Free like a bird

Jugenheim/Germany, May 2013. Travelling. The big adventure. No matter where you go or what your plans are. But with “not being at home” space often becomes an issue: What to do, when the sudden need to relax strikes you somewhere in the middle of nowhere?

When all you have is your backpack, some trees, a couple of rocks or the railing of a boat? This dilemma of the traveller is what LA SIESTA set out to solve once and for all.

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Taking a nap in the COLIBRI travel hammock, Sierra Nevada / Colombia

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Taking a nap in the COLIBRI travel hammock, Parque Tayrona / Colombia

While thinking about solutions we realised that the issue of finding sleeping space while travelling is not such a modern one after all. And in case of the hammock it begins on water. Because very soon after the seafarers like Columbus discovered the existence of hammocks in Latin America, this practical everyday item became an instant classic on ships around the globe. The hammock actually solved more than one dilemma of naval life at that time. For starters, room was – and, as mentioned before, in some cases still is today – scarce on a ship. Every item had to be able to be tucked away to make room or serve several purposes to have the right to remain where it was. Sleeping quarters for the seamen in the best case needed to disappear over the day to make room for different activities on deck. The hammock (at that time often still called by the name Columbus reported in his journal: “hamacas“) solved that problem. Being made of fabric and padded with a kind of woollen mattress, they could easily be taken down, rolled and stored in hammock crates in a space-saving manner over the day.

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Helmsmen and seamen in their hammocks on the “Wilhelm Piek”, 1951.

But that wasn’t all. Before the hammock, seamen around the globe often had their sleep disrupted as their sleeping quarters – like everything else on a ship – were subject to the sometimes strong rolling movements of the ship caused by higher waves. As hammocks swing freely, sleeping in a canvas hammock meant that those movements of the ship that would have normally sent seamen flying were compensated, leaving their sleep undisturbed. Another clear improvement!


Hammocks below deck on the USS-Olympia, Independence Seaport, Philadelphia / USA

Which brings us back to modern times. Thankfully, such demanding sea travel occurs very rarely today. But globetrotters and adventurers around the globe still know and appreciate the easy shut-eye that a light and easy-to-pack travel hammock provides them with in even the most adverse situations. Our take on modern travel is the LA SIESTA travel hammock COLIBRI: It is made of super light-weight parachute silk and in the single hammock version won’t take up more space than a water bottle in your luggage. In short: it is the perfect companion, be it travelling the world by foot, by car, by bike or by sea. Thanks to the fact that it always has a wonderfully robust, integrated suspension system attached to it, it is ready to unroll, wherever you are.

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Seaman in his hammock on the river Lagoa Papeba, Rio Grande do Norte / Brazil.


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Woman in a hammock on the river Lagoa Papeba, Rio Grande do Norte / Brazil

All you need are a couple of trees, lantern posts, rocks or the railing of a boat. With COLIBRI you can enjoy instant relaxation wherever you are while others are still looking for a place to put their sleeping bag in. You’d like some help visualizing that? Well, here you are: Freestyle hammocking, courtesy of LA SIESTA!

The world is out there. So, pack your bags, sell your bed, travel the world and find two trees for your COLIBRI!


There are many ways to sit in a hammock. How many of them do you know?