During the run up to the financial crisis, it became quite normal for families to chat freely about their grand travel plans, and most people were looking to go abroad to Europe or even further afield to get their fill of sunshine. Of course, being so far from home means very often suffering huge expenses, and now that the crisis is in full swing people are certainly cagier about going abroad, which means they are looking for cheaper alternative options.
One of those is, of course, the motorhome holiday, but for those after something a little more chic, retro campervan hire has become an extremely popular choice. Firms like Blue Yonder, Snail Trail and Camper Bug all offer VW Transporters and other retro vans to hire for those looking to live the life of the of the free-living campervan owner.
Of course, the freedom of the campervan means that you don’t need to suffer accommodation costs and though wild camping isn’t for everyone, the cost of staying in a beautiful campsite looking over the sea is nothing in comparison to a similar hotel.
Campervan hire companies are also offering something a little bit exciting for the kids. As many motorhome owners know, it’s not always easy to persuade teenagers to get out and explore the outdoors, but there’s not much more fashionable than a retro-styled van. Cooking on the barbecue, watching the surf from a split-screen and living the life on the road is all a part of the appeal!
Most retro campers also come without the hassle and cost of maintaining and running your own campervan; campervan insurance is usually included! Hirers must be warned, however, the campervan experience can be infectious and usually one or two weeks just isn’t enough. If similar stories in the motorhome market are anything to go by, the success of retro van hire firms could mean we see a lot more motorhome and campervan owners very soon indeed!