Sometimes there’s nothing more rejuvenating than getting out onto the open road. Road trips are a classic and popular form of travel – especially for those who are too scared to fly or simply cannot afford it. Road trippers come in all different forms – the rough and rustic road tripper who will set up camp just about anywhere; the sleeps-in-motels road tripper; and the caravanning road trippers who like to have the comforts of home right at their finger tips.
Caravanning is very popular in places like Australia, New Zealand, North America and Great Britain with heaps of people taking a new outlook on how to road trip. If caravanning sounds up your alley all you need is a vehicle (with towing abilities), a caravan (rented, purchased, or borrowed if you have an awesome friend), a map or GPS system, some good insurance specifically for motor homes and caravans (Caravan Club comes highly recommended), and an awesome sense of adventure.
While I’ve been one to participate in some of the more rough and rustic types of road trips – such as my experience road tripping around Australia’s South West Coast with three random backpackers – my first foray into the caravanning lifestyle was a welcomed change. I was road tripping around New Zealand’s North Island with a friend, when all of a sudden we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere and only one campsite available – they had a caravan that we could stay in for a few extra dollars, and since it was nearly dark and starting to rain, we decided that putting up our tent was the last thing we wanted to do. We made our way to the cute caravan that would prove to be our shelter for the night and immediately felt at home. We had lights, power outlets, a toaster and kettle, bank seating and even a double bed. As we watched the weather turn from bad to worse, we knew that making the decision to stay in a caravan for the night was the best. The rain pounded against the caravan and the wind howled – we thanked our lucky stars that we had decided against sleeping in our tent.
Separate spaces for driving and ‘living’ – unlike traditional rustic road trips, you don’t have to pack all of your road trip’s worldly possessions into your car. You can keep essentials up front in the vehicle, and non-essentials in the caravan, giving you more space to stretch out and be comfortable during the journey.
Protection from the elements – while technically YES a tent can protect you from the elements, it can be very distracting and thus make it very difficult to get a good night’s sleep. As my friend and I realized, a caravan is supremely better than a tent at protecting you from nasty, howling wind and rain that beats down on you like you’re under a waterfall.
Sleeping on an actual bed that is your own – while you do get a bed if you stay at a motel, hotel or hostel, it’s the same bed that thousands of other people have slept in – YUCK! At least in your caravan – if you own it- the bed would be YOUR bed.
Having the ultimate power over your trip – no need to be disappointed by dirty motels, or having to find a restaurant in the middle of nowhere. You have the flexibility and freedom to make all the decisions.
So what are you waiting for? Get caravanning and enjoy some first class road trips!