As a consistently traveling couple, Anne and Mike Howard have slept everywhere, from camping tents in the Andes to 5-star hotels in Zambia. They also have embraced the style of glamping, a trending travel term in which stays in nature involve lodging that is additional refined than rugged.
Recognized by their on line journal, “HoneyTrek,” which chronicles them obtaining the “World’s Longest Honeymoon,” the Howards have place their know-how about glamping to print with “Comfortably Wild: The Most effective Glamping Destinations in North America” (Falcon Guides, October 1, 2019). This paperback is written as a how-to for everyone who desires to have an outside getaway but do not precisely want to sleep on the ground.
Lately, the Howards talked about how their book and how their assistance on glamping is producing a remain in the wilderness additional accessible and effectively worrisome.
You each previously wrote “Ultimate Journeys for Two: Extraordinary Destinations on Every single Continent,” a guide book published by National Geographic, on couples adventure travel across all seven continents. For your second book, why did you concentrate on glamping inside North America?
Anne Howard: Ever due to the fact 2012, when we started of our seven-year journey about the globe, we’ve been reviewing exceptional and romantic hotels for the web site, Honeymoons.com. We speedily realized that glamping was our favourite style of accommodation. It brought us to remote and spectacular areas, gave us access to unbelievable adventures, and presented just adequate luxury to savor it all.
Mike Howard: We had been hooked on these immersive outside experiences and began to create about them additional and additional for other publications like Glamping.com, and National Geographic. Falcon Guides, our publisher, took notice of our operate and passion for glamping and asked us to create the initial location guide on the subject for them.
Inform us about your initial glamping trip. What did you take away from the practical experience?
Mike: When organizing a trip into the wild, the lodging possibilities have traditionally been to pitch a tent and consume freeze-dried meals or get shuttled from the nearest hotel for day trips. This was not the way we wanted to practical experience Patagonia, or any wilderness location for that matter, so we did a bit of digging and discovered EcoCamp, back in 2012.
Anne: We had been in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, straight in front of its iconic granite spires. This park’s off-the-grid geodesic dome glamping retreat was precisely exactly where we wanted [our first glamping trip] to be. Soon after trekking the mountain circuits, kayaking to glaciers, and horseback riding the pampas, we would finish every day with pisco sour delighted hours, 3-course dinners and stargazing from our fluffy bed. From that point on, adventurous, luxurious and sustainable glamping fully won us more than.
Why do you consider glamping is receiving additional consideration? What tends to make it attractive?
Anne: Glamping has been in the news for years but now that experiential travel and digital-detox vacations have gotten additional consideration, men and women are realizing that glamping is the ideal bend of these two trends.
Mike: In this tech-heavy globe, there is a craving to get back to nature, remain in exceptional areas, revel in small indulgences, connect with family members and buddies, and have experiences that inspire us. Glamping presents that in spades.
In the book, you list several lodging areas across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America. How did you choose them and how lots of have you stayed at?
Anne: When you Google “best glamping destinations,” there are more than 13,000 outcomes. There are so lots of gorgeous, luxurious and beloved glamping destinations out there, but the listicles normally have a tendency to bring lots of of the very same properties to the forefront. In writing Comfortably Wild, we wanted to go deeper than what appears quite and well known and surface inventive areas that connect us with the outdoors, our households and ourselves. Every single chapter [of our book] presents a exceptional way to getaway, ranging from boutique farmstays and wellness retreats, to wildlife experiences and action-packed journeys.
Mike: Soon after we figured out our categories and did a year of intensive analysis to come across a wide diversity of areas and price tag points, we plotted the very best candidates on the map and personally visited 62 glamping destinations to see if they met our quantity one particular criteria — heart!
You also printed interviews with specific home owners. Why did you want to contain them along with data on their properties?
Mike: The men and women behind these destinations are what make them sing. This book is about the dreamers and the doers. It is about the men and women who had a crazy notion to generate unconventional retreats in the most unlikely areas. Folks who took unbelievable dangers and poured their hearts into a home so they could share it with glampers like us. Some of the most inspiring people we’ve ever met are the proprietors in this book.
Anne: The family members behind Fronterra Farm in Ontario’s Prince Edward County has been brewing beer due to the fact the Middle Ages and they invite guests to join in harvesting heirloom hops and crafting beer from plow to pint. Not only did we interview the owners in individual, we had them journal about their practical experience building their properties. Roberto Fernandez was a Costa Rican river rafting guide who had a dream to defend the rainforest he paddled via. He began Pacuare Lodge with five acres and now has two,075 acres—a hundred or so for their canopy suites, zipline course, and spa and one more two,000 to retain the Barbilla Biological Corridor, the indigenous Cabécar footpaths, and the endangered jaguar habitat as they had been meant to be.
What has been the most intriguing glamping place you have stayed at?
Anne: That is like choosing in between young children! They are all intriguing in their personal way. We’ve stayed at a Disc Golf Treehouse Resort, a cottage with a 1960s Coast Guard Chopper for a living space, an ice suite chiseled by a group of sculptors, a caboose in a lengthy-lost train depot, and camps that pop up every evening along your journey, be it by river raft, trekking boot, or covered wagon.
Mike: If it wasn’t intriguing, we didn’t place them in the book.
Also in your book, you offer a chart on how to strategy a glamping practical experience. If an individual asked you for associated assistance, what would you say?
Anne: I’d start off by asking, do you want additional glamour or additional camping? Glamping can be 5-star wilderness resorts exactly where morning pastries are delivered to your tent door and other individuals that ignite your inner mountain man with cooking more than the open fire. What month are you searching to travel? It is also superior to know that lots of of these outside accommodations are open seasonally.
Mike: Ask who’s on your guest list? If going solo, possibilities like yoga retreats and group journeys will make you really feel at ease. If you are bringing young children, know that some of these wild areas have age minimums when other individuals have robust children applications. And final but not least, ask oneself what you are craving and how you want to really feel when you return.
How do you address any preconceived notions the readers could have about “glamping”?
Mike: Some men and women create off glamping for the reason that this “made-up” word sounds a small silly, but when they understand it indicates simple access to some of the most unbelievable outside experiences and intriguing men and women in hospitality, we consider they’ll alter their minds.
Anne: Also, when “glamping” could have only been added to the dictionary in 2016, we want men and women to know that its roots are steeped in history (from the nomadic dwellings of Central Asia to medieval royalty traveling with mobile palaces) and that this travel “trend” is right here to remain.
Are you two nevertheless glamping? If so, exactly where are you heading to subsequent?
Anne: We’ll generally be glamping! This winter, we have our sights set on Camp Cecil in Isla Espíritu Santo and Baja’s Sea of Cortez— it is property to 39 % of the marine mammal species in the globe. Heading out to SUP or snorkel normally indicates swimming alongside sea lions, schools of tropical fish, and even whale sharks.
Mike: Oceanfront tents are outfitted like 5-star suites. Margaritas and ceviche arrive on cue with the sunset, and their on-sand restaurant is stated to be one particular of the finest in higher La Paz. Si, Señor!
Understand additional about Mike & Anne Howard and their book, Comfortably Wild, right here.