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Tips For Glamping With Your Dog

 

Pets are a part of many camping families. It is known that many people get into Glampimg because they are able to bring their pets along; dogs are the most popular companion. Most campgrounds are pet friendly. It’s important to keep your pets safe, here are some things to consider:

 

Be a considerate Glamper Ensure a positive experience for you and other campers by following the campground rules. These rules are put in place to help keep your dog and others safe.

 

  • Keep your pet on a leash or stake him while at your Glampsite. You don’t want the risk of your dog running off or getting injured. Glampers are usually friendly but dogs running loose can be disturbing to others.

 

  • Clean up after your pet. Bring enough baggies to take care of your dog’s business. Many campgrounds have specific dog walking areas with dog waste stations. Help keep the park clean under foot.
  • Plan activities that include your dog. You brought him along to have fun together so try not to leave your pet at the site all the time.

 

Dog proof your Glamping tent

 

  • Dogs are excitable and want to get outside quickly..

 

  • Close off rooms you don’t want your pet in.

 

  • Remove temptations by putting food away and have a garbage lid can that locks closed.

 

Find below a couple must have gadget for when you travel with your pet !

 

Have fun Glamping with your pet is a great way to bond. With a little consideration for others and some preparation, you and your dog will enjoy getting back to nature together.

 

Have fun !

10 Easy Glampfire songs


When it comes time to lead the sing-along, you need some easy acoustic guitar songs that are known and loved by all.

Here are a few that will get the crowd going and make you look like a genius…even if they only are three chords!

 

 

  1. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

This has always been a favorite of mine. Probably because of my own brown eyes.

And why not. It’s got an easy, breezy sensibility and a walk-in-the-sunshine vibe.

  1. Down on the Corner – Creedance Clearwater Revival

Be sure to have a tambourine on hand for this one. The song chronicles the tale of the fictional band Willy and the Poor Boys, and how they play on street corners to cheer people up and ask for nickels.

You might want to pass the hat while you’re jamming out on this one. Or at least jangle a couple of nickels in a cup.

 

  1. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett

There are boatloads of diehard Buffett fans out there, and I’m betting you’ll find plenty of folks ready to raise a glass to this one.

“Margaritaville” was released in 1977 on the album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.

This song was written about a drink Buffett discovered at Lung’s Cocina del Sur restaurant on Anderson Lane in Austin, Texas, and the first huge surge of tourists who descended on Key West, Florida around that time. He wrote most of the song that night in Austin and finished it while spending time in Key West. It remains Buffett’s highest charting solo single.

Has Buffett contributed to the popularity of the Margarita? We may never know, but I say HELL YEAH!

 

  1. Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da – The Beatles

If there ever was a song written for singing along, this is it!

The iconic syllabic chorus is a crowd-pleaser for sure!

“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” is a song credited to Lennon–McCartney, but written by Paul McCartney, and released by the Beatles on their 1968 album The Beatles (commonly called The White Album).

It was released as a single that same year in many countries, but not in the United Kingdom, nor in the United States until 1976.

It’s reported that John Lennon was never particular enchanted with it, but you must admit, its carefree happy-go-lucky vibe is perfect for a by-the-fire sing-along!

 

  1. Stir It Up – Bob Marley

“Stir It Up” is a song by Bob Marley in 1967, written for his wife Rita, and first made popular by Johnny Nash.

“Stir It Up” was Bob Marley’s first successful song outside Jamaica.

I particularly like that it opens with the chorus. The sing-along begins right off the top!

 

  1. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

This iconic song proves you don’t have to be from the south to love southern rock.

Released by Lynyrd Skynyrd, it first appeared in 1974 on their second album, Second Helping.

It reached Number 8 on the US charts in 1974 and was the band’s second hit single.  So crank it up, or at least strum louder!

 

  1. Free Falling – Tom Petty

Capo 3 frets then play as written

This laid back tune has an iconic chordal strum that runs through the entire song.

Easy and cool!

 

  1. Come On Get Higher – Matt Nathanson

I admit it. I’m partial to the songs of Matt Nathanson.

He’s just hits the lyrics on the head and writes ultimately singable melodies.

“Come On Get Higher” was co-written by and Mark Weinberg and released as the second single from his album Some Mad Hope in 2008.

 

  1. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

This minimalist song is simply brilliant.

It’s second single from Snow Patrol’s fourth album.

 

  1. Wonderwall – Oasis

I have personally played this around a campfire and I bet some of you have too!

It’s the song everyone loves to sing along too. What is a “wonderwall?” Who cares!

 

From farmer, landowner to Glamping professional


From farmer to Glamper

There is one place we can go to get a very good idea of what people are looking for as their next vacation, as well as discovering other new and emerging trends. This place is the most popular online search engine in the world…Google. When we study data Google provides about its users, it shows that the term ‘camping’ has strong seasonal fluctuations and is on a very gradual decline. This demonstrates that users of Google are starting to use different search terms, which in turn can indicate a change of behaviour.

