Would you want an office pod in your caravan?
Monday, 18, Jan 2021 02:10
By Emma Dodd
Most caravans aren't being used for their intended purpose at present, as leisure travel is firmly off the cards during the UK's third lockdown.
This has led to many caravan owners putting their vehicles to use in alternative ways, such as setting them up as homeschooling classrooms and offices.
But would you want to purchase a van that has a specific section dedicated as an office or will your caravan fall firmly back into the category of a space for fun and enjoyment post-pandemic?
Nissan has launched the NV350 Office Pod Concept, featuring a workspace at the rear of the van that is activated to unfold via the owner's smartphone.
It is specifically designed to accommodate a work desk and full size office chair to make working from anywhere as simple as possible.
The idea of working from a caravan is not new, with numerous people deciding to embrace the vanlife concept every year.
Usually, they have a job that doesn't require them to be in a fixed location or go into an office, giving them the flexibility to work on the road.
Most do not have the luxury of a designated workspace, as the nature of caravans and their limited capacity means adapting areas for different tasks.
The Nissan retrofit of the NV350 seems to suggest there's an appetite for vehicles that focus more on the working side of vanlife than its potential for relaxation.
It's clear that the world is going to emerge from the pandemic with a different attitude towards many things.
What it has demonstrated to a lot of people is that their jobs can be conducted from outside of an office, opening up all sorts of possibilities.
The question for some caravan lovers who don't return to traditional workspaces will be whether they want to embrace the vanlife full time or continue to enjoy caravan trips as a way to escape everyday life.