With the increase in fuel costs and the financial situation worldwide, 2009 seems like a year were most families will be spending their valuable holiday time in their home country. As a child, our family very seldom went abroad for our annual holidays, instead we would have many weekends and weeks throughout the year at caravan sites up and down the country.
My first recollection of these holidays was in a large static caravan somewhere on the east coast of Scotland but as time moved on we eventually purchased our own touring caravan. It was at this time our weekend breaks took off and it would seem that most Friday evenings after school would be spent travelling. Often the camp sites we would visit were no more than one hours drive from our house but on some occasion they could be up to two or three hours drive away.
Regardless if holidaying in a static caravan or a touring caravan we always had fun and a new place to explore. As a child this seemed wonderful and it must have been these travel and exploring experiences that lead to me becoming a caravan enthusiast in my adulthood. Across the years I have taken my family around the United Kingdom and on many occasions across the English Channel to France, Germany Switzerland in fact a good many of the mainland European countries.
As mentioned previous there are two types of caravan, the static and the touring. What I haven’t mentioned yet is the motor home. These are your 3 choices when considering a caravan holiday and although they all may seem the same they are in fact a lot different from each other.
The touring caravan will be towed by your car to your site of choice. Straight away the choice of touring caravan you have will depend on the size of car you own. Touring caravans are available from small two-berth, easily towed by an average family car up to six-berth, which will require something more substantial like a four x four. With a static caravan you will not be using a car to get it to any site but then again once at your site of choice it would be there for a long time, you had better like the area! The motor home takes away any need for a separate unit to pull the caravan as this is the car and caravan in one package. The disadvantage of the motor home however is, once set up in your camp site you have lost your transport. You will often see motor homes with bicycles attached to the rear or even small motorcycles, and some cases you may even see a large motor home towing a very small car!
The interior space of any caravan is limited but in a static caravan the available space may be utilised better, with separate living areas and bedrooms. The touring caravan and motor homes however will have a seating area that doubles as your bedroom come evening time. Storage of clothes, food and everything else that makes for a good holiday may also be an issue with touring caravans and motor homes. With limited space you are forced into choosing which items you want to bring on holiday and those that you would like but can’t fit in. Obviously with a static caravan you visit often you will be leaving a lot of your clothes and kitchen utensils there reducing the need to transport as much.
A third and final consideration in the decision of touring caravan, static caravan or motor home is luxury. While a basic caravan model may include a fridge, a toilet and a heater the luxury models can include stereos, showers, satellite TV, microwaves and double glazing. In fact today most items found in your home can be found in caravans.
If you are caravanning with kids a basic touring caravan will be a great addition to your family, while adding flexibility to your holiday destinations. For a little more luxury for your money check out what motor homes have for you but remember that lack of transport issue. Finally, if you a special place in your heart then you could get a static caravan to visit any time of the year.