Staycationing is becoming a popular option for British holidaymakers under the current climate. It doesn’t mean you go bored by not going abroad.
Hiring a campervan or motorhome is a great way to take a break. No need to start with the stress of pitching a tent at each site you visit, you are free to hit the road and explore, literally taking your home comforts wherever you go.
Unless leaving everyday life behind for good, it makes perfect sense to rent, as opposed to purchase if you only intend to use the van for one or two weeks a year. Thankfully there are some great Motorhome and Campervan Hire options throughout the UK. From classic VW campers to get your Glastonbury vibe on, to larger, family-friendly motorhomes, the trick is to work out what it is you need. Do you want all out style, compromising space, something retro or more modern?
Something to consider when planning the van is who your campmates are – travelling solo, to being a cutesy couple to campervanning with kids all have their own challenges.
Once you have the perfect van then the location is next. The UK’s roads system is fantastic and life draining traffic jams aside, once you have a route planned you can get to almost anywhere!
These suggestions though inexhaustive offer something for everyone:
The Broads through to the North Norfolk Coast
Driving westward along the coast from the gorgeous cathedral city of Norwich you can take in Cromer, Cley-next-the-Sea, Wells-next-the-Sea and Burnham Market before parking up in Hunstanton on the Wash. Best in Summer, this drive offers up a plethera of picturesque coastline activities including bird-watching, picnicking and crabbing as well as many a fine eatery along the way.
Dorset’s Jurassic Coast
Beginning in Dorchester with the dinosaur museum, you can then continue the dinosaur/fossil theme travelling through Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Lulworth, Kimmeridge and Corfe Castle, parking up in Swanage’s sandy beaches. Perfect for budding paleontologists, spend your days hunting for fossils, renting sailboats and kayaks or simply building sandcastles on the beaches. Some fantastic campsites mark the route but best before the late summer crowds join you.
The English Borders and Offa’s Dyke
This route takes you from the English borders over Wenlock Edge and around the Long Mynd into the wonderful Welsh countryside running alongside Offa’s Dyke. With wonderful places to stay, castles that kids and adults alike will love to explore, grand country houses to visit, steam trains and the chance to glide over the astonishing Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in a barge, this tour truly has something for all.
Going Wild in West Scotland
Start in Inveraray and end in Plokton. En route take in Oban, Glencoe, Smirisary, Mallaig, Armadale and the Kyle of Lochalsh, experiencing truly some of the most breathtaking scenery found across all of Europe. Go wild on a route offering the chance to explore mountains, waterfalls and lakes. Don’t forget the canoe to truly indulge in all this route has to offer.
Enjoying the freedom of a CamperVan holiday really allows you to go wild in the country!