However, when we study the term ‘glamping’ we discover that it is performing extremely well by growing rapidly on a strong incremental line, while still demonstrating seasonal fluctuations.

Google can also give us more clues about how our habits as tourists are changing, as new ways to book our holidays are becoming more common. For example, the hospitality booking system Airbnb is rapidly increasing in popularity and showing no signs of slowing down. This online system gives owners of unique glamping stays the opportunity to easily and cheaply list their structures and generate healthy annual bookings and financial returns.

An interesting aspect of glamping is how it is attracting an entirely new group of customers into the outdoor hospitality market. People who have never before considered traditional camping – and never will – are exploring the possibilities of glamping. This is helping the market grow while opening up opportunities and prospects for the future.

Unsurprisingly, as the glamping trend increases, the popularity of starting a glamping business increases too as it offers an exciting, new opportunity for lifestyle entrepreneurs and landowners. One of the best kept secrets in this industry is that some glamping business models can achieve a return on investment and pay for setup costs within the first two years, and sometimes even before. This is quite an achievement for a new business.

Glamping is also a diversification option for farmers and landowners wanting to broaden income achieved from a plot of land and spread their earning portfolio to cushion fluctuations throughout the year. Previously this may have been bed and breakfast, but the impact on everyday life with strangers wandering around the family home can prove to be difficult. It may also have been possible to develop self-contained holiday accommodation within an unused space, but for many the early development costs can prove to be too much. As a result, the low cost and high income benefits of starting a glamping business are being explored.

In addition, glamping provision is rapidly becoming a ‘lifestyle business’ choice for entrepreneurs who have become increasingly disillusioned with the day job and turn to it as a way of improving their quality of life. New owners are able to use their time being creative and in charge of their future, while spending much more time outside. It’s an empowering shift from the conventional 9 to 5 existence and is another reason a glamping business is proving to be so popular.

From my experience as an independent industry expert, helping new businesses launch into this market, I have identified many key areas that lead to success. However, it’s particularly important to focus on a degree of uniqueness, but then our Woodytents are just irresistible for anyone.

Don’t let mosquitoes suck the fun out of your Summer


Now that summer is here, more and more insects are buzzing around. There’s nothing worse than coming home from a nice hike and realizing that you’ve been an unsuspecting feast for the mosquitoes. Not only are mosquito bites annoying and irritating, but mosquitoes spread viruses and disease. There are things that you can do to be less attractive to mosquitoes, such as wearing lighter clothing (they are attracted to darker colours), drying off your sweat, and making sure not to get too warm (they are attracted to the scent of sweat and body heat).

 

Find below my solution to Mosquitoes !

 

BOUNCE! SHEETS

I was told by a few people that Bounce! dryer sheets are good at keeping mosquitoes away. A friend said that he had been told by a park ranger that they were her go-to solution – she would just tie a sheet to her shirt and off she’d go. I was quite excited about this since those sheets are quite cheap and the scent lasts for a long time so you wouldn’t have to change them everyday, and they must be less toxic than harsh insect repellents. I tested this method out on a few summer nights out on the water though and I’m sad to say this did not work for me in the slightest. If you have some of these lying around though it doesn’t hurt to give it a shot – let us know how it works for you!

VITAMIN B PILLS

This is the solution I settled on after deciding that I was too cheap to buy the Insect Defend Patch, considering that if you are going to be outdoors a lot in the summer you will have to replace the patch every day. Since the main ingredient is Vitamin B1, I just went out and bought a bottle of Vitamin B1 pills. Note, however, that you cannot simply take a whole bunch of B1’s and hope that they seep through your pores. Your body can’t absorb enough B1 for you to emit enough to keep bugs away, and will probably just pass out what isn’t needed. Not to mention the fact that you probably shouldn’t take more than the recommended dosage. You would also have to wait for it to pass through your system before it was effective, if it was at all.

What I did was take about 3 B1 tablets, crush them (or you could buy pills and open them and take out the powder) and mix it in about a cup of water. Not all of the pills dissolved so you could probably get away with less, but I wanted to make sure to saturate the solution for maximum effect. Then I just put it in a spray bottle, and sprayed liberally all over my skin, rubbed in a bit and let dry.

This method really worked. You will definitely smell like Vitamin B1 pills, but it’s really cost effective (3 pills lasted me all summer), and I had no qualms about rubbing it all over, including my face and on children, unlike other dangerous chemical based repellents. It will also start working as soon as it’s been applied. This method worked so well for me that I have stopped trying all other methods. Make sure to reapply though if you have been sweating lots or go swimming.

Glamp Fires, the s’more the merrier!


