An increasing number of people in the UK are choosing to purchase a motorhome for family holidays. Whether it’s the facility of being able to travel at your own pace, or the opportunity to explore the great outdoors in comfort, the motorhome industry has seen a steady rise in sales over the past few years.
It’s been a long time coming but with the UK currently in the midst of mini heat-wave now is the perfect time for motorhomes to emerge from storage. But with many of Britain’s most dedicated caravanners having already planned their trips, time is running out to book your summer holiday.
We’ve outlined a selection of the best motorhome spots in the UK for anyone still looking to book a trip a summer.
With the UK festival season set to get underway shortly, thousands of music lovers will be beginning their preparations, ensuring they have all the essential camping equipment, that their tent is in full working order, and that have the correct gear to shield them from the elements.
However for motorhome owners across the country, the summer festival season represents the perfect opportunity to take their vehicles out for a long weekend and enjoy camping in comfort. For those with a sense of adventure, there truly is nothing better than waking in your motorhome of a summer morning surrounded by fellow festival-goers.
Motorhome owners have always been attracted to the ideas of wild camping and self-sufficiency and this particular type of camping is very attractive to a lot of those who purchase motorhomes. The freedom to travel where you like and spend time as you please is really something that only a motorhome or campervan enables you to do and it’s quite probably one of the top reasons people buy motorhomes at all.
In popular motorhome areas such as the UK, mainland Europe and places like Australia and New Zealand, however, motorhomes camping in the wild are becoming a problem. The sheer volume of motorhome traffic that these areas attract is becoming problematic and can be a danger to local residents or the environment, particularly in places like national parks or nature reserves.
As such, local authorities are starting to bring in rules about where and how campers are allowed to camp, particularly in busy motorhome areas. The rules, however, are often inconsistently applied and can be incredibly confusing to follow, particularly if you’re travelling between different countries. Such disputes have been the cause of motorhome insurance claims and motorhome owners have also been issued heavy fines for contravening the regulations.
However, a part of the problem does come from motorhome owners themselves. In New Zealand in particular, many motorhome tourists fail to respect the local environment and often leave litter or waste where they shouldn’t. This is something seen all over the world by a very small minority of motorhome owners, but it has causes issues amongst tourists and local residents.
At the moment we’re seeing motorhome travel increasing in popularity and motorhomes, at the same time, are getting bigger and more sophisticated. This is putting the pressure on councils and authorities to act and regulate and we’re in a difficult period where the practical concerns of motorhome owners haven’t yet been ironed out. However, if authorities and the motorhome communities work together to come to amiable solutions, we should see things improving in the near future.
The days are gone when we used to ask fellow campers or consult the route map for great places to camp, nowadays we all go straight to the search engine and after a few swift clicks we’re presented with hundreds of reviews about the areas we’re interested in. The online review system has really revolutionised the way campsites are thinking about attracting customers.
Most campsites in the UK are now listed on an external review site and many even have their own where they can allow customers to give feedback. This is a great tool for campers looking for particular facilities or after specific information that isn’t usually displayed on websites. It also allows for up to date information to take priority over old and out of date sites which can often be misleading for campers, particularly after a change of management.
Motorhome owners in particular tend to prefer to book before they camp as it can be tough to find a pitch on the off-chance, and many are restricted by their motorhome insurance policies as to where they are able to camp. This means, normally, checking out the site online before travelling and that reviews make a real difference to the level of business that campsites are drawing in.
For campsites, this means making that extra effort to ensure that service is good and what is advertised matches up with what is offered. Providing that the bad reviews are always taken with a pinch of salt, it’s an ideal way to introduce a feedback loop into the motorhome and camping industry and it should help to improve facilities and service at the top sites in the UK.
Of course, this all means a little bit of extra focus from campsite owners on quality and, in the short term, things might be tough for sites which are reviewed poorly, but in the long run it should help to ensure quality camping is here to stay at UK campsites.