The van life craze has certainly hit the UK; with more and more people getting inventive with their camper conversions. I recently discovered Bumble Campers- a small budget camper rental company based in Yaxley, Peterborough. I couldn't resist a taste of van life for ourselves and a sense of adventure so I got in touch and booked for a long weekend in The Peak District.
Chris and I have done many a festival and camping trip over the years but as we get a bit older, we're not so up for roughing it and why should we settle for a wet tent when you can pitch up anywhere in a camper!?
Our 2 seat 2 sleep camper coverts from a seating area with table to a full blown double bed. The van comes equipped with attachable black out blinds, ensuring you get the privacy you need to sleep, change etc. They were so effective we'd have no idea what time it was until we checked our phones! And before you ask- yes there are charging points in the van, runnning off a leisure battery so you can rest assure that you can still tweet, post, snap your adventures and not drain the car battery! Sleeping in the van was incredible cosy and warm even in October with cool windy evenings so we felt snug as a bug and really refreshed the following day.
After a good nights rest we were ready for some hot food. The boot of the camper van has been cleverly converted into a kitchen area, with the boot roof acting as an awning in the elements. It comes equipped with a sink area, plates, cutlery, cooking utensils, a gas stove and even a fridge! You literally have everything you need to set yourself up for a day of adventuring and with a full belly each, Chris and I were raring to go.
A huge tick in our box was the fact that Bumble Campers are dog friendly so naturally we brought along Harry the hound who loved the country sights and smells. The van even comes equipped with #bumblebingo which yes is probably aimed at kids but I couldn't help myself and kept me entertained on the journey.
Having the freedom to #bumbleabout as we pleased meant we could explore and discover some countryside gems that we would have otherwise missed by staying in a hotel. The views across The Peak District were breath taking and spectacular. My photos don't do them anywhere near as much as justice as the real thing.
As soon as we were peckish or yearning for a pint, we could zip back to civilisation to quaint English towns such as Bakewell.
And if we didn't want to leave the van- we didn't have to! A cheeky brew on board with a Bakewell tart was the perfect tea break before heading to our next destination.
Before you panic and think we vandalised the van- the bonnet is chalk paint, meaning you can customise your van for the weekend and write whatever you like!
All in all, the three of us were buzzing after an amazing weekend and taste of van life. The only trouble is we've got the bug now and were as sad as Harry looks to part with the camper. Thankfully the rental is really affordable from £19 a day so we will definitely be renting one again for another long weekend or a festival and maybe even purchasing one of our own in the future as Bumble also sell their camper conversions too.
Will you be giving campervan camping a go? I would highly recommend a weekend to #bumbleabout and try it for yourself!
If you wanna see more of van life, adventures and what we did in the Peak District, watch the video: