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The Business Of Glamping And Unique Holiday Rentals

English, Finance, 1 season, 66 episodes, 1 day, 17 hours, 27 minutes
The Business of Glamping and Unique Holiday Rentals, with Sarah Riley, covers exactly what it takes to build a successful vacation rental in the luxury camping and hospitality industry. With masterclasses, advice, interviews and inspirations to give you ideas and business tips to help you invest, plan and build your holiday retreat sites. This includes treehouses, canvas tents, geodesic domes, safari tents, yurts, architecturally designed structures, pods, tiny homes and everything in between, involving the experience-focused glamping business marketplace. In fact, in this niche serviced accommodation industry, the only limit is your imagination! Sarah Riley is the Founder of The Glamping Academy with Inspired Courses and Inspired Camping and has been a key figure in this industry since 2010. Visit for further support, advice and training and for the episode show notes and The Glamping Academy here
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#066 Glamping Investment Pitch in the Dragons Den with Derry Green of Secret Garden Glamping

Pitching to any investor is difficult but imagine being surrounded by TV cameras, studio lights and four dragon investors. That's another level! This is exactly what Derry Green of Secret Garden Glamping did when he pitched his idea on the Dragons Den (also known in the USA as Shark Tank). In this episode Derry shares how it came about, his results and how it all works behind the scenes. He also shares his top tips for attracting investment for any hospitality idea and what he hopes to achieve with his new project. This is an inspirational episode full of top tips from a seasoned glamping business owner running one of the most successful sites in the United Kingdom. For more information or to get in touch with Derry Green visit his website: To get in touch with Sarah Riley at the Glamping Academy hosted by Inspired Courses, visit 
1/12/202456 minutes, 22 seconds
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#065 Guest Attraction Made Easy With A.I., Ben Kilner And Sarah Riley

How can you make your guest attraction marketing easier? Are there tools you can use and how does that work? Today I invite you into the brave new world of marketing with AI and using tools available to help you with guest attraction. This episode is perfect for anyone struggling to attract the customers they want and unable to find the time to make a difference to their numbers. To find out more about Ben Kilner and his current projects, go to To access his AI expertise, go to We provide these inspirations for your benefit... for free... so we would love to receive a positive review or comment in return, which helps us smile and find the motivation to do more for you in return. You can subscribe to the podcast to receive notifications of all new episodes as soon as they go live. If you would like to speak with Sarah Riley then please reach out via: The Glamping Academy Or Inspired Courses Thank you.  
12/15/202359 minutes, 52 seconds
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#064 Bringing Sustainable Choices To The Tourism Industry, With Professor Dr. Willy Legrand And Sarah Riley

How can we build tourism businesses that are kinder and more regenerative to the environment, healthy to the worker, pleasing to the guest, engaging to the community and profitable to the owner? We don't operate in bubbles so we have to work together to create solutions that everyone will win from in the long term, including Mother Earth. In this optimistic sustainability conversation, Sarah Riley talked with Professor Dr. Willy Legrand about how the eco-resort, luxury camping and glamping industries can help strengthen the bond between the hospitality and nature and how it has the potential to influence the wider tourism industry. We also discussed: industry best practices redefining eco-luxury in hospitality greenwashing reinvesting in nature If you are a trailblazer and have been involved in sustainable best practices in hospitality that you are proud of then Dr. Willy Legrand would like to hear from you. Please contact him through LinkedIn or his email below. LinkedIn: Email: [email protected] With expert tips and advice, you can create a successful and profitable eco-accommodation glamping business that provides your customers with the perfect balance of luxury and nature and you with the perfect lifestyle business. Sarah Riley - The Glamping Academy Learn what it takes to launch a glamping business here: Join the Start Up And Grow Club here: Take part in the Masterclasses here: Contact Sarah through LinkedIn: All show notes from the Glamping Business Podcast can be found here:
9/27/202342 minutes, 49 seconds
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#63 Glamping Start-Up In Ukraine With Mala Richka

What inspires a family to start a glamping business while their country is at war, they are faced with a pandemic and have 5 young children? We all deal with challenges in different ways. I know that when I’m struggling, all I need to do is listen to the inspirational stories of others to get motivated again. My mind was blown by what Uliana and her husband Andrii have achieved in Ukraine, and despite all their challenges, they knew they were building more than a business. They were building a dream! So get ready to be inspired by the Mala Richka story! If you're ready to take the plunge into the luxury outdoor accommodation industry, then this is for you. With expert tips and advice, you can create a successful and profitable glamping business that provides your customers with the perfect balance of luxury and nature and you with the perfect lifestyle business. Learn what it takes to launch a glamping business here: Join the Start Up And Grow Club here: Take part in the Masterclasses here: Show notes from the Glamping Business Podcast:  Contact Ulianna and Andrii at Mama Richka: Follow them on Instagram: Find them on the map:,+Kempinh/@49.0898558,23.5074827,16z/data=!4m6!3m5!1s0x473a3b4174e6533f:0x82f0f40ad50d97cc!8m2!3d49.0912883!4d23.5096999!16s%2Fg%2F11pvbdw13j
7/16/202346 minutes, 17 seconds
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#062 Lilypod Glamping: Creating An Extraordinary Guest Experience With Kyle Guyat

