Getting into Nature

If you don't like the idea of roughing it too much in a tent, but still like the idea of communing with nature and having some of the comforts of home, a caravan is the ideal solution.

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Caravanning In the UK

Although the concept of the caravan goes back as far as the 15th century, the caravan as we know it became popular during the late 19th century, although it was at first seen as something only the rich could afford. After WWII, lighter, more durable and cheaper materials meant that caravans could be enjoyed by more and more people, and the idea of hitching up the caravan and taking off for the weekend or longer became popular in the 1950s. Today, in the UK, over 140,000 people own a caravan or motorhome, and enjoying a break in a caravan is as popular as it's ever been.

Maintaining Your Caravan

Looking after your caravan is just as important as making sure your car is in good working order. Before going on any trip, it's recommended to check the caravan carefully, and it's also a good idea to have a basic tool kit, spare parts and membership of one of the motoring organisations. Although you may not pay too much attention to them, caravan windows should be checked carefully for cracks, and to make sure they fit snugly and close properly. A loose fitting window in your caravan can let in the rain, or mean the interior temperature is colder or hotter than you would like, and of course, it also makes your caravan an easier target for a thief.

The Appeal Of Caravanning

Much of the appeal of caravanning is the sense of freedom it offers, and towing your accommodation behind you allows you to sleep somewhere different each night, as well as save money on often costly hotel rooms. There is something exciting about sleeping in a caravan; and it is the ideal option for those who want to feel close to the great outdoors - but not as close as they would in a tent. It's also a social activity; it's somehow a lot easier and feels more comfortable to invite your neighbour over for a cup of tea in a caravan park or campground, than in a hotel or rented holiday home. A caravan can comfortably fit your whole family in, and it can be ideal for travelling to weekend or overnight events.