7 Unique Getaways for Outdoor Adventurers

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By Phoebe Hodina

Searching for unique getaways that still have a connection to the great outdoors? Well being in nature doesn’t always have to include a tent. Sometimes it can be a yurt, igloo or treehouse!

Unique getaways that give you a totally different experience

Here’s a list of retreats that will give you some great stories not only from their locale, but from your accommodations as well! Some are a little more rustic than others, but all are completely original.

Yurts

Yurts (also known as ghers) are traditional to Central Asia, and were popular with nomadic tribes. Many people in Mongolia still use them today. They are movable, covered in felt, round, and supported by expanding wooden slats.

There are retreats all over the world that allow you to stay for a reasonable price… It wouldn’t yurt to give one a try!

  1. A Garden Yurt
    Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany  

This is an original Afghani yurt, but with both electricity and candles. As a guest, you have access to part of a garden, a swimming pool, and nearby walking paths. All for the price of $34 a night, you can find it here.

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  1. A Yurt on a Quiet Hill
    Bellecombe-en-Baugues, Rhone-Alpes, France  

Spend some time at one of many cool unique getaways in the mountains of France! Nearby there is trekking, mountain biking, climbing, and skiing. And the view, is worth the journey. You can book it on Air BnB here.

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  1. A Blissed-Out Czech Yurt
    Pšov, Karlovy Vary Region, Czech Republic

This yurt is is located in Chlum, a small village in Western Bohemia near Zlutice, a small town. It’s a good place to relax, but also nearby cycling, horseback riding, fishing, ranching, and nearby countryside towns. You can book it here.

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Igloos

  1. Classic Igloo Villages, With a Twist

Ötz, Austria
Austria has a unique igloo resort at Schneedorf. Guests stay in snow igloos and have access to snowmobiles, skiing, snowshoeing, fantastic mountain views and so much more. There are even igloo construction workshops.

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  1. Northern Lights and a Glass-Domed Igloo

SAARISELKÄ, FINLAND

Sure you could make your own igloo in your backyard… or you could trek north to really have a unique experience. While not exactly a traditional igloo, these glass-topped domes let you see the northern lights while snug in your bed. In fact, the Kakslauttanen Artic Resort has a whole host of unique getaways accommodation available. Prices range based on accommodations and time of year.

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Treehouses

Get off the ground, and into the trees! Staying in a treehouse is a breeze.

  1. Treesorting

Southern Oregon, United States
Out N’ About is a tree resort getaway in the Pacific Northwest. Among the obvious attraction of staying in a super-cool treehouse, guests have the opportunity to go participate in a variety of “Activitress” such as ziplining, hiking, horseback riding, and river rafting.

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  1. Spherical Bliss

Qualicum Beach, Canada

These handcrafted, gorgeous suspended spheres taken the idea of a treehouse to new heights. The Free Spirit Spheres let you sway into your blissed-out sleep.

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photocredit: Free Spirit Spheres

10 Common Camping Mistakes to Avoid

Common Camping Mistakes

By Lucy Gomez

In today’s hectic schedule, everyone feels tired and stressed with their daily responsibilities at home or even at work. The feeling of being suffocated and wanting to get away happens from time to time. Who would not be tempted by the idea of spending a night under the stars, the comforting warmth and the dancing glow of a bonfire, the chirping of insects, the sound of flowing water in a nearby stream or river and the awesome stories and laughter shared with friends while drinking a bottle of wine or beer?

Only by being one with nature can a person truly feel refreshed and escape life’s responsibilities and pressure. Only through camping can one could feel the simple joy and have the most relaxing holiday. Camping gives us a chance to bond with our loved ones and be amazed with the beauty of the world.

However, there are instances that things don’t go the way as planned. The idea of spending a simple and wonderful restorative holiday break turns quickly into an awful event where everyone complains about the weather, food and the comfort.

Camping doesn’t need to be that way. Most common camping mistakes can be avoided if things are well-planned in advance. Even when you’ve camped out many times, you still need to prepare things carefully to avoid frustrations and possible safety risks depending on the campsite you plan to go to.

So what are common camping mistakes?