Lilypod Glamping is a unique floating sanctuary designed with love and handbuilt with passion in Devon UK. It is a unique stay inspired by nature using the natural wonder of timber. It is low carbon, off-grid short stay unique accommodation that uses natural materials to make an eco-tourism offering worth visiting. Nestled on a stunning lake at Alder Farm, hushed by mature deciduous trees on the border of Dartmoor. With local activities in abundance, ranging from spas to wild swimming, horse riding in the National Park, local farm shops, unique towns and awesome pubs, this is a glamping stay worth experiencing.  In this episode I speak with the Lilypods designer and builder about the highs and lows of creating such a unique space and how important it was to him to find such a stunning location and then develop something to gently on the environment. This episode is both inspirational and aspirational and demonstrates that you don't need to be neglectful of sustainable practices when designing something truly amazing in the genre of low carbon, ecologically responsible off-grid glamping. If you are thinking of visiting Lilypod, be quick before the secret gets out!  Lilypod Website: Location: MR7R+VG Lewdown, Okehampton We provide these inspirations for free for your benefit so we would love to receive a positive review or comment in return, which really helps.  You can also subscribe to the podcast to receive notifications of all new episodes as soon as they go live. If you would like to speak with Sarah Riley then reach out via The Glamping Academy  hosted by   
6/29/202354 minutes, 36 seconds
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#061 Glamping with a difference - Is this the future of travel?

Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Louis Thompson who is the founder and CEO of multiple businesses including Nomadic Resorts, an award-winning architectural and landscape design office that delivers innovative, experiential hospitality projects across the planet. His company designs bespoke green building projects for various luxury hotel groups including Soneva, Banyan Tree, Playa Viva, Neom and Resplendent Ceylon. Louis also founded Nomadic Escapes, a new outdoor hospitality management company focussed on, biophilic tented experiences; net zero carbon operations, re-wilding and regenerative landscaping. Throughout his career, Louis has worked at the cutting edge of green building and landscaping projects including the pioneering Farm to Fork treetop restaurant at Soneva Fushi, the Treetop Dining Pod at Soneva Kiri and the innovative bamboo treehouses at Playa Viva. In this episode, we talk about the future of experiential travel, sustainability by design, how to develop a community-enhancing regenerative approach and how unique structures are key to attracting the attention of the right type of guest for unique hospitality resorts.  We also touch on the wellness travel trend, designing the needs of guests into the core of a unique offer and how social media influences all of this. Finally, we discussed what glamping has that helps it stand out from the bigger hotels and resorts to help it survive the growing competition in the marketplace. Contact: Louis Thompson here: Sarah Riley here: For more about this podcast and how to take part visit here:      
5/16/202346 minutes, 1 second
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#060 Glamping Retreats, Eco-Resort Events And Industry Vitals

Kerry has been a successful glamping business owner for many years. She has single-handedly managed multiple businesses and has had her fair share of ups and downs. She is also known to share generously and talk openly about industry vitals while others keep their cards close to their chests. In this episode, we talk about: Key glamping events in the calendar we are looking forward to most this year The most important part of glamping that some owners miss today Industry insights from a serial glamping business owner and TV star What it's really like to start a glamping business on rented land Her tips for starting a glamping business in a foreign country without even knowing the local language How this style of hospitality can be a retirement plan and a passive income if managed right Why location, location, location is still number 1 for attracting repeat guests And how to price your offering competitively in the market at the moment Learn from one of the most established glamping business entrepreneurs in the industry at these events.   The Glamping Business Start Up And Grow Retreat - 16-20 October Click here to spend 5 days with Kerry Roy and Sarah Riley helping you build your business in person:   Eco-Resort Network - Montenegro 24-26 May Enjoy your breakfast with an industry giant like Sarah Dusek, Founder of Under Canvas and Bill Bensley, Founder of Bensley Hotel Designs at The Eco-Resort Network in Montenegro. We have been able to negotiate a 25% discount on a delegate pass and money off your hotel booking Use coupon:  INSPIRED250 This will discount €250 from the delegate ticket price. You can also find the 15% hotel discount code and link through the organiser's website   See you there! Inspired Courses and The Glamping Academy    
4/26/202349 minutes, 16 seconds
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#059 After 10 years in the glamping industry, this is one owner's revelation

