Life In The Slow Lane
If you’re looking to go with the flow on your summer break and just travel where the urge takes you, then a camper van holiday could be for you, writes Tracy Hargreaves
Whether it’s a last-minute break away or a couple of weeks on the road touring the UK, camper vans or motorhomes are the perfect therapy and contrast to today’s hectic pace of life.
With the Lake District, Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and The Fylde Coast in the north to the Cotswolds, Isle of Wight, Norfolk and Stratford Upon Avon in the south, we have some of the most historic and picturesque locations, yet we often forget about all this beauty located right on our doorstep.
A motorhome or camper van makes discovering the UK easy as you’ll get to experience the joy of the open road without having to worry about the expense of accommodation every night or trying to find it. What’s more it’s much more comfortable than camping and you can have all the home comforts and everything you need inside.
If you don’t have your own transport, there are plenty of places where you can hire vehicles at reasonable prices. From vintage 1950s camper vans to state of the art motorhomes, you can decide what’s best for you and how you want to travel.
The caravan and motorhome website www.caravanclub.co.uk/uk-holidays is a good place to start. It will give you a list of places to stay and even give you some handy tips of things to check before you set off, such as; check your tyre pressure, empty the water tank, check all your doors are latched, as well as a list of essential items to take on your journey. Don’t forget to get insurance and breakdown cover and make sure you have the correct road lighting and registration plates if required.
Then, have a rough idea of where you want to go. During peak times, sites will be busy and there may be no room at the inn if you just turn up without booking. Do you want adult only or family sites, activities or basic facilities? Do you have animals, if so look for dog friendly availability and finally what type of pitch do you want, standard with awning, electricity hook up or just a base.
Once you’ve got all that sorted you can then start your adventure and soak up some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.