Should you consider a caravan vacation?
If you’re an experienced caravan vacationer, then you’ll have your pre-expedition routine down to a fine art. But, for the uninitiated, there’s a lot to think about before loading everything up and hitting the great open road in search of fun, relaxation, and the kind of bonding experience that great travel experiences are made of.
Here’s some tips on how to tackle a caravan vacation.
Deciding when to go
If you’re travelling during peak periods or summer vacation season, you’ll quickly realise that there are some down-sides to going on a caravan vacation at precisely the same time as when the rest of the world wants to go on a caravan vacation — the roads will be busy, campsites will be booked, and prices will be high.
Ideally, you want to avoid school breaks, but it might be unavoidable. Keep an eye out for local events or festivals — this could be a reason to travel, but if you’re not interested in cheese rolling or kite flying or whatever the local festival is then you might be better off choosing a different time to visit.
Choose what sort of holiday you want to have
There are some great caravan parks in some of the world’s most stunning locations, so to help narrow down your search you need to try and visualise what you’d like to be doing on your vacation. Lying on the beach? Hiking up rugged hills? Wandering through woodland? The activities that you want to undertake will play a big factor in finding the destination that’s right for you.
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Book a site
Caravan parks will vary enormously in terms of what facilities are available, so you need to shop around. You’ll also need to book ahead, as the good ones get snapped up quickly.
Will you need wifi? Will you want a swimming pool? Will you need to do laundry? Will you need easy access to a local shop or a supermarket? Are you taking the dog? All of these questions will help narrow your search.
Most caravan parks will carry some sort of grading from the relevant tourism authority — gradings aren’t any reflection on service, but do give you some guidance on the types of facilities that you can expect to find. Recommendations from friends and family are always helpful, however review sites can sometimes offer a distorted perspective.
When you’re towing a caravan, it’s tempting to just pack everything that you might possibly need. This is an easy mistake to make, but the more stuff you take with you then the less room you’re going to have in your caravan and the harder it will be to find anything that you actually need.