Always take the time to hunt out the experts and speak with those who are generous enough to share their expertise in the industry. Especially when they have been working within it for so many years. This is why I was happy to welcome Phil Russell from Tor View Shepherds Huts in Somerset onto the show. In this episode, Phil shares his insights into the industry and the typical glamping guest. He also talks about the thing that surprises him the most about some guests that stay with him. Having been in business for 10 years now, he discusses the top things that have led to his success and how his determination was key. He also talks about maintaining his team and how he has built it to support him where he needs it most. Phil finally shares what he would do first if he was starting from scratch again and how having a seasonal lifestyle business really works with his personal passion to travel.  Contact Sarah Riley at The Glamping academy Visit the Masterclasses at: Contact Phil Russell at:  
3/28/202332 minutes, 54 seconds
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#058 Eco-travel demands in younger generations and impacts on the hospitality industry

What sustainability practices are most appreciated by guests and what services are being used to attract eco-tourists and those with a preference towards environmentally sensitive businesses? Rachel Bowers has been deciphering guest preferences on glamping offerings, boutique hotels and unique hospitality and how eco-travel does not mean guests need to sacrifice the quality of the service they receive.  It's very rare to find research on this topic that includes guest and operator surveys for this industry, so when something comes along I want to hear about it. That’s why I invited Rachel onto the podcast to talk about her project and what it means for sustainability. The need for environmental elements to become a priority in hospitality design is clear, but which ones are best and how is it all being fueled by the rising eco-travel demands of the younger generations? This podcast episode has been supported by The Start Up And Grow Club and The Glamping Academy, hosted by Inspired Courses. For more information please visit: The Club: The Glamping Academy: Inspired Courses: Rachel Bowers has kindly offered to share her research and you can contact her here: If you found this episode helpful, we would love your review of this episode and particularly to give Rachel your thanks.  Looking forward to you joining me again soon. Sarah Riley - The Glamping Academy    
3/18/202336 minutes, 45 seconds
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#057 From Zero To A Two-Year Waiting List! The Secret Garden Glamping Success Story

If you start a small glamping business with your kids for something to do because your existing transport business has failed due to the pandemic, is it realistic to think you might get booked out for 2 years in advance, gain hundreds of thousands of social media followers and will soon need to expand your site as the awards keep rolling in?  Well, apparently it is! Derry Green is the founder of The Secret Garden Glamping and in this podcast episode, he shares the inspirational story behind his business, the catalysts that caused it to take off so fast, what his key successes have been, his social media growth strategy and where he thinks the industry is going right now. If you enjoyed this please leave a review and share your thanks and comments with podcast host Sarah Riley and her guest Derry Green. The Secret Garden Glamping - The Glamping Academy - More from the podcast -    
3/6/202356 minutes, 42 seconds
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#056 Does a glamping business really need a website to get bookings?

It is estimated there are over 700 million websites in the world so how can a glamping business, eco-resort or unique hospitality possibly stand out from the crowd and get noticed? In this episode, I talk with Malcolm Freeman, Director of Oxygen Graphics, a company that helps glamping businesses get up and running with their websites, digital assets and overall online strategy to generate an impact. This episode is packed with nuggets of gold for anyone wanting to get their business noticed by customers online and attract guests. As well as talking about the top 5 elements that need to be featured on a glamping website to attract bookings, we also discuss: The biggest struggles faced by hospitality hosts online today How to get your website to do the hard work for you What elements must be included in a unique hospitality business website  Why you shouldn't be relying on Facebook to promote your business How guests expect to book their glamping stays The website content balance that works in the industry The time involved for the owner when getting online How you can avoid losing bookings to your competitors The likely cost of getting a website developer involved in your project What Web 3.0 is and how it will impact unique hospitality in the future Contact Malcolm Freeman at Oxygen Graphics:   Contact Sarah Riley at The Glamping Business Academy:   Additional show notes can be found on Inspired Camping    
2/17/202355 minutes, 55 seconds
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#055 Farm Diversification With Meadow Field Luxury Glamping

We've known for many years that farmers can use glamping to manage income fluctuations, but what is it really like to run this style of business alongside the demands of farming and does it really allow them to diversify their farm income? Meadow Field Luxury Glamping is situated in Harborough Magna, Rugby in Warwickshire. Jules Mold is passionate about providing a high-end service for her guests and has worked hard to deliver something she would enjoy, which for her is the litmus test to getting it right. After a challenging time during the pandemic and having to delay the launch of her business, she has refined it further and is now being invited to industry events to showcase what she has achieved. This episode #055 was filmed on-site at Meadow Field Luxury Glamping with Jules and is shared on YouTube in this video The interesting thing about glamping is how it’s attracting an entirely new group of customers into outdoor hospitality. Those who have never considered traditional camping are exploring the possibilities of glamping in comparison to bed and breakfast services. This is opening up new opportunities and prospects for farmers to get involved in this exciting tourist market. Contact Sarah here: Visit Meadow Field Luxury Glamping: More reading: More from the podcast:    
12/8/202228 minutes, 51 seconds
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#054 The Future of Glamping, Experiential Tourism And Eco-Resorts with Sarah Dusek

