This is the time of year when lots of people (including me) start to think about their Summer Holiday! One option that you might want to consider as a cheaper holiday is a family caravan holiday, either here in the UK or abroad.
A family caravan holiday could be a cheaper option for you and your family this year, especially if you follow some of these tips…
Book in Advance
Try and book your caravan pitch before you travel – as far in advance as you can. This will mean you’ll not only get more choice as to where you’ll stay but you should (fingers crossed) qualify for some early booking discounts. You can easily book your campsite over the phone or online but I’d always recommend getting an email confirming the dates you’ve booked and the amount you’ve paid to secure your booking.
If you are looking for a caravan trip outside of the country, you can pay for that by using services like Western Union which has made transferring money online internationally easy.
Research in advance what’s around your campsite
I do this wherever we stay so I know what we want to do and get an idea of how much it’s going to cost us. I try and get a mix of free and paid for things so we know we’re not going to spend a fortune.
I also try and get ideas for what we could do in bad weather and find out where the nearest restaurants where we can use our Taste card in case we fancy a cheeky meal out.
Meal plan for your trip
We usually write a meal plan even though we’re going to be on holiday! I’d rather be spending money on fun stuff than food so a meal plan means that we’re not wasting money all over on food and snacks. Once we have the meal plan, we do a food shop just before we go and pack it up to take with us so we know we’ll have our essentials and everything we need for our meal plan when we get there. We’ll also do a shop when we’re there for the things we need that we wouldn’t want to take in the car.
Bring your own fun
We always make space for a few of our family favourite board games and in the past, we’d pack up scooters, footballs and all sorts so we could have as much outdoor fun as possible while we were away. We’ve even taken the Xbox once when we knew that the weather was going to be bad while we were away.
Pack for all weathers
Take clothes for all weathers just in case. When we went to the Isle of Wight in a caravan, we expected glorious sunshine as it was the middle of August and it was freezing cold and rained the whole week. We didn’t see that coming so we really weren’t prepared so we ended up paying more to do things that were inside which we hadn’t budgeted for. If we’d been better prepared with warmer clothes then we could have done more outdoor activities.
Get your car prepared
Make sure you’re not going to have a disaster if you’re car breaks down en route because believe me, there’s nothing worse! I can’t recommend breakdown cover enough for the amount you pay per month for it (mine is £7) and if I were you I’d also get a service done on your car before you level just to check there’s nothing obvious going to go wrong half way to your caravan.
Some of our best holidays have been in a caravan so I definitely recommend considering one for your family holiday this year!
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