Hopping on a plane and heading abroad is looking less likely this summer, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t escape off on holiday and explore places you haven’t been before — especially when a motorhome or campervan gives you the freedom to travel from place to place.
SoGlos spoke to M5 Motorhome Hire to get the Tewkesbury-based motorhome hire company’s advice on what you should consider when planning a motorhome holiday — including the best spots to explore during your adventure.
About the expert – M5 Motorhome Hire owner Marc Warner
Based in Tewkesbury and serving the whole of Gloucestershire and beyond, M5 Motorhome Hire owns a fleet of motorhomes and VW campervans, with expert staff on hand to help holidaymakers hire their perfect vehicle.
As a Director of Warners Motor Group, which has been operating for more than 100 years, Marc Warner established the rental business helping customers have their own motorhome and campervan holidays over four years ago, through his own passion for exploring the great outdoors.
Since holidays abroad might still be a way off, are you seeing an increase in demand for motorhome hire?
Yes, enquiries for both motorhomes and campervans are extremely busy right now, as understandably, people are keen to make sure that they get something booked as soon as possible as supply is limited for the busy holiday season.
If you’ve never hired a motorhome before, what do you need to know?
Renting a motorhome is really very simple. M5 Motorhome Hire have a great bookings team that can help answer any specific questions you may have and ensure we find the correct motorhome or campervan for your holiday adventure.
Some of the things you need to keep in mind with any motorhome hire is whether there is a limit on mileage, whether a tank of fuel is included and if there’s roadside assistance, which all come as standard at M5 Motorhome Hire; what hidden extras you might be liable to pay for; and what creature comforts you might like for your holiday – such as dining tables and bike racks.
You can also find the answers to any questions you may have on our FAQ page on our website.
What are your motorhome holiday essentials?
At M5 Motorhome Hire, we provide you with everything you need to enjoy your motorhome holiday from bed linen, kitchen equipment, outdoor tables and chairs, we even include the washing up liquid!
All you need to think about is your food and drink and pillows and duvets. Leave the rest to us.
Can you park up and sleep anywhere you like or do you need to book a campsite?
We’d recommend to get the most out of your time away, that it is always best to plan ahead and decide where you want to stay before you embark on your trip.
If you choose to stay at a campsite, aim to book your pitch ahead of your stay – as some of the most popular tend to get fully booked months in advance.
We know people also like wild camping when travelling in a motorhome and there are some incredible places to spend nights for free in your campers around the UK. You can find these free camping spots on various motorhome apps, along with accessible motorhome parking and free camper parking spots for day trips and visits.
Who are motorhome holidays for?
Motorhome holidays are great for everyone, whether a large family, a group of friends travelling together or a couple seeking peace and quiet away from the crowds.
And, of course, you will need to stick to any current guidance about who you can travel with at the time of your holiday.
What destinations would you recommend for a motorhome holiday?
The UK is a fantastic place to holiday: from the Cotswolds countryside nearby; hidden coves and glorious weather of Cornwall; to the drama and mountains of Scotland. The UK has all the elements needed for a great motorhome holiday.
What’s your favourite thing about motorhome holidays?
My favourite thing about motorhome holidays is the freedom to roam and plan your own adventure!