Today I am speaking with Sarah Dusek of Under Canvas USA and Enygma Ventures, a purpose-driven business support fund and investment organisation. We talk about everything from glamping business news to investment success and current market updates. I also asked Sarah what her view is of the glamping industry today and where she thinks it's going with experiential accommodation, boutique luxury services and new eco-resort offerings in the future. Today’s episode is brought to you by The Start-Up And Grow Club which offers an accelerator program and support group for those who want to set up their unique holiday rental, eco-resort or glamping businesses quickly. More information about this episode: Under Canvas® Upscale Outdoor Accommodation, Glamping and Luxury Camping  Enygma Ventures A purpose-driven business support fund The Glamping Academy  Everything you need to start up and grow a retreat, unique holiday rental or glamping business
9/8/202228 minutes, 19 seconds
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#053 Investment Success In The Glamping And Eco-Resort Industry

Today's episode is with Noelle Homsy from ENVI Lodges an award-winning founder listed in the 50 most influential hoteliers in the Middle East. We chat about the future of experiential tourism, eco-resorts and glamping, and her recent experience of raising significant investments. Noelle is a strategic thinker who knows how to avoid getting bogged down in the weeds when it comes to funding her ideas and in this episode, she shares insights and tips so others can do the same. This episode is brought to you by The Start Up And Grow Club, an accelerator program, community and support system for new hosts of unique holiday rentals, eco-resorts and glamping businesses. You can contact Sarah Riley through the Glamping Academy and listen to more podcast episodes on Inspired Courses 
8/24/202244 minutes, 2 seconds
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#052 Enhancing The Guest Experience With Digital Guest Books

How can you enhance the guest experience to keep them coming back for more without adding to the hosts' list of things to do? This can be achieved with automated guest onboarding and farewells that lead to satisfied guests who want to leave raving reviews and tell all their friends about your short-stay accommodation. These examples of best practices, using Digital Guest Books, are no longer just nice-to-do but are rapidly becoming expected by customers. So it's time to embrace new technology and join the pack leaders to promote your glamping business or unique accommodation. In this episode, Andy McNulty from TouchStay shows us how. To read more about Digital Guest Books - What they are and how you can set one up easily, click here for the blog  This episode is brought to you by the Glamping Academy and the Start Up And Grow Club 
8/15/202245 minutes, 1 second
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#051 Wow Your Guests With These Six Best Practice Examples

As the hospitality, luxury resort and glamping industries increase in competitiveness so does the need to stand out from the crowd. This episode highlights six real-world examples and best practices that wow the guest by enhancing their experience so you can be inspired to do the same. This episode is brought to you by the Glamping Academy and the Start Up And Grow Club   
8/9/202224 minutes, 59 seconds
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#050 What can glamping business and eco-resort owners learn from the hotel industry?

It's great to be a pioneer but it can be hard work starting from scratch. Instead, learning quickly from pioneers who have gone before us can save time and money while figuring out what works. This is why we have so much to gain by paying attention to the hotel model and applying it to the modern world of glamping, luxury camping, eco-resorts, unique holiday rentals and serviced accommodation. Todd Wynne-Parry has 30 years of hotel development experience, having held senior leadership positions at several major hotel brands and most recently AutoCamp and Two Roads Hospitality, and shares his insights on the podcast today. Todd was instrumental in the development efforts for IHG, Starwood and Marriott in the Asia Pacific region and for Two Roads Hospitality globally. He began his career as a hotel consultant in the San Diego office of Laventhol & Horwath, the predecessor to Horwath HTL. He is now Managing Director of Horwath HTL and leads the Outdoor Hospitality practice for North America. Horwath HTL is the largest independent hospitality consultancy with 52 offices worldwide. Contact Sarah here: Contact Todd here: Show notes:    
6/27/202247 minutes, 20 seconds
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#049 Eco Resorts And The Conscious Traveller

Eco-resort development is encouraging everyone to think bigger in terms of sustainability and business. So what is best practice when it comes to setting up eco-resorts and how can hosts, who have hundreds of ideas when it comes to setting up their business, how can they sense check their eco-resort ideas? In this episode, I speak with Steph Curtis-Raleigh who is the Publisher of International Glamping Business Magazine and co-organiser of The Eco-Resort Network who shares what an eco-resort is and how it shares its DNA with glamping. For more episodes go to Contact Steph here If you enjoyed this episode please leave a review. Thank you.  
6/20/202239 minutes, 17 seconds
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#48 Cielo Glamping Maritime New Brunswick Canada

A day in the life of a glamping site owner. Today I'm speaking with Pat and Emilie of Cielo who I have been privileged to work with. We talk about their glamping hub and how supporting their community has been so key to their success. To find out more about Cielo visit their website here: To get further support from Sarah visit The Glamping Academy® Http://
4/27/202250 minutes, 57 seconds
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#047 Glamping Wild Snowdonia Escapes

As part of a new complementary sub-series, 'A Day In The Life Of A Glamping Business Owner', I invited Sarah Heyworth from Graig Wen to share her experiences of what it's really like to live and work in a place of outstanding natural beauty while running camping, glamping, holiday cottages and a bed and breakfast (B&B). Glamping Snowdonia - you'll never want to leave. Glamping Academy: Show notes: The Glamping Academy:  
3/15/202258 minutes, 45 seconds
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#046 How To Start A Retreat Business And Run Unique Events

