Grounded? It’s Time to Ride the Campervan Revival

Grounded? It’s Time to Ride the Campervan Revival

Thanks to uncertain travel restrictions and safety concerns, we’re thinking outside the flight-hotel box and instead riding the campervan trend when we’re allowed to get back on the road – quite literally. Here’s why.

travel restrictions and safety concerns looming over our
heads, it may be that many of us will be inclined to use private
transport – when we’re able to get back on the road, that is. And
during times like these, it seems more reliable to keep both feet
on the ground instead of risking a ruined holiday thanks to a
postponed-until-further-notice flight.

The pandemic has forced people to think outside the flight-hotel
box and find alternative (and social distancing-friendly) ways to
quench their thirst for adventure. A recent survey of 2,000 UK
adults, commissioned by Auto Trader, has revealed that 71 per cent
of Brits who are thinking about a holiday would consider a
motorhome holiday. The sense of freedom that comes with a home on
wheels has always been an attractive pull, just like the desire to
be closer to nature. Travelling in a campervan allows you to go
where you want when you want, and it gives you the option to pack
up the entire family including any four-legged friends.

It goes without saying that 2020 didn’t exactly go according to
plan. When our chances to take our mini-break in May
shrunk to zero due to cancelled flights, my husband and I were
quick to come up with a new idea: to take our revamped Volkswagen
Transporter on the road as soon as restrictions were lifted. We
didn’t have to deal with chaotic airports and were able to avoid
crowded places, camping mostly at smaller sites close to a beach or

Both of us work freelance, so we could easily pack up our home
office with laptops, chargers and our portable Wi-Fi hotspot to
work wherever we decided to pull up for the day. Relatively little
planning is needed when you work from home or when you need a
change of scenery to boost your creativity. Just hop in your van
and drive until you reach a place that you deem fit for your

Even if you don’t want to travel far or you’re limited by travel
restrictions, a van can give you the freedom to fully enjoy a
staycation close to home, keeping carbon emissions low. There might
be a park or a nature reserve in your surroundings that haven’t
made it onto your travel bucket list pre-2020. Now, a simple cooked
meal shared with a loved one next to a lake that’s surrounded by
woods falls under the category “slow travel”.

In terms of versatility and sustainability, a campervan has the
upper hand compared to a standard caravan. It’s usually smaller,
easier to manoeuvre through narrow streets than a chunkier caravan,
and it can be used year-round, not only for those two designated
weeks in summer.

You can drive it to work, fit in your bulkier shopping items and
use it for a quick weekend getaway to visit your friends that live
a few hours away. Buying a used van and doing it up isn’t only
easier on your wallet; a DIY project like this will keep you busy
during times of travel restrictions.

The revival of campervans certainly ties in with the trend of
vacationing with a group including your great grandma and your
youngest nephew. Making new memories with friends and family is
priceless, especially after months of interrupted video catch-ups
with wonky internet connections.

So yes, now is the time to ride the campervan trend. It’s a
relatively affordable affair that has become even more popular due
to the limited options we’re likely to face in the near future.
There’s no one way to travel, and right now we’re searching for
alternative ways to feed our adventurous spirit.

Keen to join the ever-growing #vanlife community? Here is some
inspiration to start your journey:

  • Campervan Life: You’ll find lots of information
    here, including tips on buying a campervan, planning a conversion
    to practical insights into van life.
  • There are numerous blogs about campervanning in Europe. This
    couple has written up an extensive post with lots of
    insider intel on cooking in a campervan and finding the best spots
    to stop.
  • Considering a campervan workation? This digital nomad Eric
    Schad shares his tips for a productive life on the

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