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Ditch the Tent and Opt for Some Luxury Caravan Action

Tents. Who needs ’em? Ditch the pitch and experience the wheeled wonders of your new home from home…

If you’ve never considered caravan holidays, let’s be honest – it’s probably because of the outdated but enduring negative connotations of the pursuit. We’ve all been stuck behind some barnacled box lumbering unsteadily down the slow lane of the motorway, and in your imagination you’ve probably visualised it filled to the brim with kids’ stuff, unwitting dogs being hurled around inside it, ’70s laminated décor, a cooker that doesn’t work and an unwilling, moody family being dragged along on a mad dad’s whim.

It’s an unfair stereotype, and one that really need no longer apply. High-end camping is a serious and increasingly popular option, and when it comes to luxury, caravan holidays really do have no limits. Akin to those US behemoths you see trucking down highways with a car in tow, witness a recent article in the national press revealing the UK’s most expensive motorhome. For a cool £550,000 for a 20-year lease, you get marble floors in the bathroom, double glazing, fitted wardrobes and underfloor heating.

Or there’s Top Gear’s recent item on a £750,000 motor home, offering granite surfaces, plasma-screen TVs, a Jacuzzi and space to store… a car.

Or if you’re looking for a more granola justification – taking a caravan holiday in the UK could there be than doing your bit to save our beleaguered environment! Most people have felt at least a pang of guilt about stepping off that all-too-easy jet flight to tourist destination, racking up air miles, cranking up their carbon footprint and then doing it all again at the end of the holiday – not to mention the not inconsiderable costs and inconvenience of getting to the airport, parking for a week, being cooped up on the flight itself and so on. Caravan holiday parks boost the UK economy and are a family friendly alternative that offers no such obstacles.

Advantages are plentiful. Look into caravan holidays in North Devon for example, which come at all ranges from Gold standard to good value-for-money options, and you’ll enjoy access to close-by beaches, shelter from the weather if you’re off-season, a secure place to store your valuables and – pity the rest of those poor campers, surfers and waterborne thrill-seekers – ample room to store your boards, wet suits, kayaks etc while enjoying your own cooking. Plus, Surf Gods be praised, you’ll have a warm shower afterwards. And the best thing about it? You don’t even need to bring your own caravan!! It’s already there.

If a caravan was good enough for Steve Coogan’s legendary comic character Alan Partridge to live in, it’s surely good enough for anyone.

This is a guest post from Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks.

Are you one for a little caravan luxury?

Photo Credit: Auntie P

2 Responses to Ditch the Tent and Opt for Some Luxury Caravan Action

  1. Christine Hicklin Reply

    March 22, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    My husband is dead against caravan holidays having had a horrible experience as a child on a caravan holiday – and we are going back a lot of years – when he woke up in his bed covered in earwigs!! However, things have moved on, except his view of caravan holidays. If I can just get him to try a modern van, that would be great!

    • The Blighty Traveller Reply

      March 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm

      I think if I woke to find earwigs in my bed I would also be put off for life! I’m pretty sure these days though that earwigs ‘are not included’ 🙂

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