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Alternatives to glamping that still leave room for adventure

So you want to explore the great outdoors and the wilder parts of the world, but still want a touch of luxury? For many, the answer to this urge is glamping, but if the concept leaves you cold, never fear! There are plenty of alternatives to glamping that let you explore the wilderness, be adventurous, and have exciting experiences, while still maintaining a level of comfort and luxury. Read on and discover five of the most attractive and exciting alternatives to glamping.

RVs and Camper Vans

Basically glamping on wheels, hopping in an RV, or renting a camper van and hitting the road is a quintessential Great American Adventure, and a superb way of exploring the great outdoors will keeping a few creature comforts close to hand.

A glass pod on the side of a cliff

No, this isn’t crazy talk. In Sacred Valley in Peru, you can literally sleep in a glass pod suspended halfway down a cliff, 400 feet above the ground. The ‘rooms’ aren’t cheap (starting at around $1,000 a night!) but the views of the Andes are genuinely incomparable, and the experience itself will stay with you for a lifetime.

Log cabins

Staying a few nights in a traditional log cabin at the heart of a state forest or National Park is a fantastic experience. You can get back to basics, go fishing for your supper, but still relax with a warm shower and a comfortable bed at the end of the day. A great way to do this sort of vacation is by kayak, stopping off every day at a specific cabin along the route.

Adventure cruises

If you want to explore the most exotic, far-flung corners of the world, the best way to do that is by water. Try sailing to Antarctica on a cruise, heading up the Norwegian Fjords, or taking a tall ship across the Atlantic, for a truly memorable and adventurous experience!

Shepherd’s huts

For something intensely traditional and effortlessly cozy, why not hire a shepherd’s hut? These charming static wagons evoke a simpler time and usually come equipped with a log fire, perfect for snuggling up close to after a long day hiking up a mountain. Some of these even come with their own hot tub, making this an exceptional high-end outdoorsy experience, and one you won’t forget in a hurry


4 Simple Ways To Incorporate More Adventure In Your Life

When the post-adventure slump starts – that awful period of time with no future trip in sight – it can difficult to satiate our wanderlust. I’m a firm believer that adventure does not require a passport stamp. It’s true! For all of you feeling down in the dumps or just uninspired by your hometown or lack of planned vacations… this post is for you! Here are four simple ways to incorporate more adventure in your life.

Take Advantage Of Your Long Weekends

Simply put, if you have a three day weekend – make the most of it! Research cities or towns an hour or so away, or even make a stay-cation weekend. Google the best delicacies or local haunts tourists would never hear of. Take a serious stab at finding hidden gems within driving distance of your hometown. Dedicate your “off time” to your biggest passion… adventure.

Seek Exploration, Every Day

Take the long route. Hunt for colors. Seek new sights. Photograph the things that make your heart flutter. Find little details you otherwise would have overlooked. Seek exploration – become an observer of your own domain. Every day, try to learn or see something new. The best explorers are one that are hyper vigilant and aware of what encompasses their setting. Do the same in your life. You are the best navigator of your own adventure.

Adapt Your Perspective Of “Adventure”

Reframe the notion that adventure requires a passport in hand, a long flight to a foreign country and cultures. Because the truth is, what was just described is not adventure – it’s simply just travel. Adventure, on the other hand, is a perspective that needs to be embraced. It can happen anytime, anywhere. It can happen on mundane weekdays, it can happen on a long drive to a nearby town, it can happen in a meal or a conversation or a new friendship made. Adventure is yours for the taking – no matter where your two feet are planted.

Become A Student Of Life

When curiosity is your compass, every little thing becomes infinitely inspiring. Adopting a sense of wonder for this world and you’ll find that adventures come from any part of life – the pages of a book, the dappling of light, the histories of art, the creation of recipes. Become a student of the world and prepare yourself. Adventure will invite itself into your life regularly and often, many times without warning. After all, the best adventures are unexpected ones. Aren’t they?

Remember – travel is fantastic. But adventure happens in the magic moments of every day life. You just have to find them! Incorporating more adventure in your life is really just as simple as making it a priority.