Camping near Lake Contstance
Sometimes it's nice to get away from a hotel, get back to basics and camp when you travel...well not that basic.
No, we're not talking about pitching in a field and going out to collect wood to build a fire. We're talking about heading to a very nice campsite in rural Germany and enjoying the luxuries of the on-site restaurant, local shops and rather nice showers (by campsite standards anyway)
I was staying here as I was attending a conference in Friedrichshafen - a short drive from here. I can't really fault the campsite, the only thing I would change if at all possible, is I would like fewer locals walking round in budgie smugglers. Just a tip guys, not everyone wants to see that. Especially not with their cornflakes!
After pitching once and then deciding that I had done an absolutely crap job, I pitched again. With that, I headed to the on-site restaurant. The restaurant was one I unexpected to find a campsite, however posh this particular campsite is. A very good meal, and I mean very good. Fresh ingredients, local produce and good service - but so expensive. Had to phone my bank manager mid meal to see if I could re-mortgage before ordering dessert.
After a short 100 yard walk to the shower blocks, teeth brushed, I zipped up my tipi, zipped up my tent and headed to bed for what was a very enjoyable nights sleep. The great thing about a tipi is how open it is, you have so much space thanks to its unique design that makes you feel more like you are in a room of a boutique hotel than a tent. One thing must be remembered when you camp - it is what you make it. Yes it can be uncomfortable, yes it can be cold but with some homely accessories and comforts it can feel like your own little home away from home and at a fraction of a price of a local hotel.
Take it easy,