In our world of shrinking ice caps and growing trash dumps, our consciousness is thankfully turning towards protecting the Earth and providing sustainable solutions to our living. Tourism is no different, and yet ecotourism continues to be something you must seek out in accommodations, not a feature that’s implied. Not so, when you choose Glamping, and suddenly your possibilities for Eco travel explode. With accommodations at all levels of comfort in destinations of every genre, Glamping can consistently provide more ecofriendly options than any other type of travel. And since Glamping also connects its visitor to the nature we’re trying to protect, you’ll leave your Glamping destination more determined to protect the environment you’ve enjoyed.
Whether it’s a cultural immersion you desire or a relaxing vacation full of sun and little thought, your destinations dreams can be realized without damaging the nature or community you’ve traveled to see. It’s not a surprise that a host who values connecting their guest with nature would also value and prioritize the nature itself, and that’s why Glamping properties are more likely to place a premium on sustainability. And guests don’t have to compromise their travel preference or an iota of comfort in order to travel responsibly. Enjoy a gorgeous thatched roof cabin in Japan where, when the roof gets replaced, it becomes vital fertilizer to the surrounding farmers. Or an Ecolodge and organic coffee farm in Nicaragua that operates solely on solar and hydroelectric energy. Love solar energy but hate coffee? Travel to the tented camps in Tanzania for ultra luxury in African style, powered by the solar system. Not into animal watching? Venture to the uber chic and ultra sustainable cabins in Slovenia. Or the gorgeous Bamboo hut in Hawaii. Or an all-natural EcoLodge in Israel. On and on and on, with millions of varieties of vacation, yet no variance in dedication to preservation.
The benefit of this variety means you’ll be connecting with the nature that you identify with most. This means you won’t only be sustaining the nature around you, but refreshing and nourishing your love of this planet that will push you to continue on the road towards no imprint travel. Because there is still work to be done. And a Glamping vacation will energize your resources and firm your resolve for the ongoing fight for our planet and our future.
Blakely left her job as an advertising producer in New York to turn professional traveler with her husband. As they explore, learn, give, and get lost, thrilled, and changed through distant lands, she recounts it all on her travel blog and enables couch travelers everywhere. She now contributes to Glamping.com as a guest writer.
Speaking from experience, making reservations ahead of time is a must for these popular destinations. Don’t forget to do your homework… you’ll need a plan. Find a map online and notate what trails you want to visit and how much time they will take round-trip. Depending on the time of year you wish to visit will also determine the necessary equipment you’ll need to make your hiking adventure all that more pleasant. Comfortable hiking and water shoes, thermal waterproof knee-high socks, and a refillable water bottle should all be packed in your lightweight backpack. Now with these tips, you are one step closer to a successful hiking trip to the following top must-visit places.
Havasupai – A Hidden Gem
Found within the Havasupai Reservation, at the Southwest corner of the Grand Canyon National Park, this hike is not an easy one, but it is the most rewarding. The water flows through Havasu Creek and rocks full of minerals which create the dreamy blue green colored waters that flow down their many waterfalls. From Havasupai Hilltop Campground to Mooney Falls (the very last waterfall on the trail) will take an experienced hiker over a day, so plan for an overnight stay along the way, preferably 2-3 days to enjoy the experience and picture perfect views. Havasupai Lodge is the closest lodging available, only 1.2 miles from Lower Navajo Falls “Rock Falls” and 1.8 miles from Havasu Falls. Luckily, there is also a campground available between Havasu Falls and Mooney Falls. An affordable helicopter transportation service is available for those who lack the time or physical ability to hike one or both ways.
Zion National Park – Bring The Family With You!
If you are into travel and nature, you must have heard of Zion National Park in Southern Utah. The top perks I appreciate from National Parks are that most offer shuttle buses through the park and free tours or programs to entertain and educate the little ones. The destination is popular for its trails leading to and through mountains, tunnels, waterfalls, and streams. Families and adventurers of all ages are welcome to go at their preferred pace thanks to trails offering easy, moderate, and experienced difficulty levels. Bring a swimsuit and safe-seal waterproof backpack during spring and fall, you may just need to go all in.
Need a place to stay? Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort is a great option. The ranch offers fun glamping accommodations inside tents, wagons, and cabins.
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Meyling “Mey” Martinez is a travel and outdoor enthusiast born in the tropical island of Cuba and raised in Las Vegas, NV. Consumed by wanderlust and inspired by nature and the fascinating world outside of her doors, she has set sail to visit new destinations. Mey enjoys hiking new trails and visiting national and state parks along with other wonders of the world. Forever an explorer at heart with an adventurous soul, she enjoys sharing her experiences and the latest on travel and glamping through blogging.