Caravans make one of the most affordable vacation options today. With picturesque locations across the UK and Europe and site facilities from basic to five-star, it’s worth considering a mobile home for your next break. Here are some tips on how to go about it.
Caravanning is not just for those who own a mobile home; timeshares, luxury static caravans and compact camping pods are just a few of the options here.
-For those after a taster of the camping lifestyle, a static home can be a good step up from pitching a tent and amenities run the full spectrum from on-site kids clubs, restaurants and a pool, to just an ocean view and a place to have a barbecue. Carvans in holiday parks are available to lease, timeshare or you can also get used static caravans for sale to save on costs.
-You could combine the best of camping and caravanning with so-called ‘glamping’ options renting a luxury tepee, vintage gypsy caravan or wooden wigwam for the best of the creature comforts without forking out over budget.
-If caravanning is going to be a long-term hobby, consider purchasing your own. Remember to take into account the size and weight that your car can comfortably pull and make sure you line up parking space for the rest of the year. It’s a good idea to take a towing course to get used to the extra weight in the back.
Rural wilderness, cliff-top pitches, even a splash of continental charm: caravan holidays are not as restricting as some might think.
-Inland, the Lake District continues to be popular, with acres of rolling countryside to explore and beautiful glassy lakes like Windermere. The Yorkshire Moors make another fabulous location, with access to the coast at Whitby and Scarborough.
-Coastal parks such as the Gower Peninsula in South Wales attract the seaside crowd, with long sandy beaches for the kids and the rugged Pembrokeshire countryside.
-Get lost in places like the New Forest in Hampshire or travel all the way up to the wilds of Perthshire for some remote Highland spots.
-Roam further afield by driving to Europe and setting up among the Alpine meadows of Austria or idyllic central France among the rural villages and chateaux.
Read up on this type of holiday before you begin looking through used static caravans for sale, especially if you’re a first-timer. Remember you may be dealing with minimal space for things like cooking and eating so consider pre-preparing family meals for the week or making use of a static porch for some summer alfresco dining. The main point is to think carefully about what you’re looking for in terms of facilities, on-site activities and location; the variety of caravanning holidays is bigger than ever before so there should be something to please everyone.
Della is a freelance writer with a penchant for the outdoor lifestyle and plenty of alternative holiday experience which she uses for guest-blogging for various sites. Her research has led her to discover the value of glamping in Alpine Europe, used static caravans for sale at low prices in the remote Scottish Highlands and family holiday parks along the Devonshire coast.