Why I’m glad we invested in a caravan in Wales

It was just over 5 years ago that we decided to buy our static caravan that is now based on a beautiful site in Snowdonia, Mid Wales.  As much as we loved holidaying abroad, we wanted Joe to be able to experience the freedom and enjoyment of spending time in the great outdoors. Both myself and Pete had spent a lot of time in Wales as children, and  we wanted Joe to have that joy of experiencing the natural environment, the rivers, stream, mountains and valleys that make Wales so breathtaking.

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The Camping and Caravanning Club have been looking at how we can get children away from their play stations, Nintendo’s, smart phones and technology, and give them the chance to be kids again, in the way that we did, before technology took over. As someone who tries to do this at least a couple of times a year, I can totally see the attraction of leaving the computer and mobile phones behind and enjoying some proper family time.

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Our caravan is set deep within a valley. WiFi is non existent, and phone reception is minimal, but there are so many other things to be doing, whatever the weather. There is a gorgeous stream (freezing cold!) that runs at the back of our caravan that currently has a rope swing over it. The mountains are there for climbing, with a lake at the top and spectacular views across the valley. A large field is great for games of football, or rounders, and there are lots of barbecues and opportunities to eat ‘al fresco’, when the sun is shining. My dad loves to stoke up the BBQ and to even prepare meals outside, peeling potatoes with a pocket knife, it’s like being in a boys own adventure. (You can find a guide to pocket knives at Pocket Knife Reviews if you are planning on going all Jamie Oliver too.) There are also real opportunities to enjoy nature, with birds of prey regularly flying through the valley, pheasants wandering freely, even an odd sheep taking a stroll through the camp. If you still need to access wifi, maybe for work purposes, then it may be worth investing in a caravan wifi booster to give you better coverage.

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If you want to explore, Wales is the perfect place, with market towns, the seaside and picturesque lakes all within a short drive. We spend sunshine days at Barmouth, enjoying the traditional Victorian seaside with fish and chips, ice creams and an eclectic range of shops to enjoy. Aberdovey is another favourite destination, with acres of white sand where Joe enjoys searching for shells and pebbles, or crabbing in the small pools.

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When we use our caravan we rarely use the television during the day, and sleep soundly without the sound of cars and the city. We all need that break from civilisation sometimes, and I think time in a caravan is a perfect way to enjoy this.

Sorting your next holiday? Why not try the UK?

It’s that time of year when our thoughts start to turn to booking our Summer holiday. The newspapers are full of holiday pullouts, the days are cold and dull and Christmas has come and gone, so now we think about warmer times and getting away from it all. But why should getting away always involve an airport? The United Kingdom is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, with so many things to see and do. It seems that we are sometimes so busy exploring the world, we forget all the wonderful places we have on our doorstep.

I always holidayed in the UK as a child, and now try to take at least one holiday a year in the UK, either heading to Wales, or to Somerset, which is one of my favourite parts of England. Holiday Camps like John Fowler Holidays offer a family-run business with 14 holiday parks throughout Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. They have have friendly staff which ensure every holidays are fun and stress free. What I like about John Fowler parks are that they have something to suit everyone, from caravan parks in Cornwall to glamping breaks in Devon. They also have lots of on-site entertainment, and fabulous surroundings in some of the most beautiful parts of the UK. Well worth a look if you are planning a UK based holiday this year.

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Are you tempted yet? If not, here are a few more reasons why a holiday in the UK could be right up your street.

History and Scenery Combined in one

Whether you love to explore castles and battlefields, museums of galleries, or just mile upon mile of glorious beaches, you will find it all in the UK. The County of Devon alone has Exeter Cathedral, Dartmoor, the beaches of the English Riviera and the Lavish and imposing Powderham Castle – hard to beat for versatility.

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You Can Take Your Pets

With no quarantine laws to worry about, and with many holiday camps and parks now accepting dogs, there is no reason why this important part of your family shouldn’t come along for a break too.

Holidays on Caravan Parks are so much fun

Forget about your ideas of holiday parks from the 1970s, these days caravans can be super luxurious, with central heating, fully fitted kitchens and cosy living areas with sofas and Freeview television. Holiday camps can also include Spas, pool areas with slides, wave machines and actvities, and shows involving a range of well known celebritities. It’s no longer a case of knobbly knees competitions and glamorous granny comps, holiday camps have moved with the times!

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No Need for Passport, No need for Currency

Not renewed your passport? No need to worry. Don’t like needles and innoculations? Again no need to worry. Holidaying in the UK takes away the need for passports, visas, currency and those rather horrible holiday jabs.

Take whatever you need – no luggage allowance

With many airlines now only allowing a measly 15kg luggage, and with hefty fees for going over the allowance, packing for a holiday abroad has never been more difficult. There is no such worry when holidaying in the UK – if you can get it in the car, you can take it, and roof racks and trailers mean you can also take bikes and boats.

Where will you be taking your holiday this year?