Most travellers are enchanted by the idea of living a nomadic, gypsy lifestyle. The idea of selling up, quitting your job and other commitments and travelling wherever your mood takes you is undoubtedly a tempting one.
While filling a backpack and jetting off to Southeast Asia is certainly an option, there are other ways of living the traveller lifestyle closer to home. Caravanning is currently making a comeback – it’s no longer just the domain of retirees and Sunday drivers.
Stop in at any music festival or ‘new age’ gathering and it won’t be long before you see a caravan. The idea of living a nomadic lifestyle and travelling by caravan was popular with young people in the 1960s and it’s now seeing a revival with Generation Y (people in their 20s and 30s) who are enjoying the pleasures of simple, retro-style travel that doesn’t require a long haul flight.
If you’re interested in the idea of starting a caravan journey in the UK but you don’t know where to begin, the Caravan Club website is a great place to start. There are plenty of tips for where to go, choosing a caravan and safety advice and training courses.
Caravan touring ideas in the UK
There are thousands of caravan sites all over the UK, so wherever you’d like to travel, it’s pretty guaranteed that there’ll be somewhere you can settle down for the night close by.
The great thing about caravanning is that you essentially bring your home with you so there’s no need to worry about trying to pitch a tent in the pouring rain or pay for expensive hotel rooms. You can travel for as long or short a time as you wish and either stay in the UK or cross the channel into Europe and beyond – the possibilities really are limitless!
Caravan sites in the UK range from simple places to park up to sites with facilities including showers and toilets, fresh water, tv connections and drainage. Some sites also have holiday cottages within the grounds, which is great if you want to enjoy a holiday with friends who don’t have a caravan.
Staying somewhere surrounded by picturesque scenery or a popular tourist attraction is an obvious choice and so there are usually lots of options for caravan sites in these areas. Whether you prefer staying by the coast, near a big city or in more rural areas, you can plan your route to include caravan sites that suit you.
Choosing a caravan
The caravan you choose to tour with is an important part of the experience and if you’re thinking of buying a caravan, it’s wise to take time to do proper research and not rush your decision.