations do you think would make great summer spots?

I love areas that let you experience summer in all of its glory—the sun, the warm nights, and generally longer days to enjoy yourself. That's the joy of spending the night in a tent and off glamping. You get those little extra nice bits but still have an amazing adventure.

I love any type of accommodation that allows me some peace and quiet to read a book, which is probably why I dislike hotels. The thin flimsy walls and hearing your neighbors—it doesn't always end up with the most relaxing evening away.

How would you prefer to travel to your glamping destination?

Living in Australia, we pretty much have to drive anywhere and everywhere. Long road trips are a part of our regular travel routine. Though I wouldn't say no to arriving on horseback or yak...

What do you look for when choosing an accommodation?

Cleanliness! It really is next to Godliness. I really like to see bright photos that truly represent the accommodation on offer. Not everywhere is going to be five-star, and that's ok! It just needs to be a true representation of what's on offer.

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What blogs do you read, websites do you look at to find more information, or people you consult on your destination before booking?

I'm usually the travel directory reference for friends and family. I have to admit to being a bit of a Google fan. If I'm in the travel planning mood then I start to google areas and accommodation options. Throw in a few keywords like "experience" or "review," and you can get some really good blogs and websites to look at.

What is your favorite part about planning a trip?

ALL THE PLANNING. I love planning, plotting, and scheming. And then the final steps of booking everything. I think it's the wonderful dreams that you get to have along the way. I know we won't ever spend $1,000 a night on a hotel, but it doesn't hurt to look and dream.

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For someone who is planning a glamping trip for the first time, what would your main piece of advice for them be?

Don't be afraid. You can do all the research in the world, read all the books, and think you're prepared—only to turn up and discover you've forgotten socks, jocks, and your toothbrush. (True story: it's happened to me before.) In the end, it doesn't really matter. Just go out there and enjoy yourself. Life's too short for bad coffee and terrible travel.


Follow along the adventures of Jeanette and James on their blog, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

To get some more ideas on where to visit Australia, check out these amazing collections here.

Founder of Glamping Hub Goes Glamping

By Jessica Armstrong

You have seen all the bungalows by the beach, dreamt while sleeping under the stars from a of one-of-a-kind tree house, and snuggled up by the fire outside your woodland yurt. Glamping Hub founder, David, also had the opportunity this summer to visit some of California's most unique glamping getaways.

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Glamping Hub founder, David

Four years after the launch of Glamping Hub and just months after launching Glamping Hub for Pets, David is still constantly striving to bring glampers and travelers alike the opportunity to connect with nature from the comfort of a luxurious accommodation.

After visiting a few glamping properties in California this summer with his family and friends, David gave us a little insight on his vision for the glamping industry and where his passion comes from everyday.

Check out an exclusive with David below.

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David's son and dog glamping at this safari tent near San Francisco

What are all the sites you have visited since launching Glamping Hub?

I have visited anything and everything from Airstreams in Northern California and bell tents in Panama to tree houses in Southern California and yurts in Tarifa, Spain.

What kind of accommodations would you like to visit in the near future?

There is a really unique tree house/bungalow structure in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, that provides a really cool way to connect with nature. This is a side of Mexico I would like to explore.

I want to visit more of the Pacific Northwest. In Oregon, there is a glass house property that I am hoping to visit.

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Luxurious Tree House Perched on the Mountains of Julian, California

What have been the highlights from your most recent glamping trips?

Having the chance to be with my family and grill on the barbecue right outside our safari tent in the Mendocino region or looking out at the millions of stars from the beautiful sky in Southern California while enjoying the hot tub on the patio of our tree house stay—these are the moments you know you are going to remember for the rest of your life, especially when surrounded by friends and family.

At one of the accommodations we visited in Southern California, the drive to get to the glamping site was incredibly scenic, around a lake, in an area that was really secluded and unlike anything else I had ever seen there before. It reminded me of something I would see in Southern Italy.

What are the trends in the glamping industry you most looking forward to?

One of the most beautiful things that the Internet has provided over the years is options. People now have the opportunity to choose the type of vacation that is most relevant to them. People saying "Yes, I want to connect to the outdoors, and yes, I want to be comfortable", but tying it into an activity, for examples yoga retreats and certain hiking and climbing spots, thus increasing the depth of their experience.

