Are caravan holidays in the UK becoming more fashionable again?

There was a time that touring caravan holidays were regarded as the choice of retired people and were sometimes scorned by the general population. Comedians would often joke about getting behind a row of caravans on the roads and caravaners stopping by the roadside to enjoy a cup of tea but in recent times caravanning seem to be seeing a resurgence as many people see the benefits of having your own belongings and some home comforts around you whilst being able to visit lots of different locations.

With the cost of holiday accommodation rising significantly in recent times owning a touring caravan has become more attractive. It is quite possible to have to pay in excess of a thousand pounds to stay in a static caravan by the coast in the summer months meaning that for many families this is not affordable. Staying in an apartment or other self-catering accommodation can be even more costly so this may be why caravanning has become more popular.

The advantages of staying on a caravan site with a family are great as there is the freedom to explore the site and its surroundings. Many sites have play areas for children, and some have swimming pools, clubhouses with entertainment and restaurants.

Weekend romantic getaways

With all travel and holidays cancelled for the foreseeable future, many of us are already starting to plan our next getaway even if it cannot happen until next year. There is so much uncertainly about at present that no one really knows when we will be able to go away again, but there is no harm in planning. It has been said that it may cost a lot more to go aboard in the short term following the lifting of lock down as the airlines and hotels will still have to adhere to social distancing so only be able to have a fraction of the amount of people on a plane compared to previous.

Having a romantic getaway can be just what a couple needs especially after having been stuck in the house for months on end. Depending on how long you want to go away for and how much money you want to spend will help you narrow down the selection.

City breaks are a great way to explore, enjoy night life and know that you have little travelling to do once there. They often offer a variety of accommodation to suit most budgets and have a wealth of activities to do. It may be the short flights do not see a massive hike in price so a city break to Italy, France or Spain may be perfect.

If you fancy a spot of shopping and a beach holiday then you may want to head to Barcelona which really does have it all.

fun holidays with all the family

Most adults have fond memories of going on holiday as a family when they were younger. It didn’t really matter where you went or even if the weather wasn’t great, it was just great to be altogether doing something that you enjoyed. Lots of children love just having a change of scenery and being able to spend time with their parents doing fun activities. These activities don’t have to cost a lot, it can be simple things like building sand castles on the beach or going for a walk in the woods.

Holidays can be expensive and therefore many people can only afford to go once a year or every other year, but you don’t have to put off going away because you only have a small budget. You can still have a great holiday on a tight budget if you are willing to go back to basics a bit. A ten pitch can cost as little as £5 per night in the UK. This will be on a very basic site but if you are only planning on being in the tent for sleeping you do not need to worry much about the entertainment on site and facilities. Do some research on the local area as you may be able to find a number of free places to visit such as parks and museums.

Planning your caravan holiday

Holidaying in a touring caravan is very popular in the United Kingdom not only in the summer months but throughout the year as some caravan sites are open all year round.

If your holiday is to be enjoyable there are some essential preparations that need to be made.

Firstly, your caravan needs to be checked to make sure it is roadworthy. It may not have been moved for a few months, so the tyres need to be checked to make sure they are properly inflated and that they have sufficient tread on them.

Secondly, the heating and water systems should be checked and flushed through with a sterilising solution to ensure that the water pipes are clean and germ free. The gas and electric supplies need to be inspected and tested for any safety problems and any smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be tested as per instructions.

The brakes and electrical connections on the caravan hitch should be inspected and all the exterior lighting such as brake lights, indicators etc. need to be tried to make sure they are all working correctly.

If these checks are carried out before each journey with your caravan, a problem free holiday is more likely.

Cheap family holidays abroad

Many parents would love to take their children abroad on holiday but often this is not possible as the cost is too high, but there are ways to find low cost holidays that everyone can enjoy.

Prices are hiked up during the school holiday periods which will mean you either end up having to pay more or risk getting a fine if you take your children out of school during term time.

Make sure that you get plenty of quotes from different holiday brokers or direct with companies often you can find the same holiday for over £200 less than on another website, allowing you to make g a huge saving by just doing a few searches. When you find a holiday that you like, be sure to read all the information regarding what is included in the price quotes. It may be that the transfers to and from the airport and not included along with hold luggage. Once you have added all this in, it can often bump the price of the holiday up quite a bit. This is why is it very important to ensure you are comparing like for like when looking at price comparisons.  

Travelling in London using the underground

When staying in London you will quickly realise that travel is very expensive, especially if you chose to use black cab taxis all the time. Traffic can be horrendous and the complex box junctions and one way systems, let alone the impatient drivers can be enough to put even the most confident drivers off using a car there.  

The underground system is a more cost effective way of travelling round although parts of it close earlier on. The underground uses a system called the Oyster card which allows you to add credit to it and pay for your journeys by swiping your card on entrance and exit points.  This makes getting on the train very straight forward and means you do not have to carry cash around with to allow you to use the underground system.  

They have recently installed WiFi on the underground making it easier for passengers to work whilst on route.  You can connect up your phone or laptop and get another half an hours worth of work in on your commute to and from the office.

Much of the underground is unused with stations closed off years ago but they are slowly trying to reopen many parts of it to make it easier for commuters.