Travel in 2013: Holidays for campers
Kate Simon is the Travel Correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011. Kate is also the co-founder of Little Black Book Creative (www.lbbcreative.co.uk), which offers editorial services, media relations consultancy and travel-writing training.
Sunday 30 December 2012
The WeDubYou (020-7193 9058; wedubyou.com) fleet of customised Seventies VW camper vans (top) is set to hit the highways of south-west France in 2013.
Pucci, Jardi, Fleur, Gary and Hippy have been jazzed up to rival Scooby-Doo's Mystery Machine and equipped with iPod/iPhone music and phone systems, and iPads preloaded with films, games and guides. You can even have the fridge stocked with local treats and champagne awaiting your arrival, and request a couple of electric bikes to take along too. The vans can be delivered to airports including Bergerac, Limoges and Agen. A week costs from £375, excluding fees for campsites – which the company can book for you on request.
In the UK, The Cornwall Camper Company (07815 808181; thecornwall campercompany.co.uk) is now open for business, offering two stylish vintage camper vans for hire and a programme of activities, titled Adventure Packages, including yoga, fishing, coast-to-coast bike tours and more. From £300 for a week's van hire, prices for activities on request.
The first luxury camping site in Sardinia, Bella Pineta, is opening its tent flaps in the grounds of a 17th-century country house, near the village of Martis. The three large Emperor tents (above, middle) come with king-size beds dressed in fine linen, with private log-cabin bathrooms and a decking and dining area. One Off Places (oneoffplaces.co.uk) offers three-night minimum stays from £150. Flights not included.
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