Glamping and the type of accommodations we provide allow people, for example climbers and extreme sport enthusiasts, to be close to the experience and setting. People being able to browse and choose specific activities and envision the type of experience they want is something that has taken travel and vacations to a whole new level.

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David at this luxury airstream site near San Francisco

If you were to build your own glamping site, what kind of accommodations would you have and why?

A tree house. My dad built a tree house for us when I was 11 years old. My dad was a MacGyver. I remember the excitement of the tree house, the height, and I felt really alive in those moments, so being able to recreate that would be really appealing to me and something to share and create for my son as he grows up. There is something magical about seeing the world from up in a tree house and creating something in your mind and imagination.

What are your glamping essentials?

I always bring this huge blanket that my cousin brought me as a gift from India. I bring it with me any time I'm going somewhere outdoors. I can set it up for my friends and relatives. I always bring my swimming goggles to be able to jump into any body of water—lake, river, ocean, you name it. And lastly, my camera, to capture the moments that will last a lifetime.

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David and our office pup, Brooklyn

To start searching for your own unique experience, check out Glamping Hub and Glamping Hub for Pets.

Blogger Spotlight: Nuria

By Jessica Armstrong

A restless globetrotter, fearless adventurer, creative director, Nuria cannot be beat when capturing what glamping really is all about.

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Having visited two of our most off-the-beaten-path luxury getaway locations, this luxury tent in Morocco and this cozy mountain cabin in California, she can share with us all a thing or two about finding the best glamping stay.

Before the summer finishes and we get ready for fall, we got the chance to ask her about some of her best end-of-summer glamping advice.

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What are the best glamping getaways for the end of summer?

For me, the best glamping for the end of summer would be a tree house in the mountains.

Tell us about your ideal summer vacation.

Summer means beach, sun, and friends, so I'd do a mix of those things to get the perfect summer.

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What things do you hope to cross off your summer bucket list while glamping?

Some surfing days and having a tent near the beach.

How many glamping trips do you hope to take or have taken during summer? Where? Why? Which was your favorite?

I'm going to L.A. in September, so I'm hoping to take a trip to the desert and experience a glamping getaway there!

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What advice do you have for glampers trying to get in one last trip before fall creeps in?

Getting a glamping accommodation where you can watch a nice sunset and sunrise is such a special experience.

Where are your dream destinations?

Tokyo!

Tell us about one of your favorite glamping getaways.

A desert experience in Morocco! We had the chance to spend a night at the tents in Merzouga in the middle of the dunes.

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Be sure to catch the rest of Nuria's many adventures on her Instagram, Freckles Nur. And for any Spanish-speaking readers, check out Nuria's June post on Condé Nast Traveler about the most amazing places she has ever slept across the globe!

Blogger Spotlight: Annette Vaughan

By Jessica Armstrong

To kick off August with a bang, Annette Vaughan of Run Oregon Blog ran over to this tree house cabin at the foot of Mt. Adams in Washington for a first-time, firsthand experience at glamping.

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In partnership with Run Oregon Blog, we have the pleasure of working with several of their most active, adventurous bloggers to get a brand new perspective on roughin' it luxury-style in the outdoors. Run Oregon is a community for runners in the Pacific Northwest Region to come together and share positive news with the running community. We are thrilled they stopped by one of our listed tree houses to share their exciting trip.

What are the best glamping getaways for the end of summer?

I like Central Oregon for end-of summer getaways, because the weather is sunny and warm, and there are plenty of outdoor activities in the area.

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Tell us about your ideal summer vacation.

My ideal summer vacation involves sunshine, a body of water to cool down in and lay out next to with a good book, and plenty of activities like hiking, biking, running, kayaking, etc.

What things do you hope to cross off your summer bucket list while glamping?

I don’t really have a summer bucket list. I just want to enjoy some time outside in the sun with my husband.

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How many glamping trips do you hope to take or have taken during summer? Where? Why? Which was your favorite?

I have only taken one glamping trip. It was to the this tree house in White Salmon, Washington. We decided to try it out as a new adventure—and an adventure it was!

What advice do you have for glampers trying to get in one last trip before fall creeps in?

If you are looking to squeeze in a glamping trip before fall, I would recommend enjoying someplace sunny. Look for what outdoor activities there are in the surrounding areas, so that you can get outside and be active. It won’t be long until the weather turns, so enjoy it while you can!

