The easing of lockdown restrictions remains on track, meaning that from April 12 you can take a holiday within England with members of your household provided you stay in self-contained accommodation.
Motorhomes, caravans and campervans look sure to be popular methods for staycations this year. Sales of them soared ahead of last summer, while in September motorhome rental bookings for 2021 were already up by 200%.
If you’re going to be hitting the road in a motorhome, we’ve put together a few tips to make sure you get the best break possible.
Benefits of motorhome travel
The obvious benefit of holidaying in a campervan is that you’re not tied to a single destination. If you head to a location and decide it’s not what you expected, you are free to move on and find somewhere new.
You’ll also have more room to take things with you. There’ll be no need to limit the number of books or things you take to keep the younger members of your party occupied.
Given the current circumstances, the great thing about a motorhome is that you can visit friends and family that live further afield and be able to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation.
To rent or buy?
For a party of two, hiring a motorhome for a holiday can be quite a cost-effective way of getting away. Of course, the more people you need the vehicle to sleep, the higher the price will be.
Only select a motorhome that sleeps the amount of people who will be travelling in your party so you can stick to your budget.
If you think motorhome holidays could become a fixture in your future it would be worth considering buying one outright. Although it will be more expensive at first, you won’t have to pay accommodation fees for a staycation again.
Planning your route
When you’re going to be spending a lot of time on the road, it’s a good idea to have a solid plan in place before setting off. The last thing you want is to arrive at your destination and be struggling to find somewhere to park up for the night.
There are several great road trips you can take in the UK and doing your research beforehand will enable you to make the most of everything your route and destination have to offer.
Buy all the necessary supplies
Just like having your route prepared, making sure you’re well-stocked with food, water and other supplies is key to a stress-free break.
Unlike most holidays, you’ll need cooking equipment and cutlery, cleaning goods and gas bottles. Make sure you have an adaptor to hook up to mains electricity too.
Check your cover
Even if you have your motorhome serviced shortly before your holiday, it’s a good idea to make sure you have breakdown cover in place.
Things are liable to go wrong when covering long distances. Even if you kept on top of maintenance in the build-up to your break, having the option to call for assistance minimises the risk of you being stranded by the roadside.