Caravan holidays have skyrocketed in number this year in the UK, with younger travellers also now showing an interest in caravans. Welsh entrepreneur Connor Ennis, founder of camping and caravan website CaravanCloud, has seen a sharp rise in the number of young families looking to purchase their first caravan since 2019. He believes Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic are behind the boom.
“Combine that with the rise in popularity of UK holidays, and places such as the Lake District, Cornwall, and other areas of the UK have had a surge in tourism.”
Most of these customers are first-time buyers, with Ennis noticing a “dramatic” increase from previous years.
Caravans have come on a long way in recent years and glamping has become in vogue.
Holidaymakers now expect much more from their vehicles.
“Glamping has revolutionised the camping holiday,” said Ennis.
“Caravans and motorhomes have advanced so much in the last 5-10 years that they now have full-sized island beds, large showers, tower fridges, central heating systems, Wi-Fi, and much, much more. You can now buy caravans with ultra-modern and luxurious interiors as well as sleek and flashy exterior design.”
He continued: “On top of this, holiday parks are investing in state of the art clubhouses with gyms, restaurants, cinemas, water parks, and much more to keep the whole family happy – which means they don’t have to leave the site for the duration of the holiday as they have everything that they need there.”
So how does one get into camping and caravanning for the first time?
A touring caravan is separate living quarters towed behind a regular vehicle.