Whether holidaying in the UK or planning a trip abroad, taking a touring caravan trip gives you control over your leisure time. Like any trip however, a touring holiday can benefit from a little forethought and planning before you set off.
Choose your destination
There are thousands of camp and caravan sites throughout the UK and Europe. Whether you want a fully appointed site with Wi-Fi and a swimming pool or are looking for a more secluded experience, there’s something for you. The wider area is also important.
Some people like to simply relax onsite while others want to get out and about. If you’re looking for something specific like a beach, a spot of tranquil fishing or some busy city nightlife, the location of your site will be of paramount importance.
Plan your travel
If you are travelling to Europe, your ferry crossings will largely dictate the first part of your journey. Always allow plenty of time to reach your ferry port and don’t forget to include adequate rest breaks.
If you’re using an online ‘route planner’ tool, remember that you will usually be travelling more slowly when towing a caravan.
Beyond that, many tourers prefer to break their journey into smaller, manageable chunks, especially of heading to a far-flung destination. In this case, plan for extended rest breaks and perhaps build in an overnight stay en route to your main destination.
Make sure you’re covered
Some motor insurance policies include or can be upgraded to provide cover whilst towing a caravan, but this will generally only cover you for third party liability. Your caravan is an important asset. For many people, a caravan will be the second biggest purchase they’ll make after buying a house and good quality Caravan Insurance from a specialist provider like Shield Total Insurance can help make sure it’s protected.
There are various levels of cover available. If your caravan is written off or stolen, new for old cover will provide a new equivalent-model caravan. Market value cover will pay for an equivalent caravan taking age and condition into account, while ‘agreed value’ cover will pay out a fixed sum.
You should also make sure your contents and fittings such as potentially expensive awnings are adequately covered.
Other specialist cover features available include covering the cost of getting your caravan from a repairer to the place it is usually kept, getting you home if the driver falls ill and protection against lost, stolen or broken keys.