During times of economic uncertainty there is a tendency to cut back on spending and holidays abroad are commonly postponed until times when money is not so tight.
More and more Britons are opting to holiday at home and caravanning is becoming an increasingly popular way to enjoy yourself without straying too far.
Some well known celebrities are adding to the caravan craze and the likes of Jamie Oliver and car enthusiast Jay Kay are backing the latest trend, making caravanning and motorhoming fashionable as well as popular.
There are more and more music festivals being held all over Great Britain and taking your caravan along means you have somewhere more comfortable to rest your head after the day’s activities.
Whatever the reason for taking a break, there are hundreds of caravan parks to take your pick from. Lake and seaside destinations are ideal if you fancy a holiday by the water. You can also set yourself up in the countryside or near a city meaning you can tailor the trip to suit yourself.
An increasing awareness of the environmental impact of flying abroad means people are looking for greener ways to go on holiday. Caravanning is considered an environmentally friendly way of taking a break and this fresh new image is adding to the appeal of caravan holidays.
Caravan and motorhome sales have been rising in the United Kingdom where the famously unpredictable weather can be overcome by owners as these portable homes provide the perfect opportunity to make the most of the sun the moment it makes an appearance.
If you are planning to purchase your own caravan then there are a few handy things to look out for. Buying a second hand caravan privately can be a much cheaper option than buying through a dealer and if you are prepared to travel you can pretty much choose whatever caravan you want. If you are looking for a bargain you are more likely to find one in the early winter months as people finish touring for the season.
Before you buy a caravan make sure you inspect it thoroughly in daylight and if you are not mechanically minded then bring along someone that is.
Look out for vans that include all the essential accessories in the sale price as it is well worth paying a little extra to save future expense. Look out for leisure batteries, battery chargers, gas bottles, electric hook-ups, hitch locks and TV equipment. Also, having an awning included that is the right size for your caravan is particularly valuable.
Before you take to the roads make sure you know the basics of towing a caravan and are informed about the correct speed limit you are restricted to and so on. If you intend towing your purchase home, remember it is your responsibility to ensure the vehicle is roadworthy and is correctly and safely hitched.
Making sure you have caravan insurance in place before you set off is essential as well.
Adam Singleton writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.