Reasons to Explore the UK by Caravan

Anyone who has spent some time on my glorious site knows I enjoy a good road trip (and if you have no clue what I’m talking about, check out my most excellent adventure on New Zealand’s South Island), and there are no shortage of fabulous destinations to explore in this manner. Virtually everywhere there are roads and vehicles to drive on them, there are great road trips just waiting to be discovered!

I cast my attention this time on the United Kingdom, which is just teeming with holiday ideas for road trip minded travellers the world over – especially for the locals. Getting out and seeing the countryside is a great way to discover the rugged and magical terrain that is Great Britain, but as was true for my New Zealand adventure, you really need to rent a caravan to make it worthwhile. You don’t want to miss any of the natural wonder by having to stay in a city, making a caravan your home away from home on wheels wherever you choose to stop, and The Caravan Club is a great place to start.

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Here are a few of the main reasons why this kind of travel can’t be beat when it comes to seeing the countryside.

Rural Route Centric

You may decide to stick to the main motorways if you’re heading out across the land but you’re not forced to by any means and can deviate to your heart’s desire. There is nothing keeping you from staying out of a city for your whole trip and only taking the unsealed roads or the ‘scenic route’ turns on route across the country. Many campsites where you can park for the night and plug in for power are not in urban settings which in turn makes for a very different trip than those city break ones!

All the Comforts of Home

The great thing about caravans is they can be as decked out or simplistic as you want them to be – either to match your living or to offer a much needed contrast. Depending on your budget and comfort level you can get everything from full kitchens, dining and bathroom facilities with multiple sleeping quarters and flat screen televisions. Wake up when you want and leave when you want, or just spend the day doing… whatever you want. It’s hard to beat this method of travel!

Laid Back Pace

Most of all, the reason people travel by caravan is for the easygoing nature of it. The people you meet on your travels will be like minded individuals as well, creating a real sense of community as you cross country and maybe even run into them along the way! You’re not tied to the main routes which can cut down on traffic and you can travel virtually any time of the year, thus avoiding peak season stresses. It’s a remarkably simple way to travel that more and more people are discovering as an alternative to the high stress packaged vacation kinds. You won’t regret a caravan vacation!

Why Winter is Great for Travel

Every year as the weather warms up people jump at the chance to get out there and see the world – and why shouldn’t they? If you’ve been stuck inside for what feels like an eternity, getting outside and shaking up the routine can give you a new lease on life. Summer is the time for road trips, barbecues, beach parties, concerts and everything else in between – what isn’t too love?

The only problem is, everyone has the same great idea.

Don’t get me wrong – I love the summer as much as anyone, but after travelling to a few dozen locales during peak season and going through the same habit year after year, I’m ready to try something different. This is why I’m advocating winter as a travel season – and here’s why:

Fewer Crowds

One of the biggest reasons travelling anywhere is irritating is the sheer number of others who are also doing the same thing. As I mentioned before, peak season is that way for a reason and you have to expect that it’s going to be a bit nuts if you travel somewhere in the height of summer. Winter on the other hand, doesn’t have as many travellers. Maybe it’s because of the hazardous weather or maybe it’s because of the various holidays that mar being away from home, but you can be sure others won’t be doing the same things you are!

Hot Food is Amazing

Eating out on a patio is great, but enjoying a hearty warm meal in the cozy indoors is hard to beat too. A lot of destinations have great winter festivals centred around such food as chilli or roast meat because it’s best enjoyed when the temperatures plummet.

Deals to be Had

Most deals for travel come in the off season because there doesn’t need to be an incentive to travel during peak season. Places like New Zealand have great road trip potential through their flight and camper van packages that are far cheaper in the winter than in the summer. Resorts are about the only place that does get a lot of business in the winter, but even they offer deals in the winter months!

It’s Summer Somewhere!

The beauty of living on this planet with it’s tilt and wobble is the seasons we enjoy – meaning it’s never the same everywhere on the planet. If you live in the northern hemisphere and it’s summer, you can get away to a winter locale by visiting the south. Likewise, if it’s winter and you want a summer getaway, just head to the opposite side of the globe. Peak season isn’t universal everywhere as every region has their own set of holidays and favoured activities, giving you no shortage of great travel options.