The following are ten common camping mistakes every camper should avoid in order to have a fun and memorable holiday.

Selecting an inappropriate tent

Common Camping Mistakes 1Tents have different features, style, quality and ease of set up. You should get the right one that fits your needs and gives you comfort when you sleep at night.

The size of your tent should be at least 30 sq. ft. per camper and it should be able to stand up to severe weather conditions.

Forgetting to research the location

Common Camping Mistakes 2Are you camping at a campsite?

It is very important to know what amenities that the campsite offers to help make your packing easy.

If it is not a campsite, be sure it is suitable for your needs and equipment.

Failing to test and check all equipment

Common Camping Mistakes 3A camper should also check if the tent’s poles, fabric and zipper are not broken to avoid arriving with a damaged tent at a campsite.

In addition, make sure that your cooker works, your air mattress has no leak and your sleeping bag zip is not broken.

You don’t want to travel a long way just to discover that something just won’t work for you.

Arriving very late at the campsite

Common Camping Mistakes 4It is a nightmare to pitch a tent when it’s too dark. You don’t want to ruin the start of your restorative break just by being late.

Also if you arrive early, you are often guaranteed to get a good spot and you don’t need to worry that you will wake up next to the toilet the next day.

Have some time to familiarize yourself with the site and look for a good spot with flat surface and dry grass without any overhanging branches.

Being dependent on weather forecasts

Common Camping Mistakes 6There are instances that weather forecast is wrong and it is always better to be prepared.

Pack some equipment and clothing that is suitable for different scenarios.

Get some waterproof gear during the summer and prepare some lighter clothing for winter.

Having Inadequate Lighting

Common Camping Mistakes 5It is very important to bring with you lighting that will be sufficient for all the activities you have planned to do at night.

A good way to light up the whole tent is to get a camping lantern. A head torch is also ideal for this as it keeps your hands free.

It is not advisable to rely on your phone’s light as this will drain the battery quickly.

Being Dependent on Campfires

Common Camping Mistakes 7Campfires are the most important aspect of camping. However, there are circumstances that it is difficult to build them up and it can take some time.

This is not pleasurable especially for hungry and tired campers waiting for their food.

It is better to cook using a camp stove to avoid having an empty stomach. There are also local authorities who prohibit campfires in some areas and campsites so it is ideal to check before going.

Bringing Unnecessary Stuff

Common Camping Mistakes 8Plan properly and take note of the things that you will need.

If possible, avoid wasting too much space with unnecessary clothes, gadgets, and gear.

It is very important to be comfortable when you’re traveling and having packed so much stuff like sardines can ruin it.

If you are going with your friends or family, suggest that each should only bring one bag.

Poor Planning and Practice

Common Camping Mistakes 9Camping is more than just a good tent, a good knife, and lighting a campfire. Avoiding common camping mistakes requires a lot of planning and preparation. If you pack without a list, you’ll end up missing something. And if you camp without preparation, there are some possible dangers that you will be unprepared to meet. It is important to prepare yourself for various scenarios.

It is also important to practice building campfires, assembling your tent, testing necessary equipment and learning basic first aid. The more you know, the better.

Failing to Have Fun

Common Camping Mistakes 10All these tips will be in vain if you fail to remember the most important thing of all – having fun. Don’t get yourself so busy with the chores. Make sure to have time to enjoy and relax. The experience may not be so perfect and there will be instances that things will go wrong, but it is better to just laugh at your mistakes and learn from them.  That way, even if you make some of the common camping mistakes, it won’t ruin your trip.

Remember that you are out camping because you want to escape from the pressures and stresses of life and not to be bogged down by stress and chores.  That was half the reason you wanted to go camping in the first place!  So just have fun and enjoy!

Winter Camping: Tips for Success

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By Lynley Joyce

Winter camping can be cold, dark, wet and windy, maybe even snowy.  Many of us are fair weather campers. We aim to be out in the elements when the weather is almost guaranteed to be favourable, but there are real joys to camping in winter.  The trick is to stay warm and dry.

