28 Feb The Popularity of Motor Homes in the UK
Whether you’ve been on a motorhome holiday yourself or not, you can’t deny that it’s a popular way of taking a break for both couples and families. You only have to jump on the motorway to see a plethora of leisure vehicles heading for their next exciting destination. It’s a type of holiday that is often associated with your parents or grandparents; before air travel and exotic places were such a common way to get away for a week. However, the likes of motorhomes and caravans have been making a comeback amongst Brits.
Motorhoming has long been a popular choice because of its cost efficiency compared to going abroad. Recently, its popularity has been increasing again. Research by the Centre for Economic and Business revealed that the number of caravans and motorhomes on the roads is set to soar by more than 50,000 in the next 5 years.
Change in holiday behaviour
The constant increase of motorhomes for sale is reflective of the growing popularity in DIY holidays, and because leisure vehicles themselves have improved hugely over the last decade or so. Manufacturers have created motorhomes and caravans that are a true home-away-from-home, with all the facilities and comforts you could ever need. This has made them a much more appealing prospect.
ABTA research revealed that the UK is set to be British holidaymakers’ top destination for 2018; its survey revealed that 66% of those asked are already planning a trip closer to home. Europe was a close second, with North America coming in third. In 2017, Brits took an average of 2.1 holidays in the UK.
It turns out that the British public are Europe’s biggest buyers of touring vehicles; the UK market comes only second to the US. This change in holiday behaviour is resulting in more and more motorhomes being sold every year.
What’s more, the Camping and Caravanning Club has already reported a 10% increase in bookings across its campsites for the 2018 season.
Improved leisure vehicles
Leading motorhome manufacturers such as Auto-Trail, Chausson and Hymer are releasing newly designed vehicles every year, with better safety, comfort and design features. These better quality vehicles, combined with a desire to go on holiday more frequently, mean that motorhomes are beginning to promote a lifestyle.
The concept of having freedom to move around without the restrictions of flight or even train times means that you’re able to enjoy yourself and relax in a luxury environment. Complete with advanced technology to make sure both the driver and passengers are comfortable; the motorhomes of today are a far cry from their beginnings in the 1950s and 60s.
The popular Caravan Club, which is around 110 years old, changed its name to the Caravan and Motorhome Club after it saw that 40% of its new members were actually motorhome owners.
It’s clear that owning a motorhome and booking ‘staycations’ is a hugely popular idea amongst the UK. With so many incredible destinations including the Scottish Highlands, Yorkshire Dales and Brecon Beacons, the UK has endless places to explore whether it’s a romantic getaway for 2 or a holiday for the whole family.