Whilst many motorhome owners will be putting their vehicles away in storage for the winter, there are still plenty of enthusiasts who will be making full use of their motorhome over the winter months and Christmas period.
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.
According to the New Zealand Motor Caravan association, motorhome and campervan visitors to the ancient islands have doubled over the last decade with numbers visiting every year now around 110,000. Many of these visitors come from the UK and Australia and for British campers New Zealand remains a top ‘must-see’ destination.
Camping in New Zealand is big business and because of the remote nature of the islands, campervan and motorhome hire companies are more or less guaranteed business. Very few visitors to New Zealand from the UK take their own motorhomes and, if they do, they can be assured of a very long boat trip indeed. This is, of course, great for the New Zealand economy as all of the tourist cash stays within the borders with motorhomes, motorhome insurance and supplies being provided domestically.
Many regular visitors even choose to purchase a motorhome in New Zealand, rather than here in the UK, for use when they visit. Aided by a third party driver, it’s possible to take a trip around the islands and leave your motorhome ready and waiting for the next visit. This is great news, too, for the camping business in New Zealand and for those offering their services as a driver or for storage.
On top of this, New Zealand is becoming increasingly accessible for visitors from the UK. Flights to the other side of the world are most definitely becoming cheaper and fuel prices are considerably lower in New Zealand than in the UK. The price gap between a holiday on the continent and somewhere like New Zealand isn’t quite closed yet, but it’s getting much smaller.
Increased visitors to places like New Zealand is reflective of the way that the market for motorhomes and the demand for motorhome holidays is on the up and that holidaymakers are making new tracks year on year.
The UK has been gripped with sport since the Olympics, but one sport more than any other has seen a quite remarkable turnaround. Cycling was once a specialist sport which required odd clothing and long Sundays, or was simply a way of getting around. Now however, cycling is attracting more new participants than any other sport in the UK. As more riders have become involved with the sport and are having a go on their local roads, long-term cyclists have been looking to travel and take on new terrain whether in the UK or abroad. The perfect complement to this is, undoubtedly, the motorhome!
A motorhome offers exactly the kind of flexibility that cyclists look for when taking trips away. It’s perfect for moving between different campsites, meaning that cyclists can access various roads on different days. Plenty of fans also follow big races in motorhomes, such as the Tour de France, and try to get a look in at as many different stages as possible along the route.
Motorhomes also offer great storage potential and whilst larger motorhomes can fit three or four bikes in the back easily, even smaller vehicles are able to be fitted with racks that make moving bikes around very easy. Though cyclists are advised to always check their motorhome insurance policies before travelling with bikes, the value of most contents cover packages will easily make their motorhomes a safe, secure place to leave their bikes.
As the summer gets closer we’re likely to see sales of accessories like motorhome specific bike racks increasing, and we might well see a number of cyclists taking the plunge and deciding to buy a new motorhome to go along with their bikes. Motorhomes and bikes certainly make a great pair and we hope that the cycling buzz surrounding the UK is translated into more demand for quality motorhomes.