The staycation is the new vacation for many Brits, as they discover what the UK has to offer instead of travelling overseas. Motorhome and campervan owners are way ahead of the game and have been doing it for years. It’s an opportunity to take your ‘home’ on wheels to any location you wish – and the beauty of it? You aren’t squashed into a small tent with the rest of your family, and if it rains…it doesn’t matter because you have a solid roof over your head.
What motorhome owners should remember, however, is that they are not limited to UK soil. You can enjoy the open road and take your wheels all over the world – and with the latest VW Trailer Assist, it’s never been easier. Manoeuvring with a trailer no longer has to be a test of your patience. Instead, allow the Trailer Assist system to do the work for you. As long as you set the system up by selecting reverse gear, press the parking aid button and use the mirror adjustment switch to set the direction in which the trailer should be steered – your car will now steer automatically while you just need to take care of changing gear, accelerating and braking. It’s as simple as that.
With the world as your oyster, where are the best places to go with your home on wheels? Vindis Group, a VW dealership, give an insight into what is available:
Cambridgeshire: Fields End Water Caravan Park, Lodges and Fishery
This campsite is exclusive to adults and is situated in the heart of Cambridgeshire. Rated 5 stars, the site offers 59 touring pitches, 14 tent pitches and six luxury self-catering lodges equipped with hot tubs. For the fishing enthusiasts, there are two on-site fishing lakes to enjoy, with guaranteed peace and quiet thanks to their adults-only policy. Dogs are very much welcome, with plenty of expansive Fenland countryside to enjoy all year round.
There are extra-large pitches for larger RVs and motorhomes and the site is a great base from which to explore Cambridgeshire.
Cornwall: Hendra Holiday Park
This site is family friendly and a great site for all ages. Situated in Newquay, Cornwall, the site is surrounded by the countryside and minutes away from the beach. The park has 500 touring pitches, 500 tent pitches and 320 holiday homes available for hire. You’ll also be pleased to hear that their toilet block facilities for campers have been awarded the ‘5* Loo of the Year’ award each year.
The fact that the site has excellent toilets isn’t the only appealing aspect of this caravan park – the park has soft plays, a pool complex, full entertainment both indoor and outdoor for all weathers, and several bars and restaurants. That’s just whilst on site too – the countryside and beaches offer even more fun for all the family.
South Carolina: Ocean Lakes Family Campground
Ranked in the top 1% of campgrounds in America and winner of the ‘RV Park of the Year’, Ocean Lakes is an impressive site that you must take advantage of if you are lucky enough to be in the area. It’s situated on the oceanfront in South Carolina, USA. Stretching across one mile of oceanfront, you can camp here all year round.
As it is immensely popular, you can reserve your place up to 18 months in advance with a choice of 630 pitches. With plenty of activities on offer, it’s fair to say your kids won’t be bored. From basketball and volleyball to horseshoes and outdoor pools – the activities are endless.
The surrounding area is exceptional too, offering national award-winning shows, more than 100 golf courses, and is home to Brookgreen Gardens — named one of the top 10 public gardens in America.
Murcia: Campsite Naturista ‘El Portús’
This site is the definition of Spanish culture – with over 350 touring pitches available, the site looks onto breath-taking blue seas and clifftops. There are also 60 permanent pitches up for grabs and 80 accommodation units for hire. The beach is a matter of minutes away and there are plenty of activities to enjoy once you have set up camp such as windsurfing and water-skiing.
There are pools for you to cool off and relax in – the outdoor pool is open between the months of June and September. Wi-Fi is available too, while there are snack bars, a pizzeria and a restaurant on site so you can take a break from any cooking duties on your trip.
These four sites are only a small insight into what there is available for motorhome owners. When looking for your next vacation spot, narrow your search down to your requirements to ensure you get the best site for your needs. Whether it’s child friendly, adult only or super luxurious, there will be the perfect site out there for you to visit – and don’t be afraid to venture across the ocean and enjoy the open road on foreign soil.