Avoid the Crowds – Tips on Finding Secluded Motorhome Locations
Motorhome breaks don’t typically mix well with the hustle and bustle of city life – getting out on the open road and having time to yourself is often one of the biggest attractions.
While avoiding crowds might be a top priority if you’re heading out, you could find this becomes more difficult in the near future. Staycations are still on the rise amid uncertainty over foreign travel and similar trends are expected among campervan rentals.
If you’re a seasoned motorhome traveller or you’ve committed to a life on the road, you could soon find that some of your favourite stop-off spots are becoming more crowded – something many will remain keen to avoid despite the relaxing of many restrictions relating to the pandemic.
So how to maintain that tranquil feel while out in your motorhome? Let’s take a look.
Go outside your comfort zone
If you’re an experienced motorhomer, you’ve probably built up a shortlist of favourite camps and destinations over the years.
Classic staycation spots like the Lake District, the Peak District, Devon and Cornwall are experiencing almost unprecedented bookings, however, as people swap a sandy shore on a foreign land for the natural beauty found here in Blighty.
Several Cornish campsites were fully booked months before 2021’s summer season, making clear just how challenging it can be to stay out of the way in these parts of the country.
Breaking from tradition is always a good way to experience some new things and make new memories together – right now it could also be the safest option.
Why not try one of these areas, not typically at the top of the list when heading out in a motorhome:
- The north-east: Northumberland’s coastline stands up to anywhere in the country, with vast beaches, imposing castles and seafood to die for across many picture-perfect villages and towns. What makes it all the better is that many of these remain hidden gems like Hareshaw Linn and Cheswick Beach.
- Pembrokeshire: With clutches of sites dotted along this truly stunning stretch of coast and cliffs, Wales’ west coast is another spot often deemed too far out of the way by many. For the ultimate in seclusion, try Barafundle Bay – a small beach walled in by dunes and cliffs.
- The Highlands: If heading up to the top of Scotland is a trek for you, then the promise of Scotland’s best fish and chips may well help you while away the hours on the road. The legendary North Coast 500 route can itself get busy in peak season, but there is plenty to explore further inland that many often miss out on.
Utilise the community
If you’ve been motorhoming for a long time, you’ll have no doubt made friends with like-minded folk and you might even be part of societies, whether on a local or national level.
Social media groups are also a great way for people to stay in touch and share tips about sites perhaps a little more off the beaten track that can provide a more serene trip.
Smaller camps in spots less frequented might even help you save money too, by offering better rates than those that see the big bucks rolling in every season.
If you’re travelling around Scotland, it is permissible to stay in designated overnight parking areas, but Visit Scotland recommend staying on a dedicated campsite. Wherever you’re travelling, protecting the environment and leaving no trace of your visit will maintain the good name of the camping, caravanning and motorhoming community.
Go at the right time
Bank holidays, between school terms and the height of summer are the times that most of us pack our bags and get away from the 9 to 5.
If the restrictions that make this so – having younger children, limits on your annual leave from work – don’t apply to you, then why join the hordes when you can take your breaks at different times?
There are other benefits to going outside of peak times besides avoiding the crowds; some sites are open all year round, meaning you can have your pick of the best sites at times that suit you. Midweek discounts are also available, meaning you can pitch up, save a pretty penny and then depart before the masses arrive.
Boost your peace of mind with Comfort Insurance
If you’ve opted for a particularly secluded camp, the last thing you need is for something to go wrong with your vehicle and leave you stranded.
Just as important as finding somewhere away from the crowds is finding cover that you know will have your back even in the toughest of situations.
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