I may be repeating myself, but I'm not a huge fan of camping. The great outdoors is wonderful, but I don't want it crawling all over me while I'm trying to sleep. Next time I'm forced to overnight in the wilderness, I'm going to make sure there's a POD around.
The POD was created by British-based Newfoundland Lodges. It's an insulated wooden hut that achieves much the same function as a tent, but with a lot more security and sturdiness. It's not huge (eight feet wide by nine feet long) but it's big enough to sleep two adults and a couple of smallish kids. There's also an outside deck to extend the living area.
The windows are double-glazed and lockable, the roof is insulated with sheep's wool and lined with a special foil to reduce summer heat.
They've only been around for a few years, but PODs are already popping up in campgrounds and caravan parks all over the UK, from Bodmin in Cornwall to Innerleithen, just south of Edinburgh. Enough to do a POD tour of the Britain. So who needs a tent? RM