July, 2014

7 Interior Design Tips for Sprucing up your Caravan

Caravanning is no longer seen as a holiday option for those who can’t afford to go abroad. In fact, in recent years it has gained a reputation as a classy, deceptively boutique way to travel. A home away from home, which offers all the comfort associated with a hotel and the freedom of the open road! You don’t need to spend a fortune in order to jump on this particular bandwagon either. Caravans are incredibly affordable, and could offer potential decades of fun, adventure and excitement.

If you have a certain creative flair, however, and feel that the plain, clinical interiors of most modern caravans is just not for you, then fear not! Refitting the interior of your caravan can be a fun and rewarding project, and by adding a little of your own unique, personal style, your travelling hotel room will feel even more like home. To help you get started, and perhaps catalyse your own creativity, we’ve collated some of our top caravan interior design tips below. Keep reading this post

Posted on July 24th, 2014 in Entertainment

7 Delicious and Easy Dinner Meals for Your Camping Holiday

As British holiday makers, we’ve always felt a certain kinship with the camping holiday. Whether at home or abroad, the sheer sense of freedom and associated with camping means that no one camping holiday is ever the same, and the comparatively sensible costs don’t hurt much either! But one thing that vacationers tend to miss out on when camping or caravanning is the kind of luxurious, mouth-watering meals you expect from a top-tier hotel. That need not be the case though, as with a little practice and foresight, it is perfectly possible to cook a gorgeous meal on the go. Of course there are restrictions when cooking on a camping stove or in the confined space of a caravan kitchen, but these 7 recipes have been designed specifically to circumvent these limitations, bringing gourmet cooking to campsite! Keep reading this post

Posted on July 17th, 2014 in Recipes

Top 5 Guided European Caravan Tours

The best thing about holidaying in a caravan is that you’re not restricted to just one location. Your caravan acts as your own personal, travelling hotel room (or home away from home if you prefer), shielding you from the elements as you drive from one fascinating location to the next. Of all the continents, Europe is perhaps best suited to caravan travel. Not only is there more history to discover and beauty to absorb than perhaps anywhere else in the world, but the vast majority of the continent is connected by safe, relatively modern motorway systems, which make travelling between stops feel like less of a chore.

Of course, unless you’re a seasoned traveller, you might not know exactly where to go, what with so many options open to you. This is where the caravan tour comes in; a pre-planned route that stops at various campsites and locations over a period of days, generally taking in the very best that the area has to offer. Tours can either be focused on one country, or can span multiple countries, and can be either escorted (where a guide will show you around each location) or unescorted (where you’re given the itinerary and are left to your own devices). Which you choose will depend very much on what kind of holiday-maker you are, but either way, here we have selected 5 of the very best caravan tours available in Europe for your consideration.

Scotland

Scotland. Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn

Scotland. Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn

Scotland is a land which has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years. Mile upon mile of rolling hills and glistening lakes, punctuated by quaint towns and dynamic, culturally vibrant cities, it is a truly fascinating land, which is ripe for exploration, and rife with exciting caravan tours. The Scottish tours offered by the Caravan Club range from tours of the scenic north, taking in the historic castles and fine scotch whisky Dundee, Aberdeen, to tours which take in everything it has to offer, starting just outside of Glasgow, heading north past Inverness, and returning to the peerless city of Edinburgh. Each offers a variety of historic landmarks and scenic parks, as well as day trips to places such as the Edinburgh Zoo and the Blair Drummond Safari Park. Tour durations range from 7 nights to 28 nights.

Spain and Portugal

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Douro Valley. Photo Credit: Paul Baker Hemmings

This 17 day tour offered by The Camping and Caravanning Club is a wine lovers dream. You’ll be travelling from site to site through some of the most gorgeous scenery Southern Europe has to offer. You will be guided at all times by your delightful and knowledgable escorts, Robert and Pauline Hughes, who will take you to some of the best restaurants that you won’t find in the generic tourist books. You’ll also drink your own body weight (possibly) in fine wine, and will even get to see how it’s made, on a day trip to the Douro Valley winemaking region, where you’ll visit a traditional wine estate and even get to partake in a traditional ‘treading of the grapes’. Just make sure you wash your feet first!

Ireland

Ireland. Photo Credit: Robert Taddeo

Ireland. Photo Credit: Robert Taddeo

Another wonderful tour offered by The Camping and Caravanning Club, this 20 day escorted tour of Ireland is a surprisingly affordable way to see everything the emerald isle has to offer, from the northern tip of Bushmills right down to Killarney. The tour truly has something to offer everyone; wonderful, lively cities such as Dublin and Belfast, some of the most beautiful countryside in the world, vibrant, historic culture and some of the friendliest locals you’re ever likely to encounter. The tour takes you from Larne in Northern Ireland, down the Antrim coast, stopping at the Giant’s Causeway, Derry-Londonderry and the Titanic Museum, where you’ll get to see the great, doomed ship’s dry dock. You’ll then travel to the capital city of Dublin and down the Clare coast to Dingle and the Ring of Kerry.

Germany

Dresden, Germany. Photo Credit: Andy von der Wurm

Dresden, Germany. Photo Credit: Andy von der Wurm

This tour is entitled “The Romantic Road’ tour for a good reason. The tour travels along along of the first german trade routes, which dates back all the way to the Middles Ages. The route is scattered with highly romantic sights, as the tour takes in traditional German villages, towering fairytale castles and ancient Bavarian charm, from Valkenburg in the Netherlands, down through Germany and ending up in France. The 22 nights tour is a favourite with couples looking for a romantic getaway with a difference.

The Riviera (France, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy)

Rome, Italy. Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn

Rome, Italy. Photo Credit: Moyan Brenn

By far the most ambitious tour on the list (and also my personal favourite), this epic 48 night tour is obviously only for those of us who can afford to book 50 days off work, but is definitely worth it! To fully explain everything this tour has to offer would take hundreds of words, but needless to say, this leisurely tour will almost certainly be the holiday of your lifetime!

Posted on July 10th, 2014 in Entertainment


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