Looking for reasons to buy a Motorhome? Are you considering travelling Europe by campervan? Have you been reading our travel blog and thinking ‘that sounds fun', but are still not sure whether buying a motorhome is a good idea? Honestly, neither were we until we took the plunge and bought one a year ago! As you may have guessed- it was a good decision for us and we've had some incredible adventures in the past 12 months. You can read all about our first year of motorhome life here:
Buying a motorhome, RV, or campervan is a big decision, no matter what size or age you go for. There's a lot to consider and a lot of questions to ask. Having said that, we wish we'd bought our first motorhome 10 years ago! Let us show you why- here are our top 20 reasons to buy a motorhome.
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You can bring your entire wardrobe with you
Are you a ‘hand-luggage only' traveller or a ‘bring everything you've ever looked at' sort of person? With a motorhome, it doesn't matter- you can take as much or as little as you like on your adventures! (Obviously, if you're Kate Middleton or something, you might have to sacrifice a FEW things… but it's certainly more than hand luggage!) I managed to hide 12 books on the motorhome without Mr WB even knowing they were there. I also have extra pairs of shoes hidden around in little cubbyholes- I won't tell you where in case he reads this!! But trust me, you can bring all sorts of great gear with you- just in case! (Did anyone else always dream of this wardrobe in Clueless?? No… just me??)
You'll discover places you've never heard of
This is probably one of my favourite things about Motorhome travel- driving down the road and seeing a sign for something random (like an Ice Cave) and just being able to pull off and visit it without any fuss. No hotel bookings, no flights to catch, no stress, no timetable (except for maybe the journey back to the UK!) We love being able to meander wherever we feel like each day and explore whatever we find there.
Slow travel makes the journey part of the fun
I've always been a ‘rusher'. I'll run around like a headless chicken, trying to get everything done. This includes being on holiday, where I have been known to create a schedule and cry big ugly tears when the ‘schedule' didn't go to plan. (“What do you MEAN you want another coffee? We don't have time to stop until 12 minutes past 4…” *true story*) It's a wonder I'm still married, quite frankly!
But motorhome travel forces me to slow down. We can't travel around at 500 miles an hour. We can rarely detour around traffic jams. We don't even know WHERE we're going to stay that night most of the time, which used to scare me witless but now allows me to just relax. If my chauffeur wants a coffee or a little nap, I'll find us somewhere quiet or pretty and we'll chill until we fancy setting off again. This is all part of the adventure and it's FUN. Believe it or not, Motorhome travel is fun!
A Weekend in the motorhome feels like a week-long break
This is how our perfect Friday night goes:
- Jump in van
- Buy Fish and Chips en-route
- Drive about 30 minutes to either a place on the seafront we like or a local campsite
- Settle down
- Light a fire
- Open some wine
- Breathe deeply for the first time in about 5 days
Party animals, aren't we??!! No matter how bad a week it's been, how stressed we are or what chaos we'll hit on Monday, we always feel completely refreshed after a weekend away in the motorhome. Doctors should start prescribing this as stress relief- I think it would change the world. (I say “we”… but everyone knows it's mainly Mr WB who works. I spend most days in my pajamas working on this blog and chatting to you lovely people on Facebook! Talking of which, are you following us on Facebook for our up-to-date news? You can do that HERE.)
Quality time with your family
Is anyone else guilty of not really being ‘present' at home? I try, we all do, but there are a million jobs to do and if I ‘just do this', it'll be easier. As our daughter Jade gets older and is away from home most evenings, we find we spend less and less time together as a family. But the motorhome gives us a great place to put the phone and TV away for a night or two and play games, watch the fire burn, count the stars and chat to each other. We learn so much about our daughter and her mindset during these evenings of silliness- and frankly, that's priceless. (Yeah Yeah Mastercard, send me your bill.)
You don't have to pay for hotels
This was one of our driving factors for buying a motorhome in the first place- Jade got too old to share a room with her Dad, so we had to start booking two hotel rooms everywhere. And that gets EXPENSIVE! Especially as we tend to leave our holiday planning to the last minute so could never take advantage of cheap deals! Talking of which…
You can leave your holiday planning to the last minute
Obviously, if you want to go to Europe, you'll need to book onto a ferry or the tunnel as early as possible to get the best rates, but otherwise there doesn't need to be any plans made in advance. We've explored Wales and Cornwall last minute in the school holidays without any issues finding overnight spots or campsites. We also went to the Italian lakes in August without booking a single campsite- and then unexpectedly went up to Switzerland. We're leaving for Norway in less than 6 weeks and I have NO idea where our first stop is going to be. It's perfect for lazy planners– or people who are recovering uber-planners! Do you think there's a 7-step programme for that??
You have a shower and toilet with you
Why did we buy a motorhome and not a van? Because I wanted a proper bathroom (among other reasons.) I wanted to be able to stand up and have a shower and use the toilet without going outside. That's probably one of my top reasons to buy a motorhome! I love having a proper bathroom and toilet- it makes everything so much easier. And if it's easy, it's fun.