Camping when there can be snow on the ground is possible with the right equipment and preparation.  This equipment can be expensive.  People do sometimes go winter camping in the North America or Europe, or in mountainous areas when there is snow, but this is serious trekking.  Most of us look at other options, such as a wilderness cabin or similar.

In many other places, winter camping can mean short but beautiful cold crisp days or more chance of wind & rain.  Camping can be very doable and enjoyable for most of us during this time.

Rug up

Winter Camping 2Wear layers of clothes to keep as warm as you need to be.  A base layer of thermals or fine merino wool is the go, then one or more layers of polar fleece or similar above.  When sitting around, a down filled jacket or vest is fantastic: face it, it’s just like wearing a sleeping bag.  Just be careful not to get it wet or it will never be the same. Rain jackets can provide good protection against cold wind as well as rain. Wear a warm hat as 10% of body heat can be lost through the top of the head.  Gloves are great, but mittens keep fingers warmer and are easier to get on and off.  The ideal is a pair of short fingered gloves with a flap over mitten top to cover the fingers most of the time.

Sturdy and warm equipment

Winter camping 3It’s important the tent and bedding is good quality and able to keep people warm and dry.

Tents should be able to withstand wind and be waterproof.  Tents can be re-waterproofed, but it’s no fun to find out it needs it in the middle of the night.  Consider an extra tarpaulin or similar under the tent floor.

Sleeping bags and camping mattresses are crucial for keeping warm at night.  Sleeping bag manufacturers give an indication on the minimum temperature for a comfortable night’s sleep, but that’s usually just for the brand new sleeping bag.  If you’re likely to get cold, wear thermals and other clothes to bed, including a beanie.  If you are winter camping in your car consider taking extra blankets.  Polar fleece blankets are light and relatively cheap.

Camp mattresses provide insulation from the ground as well as comfort.  Put a blanket underneath your sleeping bag as well as on top.

Winter Camping At night

Choose a sheltered campsite that is unlikely to flood.  Steer well away from any depressions that might pool water and try and place the tent so it gets the sun in the morning. Forget the view: chances are it’s windy.

There is always condensation in the tent when it is cold.  Reduce it by making sure there is adequate ventilation through the tent at night, no matter how cold and wet it is outside.  A decent tent should be able to have airflow without letting rain or snow in.  Make sure there is a gap between the inner tent and the outer fly and the fly can be unfastened from the bottom.

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Nights are long in winter. Take decent lights and spare batteries.  As well as a shared light in the tent, it’s good if everyone has a small head or hand torch.

Evenings in a tent can be cosy – take a pack of cards, games, light handcrafts that don’t need fine eye-work, something to read or whatever takes your fancy.

If you are able to have a campfire outside, songs and stories can be magical for everyone.   Tents are flammable, so make sure fires are down-wind.  Never use a camp stove in a tent.

Food to warm the body as well as the soul

The two coldest times when winter camping are usually bedtime and first thing in the morning.  It’s a good idea to eat something substantial just before going to bed when camping to help warm up. Sleeping bags only trap heat.  They can remain cold if a cold body slips in.  If you are freezing just before bedtime, try a few star jumps or other exercises to warm up before slipping in to the sack.  They may not help the sleepiness, but going to bed when freezing is worse.

Winter Camping 5Food for winter camping is pretty much the same as for summer camping, except it’s more enjoyable if it’s warm and hearty.  Don’t forget that food cools quickly during winter, so make so it’s something that can be served quickly.  Food does keep slightly warmer in bowls or cups rather than plates.

Hot drinks of any sort warm people up from the inside, and make a great hand warmer before going down the hatch.  Try instant soups, tea of any description, hot chocolate, gluhwein or whatever: as long as it’s warm. They’re great in the morning before the day and its activities warm up and in small quantities at night. Remember getting up in the middle of the night while camping is something to avoid.

If it’s freezing overnight, water in any container might turn solid.  Have a camp stove with a pot ready with water to go in the morning.  Get that first hot cup of whatever even if the water starts as a block of ice.  The other advantage is that you can quickly light the stove then snuggle back in to bed until the hot drink is ready.

