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This website is basically Airbnb for campervans

By Rosie Akenhead
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Bored of uninspiring hotel rooms? Book a more adventurous overnight stay with Camptoo. It’s basically the Airbnb of campervans – you can hire an array of privately owned vans to escape the city in (as long as you have a clean driving licence). 

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Just select a van that’s near you – we borrowed one from a lovely guy named Ben in Wimbledon – and head off on to the open road and into the wild. There are thousands of gorgeous outdoorsy places within a three-hour drive of London where you can camp, like the New Forest.

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Be sure to pre-book your spot before you travel, via the Camping and Caravanning Club website, so you don’t end up pitch-less. The rustic Camping in the Forest campsite near Brockenhurst is a great option. You’ll be parked near friendly New Forest ponies that wander right up to your van to say hello.

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Ben’s super clean and tidy van came equipped with a fridge, all cooking utensils and bedding, though what’s included does vary from van to van. Driving a campervan is a fun way to travel. It’s budget-friendly, means you don’t have to pack a proper suitcase and is ideal if you want to spend some time kipping in the great outdoors without having to sleep under canvas. We’re sold.

Campervan rental starts from £80 a night. Find out more here

Keen to escape the city? Check out our top 15 best day trips from London

Check out these amazing campsites near London or these incredible places to pitch up in the UK

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