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Where are your dream destinations?

I don’t really have any specific dream destinations. I am happy if my destination is at least 80 degrees and I can be outside doing fun things during the day while working on my tan.

Great running/biking trails nearby make it even better. And if I can time my stay with a race in the area, that’s a real bonus! I also like to have a variety of restaurants nearby to enjoy in the evening.

You can follow the rest of Annette's adventures as well her fellow runners' experiences on Run Oregon Blog, their Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat: run_oregon.

Blogger Spotlight: Melissa Henderson

By Jessica Armstrong

When she is not bouncing from glamping location to glamping location, writer Melissa Henderson spends her time writing for her annually published magazine, The Violet Summer Zine, and her blog Mel Writes. Covering her travels, the latest trends, and more, Melissa has a passion for glamping that she could not wait to share.

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Having visited two Glamping Hub properties, this cozy studio in Sag Harbor, New York and this eco-lodge in Lisbon, Portugal, this glamping gal knows how to enjoy a luxury vacation and do a summer escape right. Read on for her stories and advice on the best end-of-summer glamping getaways.

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What are the best glamping getaways for the end of summer?

The best glamping getaways for the end of the summer are definitely right in your backyard. In Issue 2 of Violet Summer Zine, I feature Forever Bungalows in the Hamptons, because it’s a super close trip from my apartment in New York City. At this coastal getaway, you can still enjoy all the comfort of sleeping in a bed and showering while indulging in Long Island nature.

My other favorite glamping getaway is located in Comporta, Portugal, at the Cocoon Eco Lodges. The cover of Issue 1 of Violet Summer Zine was shot there with my iPhone camera! Again, if you take a two hour drive outside of Lisbon, then go another five kilometers down a dirt road, you’ll arrive at these super chic mini-houses.

It’s so peaceful and a great place to be completely not available. I remember waking up at 6 a.m. to make coffee, eat cheese, and swim in the man-made pond filled with lily pads and frogs. It's an unreal sight and truly off the grid.

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Tell us about your ideal summer vacation (and what to pack).

My ideal summer vacation definitely includes snorkeling, swimming and wearing a bikini. My wetsuit is my favorite item to pack at the moment. I’m really into wearing neoprene, because it’s great for cold water destinations, as well as when you’re just cold on the beach and want to paddleboard while the sun is setting. So far, I have a neoprene wetsuit, a skirt, and a jacket in my summer wardrobe.

What things do you hope to cross off your summer bucket list while glamping?

I want to see a shooting star. I want to get more into stargazing at night. I have to remember to download the best astrology app before my next glamping trip.

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How many glamping trips do you hope to take or have taken during summer? Where? Why? Which was your favorite?

I’ve already taken a few glamping trips this summer! In June at a glamping site, which is located in the middle of the cloud forest in Quito, Ecuador. It’s also sustainable, as the lodge is located in the middle of the cloud/rain forest, so the irrigation system is still new. That means no throwing paper in the toilet!

Just to give you an idea of how deep in the forest I was, it was a three-hour drive through the mountains of Quito, which is 4,000 feet above sea level. You can only get there by car, and the roads are windy and unpaved at some parts.

The guides at the site really take care of their guests. It was really an honor to be lead through the rain forest by tribal leaders who know the landscape so well—they can point out which plants are used for which remedies and which animals are in sight. This was my favorite glamping trip, because I saw so many creatures, like toucan birds, translucent frogs, beautiful poison caterpillars, huge butterflies, ocelots...the list goes on! I even got to swim in a crystal green lagoon and bathe under a waterfall. It was a really magical trip.

My next glamping trip I wish to go on is to the Tiger Rock Island and Jungle in Pangkor Island, Malaysia. It’s apparently an “artists retreat,” and their Instagram account is giving me major jungle fever.

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What advice do you have for glampers trying to get in one last trip before fall creeps in?

The beauty about glamping is that you don’t have to travel hundreds of miles to do it. Most destinations are like two hours away by car or train, so grab your family or friends and just go! Another great thing about glamping is that you can still do it in the fall, because technically you’re not sleeping outside in a tent. Glamping allows nature enthusiasts to experience the outdoors with comfort.

You can follow the rest of Mel's adventures on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.