There’s always something quite nostalgic about a caravan or camping holiday. You can spend it by the seaside or in the country, eating fish and chips or pub grub. Britain has many holiday parks to suit all audiences – whether you want to have entertainment for the kids or peace and quiet for the adults. Wherever you decide to go on your UK caravan adventure, you will create memories that will last for a lifetime. Those who go camping and caravanning will know that it has always been the best type of holiday, but now a new study has compared it to other countries in Europe to discover that the UK really is the best place for a caravan holiday.
Why is the UK first in Europe?
The study has proven that Brits are a nation of caravan lovers. The UK spends the highest number of nights in caravan parks and campsites around Europe – with over 155 million nights per year.
Although the UK loves a staycation caravan holiday, they also enjoy a trip elsewhere in Europe, taking over 4.7 million outbound trips.
The UK also spends the most on renting caravan sites, spending £4.3 million according to the most recent data. 24,000 new touring caravans were registered in 2017 – showing that Brits love a caravan trip so much that they are buying their own to maximise their holiday time.
Where else in Europe is good for caravan holidays?
If you seek the freedom and independence of a camping and caravan holiday but would like to extend your horizons beyond the UK, the good news is that Europe is bursting with destinations that will fulfil your desire.
France is a family favourite, from the rugged coastline of Brittany to the chalky cliffs of Normandy. Sweden is also popular for a camping break as travellers can pitch up in a variety of landscapes, from Swedish Lapland to forests and lakes – plus wild camping is permitted here, so you can be truly free. Switzerland ranked highly in the study, thanks to its status as being home to some of the highest campsites in Europe. Rounding out the top five is Denmark, with many public forests and thousands of campsites to set up in.
Whether you prefer home or away, camping and caravanning is an ideal way to holiday. Once you have experienced the freedom and the feeling of embracing the outdoors, you’ll be hooked.
Editor - Alan Rogers Guides
Rob has been involved in the leisure industry since completing a BTEC in Travel & Tourism in 1993. Previous roles have included the promotion of tourism in Yorkshire and running a motorcycle touring company in the Australian Outback.
He is the General Manager at Alan Rogers Travel Group, responsible for the ongoing development of the Alan Rogers website and the publication of the Alan Rogers Guides and 'Destinations' magazine.
He regularly travels with his wife and young daughter in their Dethleffs 'Campy' caravan. A keen cycling fan, Rob can often be found in a field in Belgium during the 'Spring Classics' season or riding his Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle.