The world feels more than a little upside down at the moment and so many of us are either cancelling our holidays completely or choosing a staycation over a trip abroad. And I don’t blame them. There are lots of ways to enjoy a socially distant holiday in the UK this year.

Our family actually chose a staycation for our summer holiday last year, and we already have a trip booked for September to the Lake District that I hope will still be able to go ahead. The UK has so many amazing spots for you to explore, and now is as good a time as ever to consider doing it in a caravan.

A family inside a caravan making pancakes with strawberries
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Why Are Caravan Holidays So Great?

I find that caravan and motorhome holidays seem to be a bit like marmite, people either love it or they hate it – but actually most of the haters haven’t even tried them. I would challenge everyone to have at least one caravan or motorhome holiday in their lifetime, and I bet they’d easily be converted.

Freedom

There is so much more freedom on a caravan holiday than there is in a hotel or trips abroad. Yes some campsites may get booked up in the peak seasons faster than others, but there are so many campsites available that you can usually find another one. If you suddenly decide at the last minute that you want to go away for the weekend all you have to do is hook up the caravan and go. No fussing about with flights, hotels or anything like that. It’s all on your terms.

A Bailey caravan set up with it's awning next to some trees
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Being Outdoors

I love being outdoors with the kids, but I draw the line at camping in a tent. Caravans and motorhomes give you the best of both worlds – the illusion of outdoor living while still having a bed, running water and electricity. To me – caravan holidays are about bike rides, long walks and listening to the rain pound down outside while we’re cosy playing games inside.

A boy in a blue jumper and shorts running through the woods
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Take Everything With You

I am a serial over-packer, and the kids have made me so much worse at this. What I love about caravans and motorhomes is how much you can take with you. Bikes, tables, picnic blankets, games – it can all be stored in the caravan or motorhome securely while you drive to your destination.

If you are having a camping holiday on a budget this is so helpful, as you probably have most of the things you need at home anyway. You can just pack them up and hit the road and not have to spend any extra money.

Childhood Nostalgia

I may be a bit biased when it comes to UK caravan holidays, and that is because when I was growing up we spent a lot of time in our caravan. Or at least it felt like we did! When I was younger we had a trailer tent, which was a glorified tent raised off the ground, and I can remember the day we got upgraded to a caravan.

A mother and daughter standing in the doorway of a caravan in the 1990's
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Ours was quite a big one from what I remember. It slept 5 of us inside, although my sister usually slept in the awning with our dog. We had the odd weekend trip here or there, but I mostly remember the long summer holidays we had in York, Bathe and Poole. My sister and I used to ride our bikes round and round the campsites, often ignoring our poor brother and refusing to take him with us.

A family standing outside the awning of their caravan in the early 2000's
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Trying to create these childhood memories with my own children is what it is all about these days. Caravans may be way more hightech and have a lot more luxury than they were 20 years ago – but the premise of the family caravan holiday is the same.

Buying from Raymond James Caravans

If you are looking to buy your own caravan then Raymond James Caravans in Warwickshire is a great place to start. They sell a range of caravans and motorhomes, as well as offering servicing so you can get straight out and hit the road.

New And Pre-Owned

Buying a caravan can be expensive, but it is an investment in something you will use time and time again. Raymond James have caravans and motorhomes in a range of budgets, and you can chose from new or pre-owned so there is something to suit every need.

Coachman, Elddis, Bailey and Buccaneer caravans are all available in up to 6 berth brand new. But you can pick up a real bargain if you take a look at the available used caravans on the website.

A Bailey campervan at the back of a field. A hay bale is near the front and a couple are standing next to the motorhome
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Bailey’s Virtual Showroom

If you want to get a feel for what a caravan is like inside but can’t get to a show room, the Bailey of Bristol have a virtual showroom giving you 360º tours of their caravans and motorhomes. The detail they can show is amazing, and it means you can check out the all important storage space and seating/bedding layout before you even consider stepping foot inside of one.

Bailey caravans are now built with Alu-Tech construction. This means that there is greater protection from the elements and enhanced thermal capabilities. It also gives a lighter bodyshell which makes a huge difference when it comes to towing.

Due to the ongoing situation all retailers will be operating in different ways. As keen as they are to grant you access to the showroom, please contact your local retailer before visiting to avoid disappointment or you can also check out the Bailey of Bristol website for news and blog posts about travel in 2020.

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