Name any travel destination you had in mind when you made that ‘2020 travel list’ and guess what? You can’t be there. The pandemic has sucked the life out of our travel plans but, not of Belgium and its residents.
Interestingly, Belgians are trying a novel camping experience at home, spending a night in a tear drop-shaped tent hanging from a tree that looks exactly like a treehouse that we all wished to have in our childhood.
Happens to be, the tree tents have been there for a while after being ideated by Dutch artist Dre Wapenaar. He considers them as ‘sculptures’ that many people book during the summers to spend some time in there.
“The tents are fully booked every summer, but this year, the bookings went much faster. If we had more tents, they would also be taken every day of July and August,” said Katrien Houbey, head of tourism for the eastern town of Borgloon.
The tents are being operated since 2011 across countries like the USA and Europe and have become popular, especially now, when isolation is a concept.
“I believe it’s because of the government’s guidelines to travel in your own country. So people started searching for alternatives to stay somewhere,” she said.
Anyone who wishes to stay in the setting will have to pay euro 70 for a night. The tents are equipped with facilities like a bathroom and barbeque too.