Planning your first trip
Where to Stay?
What do you want from your motorhome holiday?
There are thousands of sites across the UK and Europe. At one extreme, you’ll find busy campsites with every amenity known to man. Restaurants, bars, mini-supermarkets, playgrounds, swimming pools, Wi-Fi, super-pitches with TV aerial and evening entertainment to suit all ages.
At the other end is a quiet spot of tranquillity in the back of beyond. No Wi-Fi, no electricity, just a decent supply of gas and your own personal sunset. Most of us will be hoping for somewhere between these two extremes.
From the largest parks to the smallest CL (Certified Location) sites, there is something for everyone. In the video above, we talk you through choosing where to stay and where to park your motorhome.
Getting about and parking
If you are planning on exploring the local area, there is one key consideration. Are you leaving the motorhome on site or will you be unhooking and driving off for the day? If it is the former, you may want to consider a campsite within walking distance of beaches, villages, shops and castles. Are there decent public transport links nearby? If not, is it walkable? Is it cycle-able?
If you are planning to take the motorhome out when you explore, then you should consider your parking options. Many towns have motorhome parking available. In the larger towns and cities there may also be park and ride facilities. Do your research and you’ll be fine.
In more rural areas, there will always be some trepidation about driving on those narrow country lanes. Just remember that articulated lorries and buses go in and out of rural villages every day. If they can do it then so, can you. Yes, you may need to pull your motorhome into a layby, every so often. But, what’s the rush? We’re on an adventure aren’t we?
There are two main clubs that you should consider joining.
Being a member of one, if not both of these will give you many benefits. A wider range of touring destinations, free monthly magazines with features on all aspects of motorhoming and great discounts on travel insurance, tourist attractions and of course pitch fees.
Both clubs have annual events for motorhomers to get together for long weekends featuring all manner of sporting, music and outdoor fun.
Of course, there are other organisations to join such as National Trust (https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk) or English Heritage (https://www.english-heritage.org.uk) that provide days out opportunities as well as camping/ touring options.
Look out for publications and websites such as ‘Brit Stops’ (http://www.britstops.com) which feature country pubs, farm shops, vineyards and breweries that allow you stay overnight free of charge. These aren’t campsites, so won’t have shower blocks or toilet facilities, but great if you fancy something different.