Caravanning is becoming increasingly popular with families in the UK, and rightly so with organisations like The Caravan Club providing information and choices on all of the fabulous places that you can go to. Although the weather cannot be guaranteed in good old Blighty , the concept of caravanning can add to the spirit of adventure especially when travelling as a family. It can be a challenge keeping children entertained when it is too hot abroad, plus they are more at risk of sun burn, dehydration and consequential melt downs. The majority of children just want to spend time with their family, meet other children and run around outside, all of which are possible in the UK. What’s more – some of the scenery in the UK is stunning and on our own doorstep – for example, the dramatic peaks of the Lake District, the wilds of Exmoor, the rolling hills of the Yorkshire dales or the flat fen lands of East Anglia. All you have to do is get in your car and go! If it rains, then put on your wellington boots and waterproof coats/trousers and embrace the British countryside. It wouldn’t be so lush and green if we didn’t have so much rain!
Holidaying in a caravan can also avoid the hassle and expense of finding, booking and negotiating a flight with young children. Children over the age of 2 have to pay for a seat on an aeroplane making flying an expensive option. It is a mission having to work out and adhere to a baggage allowance with nappies, travel cots, push chairs, car seat sand everything else needed for a two week holiday in the sun. By the time you arrive at your destination you are exhausted by having to keep the children entertained for the duration of the flight and passport control and likely to have been publicly humiliated by the display of temper tantrums whilst thousands of feet in the air. Why put yourselves through it when you can pack as much equipment as you need and have a much easier, more memorable holiday in the UK.
Gone are the days of adventurous, luxury holidays to unique and faraway lands. It is not as if with a young family you are going to get to kick back and relax with a cocktail on a sun lounger or go on a day trip to ancient ruins – life has changed and caravanning in the UK is the perfect way to meet these changing demands. Another bonus to caravanning is the flexibility derived from self catering which is so important with little ones. You can eat at times suitable for your children rather than being bound to hotel timetables and restaurant opening times. Your children may not like the food in a hotel or the dining room environment and, given that toddlers generally don’t hold back with their opinions, the mealtime meltdowns may not be the relaxing experience you were hoping for. Self catering in a caravan allows you to be in control of what and when you eat and once the children are in bed you can open a bottle of wine and enjoy that romantic meal for two.
Many camp sites also have additional facilities to cater for the needs of families such as play areas, swimming pools and entertainment. If this would make your life easier and holiday more enjoyable then make sure you thoroughly do your research before choosing a caravan site. The children will love it and that makes a happy holiday for you too.