The Perfectly Planned And Profitable Retreats System® helps those who want to run retreats alongside their glamping business or start a new lifestyle business. Here, Sarah answers why retreats have become so popular and how this is currently an untapped market segment. There has been such a big shift since the pandemic started and after years of limiting our travel, being unable to socialise with other like-minded people and generally feeling a lot more stressed and exhausted than we used to, suddenly the thought of attending a relaxing retreat is attracting a lot of attention. There are many reasons why you might be thinking of running experience events and becoming a retreat leader. You might have your heart on it after gaining skills in something new, or you might know the benefits you have experienced from an activity and want to share that knowledge with a wider audience. Or you might want to start a retreats business as: A stand-alone business you are wanting to grow and expand for a future career Something to plug the gaps in your earnings if you run a seasonal business An additional element to your hospitality business to improve your occupancy at quieter times A way to generate income to launch a hospitality business in the future An additional income stream running retreats to enhance something you already do, such as coaching, training or teaching (yoga, wellness, crafting, corporate and business skills, etc.) To find out more about how to start your own profitable retreat business, visit The Perfectly Planned and Profitable Retreat System This step-by-step guide on how to plan a retreat will help you understand everything involved. The key to learning how to start a retreat business is to give yourself time and support to do it right. You can also visit a retreat to start up a glamping business and this one is in Italy. These types of business retreats are even more beneficial as you can find business buddies to assist you with your venture, and that kind of support is PRICELESS!
2/28/202233 minutes, 29 seconds
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#045 Using Rewilding To Boost Your Glamping Business With Sara King

This episode is a recording of a recent meeting in The Start Up And Grow Club when I invited Sara King to discuss with members how they can use rewilding to boost their glamping business, attract more guests and profits, while at the same time supporting local flora and fauna and at-risk species. This session includes a presentation, which can be downloaded here: About Sara King, Rewilding Britain Sara has a strong background in rewilding, biodiversity monitoring and assessment, species reintroductions, land management, and restoration plans. The network she supports helps those who are rewilding or supporting rewilding. Sara represents Rewilding Britain, but the issues discussed apply to any country regardless of their location and glamping business owners are at the forefront of an increasing number of entrepreneurs considering how to align their businesses with environmental factors that are vitally important. In Sara's words: "Eco tourism is very, very complimentary to the rewinding projects that are happening and they could help to underpin and support those projects going forward financially as well as improving awareness of what rewinding is and what our landscapes should look like and some of the species that are missing that could be returned." Sara King Rewilding Britain Show notes:
2/3/202239 minutes, 16 seconds
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#044 OTA Ghosting In The Glamping And Hospitality Industry

This is a strong case for supporting direct bookings between the host and guests and relying less on OTAs (online travel agents) that use this type of negative business practice. Show notes and further explanation here  
11/11/202120 minutes, 36 seconds
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#043 Eco-Tourism And Eco-Business In Action

With memories of fewer aeroplanes and clear skies, less traffic on the roads, and lower pollution during lockdown firmly in our minds, the desire of tourists to make different choices about how they spend their holiday time is starting to emerge. Show notes: This is great news for eco-accommodation and glamping businesses as the industry is enjoying a surge of staycation bookings and increasing interest from investors who are looking at diversifying their portfolios into more sustainable projects. But what about the perspective of the glamping business owner? What benefit is it to them to increase their environmental awareness, lighten their carbon footprint and strengthen the environmental ethos at the core of their business? This episode is about the journey of business owners Jo and Ben of Devon Dens, and how they've taken the concerns of their community seriously and demonstrated eco-tourism in action. This episode is about inspiring people to live differently, setting the right expectations for the guest, never deviating from your own core values, trusting your instincts, implementing as much off-grid infrastructure to make a difference, and yet staying as user-friendly as possible. Jo and Sarah talk about water saving, solar PV systems, and off-grid technology, reed bed systems for greywater, edible hedging, wildlife support, taking the time to connect with slow travel principles, and how you can have robust eco-credentials whilst also running a business.
8/26/202137 minutes, 7 seconds
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#042 Generating Powerful Publicity For Your Glamping Business Or Eco-Accommodation

The Media is a complicated beast, but there are ways you can tame it and make it work for you if you know how, and the best bit is that anyone can do it and it takes much less time than you think
6/15/202143 minutes, 58 seconds
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#041 Professionalise your glamping business or unique holiday rental with real examples of what works in this industry

