Unless you’ve been on another planet for the past few months, you can’t have failed to notice the hype around hygge. Pronounced ‘hoo-guh’, hygge is a Danish term that roughly translates as ‘cosiness’ – but that doesn’t really do the word justice.
Hygge describes the feeling or mood that comes from making everyday moments extra special, and savouring the simple pleasures in life with family and friends.
It is seen as a defining characteristic of Danish culture, with the Danes applying the term to anything and everything in their home and personal life that brings them joy, from enjoying a home-cooked meal with loved ones to the smell of freshly baked bread, the warm glow of candlelight or the patter of rain on the window pane.
There is no one English equivalent to the word hygge, but the concept has become so popular in the UK that the Danish word itself has now made it into the Oxford Dictionary, defined as ‘a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being’.
It seems that at every turn, we Brits are now being encouraged to get more hygge into our lives – perhaps with good reason, since the Danes are widely regarded as being the happiest people in the world!
Here at Webbs, we think there are few things in life more hygge than escaping in your beloved caravan or motorhome with your favourite people, and setting off on an adventure to make memories you’ll cherish forever. Whether you’re touring in the midst of winter or the height of summer, the wealth of simple yet heart-warming pleasures on offer make a holiday on the road a recipe for hygge-induced happiness.
In the warmer months, picnics in the park, ice cream by the sea and family bike rides are the very essence of hygge, along with barbecues and long evenings spent relaxing under your awning, listening to music or simply enjoying one another’s company.
For winter tourers, hygge is a bracing walk and a pub lunch by a roaring fire, or cosying down in your van under sheepskin blankets to play board games or read a good book by candlelight. Throw in a steaming mug of mulled wine or an indulgent hot chocolate, and you’ve got yourself the ultimate hygge experience and truly happy campers.
What better reason is there to start planning your next getaway?[ssba]