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Outdoor Food and Cooking in the Wild

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By Iris West

Any camping experience for women isn’t complete without outdoor food – and, of course, cooking in the wild. Let’s be honest; nothing beats that adrenaline-packed thrill that comes with going all “wild” out there. That in itself isn’t news at all. Since time immemorial, humans have always found home in the wilderness. That being said, they’d cook in the outdoors enjoying that ambient, calming and refreshing air. So, why wouldn’t today’s women enjoy that thrill and rewarding experience in the great outdoors?

Nowadays, women campers look to relive the bygone stone age era. Herein, I am going to walk you through some camping food ideas and tips on cooking in the wild. Read on to have a taste of the Stone Age Epoch.

Cooking in the Wild Tips

Cooking in outdoor camps is part and parcel of the whole nature experience. Whether you intend to cook over campfires, camp stoves, grills, Dutch ovens, or foil packets, we got you covered.

Cooking Over Campfire Tips

Start the Fire Early

Cooking in the Wild 1Campfires are exhilarating. No question, but if you don’t start the fire early enough, it won’t burn well. If you are in a group of 3 or more, it would be great if one of you takes charge of the campfire.

If you dread the use of burning wood, cooking over hot coal can be your best shot. But, what would be the need for a camp if you aren’t willing to experiment a little, right?

Use a cookie sheet:

The allure of a cookie sheet lies in its ability to contain heat. This way, you food will cook evenly. If you can garner any item that can trap heat, it would be ideal for even cooking as well.

Want to Grill Green Corns?

Whether you are a newbie to outdoor camping or a seasoned camper, grilling green corn will certainly knock your socks off. The green corn itself is a mouth-watering delicacy that makes cooking in the wild such an exciting adventure. So, how do you grill green corn in the wilderness? Start off by removing the silk then soak the corn in water. Grill on medium heat until it’s well done, pull back the husk then slather it with a little basil butter. The result is quite a treat.

Using Portable Camp Stoves

Camps stove are indispensable equipment for venturing into the wilderness. If handled rightly, they can work like a charm out in the woods. The trick is to use versatile cooking utensils. For one, a cast iron skillet and camps stove are a match made in heaven. They are sturdy and rugged enough to cook food over open fires and subtle enough to cook delicate food.


Use camp stoves with instant turn-off feature. Also, propane use is advisable to avoid forest fires.

Cooking with Dutch Oven Tips

A dutch oven is another tool that can make cooking in the wild fun and somewhat practical. Though cooking with a dutch oven is pretty straightforward, here are some tips to make it effortlessly easy.

Bring a lid lifter with you:

This is the wilderness, you can even craft your own lifter from a tree brush. A lid lifter is paramount as it allows you to stay at a safe distance from the blazing campfire.

Use a grill grate to keep your oven stable.

You need to keep steady at all times to avoid spillages. Also, make sure to point the handle away from the fire.

Breezy conditions?

Block the direction the wind is blowing from to minimise heat loss when cooking with a Dutch oven over a campfire. This way, cooking in the wild can take the shortest time possible.

Cooking meat?

If you are cooking meat, it’s advisable that the whole surface of the piece makes contact with the Dutch oven to ensure that it’s browned evenly. If your oven isn’t large enough for your meat, you can cook in smaller batches. Here’s the thing: hot campfire can brown meat pretty quickly, but if you want precise temperatures, you opt for charcoal briquettes.

Grilling in the Wild Tips

Believe it or not, grilling in the great outdoors is far much more exhilarating than your average backyard cookout. The ambient air out there is always ideal for grilling. From charring veggies to cooking steak and everything in between, there’s something to grill out in the wild. To make it even easier, here are grilling tips:

Char Some Veggies using a grill basket. Mix some pepper, salt, and olive oil and toss some veggies in it before setting them on a grill basket. Wait till they char nicely before serving warm. Your fellow campers will have nothing but praise for your culinary skills.

Use foil packets to grill directly over a campfire. Foil packets make cooking a breeze. As if that isn’t terrific enough, clean-up is a snap.

And finally if you are keen on really impressing your fellow campers with amazing and delicious creations, then check out The 3 in 1 Camping Cuisine Cookbook.  It is a fabulous resource.  Bon Apetit!