Taking action using the lessons learnt over the last year to professionalize our services, connect to our audience and convert them into guests who give us rave reviews. Show notes: PERFECTLY PLANNED AND PROFITABLE RETREATS MASTERCLASS Fill your events and grow your business, even without a large email list or social media following. This masterclass with myself and industry experts will give you everything you need to confidently set up and publicise successful retreats and generate loyal fans, launch a new business, jump ahead of the competition and grow your business DATE: THURSDAY 10 JUNE 2021 TIME: 12PM-4PM BST / GMT+1 POWERFUL PUBLICITY MEDIA MASTERCLASS A step-by-step guide to attracting more media attention to boost your guest bookings even if you are not comfortable being in the spotlight. This live and intimate Masterclass with myself and guest experts will help build your confidence and skills to know exactly how and when to pitch to the media to boost your reputation and attract more guests, even if you don't like being in the spotlight. DATE: THURSDAY 24 JUNE 2021 TIME: 12PM-4PM BST / GMT+1 
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5/28/202135 minutes, 26 seconds
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#040 Starting A Glamping Business With Inner Circle Secrets And Time With The Experts

So often we don't know where to start with our dream eco-accommodation or glamping business. Whether it's treehouses, bubble tents, domes, yurts or tipi, there are always challenges along the way and precious few people who are willing to share their knowledge and advice. If you've experienced this frustration then this free Q&A session is for you. With industry experts and multiple business owners Sarah Riley and Kerry Roy, your opportunity to get some valuable inspiration, support and your questions answered will soon be kicking off. Sign up here: In this podcast episode, we talk about what you can expect from this invitation-only event. If you want to attend, please sign up beforehand to get access to the recording if you can't make the live event.  About Sarah Riley Sarah Riley is a unique holiday rental expert and has been immersed in the world of entrepreneurship for over 20 years by helping thousands of students design their dream eco-accommodation business and the lifestyle they want. Think treehouses, bubble tents, domes, yurts and tipis and you’ll get the idea. As a certified Performance Coach and CEO of Inspired Courses, she uses her experience to help others move to the next level in business and life. Her coaching programs help launch ideas quickly, start earning immediately and get ahead of the competition, without sacrificing life goals or the environment. She has been featured by The Daily Mail, Eventbrite and Metro, and is the host of her own podcast ‘The Business of Glamping And Unique Holiday Rentals’. She also leads one of the largest business communities in the industry and is invited to travel the world to talk on these topics. About Kerry Roy Kerry is a retreat, wellness and festival organiser and the visionary behind Camp Katur in Yorkshire and Cerchio Del Desiderio in Italy. Both business models use a variety of glamping structures on her own property and by working in partnership with landowners. Kerry’s award-winning site at The Camphill Estate offers weddings, wellness, corporate and team building events. She was also the first to introduce Geodome Glamping into Italy as a solo female entrepreneur with zero language skills! As a trained Yogi organising various Wellness retreats at Cerchio Del Desiderio Glamping Retreat she draws on her experiences of organising an annual VW camper-van festival for 5000 guests. Now with several TV appearances under her belt and as an influential speaker Kerry enjoys promoting and supporting the glamping industry whenever she can.
5/11/202116 minutes, 22 seconds
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#039 Glamping industry trends growth rate data statistics and size

What's been happening in the glamping industry over the past year and what are the data statistics and numbers saying about the size, trends and growth rates of the glamping business market and the impact of the pandemic? This episode of the podcast is essential listening for anyone wanting to enter the industry or who are already operating within it. It will give you an experts overview of some of the key industry shifts, including changes to guest booking behaviour. Links mentioned: The Glamping Business Start-up Guide The Start Up And Grow Club Accelerator Program Powerful Publicity Workshop Guest Booking Success Masterclass Connect with Sarah Riley: Show notes Tourism Turnaround
4/7/202123 minutes, 50 seconds
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Vital Start-Up Advice For Leisure, Tourism and Eco Resort Owners

In this episode, I have a conversation with Kathleen Walsh from Advanced Outdoor Solutions about land choice, site profitability and sustainable ecotourism. Shownotes
1/7/202145 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Guest Perspective Of Glamping During 2020

Anne and Mike Howard are on the worlds longest honeymoon. Recently they found themselves in a closed-down Europe during a pandemic so we had a chat about their recent glamping experiences across 3 different countries and 14 different camps during a very challenging year
12/16/202050 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Human Touch To Connecting With Guests Using Automation

Learning from best practices in the glamping industry and using new technology to lighten the load on short-stay hosts without losing the human element that our guests want and need. Speak to Andy McNulty here: and get the show notes here:
11/17/202044 minutes, 36 seconds
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Burnout in the hospitality sector, a glamping owners story

2020 has been a rollercoaster year and we're not out of the woods yet. So what happens when we reach exhaustion and start to experience burnout? This is one owner's story and the steps she took to overcome it
11/9/202050 minutes, 39 seconds
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Finding Land And Achieving Planning or Zoning Quickly For Your Glamping Business

The biggest barriers to setting up a unique holiday rental or glamping business is finding the land and achieving the planning, zoning or permits. So what if you could avoid this? Shownotes: More:  
10/6/202024 minutes, 7 seconds
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From London To A Successful Glamping Business And Living Off The Land

Kate from Round The Woods shares her story of moving from London to start a unique yurt business, homeschooling and living off the land. They even ended up on 'Gone Fishing' with Mortimer and Whitehouse. Show notes: 
9/7/202036 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Glamping Show USA: Industry Performance And New Challenges

If you get an opportunity to speak to someone with a birds-eye-view of the luxury camping industry in the Americas, what do you ask them, especially during a pandemic? Show notes: 
9/7/202036 minutes, 37 seconds
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5 Vital Lessons Learnt From A Rollercoaster Year

Glamping and unique holiday rentals have taken the outdoor hospitality industry to new heights and are well placed to survive the health crisis. But what key lessons have been learnt? Show notes:
8/11/202022 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Eco Hotel Summit: What Is It And What Can You Expect?

