‘campervanning soothes my soul’

There are few things more satisfying to me then the sound of rain on our campervan roof, or the

way the dawn light spills in first thing in the morning, coaxing you out of sleep and calling you to face

the day ahead. There’s also watching the stars dot the night sky from the open window as I lay in

bed. For me campervanning soothes my soul.

Not the type of campervanning where you pitch up on big, sprawling campsites and find yourself

stuck in a sea of others – no, there is nothing soul soothing about that at all. In fact, the idea of that

fills me with dread, I like to be out in the middle of nowhere, where it’s quiet save for the crackle of

corvids over-head, or the gentle lapping of water on stones.

A lot of people think you kind find wildness on a campsite, but there are plenty of wilder sites that

offer you a chance to reconnect with nature. The sites with limited facilities, no lights, the option to

have a campfire should you wish and probably most importantly no Wi-Fi are fantastic ways to

reconnect with nature.

In fact, some of our wildest adventures have been on campsites. Small, five van sites, or a farmer’s

field where they have let us squirrel ourselves away in a quiet corner. Here we have sat with the

doors wide open, the crackle of a campfire sending smoke signals up into the settling dusk as bats

whirl over head and owls hoot from the tree line.

My favourite and most definitely wildest experiences were in a camping field in Arisaig that sat

perched above a white sand beach. Each morning we would submerge ourselves in the icy, turquoise

waters of the sea and swim until our teeth chattered and our fingers turned blue. We would warm

them on hot coffee with our toes in the sand and watch as seals swam past on their way out to the

ocean. When we could, we would sleep with the back doors open and let in that special Scottish half

light of the summer, with far off islands sketched on the horizon.

We may be in a campervan and not in a tent, but we have still felt the wild. We have let in creep in

around our edges and cement its way into our everyday lives. Staying in a van teaches you to look

for the wild in every day, whether that’s the sunrise, or listening for the songs of birds that drip

down from the trees.

Our van life has encouraged us to disconnect from many modern appliances and reconnect with

nature. We try to live as simple life as we can, we try not to fill it with things and gadgets and instead

to look out for and appreciate the slower simpler things. A good book with only the birds for back-

ground noise, the first stars of the evening, the gentle pitter-patter of rain our campervan roof.


– guest blog by Jeni Bell

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