The holiday season will soon be upon us, and at this stage, you are probably thinking about where and how to travel.
If a road trip is on your agenda, then a campervan holiday could be a no-brainer. Especially if you are looking to save money on accommodation costs, you can achieve hotel luxury from the confines of your van, without the expense of booking into a hotel or bed and breakfast. And if you are on a tight budget, there are other ways to cut the costs of your holiday. Take a look at our suggestions below for some examples.
#1: Don’t buy a campervan
If you don’t already own a campervan, and if you are on a limited budget, then you probably don’t want to buy a camper outright. Especially when buying a new model, you are looking at around £30,000 or more! Used models might be cheaper, but you might consider hiring a camper instead, especially if you aren’t planning on using it very often. On the other hand, if you do want to buy something, consider looking for a used bus for sale. There is still an expense, but you can usually buy something for under £5000. You might then convert it into a campervan, using the example given here as inspiration. While there will be extra costs to consider, you will have something to use for many more holidays to come after the renovation is complete.
#2: Look for the cheapest camping spots
The law is a little hazy on whether you can pull up in a layby for the night, so to avoid being moved along by the police, you should probably park your camper at a designated camping spot. However, to save money, you should commit to research. There are websites and downloadable apps that will give you an idea of what is available to you, as well as Facebook groups where you can take advantage of the frugal wisdom of others. You won’t need a site with a lot of amenities, as you should have cooking and toileting facilities on board your van, so make savings by booking a stay a more primitive camping spot. Alternatively, buy a copy of
Brit Stops, which contains details of over 900 hosts willing to let you park your campervan for free. Handily, places include vineyards and country pubs, so there will be something for you to do of an evening as well.
#3: Save money on fuel
This will be your biggest expense when travelling the country, but you can make savings. For starters, drive sensibly, using these fuel-saving driving techniques on your travels. Then research fuel stations for cheaper prices. Websites such as Petrolprices.com will give you an overview of the more affordable places to buy your fuel, and you should also check for any supermarkets on your desired route, as these are cheaper than costly motorway service stations and some private fuel stations.
We hope these tips have been useful to you, but if you have other money-saving ideas for our readers, then please let us know.
Thanks for reading, and happy travels, wherever it is you decide to go!