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As the summer heatwave continues, the popularity of staycations continues to soar within the UK. In fact, analysts at the Centre for Economic and Business Research estimate there are 755,000 caravans and motorhomes on UK roads, a figure it expects will rise to 889,000 by 2030.
Caravanning has increased in popularity in the past decade with Families seeking cheaper alternatives to a trip abroad. Once the initial cost of the caravan, tent or motor home has been covered, you’re then free to roam wherever you choose.
So what makes caravanning such an attractive holiday? Trusted Dealers takes a look at some of the many benefits of a caravanning holiday below:
1 Get away from it all
A survey by Mintel found that ‘getting away from it all’ was one of the key attractions to a carvanning holiday with 42 per cent of people welcoming the opportunity to be disconnected from the outside world for a few days to be at one with nature.
2 Save money
Families can save on travel costs by travelling within the UK as opposed to paying for expensive flights and accommodation abroad. A reduction in petrol prices over the past 3 years has also been a catalyst for families to favour a caravanning holiday and experience the outdoors.
3 Be at one with nature
A report published by the Wildlife Trust found that children have become increasingly separated from nature. It highlighted that fewer than 10 per cent of children played in natural areas, with 78 per cent of parents concerned their children don’t spend enough time interacting with nature and wildlife. A caravanning holiday provides the perfect environment for children to become reconnected with the outdoors and is a healthy option for people of all ages.
4 Risk the climate
The government’s Climate Change Risk Assessment report (produced every five years) predicts that future climate change is likely to improve the appeal of the UK as a holiday destination for both UK and overseas visitors with increased summer temperatures and a longer summer season.
5 No need to tow
If you want to save on fuel costs, why not visit a static caravan for a holiday, or even own one yourself? You’ll find static caravans at many campsites throughout the country and the benefits include the hassle of having to tow a large vehicle across the country, which is guaranteed to cost you more at the pump.
6 Gain access to great facilities
Campsites have really improved over the years and there are now some state of the art sites to choose from if you feel the need to really indulge. Most campsites will offer you access to a heated indoor or outdoor swimming pool and some even have gyms and a range of other facilities to keep children occupied such as adventure playgrounds, soft play areas, even bowling alleys!
7 Enjoy owner benefits
As a caravan owner, you may become eligible for a number of other opportunities that you wouldn’t otherwise get whilst on holiday, for example, discounts on tourist experiences in the surrounding area, or you may be able to enjoy exclusive facilities. Each different caravan park will have its own benefits offered to owners, so check to find out which perks are available.
8 Discover new locations
Owning a caravan allows you the chance to explore what’s on your own doorstep and beyond. Many of us feel the need to fly off into the sunset in order to gain true holiday satisfaction, but there are actually some excellent holiday locations within the UK that can offer just as much pleasure and perks. Choose an area and you are the free to explore it in as much detail as you wish without the time or money constraints of a package holiday.