Cycling your way through your holiday is the perfect way to relax. While pedalling, your head gets emptier by the metre, leaving all troubles behind for the time being. And of course, that’s not the only upside of a biking holiday. Your body will be glad too – after the initial muscle ache, that is. Because with every metre, your legs and body in general get more and more fit. By the time you get to your beach destination, your summer body will be ready without a doubt. But when going on a cycling holiday, there’s one very important question that needs to be addressed: where will you sleep at night?
Until not so long ago, most of us chose to sleep in a hotel, bed and breakfast or a hostel when cycling around the country or continent. Yet somewhere along the road, we as a species learned about bikepacking. Which is essentially the same as backpacking with a tent on foot, only with a bike in this case. Sure, that means you have to tow around with quite some sleeping stuff all day long but on the other hand, it’s got a few undeniable advantages. Mainly being a cheap way of travelling and the fact that you’re pretty much free when it comes to choosing your spot for the night. Two things we’re very much into.
The only problem is: sleeping in a tent isn’t always that comfortable and you have to arrive on time, in order to set everything up before the night falls. Which can be tricky if you want to lose track of time while on holiday. So, how to solve these problems? How to still enjoy the freedom of cycling and camping on the road with a bit more comfort?
Enter the Bicycle Camper. This mini camping car was developed by the Danish company Wide Path Camper and simply attaches to the back of your bike. How does that work, you ask? Well, during the day, while you’re cycling around, the camper is just 1,5 meters long. Then, when you’re ready to set up camp for the night, in just three minutes it can be folded out to become 2,8 meters long. That way, it not only offers a comfortable sleeping space for two people but it can also be used as a dining space for up to four guests.
There are even windows, bedside tables and 300 litres of storage space. Perfect if you’re not a minimalist packer. For a mini camping car, prices start at 3.999,99 euros but you could buy additional accessories, such as a solar cell kit or a sun cover.