24 April 2013

Caravan Holidays for the Family.

Recently the lovely Lisa Pearson of Mummy Whisperer fame, her handsome hubby and gorgeous two children came to Brighton on a short holiday.

They had driven down from where they live in Hertfordshire in a motorhome they'd hired, which also housed all of them while they were away.  It was fantastic - and it wasn't just all our kids who had a great time in it!


Lisa with Curly Headed Boy and Little Dimples.

We discussed how we might previously have been a bit snobby about staying on campsites and such matters, but this vehicle was so upmarket that we both became instant converts and, actually, it was even quite exciting, so it's definitely something to consider in the future for us.

As luck would have it, as I was exploring further, this company put themselves forward as experts on holidaying in campervans and I agreed to feature them.

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Travelling with kids can come at a great expense especially when travelling abroad. The cost
for a package holiday abroad for a small family can run into the thousands.

With a campervan you and your family are in total control of your holiday, a freedom and
luxury that can’t be found with a package holiday deal which will mean you are stuck at the
one destination for the whole time. A campervan holiday enables you to travel far and
wide with the added bonus of being able to choose where to go and when.

They are easy and hassle free to run while motorhome insurance is cheap to come by. They combine accommodation and transportation at a fraction of the price of foreign holidays and
are becoming a more popular choice in the current economic climate.

Holidays in the campervan always tend to be cheaper than going abroad, especially if you are
looking to go on at the last minute. You can literally just get up and go,
hit the road and see where it takes you. To go overseas on a whim at the last minute could run
you into the thousands and is simply not possible for many.

For the price of one family foreign trip you could go on holiday three or four times a year
in one.  There is a world around us that many ignore in favour of holidays abroad
but in a campervan in the UK alone you can explore the Lake District in the North West of
England, Glen Nevis in Scotland, The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland or Llanberis
Pass in Wales. They are some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world and cheap to get
to.

Another advantage of a motor-home is the simple cost of food. Children can be picky eaters
at the best of time and may not enjoy the local cuisine abroad, not to mention the expense for
parents. Most campervans come with a kitchen, here you can whip up your kids favourites
and your own. Nothing compares to home cooked meals and it means you don’t spend a
fortune like you would if you were eating out.

Children can have many home comforts in a motorhome that they would not get if travelling
by car or air for long periods. If they get irritable or bored, you can simply stop off for a rest
and there are plenty of family orientated campsites for them to enjoy. Campervan holidays
have the advantage of letting you dictate the holiday.

26 comments:

  1. We used to do lots of caravan holidays when I was a child. I'm hankering after going again, I've even started up a rather romantic and totally impractical Pinterest board which I must start adding to again http://pinterest.com/missielizzieb/caravanning/

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    1. Thanks for that Liz - I'm definitely a convert -they definitely beat tents! :)

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  2. i definitely want to do a campervan holiday with the kids in years to come. We stayed in a static caravan last year and although it wasn't the height of comfort the kids thought it was a massive adventure!!

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  3. That was definitely how all of ours saw it too - and the flexibility is very appealing!

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  4. Totally agree with what your guest poster suggested, they make fabulous holidays for kids and we really enjoyed our short trip. It's great when even the accommodation is an adventure for the kids, makes keeping them occupied so much easier!
    We'll get you guys in our tent next ;o)

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    1. It was fab to get inside one and see the space and experience the potential for myself. It certainly seemed great fun, especially for the children as you say. The tent thing? When it's warm, not promising, but perhaps... !

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  5. My Grandparents had a campervan in the 80s and I remember my mum being a bit snobby about it so it's never been something that appealed to me but I have seen some recently that would put a few hotels to shame. Maybe I'll be a bit more open minded now!

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    1. I know what you mean - and seeing Lisa's opened my mind!

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  6. How cool does that caravan look? And big!

    I have a dream of hiring an old skool silver American mahoosive caravan and driving across the States... next year ey? *dreams on*

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    1. It was HUGE, Imagine the American ones!

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  7. I've always fancied doing a campervan. I think its the whole retro thing. The problem is with a 6ft 5 1\2 inch husband and two children, they really aren't big enough. But I did see a huge silver one recently at a show. It was amazing, definitely big enough for all of us, well it would be with a price tag of over 100,000 :@

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    1. That's a tall order thought - ha ha! Again, the American ones might be more appropriate? The big beauties come with a hefty price tag. I didn't realise you could hire them!

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  8. We fancied hiring a motor home and driving through France this summer but found it to be ridiculously expensive! One day, I would love to do this through Canada. For now, we are plumping for a traditional mobile home on a campsite!

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    1. That all sounds wonderful - and I bet you'll still have fun anyhow!:)

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  9. For our honeymoon we took a campervan round New Zealand. It was amazing! Not only did I fall in love with the country, but also their 5* campsites. Some of them had nicer showers than I do at home!

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    1. That made me laugh! These things are much more upmarket than I imagined - and that's a great idea for NZ. *Adds it to mental to-do list.*

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  10. That caravan looks really, really cool. I think I would much prefer a campervan as opposed to camping! X.

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  11. Love the pic!! The motorhome looks really roomy, more so than you would imagine! :) We used to go caravanning when I was a child and I had such great summers away with friends. Really need to look into camping for myself and L - mini adventures ahoy!

    Sim x

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    1. We did it as a child too - but this is another league! We should do it together Sim xx

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  12. I got so excited when I saw your post as I thought you'd FINALLY bit the bullet and done some camping albeit glamping it up in a swish motorhome. The fact that you've even posted must mean you're nearly converted! Hooray.
    One summer camping in France we used to watch (with slight envy) as motorhomes rocked up. All they needed to do was pull out two deckchairs and they were set - not the endless unpacking and assembling with 'proper' campers! x

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    1. Mmm. Much more my style! Not that anyone will be looking at you with any envy when your rock up around the world in your boat! ;)

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  13. My children would consider a drive across Iowa the grandest of holidays if they were riding in one of these. And I cannot blame them as I felt exactly the same way when I was eight, so unfortunate that we were not all 8 at exactly the same time. Such fun!

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    1. Now there's a novel thought - wouldn't that journey be incredible? :)

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  14. Do you know what motorhome make/model was it? Even if you don't, they have really come on leaps and bounds in the last 10 years, so they are all good.

    There is of course still the belief amongst normal folk it's a dirty smelly business motorhoming/caravanning. Which makes us laugh, staying in cheap hotels, how well was that room, bedding etc cleaned before you go there, and how dirty was the previous guest! Atleast caravanning/motorhoming your in your OWN bed :)

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    1. I'm sorry I don't know, but it was a fine piece of machinery and certainly spick and span from what I could see and definitely opened my eyes and mind. I would never rule it out, but tents are still, probably, a no go, unless I'm somewhere very hot! Thank you for commenting. :)

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