Some people might tell you that the heyday of caravan holidays in the UK were the decades running from the end of the 1940s through to around the earlier 1970s.
In those austere days, the attractions of overall low-cost holidays meant that statics, tourers and holiday camps, were the mainstay of much British holiday making.
Whilst it is true that the advent of mass tourism to the Mediterranean in the 1960s and 1970s dented popularity of the holiday caravan somewhat, things have changed significantly over more recent times.
Why is this?
The financial and economic traumas that started in 2007 caused many people to look again at how to get out in the open air and have fun but without paying a fortune for that privilege.
Focus switched rapidly to caravans because not only are they cost-effective but their very nature had changed massively since those far-off days of the 1950s etc.
Today, many contain all modern facilities and are fully connected to mains services. Some are equipped to designer-level and are based in some wonderful UK locations.
So, understandably, people began to move back into these traditional holidays and that trend continues.
Here are some great reasons why choosing a touring holiday may be appropriate for you:
- the cost. In today’s cost-conscious environment, why pay more for a holiday if you have to? Either taking your own tourer, hiring one, or staying in a static caravan means you can enjoy all the benefits of luxury accommodation (yes, caravans nowadays really can be luxurious) without a hefty price tag;
- freedom. Caravan holidays give you lots of freedom, whether you are hitting the open road in a tourer, or staying in a static home. If you don’t like your destination, in the case of a tourer, you can simply move on!
- caravan living means you have your very own home from home on wheels. No worries about cramming everything you need for your holiday into a suitcase, then paying baggage fees at the airport. You can simply pile everything you need in to your tourer and off you go – no weight limits and no hassle!
- you can do what you want, when you want. Unlike if you stay in a hotel, where you may have set mealtimes, in your caravan, you are in control. You can cook when you want, or eat out if you prefer, without being tied to the hotel timetable. People with children may particularly enjoy this freedom;
- going abroad in your tourer is easy enough to do. As long as you have continental cover and know the legal driving requirements of the country you are visiting (for example, in France, you are required to carry a breathalyser kit in your vehicle), Europe is your oyster!
- using a tourer to get around means you may see parts of the continent that might simply not be accessible from traditional package tours;
- perhaps the best thing about staying in a caravan is that in the unfortunate event that it does rain, there is nothing that quite beats the feeling of being cosy in your tourer, hearing the pitter patter of raindrop on the caravan rooftop!
Caravanning really can be a fun, rewarding experience. If you are one of the few people who haven’t yet tried it, maybe your next holiday could be the one where you do!