You arrive at your hotel at the crack of dawn only to find you have to wait an hour to check-in. You finally get to unpack your things and prepare to visit the local sights, but the rain starts to pour and you face a half-hour trek through the countryside because there were no hotels available any closer. You return, tired and muddy, to your room and the children start to play up.
If the above scenario is familiar to you then consider making your next holiday a campervan break. Here are our top twelve reasons to hire a campervan:
See More Sights
Unless you are made of money, your holiday time is limited – and precious. When you hire a campervan you can save time by parking up as close as possible to the sights you want to see, and quickly move on to the next landmark when you’re ready for a change.
No more checking in and out
Eliminate the time wasted checking in to hotels (at a time that suits them), unpacking and then packing in time to vacate the room (again, at a time that suits the owners). With a camper van, from the moment your wheels hit the road, your holiday can begin.
Enjoy a leisurely departure
If you’ve had an action-packed last day of activities, you might not want to rush up at the crack of dawn for an early check-out. With a camper van break, you and your family can give yourself time to come round, have breakfast and then set off home at a more humane hour.
Stay warm and dry in the worst weather
We don’t need a reminder about how much of a dampener wet weather can put on a holiday, particularly if you find a leak in your tent. Rather than choosing between staying put or getting wet, a campervan will enable you to take in the scenery in comfort while you wait for the chance to get out and explore.
Campervan hire often includes the latest technological gadgets to make the transition from home to holiday as seamless as possible. From microwave ovens and hairdryers to LCD TVs and games consoles, the camping life no longer has to mean giving up all your creature comforts.
No noisy (or nosey) neighbours
One of the worst experiences on a family holiday is to book your hotel only to find that you’ve ended up with the neighbours from Hell in the next room. With a camper van, you can seek out a nice, quiet campsite or even opt to park in a lay-by or another suitable off-road location. Just be sure to take note of any local authority or police restrictions on overnight parking.
A home away from home
Staying in a hotel or guest house can take some adjustment, particularly for children who may not feel comfortable with the unfamiliar surroundings. A campervan can become an extension of your own home, with familiar bedding, towels and other home comforts contributing to a sense of security.
No more shared facilities
With self-contained cooking and washing facilities, you can wave goodbye to lengthy cueing to do the dishes or having to put up with the unsanitary habits of other holidaymakers. With some of the bigger camper vans, you can even have the luxury of your own toilets and showers.
Bring back everything
From clothes hidden behind the door to toys under the bed, it seems that something always gets missed in the mad rush to get packed. With a campervan, you can take your time to make sure you empty all your belongings before handing back the keys.
Try before you buy
Hiring a campervan is a must if you are considering buying one of your own. There are a wide range of classes, from Overcabs and Class-A’s to off-road types, not to mention the various models you can choose from. Try out as many types of campervan as you can to find the one that will suit your lifestyle.
Bring a furry friend
Hotels and campsites do not always allow dogs or other pets to stay, leaving you with the hassle and expense of finding kennels, not to mention the disappointment of being separated from your companion. More and more camper van hire companies are now pet-friendly; just remember to get your vaccinations and micro-chipping done on time!
Family bonding time
Last but possibly most important of all, the feeling of security and continuity that a camper van holiday brings gives your family more time to focus on enjoying the holiday experience, strengthening the bonds between you.
That’s our top twelve reasons to hire a campervan; there are doubtlessly more you could add to that list. Happy camping!