It is often the dream of many boat owners to travel the world safely on…
For people who like to travel with no boundaries and no limits, a motorhome or campervan trip can be one of the best choices for the ultimate freedom of travel.
The open road lures many campervanners. Even though some countries can be less kind for motorhome or campervans, most are still achievable whether it’s getting around Tel Aviv’s gritty and unknown roads, the outskirts of Bangkok or the mountainous Mandalay. However, a good place for campervanning newbies to start is the UK and Europe.
Starting in the UK
Obviously the countryside and coastal areas will be much better, compared to staying over in a car park or service stations and you can camp on most unenclosed land (just make sure you don’t end up on private fields!).
There are many idyllic beaches in the UK where you and your friends can take in breath taking views whilst enjoying time together. You could wake up at the foot of one mountain in Wales, go on a hike and then drive to the next destination together the next day – no packing up wet tents needed!
After some camping (glamping) practice around the UK, you can glide across to Europe in your campervan and motorhome.
The west side of Europe is already well equipped for people wanting to take motorhome or campervan trips. There are plenty of campsites that have good facilities such as electricity, water and washing services – although you can take the cheaper and more off-beat option of driving across the borders of different countries and discover the places that organised tours just don’t have time for – like the small rural villages and just taking time to appreciate beautiful scenery.
Campervans are good for the budget as you can cook your own food. You’ve got your own sink, a hob and grill and your own cooking utensils, pots and pans. Ok, so the fridge may not be that big but still enough space to pick up some bits & pieces as you explore. Motorhomes will generally have more space (some with a double oven!) so that may be a better option if there’s a big group of people on the trip.
Having roof boxes or racks on the back of the vehicle means that you can take surfboards, bikes and other outdoorsy type gear for your trip, so the cost of hiring equipment isn’t needed.
Campervan trips are wonderfully simple to prepare for, just fill up the tank, bring some food and make sure you have suitable campervan or motorhome insurance to put your mind at ease.
Sausages sizzling on the hob, a cup of tea and the fresh sea air drifting through the windows – perfect!