#030 The Eco Hotel Summit is the first of its kind and promises to show attendees how they can pursue business growth and sustainability in a world where we are led to believe you can not have one without the other. Show notes REGISTER FREE FOR THE ECO HOTEL SUMMIT HERE  This interview with Steph Curtis-Raleigh can also be viewed on Inspired Camping's YouTube channel.
7/21/202036 minutes, 3 seconds
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How To Get Your Glamping Business Featured On TV For Free!

#029 - How do you get your glamping business or unique holiday rental featured on television for free? What's the process and how does it work? Show notes: In this episode, I speak to Helen from Albion Nights in South Norfolk, who was recently featured by BBC and HGTVs Sarah Moore in Cash In The Spare Room. Helen and her husband Pete have lovingly hand-built their cabin in rural Norwich using reclaimed, recycled and reused materials. Their off-grid glamping cabin is secluded in an idyllic part of the UK. Off-the-beaten-track it allows guests to relax, reconnect and escape in complete privacy. After Helen's recent success being featured by the TV show, I asked her: How she managed to get snapped up by the Production Company What it takes to be featured on a TV show Exactly what's involved during filming If she had any advice about shortcutting the process and If she had any tips she could share with others hoping to do the same. Show notes:
7/15/202032 minutes, 54 seconds
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#028 Thinking Differently In Times Of Crisis

The European White Paper that helps glamping businesses, campsites and holiday parks prepare for life after Covid-19 lockdown. In conversation with Richard Otten we explore what's likely to happen next.
5/15/202034 minutes, 42 seconds
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#027 Managing Change Positively In The Face Of A Global Recession

There’s no doubt we have all been dealing with a lot of change recently. From guest cancellations to lockdown and furlough, it's been a heady mix of ups and downs. This is what you need to do next.
4/30/202024 minutes, 56 seconds
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#026 Will This Industry Survive And Thrive After Covid-19?

Hospitality businesses have experienced the unthinkable - mass cancellations and empty beds at what should be the busiest time. So will the glamping and unique holiday rental industry survive it?
3/29/202028 minutes, 1 second
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#025 Glamping And Alternative Accommodation Trends

Cools Stays: Showcasing unique properties and extraordinary places to stay across the UK, Europe and worldwide, including quirky gypsy caravans, shepherds huts, boatels, lighthouses and windmills
3/19/202034 minutes, 40 seconds
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#024 Finding Razorsharp Focus To Achieve Your Dream Business

Building your glamping business or unique holiday rental isn't always simple and sometimes the BIG DREAM can itself become a barrier to progress. Here's how to overcome that. Show notes:
2/24/202020 minutes, 34 seconds
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#023 Is It Possible To Start A Glamping Business Without Having To Give Up Your Full Time Job?

Is it possible to start a glamping business 3 hours away from home, while continuing with a full-time job and starting a family? Dina from Windwood Ranch shows us it is Https://
2/6/202039 minutes, 46 seconds
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#022 How To Attract More Guests To Your Short-Term Stay, Unique Retreat or Glamping Business

You thought it would be as easy as setting up some amazing holiday accommodation and then sitting back and watching the bookings roll in. Yet that’s not what’s happening. Here's how to fix it.
11/4/201945 minutes, 48 seconds
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#021 Is This The Key To Start-Up Success In The Glamping And Hospitality Industry?

Why is it that one unique hospitality and glamping business can succeed amazingly well while another one may not even get over the starting line? This is what we can learn. Show notes
10/21/201925 minutes, 19 seconds
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#020 Getting Comfortably Wild While Glamping With HoneyTrek

Mike and Anne Howard encourage us to embrace our craving for unconventional experiences that effortlessly connect us with nature, loved ones, and ourselves, following their 7-year honeymoon (cheeky monkeys!) Show notes
10/8/201939 minutes, 28 seconds
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#019 Glamping With Reestores Max McMurdo The Upcycling Design Expert

In this episode, Max McMurdo and Sarah Riley discuss the need for uniqueness in the glamping industry and how this can be achieved through environmentally conscious upcycling and thoughtful design.
9/30/201920 minutes, 59 seconds
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#018 Glamping And Unique Holiday Rentals In An Economic Downturn Or With Increasing Competition

