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With caravan sites reopening from 12 April, there should be plenty of opportunities to get away and enjoy some quality time with your loved ones this spring/summer.
After a year of uncertainty, it seems there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine roll-out at a midway point and some restrictions starting to be loosened. April will see non-essential businesses start to reopen, along with outdoor hospitality. Hopefully by the summer, more amenities will be up and running again, allowing us to get back to enjoying the things we love, with friends and family around us.
With that in mind, now’s the perfect time to start planning your UK breaks. As foreign travel is still going to be difficult this year, opting to stay in Britain will allow you to avoid the inconvenience of quarantine restrictions. Caravanning and motorhoming is the ideal solution!
What’s so great about leisure vehicle holidays?
Caravan and motorhome holidays give you the freedom to design your trip around your interests and needs. You can go where you fancy for as long as you like and plan in as many - or as few - activities as you wish depending on if you’re after an action-packed trip or chilled break.
Caravan and motorhomes have onboard kitchen and washroom facilities which means you’re completely self-contained for the duration of your trip - no communal shower and toilet blocks for you! When it comes to mealtimes, you can cater for yourselves if you want to limit your contact as much as possible. Don’t forget your BBQ!
Travelling in a caravan or motorhome gives you the chance to explore those places you’ve always wanted to, surrounded by all your creature comforts. It’s easy to get around and pitching doesn’t take long so you can plan a few destinations within one trip to make the most of your time away.
Fun for kids
Caravanning makes for a very fun holiday for children as it's one big adventure! Not only are you going on a road trip to explore different places, but you’re doing it with your own home on wheels in tow, which is beyond exciting. Consider finding some rural places to pitch up as this will give the kids a chance to explore and enjoy the great outdoors, creating memories that will last a lifetime/
Top tips for planning your getaway
Confirm the logistics
The first things to decide are when you want to go, where you’d like to go and how long you’re going for. In a normal year you could play it more by ear, but as this year is likely to be particularly busy, it would be a good idea to make more solid plans to ensure availability. If you’re going for longer than a few days, are you going to visit multiple places? If so, plan your route to ensure you’re doing things in the best order. Also think about school holidays - if you have kids you should go out of term-time, but if you don’t, you may wish to avoid these busier times. And don’t forget to book your time off work if applicable!
Book your sites
Due to the current climate, sites are likely to be extremely busy this year, so be sure to book as early as you can to avoid missing out! Search availability in the areas you’re hoping to visit and see what’s on offer. Make sure that any potential sites have the amenities you’re after and are in a setting that you’ll be happy with.
Research your destinations
Once you’ve decided where you’re going and have booked your sites, spend a little time researching your destination(s) to see what there is to do and also to double check what will be open at the time you’re planning to visit. Some places may not be open if you’re travelling earlier in the season and restrictions may change if the situation with the coronavirus worsens, so be prepared and keep checking for updates in the lead up to your departure date.
Have a think about the type of meals you could cook in your caravan or motorhome. It’s a good idea to have a rough meal plan so that you can take any cupboard essentials with you and to save you stressing over what to make each day. Think of quick and tasty meal ideas that the whole family like to save you having to cater for family members separately. Meals such as pasta, pizza, fajitas, sausage and mash, hot dogs and jacket potatoes are all family favourites and won’t take much time to knock up. And don’t forget the BBQ - from the basic sausages and burgers to steaks and kebabs, there are lots of options to choose from...
Things to take with you
Aside from your clothes and toiletries, consider what other items you may wish to take. Things that you don’t keep onboard your vehicle can sometimes get forgotten! Kids toys, balls, bikes and scooters are essential items for an enjoyable break! Also make sure that you have enough bedding and towels with you and be sure to take coats, wellies and umbrellas for wet days. It’s a good idea to stock up on some food basics for the first day or so to make your life a little easier.
Got everything you need?
Make sure you have all you need for your trip - you could use our accessory blog as a checklist if that helps! Our online and on-site shop has everything you could possibly need for an enjoyable trip - from camping furniture to homeware, leisure batteries to safety equipment and more. Get in touch to talk to one of our accessory experts if there’s something you’re undecided on.
Browse our ranges online if you’re looking to start your caravanning journey or considering an upgrade. Check out our online shop for all your accessory needs or pop and browse our on-site shop when we reopen on 12 April. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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