We are all familiar with the impact Covid 19 has had on foreign travel and the popularity of staycations but even before the challenges of lockdowns and travel bans camper van and motorhome ownership has been steadily rising around 7% per annum with around 250,000 registered vehicles on the road and the demand for vehicles this August was up 60% on last year.
Here Ed Bassett, our UK general manager, explores all that’s great about the British love of camping and caravans and why you should join this wonderful community by buying your own vehicle
Reason 1 : Every weekend is an adventure
Imagine getting up on a Saturday, packing a small bag and hitting the road. Go visit relatives, a National Park, the beach, a campsite. You can plan an activity or just simply see where the road takes you. It’s fantastic for your wellbeing to get away from your routine and the pressures that often overwhelm us at home. The change of scene, a country walk, some fresh air and you can travel as far away as you wish depending on how you feel on the day. With apps such as Park4Night, Campmate or Camperstops there are so many options on places to stay you’ll never be short of ideas. If you want to take longer how about one of the following roadtrip ideas ;
How about a Portugese Roadtrip next Summer? or if you want more activity perhaps a Kayak or Canoe Holiday in your Camper? or fancy beautiful Scotland then plan the iconic The North Coast 500 which takes you all around the country capturing some breath-taking scenery. I want to do this soon once Covid has calmed down.
Reason 2 : You save on hotel bills
You want to go and visit the kids at University, catch up with some friends in London or travel to a festival or sports event. Perhaps you just need a change of scene for a few days. We normally use hotels or Airbnb rooms right? The average price of a campsite pitch with electricity is around £20 to £25 per night. With 2 to 4 people travelling that compares very well per head with a cost of £73 for an average hotel room rate (for 2 people) and £153 in London Source : Finder Hotel Prices. You have a bed, sink, kitchen facilities including fridge and sink, shower and toilets in motorhomes (and in some campers) and power. You have heating and air con (in some units) so effectively it’s a mobile hotel room !
Reason 3 : You are joining a camping community
#Vanlife is all the rage but long before this owning a camper, caravan or motorhome put you into a rather cool club of people who appreciated the outdoors, sought out adventure and shared campfire stories over a glass of wine discussing places to visit and types of vans to try and buy. If you have ever been to a Camping Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham, you’ll feel the excitement and energy as people explore new vehicles and catch up with old friends. You can join up with the Camping and Caravanning Club with 100 years of experience, access to over 100 owned campsites offering discounts and ideas on all things camping for just £41 per annum. It’s a true community of like minded souls.
Reason 4 : We think it’s good for your health and wellbeing!
Stick your bike on the back, your kayak on the roof or just take your hiking boots. Chances are you’ll do more, travel more, learn more and walk more and probably try more exciting activities once you get yourself a cool camper. You’ll wake to the sound of wildlife and sleep under the stars.
Don’t let chilly nights keep you indoors. With the right all-weather gear you can use your camper all year round. It’s good for your mental health to be outdoors in nature and away from the googlebox. You’ll become more outdoorsy, more resilient and more grateful of the simple pleasures in life. What’s more you get to make memories based on real adventure with the ones you love. Who doesn’t like the sound of Island hopping around Greece in a camper……heaven.
Reason 5 : You can rent out your vehicle when you aren’t using it for up to £8000 per annum
Being a platform that helps owners rent out their vehicles of course we have to have this in the Top 5. Over 900 people now think it’s a good idea too. You choose when you rent it, how much you charge and Camptoo takes care of marketing, helping with insurance, taking bookings and payments on your behalf. You can vet the renters and decide which bookings you want to take on.
If you want to explore the #vanlife why not ‘try before you buy’ or if you think owning and renting with Camptoo is for you then click here