Do we have anything to fear about the increasing competition in the holiday rental and glamping industry or if we spiral into an economic downturn? Get the lowdown from Sarah Riley. Show notes:
9/13/201924 minutes, 28 seconds
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#017 The Biggest Luxury Camping And Glamping Business Events Of The Year

Will you be attending the biggest luxury camping and glamping business events of the year? This is what you can expect from these trade exhibitions and conference summits
9/4/201918 minutes, 44 seconds
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#016 How New Technology Is Shaping The Glamping Industry

The glamping experiential accommodation and travel industry is evolving and so is the technology within it. Tom Butterfield of Eco Structures talks about what they've done to revolutionise their glamping structure business
7/19/201927 minutes, 7 seconds
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#015 From Nothing To A Multi-Million Luxury Camping And Glamping Business

How do you grow a luxury camping and glamping service into a multi-million business that's attracting significant investment in the hospitality industry? In this episode, Sarah Dusek from Under Canvas reveals how she and her husband Jacob did just that. Show notes:
6/19/201927 minutes, 23 seconds
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#014 Starting A Glamping Business: What Would You Do If You Suddenly Lost Everything?

This episode is a little bit different. This is my story and how I ended up doing what I do now in the unique hospitality and glamping industry. This one is personal, raw and unedited so forgive me that I get a bit tearful. Show notes:
6/11/201933 minutes, 3 seconds
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#013 The Business Of Luxury And High-End Camps With Glamping Hub

In conversation with special guest Ruben Martinez, Co-Founder of Glamping Hub, we delve into trends, customer behaviour and exciting developments for this industry. Show notes
4/24/201929 minutes, 38 seconds
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#012 Moving Abroad To Set Up A Life Changing Glamping Business

What drives someone to move countries and set up a new glamping business in a country where they don't speak the language or have any in-country connections? Show notes:
3/16/201953 minutes, 44 seconds
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#011 How To Gain Planning Permission For Your Glamping Business

The details of permission for a business may vary from place to place, but the principles stay the same so I speak to an expert to get the low-down on planning consent issues to increase your chances of success. Show notes
2/13/201955 minutes, 18 seconds
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#010 Strategies For Attracting The Type Of Media Attention Others Crave

David Leventhal, owner of the iconic treehouse structure at Playa Viva, talks about the strategy he uses to attract guests and improve occupancy for their sustainable resort. Show notes
2/1/201935 minutes, 10 seconds
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#009 Emerging European Glamping Business Trends And Ideas

In this interview, Richard Otten explains how we have much to learn from the emerging European glamping business trends and ideas. Show notes are here
1/24/201946 minutes, 31 seconds
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#008 Creating Visuals To Generate Wanderlust And Attract More Guests

Cameron D'Ardy, owner of Sierra Escapes Glamping shares his tips about how they have used their visuals to generate wanderlust and attract more guests to their glamping business. Show notes are here:
1/12/201941 minutes, 15 seconds
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#007 Achieving Extraordinary Media Success With Bubble Tents Australia

Sonny Vrebac shares how they managed to generate a conservative estimate of $850,000 of publicity without the use of a media agency and booked out 8 months of inventory by focusing on their glamping business media strategy
12/18/201853 minutes, 47 seconds
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#006 Blending Treehouse Glamping With Health And Wellness

Follow Karen as she commits to her dream of starting a treehouse glamping business to help guests get perspective on their health and remember that life is good. Show notes are here
12/13/201854 minutes, 12 seconds
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#005 How Farmers Use Glamping To Manage Income Fluctuations

The glamping and unique holiday rental trend offers a new opportunity for farmers and landowners who want to diversify the use of a piece of land to broaden their income portfolio and ease annual fluctuations caused by bad weather, failed crops and market dips. For the show notes, please visit Inspired Camping
12/6/201831 minutes, 45 seconds
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#004 The Benefits Of Setting Up A Glamping Business Or Unique Vacation Rental

Attending The Glamping Summit in California inspired me to talk about the industry and the benefits of getting involved in this type of business. Leave a review and subscribe for more to come. Show notes can be found here
11/27/201818 minutes, 58 seconds
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#003 Signs You're Heading For Glamping Business And Unique Holiday Rental Success

Here we explore the different success accelerators demonstrated by business owners who have achieved staggering success in this industry. Focus on these key areas and you'll fly. Please subscribe and leave a review. Click here for the show notes
11/20/201830 minutes, 39 seconds
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#002 What Is Glamping And What Business Models Are Available?

Here we explore the different elements of glamping and unique holiday rentals and what they mean to different people. We also explore the business models available to those who want to explore the investment potential of this type of business. Click here for show notes
11/16/201837 minutes, 39 seconds
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#001 What I Wish I'd Known Before Starting My Glamping Business

Welcome to the first episode of The Business Of Glamping And Unique Holiday Rentals, a podcast by Sarah Riley. Here we explore what glamping business owners wished they'd known before starting. Please subscribe, leave a review and get the show notes!
11/12/201819 minutes, 17 seconds