Make sure you take a look at different parts of the year, as prices range massively. As we all know, in the holidays such as Summer and Easter, prices rocket, whilst in September when the children go back to school, the prices decline drastically.
You need to decide the location that makes for a smooth and enjoyable trip. There are lots of beautiful holiday spots, but you need to determine the time it would take to get there. For example, if your travelling from Cornwall to Scotland with a car full and a pet, it’s going to be a stressful task. So maybe look close to home, holiday parks in Dorset are very popular in the summer.
Make sure the property you book has all the required things you need for a comfortable stay. You should choose a caravan that has all the features you need rather than the things you want since it’s only a temporal living arrangement for some time. Some of these features may include curtains, fridge, Television, sound system, and roof racks. If your after more luxurious accommodation, have a look at the lodges which have their own private hot tubs.
This depends on what type of holiday you are after, if it’s a rural getaway with miles of open trails for walking and cycling enthusiasts, we would recommend Yorkshire or the Lake District. For a seaside adventure with the kids, where there’s a host of activities, Cornwall, Devon or Dorset are probably your best bet.
5. Group Size
This can bring the price down considerably if you book an 8 person caravan and then split the cost between everyone. Also, when booking larger caravans, make sure you ask about sleeping arrangements in case you need a twin room instead of a double, these small changes save you heaps of trouble doing it now instead of when you arrive.
6. Dog Friendly
If your bringing your canine companion along, make sure the accommodation you book does welcome pets. Often on holiday parks, there will be a selection with some allowing pets and others which do not.
7. Type Of Park
Always check what type of park your booking into, you don’t want t be booking an action packed holiday park full of screaming kids if it’s a quiet tranquil break your after. The same goes the other way round, you wouldn’t want you kids bored in the middle of nowhere.
Here are some questions to ask yourself before booking:
•Do you want a tranquil park?
•Would you prefer a park that’s solely adult-orientated?
•Do you want a park with lots of entertainment and activities?
•Does the park make provisions for pets?
If you’re bringing kids along, make sure you check all the activities and the cost involved. Sometimes there can be additional charges which people don’t always expect. Also, the age range, if you have toddlers, ring up and check to see if there is anything for under 5s, most parks have indoor and outdoor play areas, but they are start at different ages.
Also, the local area, if you’re going somewhere rural, make sure there’s plenty to do onsite otherwise the kids will no doubt get bored stuck in a caravan all day. Or if you have a car, head into some of the nearby cities and seaside towns for terrific days out. Furthermore, make sure you have a look at the various accommodations on each site.
Some will offer cottages, lodges, caravans, yurts and even glamping pods if your after something slightly unique. A private lodge which has the added luxuries running throughout like decking and private hot tub will of course cost more than a basic caravan, but it all depends on what type of break you are after.
We have seen prices start as low as £220 per week for a caravan that sleeps 4 people, then go right up to £1200 per week for a secluded lodge that sleeps 4 people. It all depends on your budget and the level of luxury you are looking for.
Another key point to remember which many families forget, the cost of everyday items when you are there, decide whether it’s going to be a self-catering break where you make picnics and cook your own breakfast. Or perhaps you’d like to treat yourself as your on holiday and eat out at the onsite restaurant or try one of the local pubs in the nearby village.
Lastly, one of the most important things to check before booking any holiday whether that’s a hotel, villa, caravan or lodge, always check reviews. People will have booked before and you can always count on honest opinions form everyday people. These are invaluable as you get to see which is park is great for kids, which one maybe isn’t the cleanest and so on.
However, don’t be expecting 5 star reviews from everybody and even if there are a couple of negative ones among the floods of positive ones, don’t let that put you off. Not everyone is going to enjoy the same thing, people have different preferences when it comes to a caravan holiday. If 90% of the reviews are very good or excellent, then it’s usually a fantastic park.
We hope this guide has helped you in some way when next booking your next caravan and if you have any more tips or things to consider before booking, be sure to leave them in the comments section below.