Glamping  and camping don’t exist without a fire. No better place to drink that cold one and gather with your friends!

 

To unwind at the end of a relaxing Glamping day, nothing better then the warmth of a fire

There’s nothing like the sweet smell of marshmallows toasting over an open fire, or hot dogs roasting on a stick. But, when cooking and camping, campfire safety is of utmost importance.

So, before you get dinner started, you need to be sure you’re not just enjoying a gourmet meal, but staying safe while you do. Here are five simple fire safety tips for your next glamping adventure.

 

Step 1: Look Up and Around

Campfire safety starts well before the fire gets roaring. When scouting out your fire pit, make sure it’s not under any low hanging branches or near brush or bushes. These can easily go up in flames if the fire gets bigger than anticipated.

You should also keep an 8 to 10 foot radius clear of anything, including tents, chairs and food.

 

Step 2: Safety Proof Your Pit

While most campgrounds have a pit already dug out, it’s not always ready to go when it comes time for your first fire. Depending on who was there before, there may be some additional safety measures to take.

  • Clear all debris from around the fire pit, including garbage and grass. There should be a 5-foot perimeter of soil around the campfire space.
  • If there is no metal ring, circle the pit with rocks. If your fire grows in size, this will help keep it within these borders.
  • Keep any flammable items far from the fire. This includes aerosol cans and pressurized containers.

If you ever have any questions, you can always call over your campground ranger. Campfire safety is their number one priority, and rangers can double check whether the pit is ready to use or not. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Step 3: Have Water Nearby

A big gust of wind or new piece of wood could cause your fire to grow larger than anticipated. In that case, you want to always have water, dirt or a shovel nearby to help reduce the flames or put it out completely if necessary. Controlling the fire can be just as important as putting it out.

 

Step 4: Always Watch

Whether you’re camping alone, with friends or your whole family, it’s easy to get distracted and walk away from the fire. Regardless of what is going on, make sure someone always has an eye on the fire. Especially keep an eye on pets and children that may be sitting or walking close by.

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Part of keeping an eye on the growing flames is ensuring that it’s built properly from the start. This allows it to develop at a safe and controllable rate.

  • Start the fire with kindling and put the wood in a teepee shape around that. Add larger, dry pieces as it grows.
  • Avoid using flammable liquids. This can quickly and easily get out of hand.

 

Step 5: Extinguish Before Bed

When it’s time to retire to bed, you need to put out the fire. There are a number of ways you can do this; throwing water or dirt on the fire is always the best option. Afterward, stir the embers around to ensure another fire won’t start. Ideally, the coals should be wet and cold.

Most campers will agree: camping just isn’t the same without a campfire. However, a great weekend is quickly ruined if someone is hurt or something catches flame. Keep campfire safety in mind, and the fun will surely ensue.

Beef + Bacon = Cow + Pig = Moo + Oink = MOINK!


moink balls

Crazy title? No it’s the name of one of my favorite appetizers when glamping! What I am talking about?  MOINK balls, nicely bacon wrapped Italian meatballs grilled and mopped with a beautiful BBQ sauce! Just look at the picture, mouth-watering isn’t it?

 

I love to make my meals on the barbecue, especially during my holidays and weekends off. Nothing better than a cold beer and an appy. It just takes about 15 minutes to get ready and 30 minutes to cook. You can put your favorite BBQ sauce on it and for the real deal smoke them for about 15 min on hickory.

 

There are a lot of different recipes but my favorite recipe when I relaxing must be with the deep frozen Italian meatballs and simple bacon slices. Just use a standard barbecue sauce (cattle boys barbecue sauce my favourite!) and glamp it up with some spicy sauce or some berry jelly to make sweet MOINK balls!

 

MOINK balls:

Ingredients:

–       Italian meatballs deep frozen precooked (1 bag)

–       1 Package of bacon

–       Montreal Steak spice

–       BBQ sauce

 

 

Prep time 15 mins

–       Defrost the meatballs

–       Cut the bacon slices in half

–       Roll the meatballs in the dryrub

–       Wrap a slice of bacon around the meatballs and fix it with a toothpick

–       Repeat

Grilling and smoking

–       Preheat the barbecue, keep the temperature low

–       Grill the MOINK balls  for about 30 minutes, the bacon should be crispy!

–       Now take your bbq sauce and mob it on the MOINK balls to give it a nice glazing

–       Give the balls an other 15 minutes on the grill

–       Ready!

 

I also tried a vegetarian variation, which is awesome as well! Buy in this case vegan ‘meat’ balls and portabella mushrooms. Remove the steel of the mushroom and put the meatball in the mushroom. Grill and smoke the combination for 15 minutes and than give it a nice bbq sauce mob. Then another 5 minutes and your MUVE’s balls (just made this up 😉 are ready to enjoy!

 

Enjoy!