For many years, travellers from the UK have flocked to France, Spain and Italy to stay in holiday parks with tents. You can even book tented stays here in the UK as well as a number of other European destinations such as Denmark, Germany, Italy and Croatia. Not only do they offer great value for money, they also offer an excellent level of quality, way over hat you would expect from a holiday under canvas. Not only do you get to explore the area you are staying in, you also get to enjoy all the facilities of the site including swimming pool, entertainment and sports facilities
Read on for more advice including the places to head to and for a great break. Below is our carefully selected list of companies offering short breaks and holidays in holidays parks in the UK and overseas.
What can I expect on a campsite?
Don't expect to arrive and have to start by fighting with tent poles and fly sheets. The camping sites have tents ready for immediate occupations and are put up annually, often from new each year.
Tents vary in size from those suitable for a couple through to family size and can have a wide range of facilities including toilets, showers and cooking areas a well as separate bedrooms.
Each location also has a range of offering such as supermarkets on site, entertainment including bars and restaurants as well as family friendly sports facilities. Many also have outdoor pools, ideal for the summer months.
The atmosphere tends to be relaxed, easy going and hassle free and families particularly enjoy the way that the kids can enjoy themselves in safe and secure locations.
Where can I go to enjoy camp site trips?
Breaks can be found across the UK, as well as many areas of France, Spain, Italy and other European destinations. More and more people are now travelling to countries such as Croatia, Germany, Slovenia, Switzerland and Holland to stay on sites
Having such a choice of destinations really allows you to find a location that suits you and helps you to make the most of the great outdoors without the hassle of having to put up and take down your site.
Our top tips
These are out top tips when considering a holiday in a static caravan or holiday home.
- Always plan your holiday around your own needs. So have an idea of the type of entertainment and facilities you want from your break.
- Make sure that you read the details for each site to check that what it offers matches your requirements.
- Plan your travel arrangements with care. Journeys by car in Europe may well take a long time and if you get the wrong route will be a real chore. So break up the journey with stops along the way to rest and relax and maybe even stay over. Use a good route planning service to help you and grab a sat nav that is suitable for Europe.
- Travelling by ferry? Then plan your crossing to make the most of the special offers. You can also use the crossing as a rest from driving as well as the opportunity for a meal or snack. Longer crossings will give you a better chance to rest.
- Pack carefully. Whilst you may be taking your own car, there is no need to take everything and the kitchen sink. Each site will tell you what equipment comes with your accommodation, leaving you more room for the things you do. Don't forget to read the notes from your campsite before you pack, as it will save you time and energy in organising what you need to take with you.
- Want to take your pet dog too? Many camp sites will allow you to take your dog as well. For travel to Europe you will need to acquire a Pet Passport http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/index.htm
- Car maintenance is important so make sure tyres and all other items are in good working order before you set off. Don't forget your driving licence. Ensure that you have adequate motor insurance for driving abroad and help on hand in case you breakdown.
- Eating out and shopping for food in places like France is far cheaper than in the UK. The budget you have for food will go so much further. Eating out at lunchtime also gets you specially priced menus to help spread the costs further.
- Don't forget to budget for motorway tolls in Europe and ensure you buy your petrol or diesel in towns and cities rather than on the motorways where it costs more. Sites such as Michelin can help with this planning. http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/