Plan a caravan holiday

Travelling by caravan isn’t just for the hard-up. It’s also an amazingly convenient way to take a long, multi-stop vacation.

For the doubters and sceptics, we take a look at why a caravan holiday could be the best way to travel.

Advantages of travelling by caravan

Ever get sick of lugging your suitcase from place to place, and having to repeatedly re-pack your belongings? If you’re taking a trip that involves several stops or stages, travelling by motorhome means your accommodation travels with you. There’s no check in or check out time, so you can live by your own schedule. And you won’t have to tidy away your stuff before making your way to the next destination.

Nor will you have to deal with noisy hotel guests waking you up in the middle of the night – a big boost to people travelling with young families. You’ll even get to choose your own views, so there’s no more paying extra for sea vistas. 

There is also, of course, the money you’ll save. Not spending money on accommodation means you’ll have more to put towards fun attractions, great meals and gifts for family and friends.

How to rent a caravan

A quick internet search shows you just how many motorhome rental options are out there. And where there is choice, there is usually a cheaper quote. Shop around to find the best deal before committing yourself, but remember to check out reviews by other holidaymakers so you can be sure the company is reliable. specialises in motor home rentals in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, so you can trust that they have worldwide experience. 

Kamper Hire also has plenty of options, with a modern fleet of vehicles. They’re also offering a 15% discount for 2015 bookings so make a move quickly if you’d like to take advantage of this deal.

Wicked Campers caters to students and 20-somethings looking to hire a camper van but their pricing is competitive and they offer users an instant quote, so they’re worth checking out. They also have virtual tours of their two and five-seater campers; perfect if you want to know what you’ll be getting for your money before booking.

And if a classic VW camper is what you’re after, O’Connor’s Campers may have the perfect vehicle. Browse their selection and you’ll find lots of two, four and six berth classic campers, lovingly preserved and available in lots of bright colours.

Caravan holiday inspiration

The UK’s vast road network means there are plenty of options for camper van holidays around the country. Scotland is particularly popular with camper van holidaymakers, thanks to the breathtaking seaside and mountain views that you could wake up next to. Visit Scotland has more information on camper van holidays in Scotland.

In Europe, France is a popular camper van holiday destination too; and further afield, New Zealand has many fans amongst motor home enthusiasts. For more tips on how to have a successful camper van holiday, this collection of readers’ tips in the Telegraph has some great advice.

Have you ever tried a camper van holiday?

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21st Jun 2020
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I am afraid I must point out a small problem that I noticed from the editoral.
In travelling abroad in your leisure vehicle be it caravan or motorhome there is a vast difference in the places you can visit. In Europe 99% of caravans must stay on camp sites and pay their fees and then use your tow vehicle to see the sights. With a motorhome you are able to park on a site and pay their fees BUT you are also allowed to "wild camp" (as shown in the photo) and pay very little or no fees at all.
Wild camping is as it sounds camping in the wild with no or little ammenities,like electricity,shops,showers and toilets. Every thing you want, you have to provide your self and you have to provide your own security. In the middle of nowhere you have to be able to cope with what life throws at you. In the many years Liz and I have motorhomed we have done most things sites,aires middle of nowhere and on the beach miles from anywhere.
You have to ask yourselves what you want from your holiday and then buy your equipment to match your wants. A huge American RV will give you all the luxuries you need/want but will not get you down those narrow lanes to the sites with WOW
Factor either from views or isolation.
On line travel blogs are a great way of finding how someone else, maybe with similar views to you, has done it.
20th May 2019
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I retired a few years ago, now single and brought myself a small caravan and want to get away for a bit 3 weeks sounds good to me, but I don't have a clue where to go, I live in Devon but don't know anything about caravaning in Devon. I don't want nightlife or clubs or bars or pubs, well don't mind the odd pub or two I've been in the catering and entertainment business for 30 years, I just want a peaceful relaxing quiet place for me and my best friend Louie (Yorkie jack Russel cross) to sit, walk,generally chill out .i want to stay in the west country so any recommendations would be gratefully appreciated. Needs to have electric hook up other than that any place will do.
21st Jun 2020
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There are campsites in the UK that suit every type of person. A suggestion for you EddieT could to join one of the 2 big camping organisations The Caravan club or the camping and caravan club (I know they have changed their names just lately but you know who I mean).
Why I hear you ask I don't want to stay with dozens of vans and barking children and screaming dogs !!!!
Both clubs also do what are generally called 5 van sites. These are farms homes and businesses that have a little field maybe with/without toilets ,with/without electicity but with something unique. This might be in the middle of a working farm,the middle of nowhere or near to somewhere. As the name suggests it is a tiny site usually quiet and cheap. It's not often that you can have a very fresh egg or 2 for brekfast or fresh veg for your tea(that you may have picked yourself).
The other thing is that you are helping afarm/individual survive by paying them rather than a consortium
the grey nomad
12th Sep 2015
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we have been motorhomeing for the past 14 years and have travelled all around England and enjoyed every mile of it
6th Mar 2015
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Am I being dumb? I'm looking for the name of where the picture showing was taken. I can't even work out if it's in the UK or abroad. We have a motorhome and would love to visit this place.
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Sorry .. only just seen your question .. hope it's not too late to tell you where the picture is .. it's Geirangerfjord in Norway .. hope you find yourself there one day soon 🙂
20th May 2019
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