Comfortably Wild: The Ultimate Glamping Guide
In our nine years traveling around the world on our HoneyTrek, we’ve slept everywhere from camping tents in the Andes to five-star hotels in Zambia and we can say with certainty, glamping is our favorite style of lodging. Because it’s not just a place to lay your head, it’s an experience. River rafting between luxury camps, harvesting vegetables for a farm-to-table dinner, and ziplining to your treehouse suite, glamping is experiential travel at its finest.
Breaking the mold of big-box hotels and transforming camping into a glamorous affair, this revolutionary travel style needed its story told. We traveled over 73,000 miles from Canada to Costa Rica (56,000 miles by RV), seeking the best glamping destinations in North America and the deeper meaning of this trending term. In the first guide of its kind, Comfortably Wild dives into the history of glamping and this 21st-century craving for unconventional experiences that effortlessly connect us with nature, loved ones, and ourselves.
Rather than being organized by style of lodging, each chapter of our glamping book offers a unique way to vacation, like the boutique farmstays in “Cultivate,” wellness retreats in “Rejuvenate,” and the action-packed journeys of “In Motion.” Seventy-plus destinations come alive with colorful descriptions and hundreds of gorgeous photographs. In addition to inspiring stories, we offer practical tips to finding the right destinations for you and mobilizing a lifetime of unforgettable adventures.
Comfortably Wild Features…
✦ 256 pages and 250 color photographs, across nine chapters organized by glamping experience
✦ Over 70 destinations across 9 countries, plus 80 extra getaways by region in our North America Glamping Directory
✦ Roundups of unique outdoor accommodations at vineyards, wildlife sanctuaries, hot springs, state parks, and more
✦ HoneyTrek Tips offering the best deals, local secrets, and tested-and-approved travel advice
✦ Vacation Matchmaker pinpointing the best destinations for your trip style
✦ Random Awesomeness featuring wacky one-of-a-kind destinations from cave mansions to ski-on-ski-off treehouses
✦ Packing lists, cooking ideas, handy apps, and booking sites to get you glamping
Videos: Properties Tested and Approved!
We didn’t just pick places from the internet’s best listicles, we personally experienced the properties featured in Comfortably Wild, explored the surrounding areas, and found the essence of what makes each one so special. Watch a few of our videos to get a feel of what it’s like to stay at these fabulous destinations.
Social Media: Comfortably Wild Behind the Scenes
See some of our favorite social media posts from glamping across the continent. For more photos and videos, see our Glamping Highlight Reel on Instagram Stories.
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Who wants to sleep in a treehouse? How about a tree mansion? @cv_canopy_tours even had a luxe yurt suspended over a ravine! We spent the night in our whimsical little nest then ziplined through the neighborhood. Unreal! #Treehouse #Yurt #Glamping #hillcountry #ziplining #wanderlust #adventuretime #instatravel #nature #naturelovers
We've seen a lot of vintage trailer hotels during our #Glamping Book research, but wow @Schnepf_Farms #CozyPeach is crushing it. Adored our stay in a 1969 Airstream, farm-to-table dinners, gardening classes & the incredible Schnepf hospitality! pic.twitter.com/yyHX5kr1Jb
— HoneyTrek (@HoneyTrek) September 26, 2018
An Award-winning Guidebook
Glamping for the win! The Society of American Travel Writers named Comfortably Wild one of the Top 3 Guidebooks of 2020! We’re so honored to receive a Lowell Thomas Award–one of the most prestigious in travel journalism! The judges commended the book for its original research and that “the range of sites recommended make this guidebook especially attractive.” Glamping may sound like a silly topic to some, but we knew its ability to connect people to the outdoors through creative spaces, heartfelt proprietors, and immersive experiences had legs!
Critical Acclaim for Comfortably Wild
“The Howards’ newest guide is perfect for everyone who loves the outdoors—not just physically fit 20-somethings, but also families, pet owners, disabled folks, and those of us who just hate sleeping on the ground. The vivid photos and descriptions will have you daydreaming about kayaking with belugas and counting shooting stars from a bubble suite—a little mental vacation to hold you over until your next real one.”
—Sadie Dingfelder, feature writer at the Washington Post
“I love that this book isn’t just about beautiful glamping properties, it’s also about the experiences that make our travels resonate and the incredible people that bring them to fruition. Helpful and inspiring, Comfortably Wild is the guide that every North American traveler needs.”
—Samantha Brown, Emmy-Award-winning host of Places to Love
“Comfortably Wild finally gives us a comprehensive view into the vast world of glamping. This book is as relevant and delightful for industry experts as it is for first-time glampers.”
—Ruben Martinez, Co-founder of Glamping Hub and the American Glamping Association
“I have always believed that if you understand and appreciate the process, that’s the only time you can value the product. And that’s exactly what Anne and Mike have done here in addressing the brave new world of glamping. For those who are both adverse to as well as unable to pitch a tent—let alone survive in one—but still want to enjoy the wonders of life outdoors, this book is for you.”
—Peter Greenberg, travel editor at CBS News
See more reviews, articles, and radio shows about Comfortably Wild
Forbes: “Traveling Couple Creates Definitive Book on Glamping”
Budget Travel: “The Best Glamping Getaways in North America for under $150”
Lonely Planet: “We talked to the couple who wrote the book on glamping – here’s what we found out”
Pure Wow: “The Best Coffee Table Books of 2019”
RM World Travel: “Write Stuff” 10-minute radio segment (see 24:18)
USA Today: “Need a social distancing-friendly vacation? This is the summer to try glamping”
Our cross-country book tour was a hit! A big thanks to Third Place Books, Boulder Book Store, Book Soup, the Glamping Show, and all our family and friends that showed their love for Comfortably Wild. See the photo galleries from our East Coast and West Coast events. Do you know an audience that would be interested in learning more about glamping? We regularly give talks at trade shows, glamping camps, bookstores, and media outlets and are always thrilled to do so! Reach out to us [email protected]
Where to Get a Copy of Our Glamping Book
As of October 1st, 2019…Comfortably Wild is available in print and ebook! We hope you can support this labor of love and pick up a copy at any of the following outlets: Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, Books a Million, or your local bookstore via Indie Bound or their online partner BookShop.org Would you like a signed copy? We can personalize it for you or a gift recipient through our HoneyTrek bookshop. Looking to buy in bulk? Reach out to us for discounted pricing. If you enjoy our glamping book, we’d be sooooooo grateful for a review!