Take a Great British caravan holiday

Having spent most of my recent trip in Canada staying in a trailer, it took me back to trips of my childhood. Spending time road tripping around were the holidays I enjoyed the most and with both my Grandparents owning their own caravans, it was an easy and obvious travel option for us. If you’ve yet to try your hand at caravanning, here’s my guide to getting the very best from this fantastic holiday.

A man and his caravan

We were lucky to have caravans in our family and whilst deciding to buy a caravan is a big commitment, the investment pays itself off almost instantly from your first trip out in your transport. If you’ve yet to try a caravanning trip, then you can also hire out a caravan or motorhome for a holiday to see if you also get bitten by the bug for caravanning. My Grandad was an ardent fan and signed up member of the Caravan Club, meaning we spent many holidays on one of their sites. Dating back to 1907, the club are experts in all aspects of Caravanning so they’re a great source to use if you’re looking into caravan holidays and one I’d definitely recommend.

The Caravan experience

There is something uniquely special about spending a holiday in a caravan. With vans we used regularly, it really felt like a home away from home. I had my own bedroom and our caravans were kitted out with all the mod cons. Many a ride would have me gazing out of the window watching the countryside fly by, but when I’d had enough, or the weather turned awful, I could lie back in my bed or on the sofa and enjoy the ride, reading without the worry of feeling car sick! And there is truly something special about the sound of rain hitting the caravan- it’s a memory I’ll never forget.

Once the journey for the day is over, it’s time to hook up at one of the many campsites available across the country. With my Grandad’s membership, we were able to stay at one of the many Caravan Club sites across the country. I would enjoy spending time meeting the new family we were staying next to and enjoying the sites. That said, you don’t have to have the membership to be able to stay at the sites, it will just cost more to do so. There are a number of other sites available, which can be located via websites such as UK Campsite which lists and reviews sites by county or town.

Pitches at the caravan sites will hook the caravan up to electric and water and there are shower blocks, laundry rooms and even wifi available. To kit out the caravan with everything needed, we would head for our nearest outdoors style shop but recently I’ve found the Go Outdoors website which is a great place to get everything in one place and at a great price too.

Caravanning destinations

Having taken our caravan to many destinations, there are a few which really stick out in the memory. For me, Dorset holds a special place in my heart and provided many great holidays travelling throughout the county. Weymouth is probably my favourite place to visit with its golden beach and traditional seaside town feel, complete with a thriving harbour. I also enjoyed trips to Corfe Castle and Swanage, as well as trips to Lime Regis and all along the Jurassic Coast. The scenery and landscape here just begs to be explored and there are many campsites available due to Dorset being such a popular destination.

Other great places to take a caravan break include the New Forest, Norfolk and through Wales’ national parks of PembrokeshireBrecon and Snowdonia.