More and more Brits are choosing to holiday in the UK than ever before. This August bank holiday weekend, campsites, theme parks and attractions across the country are expecting to see some 3.6 million new visitors according to Visit England.
Whether this rise in ‘staycationers’ has been triggered by the recession, or a new-found love for our fair Isles following the unprecedented success of the Olympics, Britain is once again the holiday destination of choice.
If, like many others, you are thinking about investing in a caravan, you have two basic choices – the tourer, or the static. Here are a few points about each to help you make up your mind.
Touring caravans tend to bring to mind the more old-fashioned idea of camping, but in essence, tourers are popular holiday homes that are designed to be towed from place to place by a car or truck.
You have the flexibility to move to them to different locations, including taking them across the Channel and into Europe.
Having instant access to a caravan means you can go on holiday at a moment’s notice without worrying about costly accommodation. There are over 3000 campsites across the UK so there’s no shortage of locations to visit.
You’ll need to figure out where to keep it. The smallest caravans can be kept in standard-size garages, but anything larger will need to go on a driveway or in storage. Check the local byelaws for your area as some councils have restrictions. Storage can be arranged with the Caravan Club who have sites across the UK, contact them directly for information and costs.
You need to make sure you have a car with good enough tow power to safely lead your caravan from one place to another. Don’t buy one and then realise you don’t have the horsepower to get it anywhere.
You can take it away any time of year but may have difficulty finding somewhere with facilities to put it as many campsites close them outside of the peak holiday season.
Static Caravans, a.k.a Holiday, or Mobile Homes
Static caravans are considered to be at the more luxurious end of the caravanning scale. They are more spacious than tourers, but less mobile and designed to stay in one location, however they can be moved with a low-loading HGV.
Mobile homes have all the creature comforts of your own house. Expect plenty of space, multiple bedrooms, fitted kitchens with gas appliances, central heating and double-glazing.
No towing means no special vehicle, or equipment for your own is required.
You can access them as many times as you like, take a holiday every weekend if you want to!
If you leave your holiday home at a reputable park, it will be secured and maintained, meaning that simple tasks such as cutting the grass and disposing of rubbish are taken care of. They can even manage sub-lettings to other holidaymakers when you aren’t using it to earn you an income. Plus at their sites, you can access the exclusive ‘Owners Club’ which includes privileges such as private access to swimming or spa facilities, free teas and coffees in the Owner’s Lounge or discounted rates on experience days.
If you choose to purchase one on a holiday park, you may not be able to access it during the winter months due to seasonal closures.
Despite their name, mobile homes are in fact not that mobile. They can be moved with the right equipment but costs vary greatly depending on the size of your mobile home and the distance it needs to move.
Whichever caravan option you deem to be the right one for you, you can be sure that campsites and attractions across the country are gearing up to offer you a warm enough welcome and stay to make you want to keep on coming back. If you’re serious about setting the family up with plenty of holidays and seaside fun every year, check out the availability of tourers and static caravans for sale online.
Make the most of it, there’s never been a better time to be a British holidaymaker.