Deciding where to take your family for this year’s holiday can be a challenging task nowadays. So many choices are available, from 7 star hotels in some of the greatest locations around the world, to camping in a tent on a more traditional holiday park in your own country. For the majority of us, the latter is probably the most realistic and affordable, not to mention the most fun, especially if you have a passion for the great outdoors.
If you have chosen to go on a camping holiday this year, you will need to decide whether you want to go in a mini travel trailer (caravan) or in a tent. Again, the costs will probably factor into this as well as convenience. You will need to make the decision based on what is best suited to your needs and your family’s needs. Being realistic is the most important thing to keep in mind when making your choice. If you have a baby or small children, would a tent be practical? Where would they sleep? How would you prepare their food? Where would they go to the toilet and have a wash or bathe? Will they be warm enough in the middle of the night? More importantly, will they be safe? These are just some of the questions that will probably go through your mind when you consider your holiday in a tent.
The alternative and closest thing to camping in a tent would be to go camping in a mini travel trailer. All the fun and flexibility of camping, without the inconvenience of no conveniences. The benefits of having your own mobile home are invaluable for a family with young children to care for. Beds, cooking and washing facilities, heating, electricity and a door to lock while you are asleep, are amongst the luxuries and all important necessities that a lot of people miss when leaving their homes to go on a camping holiday.
For many campers, young and old, the element of ‘roughing it’ and going without their home comforts is what attracts them to a camping holiday in a tent. Leaving behind the luxuries and going back to nature can be far less stressful than their otherwise hectic lives. Pitching the tent, cooking on a camping stove, fetching water from a standpipe, going to bed with a flashlight when it’s dark and waking up at the crack of dawn on a cold fresh morning, are all the things that most tent enthusiasts love about camping. Depending on what you expect to get out of your holiday and who you are holidaying with, will help you to decide whether you want to go camping in a tent or go camping in a caravan.
As with all decisions we make, when planning your holiday you should consider what the most important element is for you and your family. What do you really want to get out of it? If cost is the main important factor then a tent will probably be the most affordable choice for you. They range in price, size, style and even luxury, you can get a traditional pole tent or a pop up tent, there are low cost budget tents for one person and there are the more expensive family size tents. Good condition used tents are also plentiful and can quite often be picked up at a very low price. Shop around on internet auction sites and look in the sales section of you local paper to get the best deals. Of course not all camping holidays require you to have your own tent. With camping being the more affordable option for many families today, there is a growing market in glamping. For families that want to have a camping holiday with all mod cons, real beds and all amenities then glamping is the happy medium.
If cost is not the first priority when deciding on your camping holiday then a mini travel trailer could be an ideal alternative. There are many benefits to owning your own caravan. Flexibility is probably what motivates most people when it comes to purchasing one. You can go away for a long weekend without having the added cost and inconvenience of finding accommodation and you can set off for a week and stay for two if you decide to. Providing the park you choose to stay at allows pets, you can take them with you and you can holiday wherever you want, whenever you want, safe in the knowledge that you won’t have any accommodation issues when you arrive at your destination.
Having a tent is just as flexible as having a caravan when it comes to saving on booking and finding accommodation. The downside is that you have to either find space for it in your car, along with all the cooking equipment, luggage, bedding, kids etc. or you have to purchase a roof rack and pack it all in there. Having to unload it all, pitch your tent and then do it all in reverse when your holiday ends is an added inconvenience that takes time out of your holiday. With a caravan you can hook it up and drive away.
As with tents, there are a wide range of caravans on the market. Depending on your requirements and price range, you can buy anything from a used one to refurbish to your own taste, to a top of the range luxury one fitted with everything you could ever want whilst away from home. Having our own mobile home can certainly save you money on accommodation over the years. It will allow you to travel from one destination to the next with ease and if you decide you don’t like it when you get there, you can easily move on. The world is literally your oyster when it comes to owning your own caravan, being able to jump in the car and get away for a couple of days is something most families can only dream of.