The idea of the traditional caravan holiday has changed dramatically over the years, with more variety in destinations and accommodation choice available. Visit the annual Motorhome & Caravan Show for inspiration, but do think carefully about caravan insurance before making a big purchase. Having your own caravan brings greater benefits than taking a standard package holiday, and our five reasons show why buying a caravan could be a better choice for you and your family this year.
Touring caravans, campervans and motorhomes can cost anything from £1,500 up to £50,000 and will give you that ultimate freedom to travel wherever you wish to explore. A static caravan in a set location will not come cheap - with some top models valued above £100,000 - but then you will not need to worry about stamp duty or council tax as with a second home. Starting at around £18,000 with site fees to consider, they are generally cost-efficient to run and include the attractive option of sub-letting on most holiday parks.
Variety of destination
The beauty of travelling by caravan means that you are no longer tied to just one place. Whether you want the peace and quiet of a secluded spot, or somewhere to enjoy a host of family attractions, you will find ample sites to suit in the UK. With all sorts of interesting locations available, you can easily change your mind if you fancy somewhere different, and if you do not mind a longer journey, then hit the open road to explore some exciting destinations on the continent.
One of the great things about going on holiday is often the people that you meet; yet the caravanning community offer an extra camaraderie that you are unlikely to find on the average package holiday. You will find a friendly sense of kinship and welcoming community offered by caravan owners enjoying their comfortable holiday homes in a relaxed park atmosphere, a perfect environment for sparking new friendships.
Make it your own
Your new mobile space may be small, but it does not take much to make your caravan your own. If the decor is not really your style, then explore Pinterest for caravan makeover ideas. Refreshing upholstery with new fabric, updating the wallpaper, repainting, or replacing carpet and hard floor finish will all help to personalise your space. Combine favourite photos with a few cosy home comforts such as cushions, rugs and throws for the final touch, and think about getting caravan insurance in place for peace of mind.
Travel when you want
Perhaps one of the best things about owning a caravan is the freedom to be spontaneous, and take a trip whenever you fancy. With no commitment to specific dates as with a package holiday, you can literally get up in the morning and decide to go away for a few days. Enjoy a quick weekend away, or a long holiday with the kids over the summer. Whether you choose to travel to just one destination, or explore from place to place as your imagination takes you, you can choose when and for how long you want to get away.
The caravan holiday has finally caught up with the times, and brings that wonderful holiday mix of excitement, adventure, enjoyment and relaxation with great places to see, people to meet and things to do. The convenience and comfort of having your very own home from home helps create the perfect family getaway, or simply a quiet escape from routine for a while. When choosing what to buy, do consider suitable caravan insurance as an important part of the process.