You can sit outside and have a campfire (hotels tend to frown on that!)
I talk about fires a lot- because they are one of the most pleasurable things I've discovered about motorhome life. If we're choosing to stay on a campsite, we do our best to find one which allows BBQs, and then we use our BBQ for a fire. (TIP- many campsites don't allow fires on the ground as it damages their site, but a BBQ which is off the ground is usually fine. Just be sure to check first.) This is the one we use and love:
Take a look: Yellowstone Outdoor BBQ Kit, Amazon
You can stop whenever you want
If we're driving and see somewhere pretty to have lunch, or just want an afternoon nap, we can do that! If we see a chocolate shop or a trinket shop, we can stop and browse for as long as we like, knowing that there's no rush to get anywhere else. We can chat with people over dinner or spend time getting to know new friends without having to rush off anywhere.
You can work from the road
This one is so important for us. One of our main reasons for buying a motorhome was that there is the space and ability to safely carry any kit we need to work whilst we're away. We rely on Mr WB's wage, and he needs to have certain things to be able to do his job successfully, such as decent wifi- how many hotels have you stayed in with shocking internet?!! Motorhome travel allows us to work from the road, which allowed me to leave work so we can travel more. It's like an ever-improving circle of happiness. 🙂
You'll go places you never even imagined!
When we head off for an adventure, we never know where we're going to end up. We set off for Italy, and by the end of it we'd seen the Milky Way from Switzerland and had lunch in Liechtenstein. We also set off for Norfolk and ended up in Cornwall… don't ask! But the plans can be as flexible as you are!
You have a kitchen with you whenever you need it
I'm not sure there's anything better than waking up in a new place with an incredible view, putting the kettle on and enjoying a bacon sandwich made to your exact preferences. Having a kitchen which travels with you is great- you don't have to eat out every night if you don't want to, you can eat a smaller meal if you feel like cheese on toast for dinner. It's so easy- even doing the food shop is easy as you can put it all away straight in the supermarket car park. Or if you get stuck in a massive holdup (like say, the Eurotunnel on a bank holiday weekend!) then you can make a brew, and give the upset kids in the car next door some squash and chocolate! And if you have dietary requirements, you can cook- just like you do at home.
It's easy to travel with kids/ pets/ family
We don't have pets (at the moment!) as we're planning to travel extensively overseas and don't think it's fair- but as soon as we've finished our long-haul adventures we will definitely be getting a dog to bring on our travels with us. It's an easy option to include them in your holidays. We also regularly travel with family- we take the van somewhere and they stay in a B & B or hotel nearby. It allows us all to spend time together and explore a new destination.
You can indulge your hobbies
We've met so many motorhomers who strap their surfboards to the roof, their push bikes to the back or tow motorbikes like we do. Others have inflatable kayaks to explore lakes and rivers with or fishing gear or hiking kit. Motorhoming is great for allowing you to enjoy your hobbies and travel to areas where you can enjoy them at their best, wherever that might be. We're having our first ever Stand-up Paddleboard lesson in a few weeks in the hope of taking one to Norway with us… let's see how THAT goes!!!
It's WAY more comfortable than a plane
For anyone over 5'7, flying is no longer fun unless you can afford Business Class. I'm 5'11 and being cramped into those little seats for hours makes me miserable- even if the holiday is worth it. Taking your own van is so much more comfortable. And you have your own bed, with your own bedding and pillows and hot-water bottle. (Anyone else love a hot water bottle?)
You can park anywhere (as long as it’s legal of course!)
Want to park by that pretty river? Or camp next to the lake? There's a high chance there's going to be somewhere you can. Want to park in the middle of a city? If it's not in the UK, no problem! Europe is so well kitted out for Motorhomes, it's possible to stay in THOUSANDS of places and many of them are free and breathtakingly beautiful, or close to major attractions. It's easy in Europe.
Motorhoming works for EVERYONE
It's one of the few hobbies/ lifestyles we know of where young couples (that's us…right?? RIGHT?? Hmmm…) mix with families with children of all ages and people enjoying their retirement. It's such an inclusive environment and a pleasure to be part of it. We've met some awesome people of all ages and backgrounds on our travels and it's our favourite thing about motorhome travel. Some of our favourite evenings have been spent around a fire, sharing a beer or 6 with our neighbours for the night and putting the world to rights. It's a lovely community and we're so pleased to be part of it.
The sunsets/ stars/ nature are incredible!
Camping under the stars and waking up to a breathtaking sunrise is one of my favourite things. Seriously, just look at this view! And this place was FREE for the night! Not just that, but we walk more whilst we're travelling in the motorhome and spend more time outdoors enjoying nature's beauty.
It could most definitely change your life!
In no way did we believe that one year after buying our first motorhome, we would be living on half our previous income, with me having given up my career and us planning to travel to Norway for 6 weeks over the summer! We'd have said it was impossible. So be warned- buying a motorhome could change your whole life!! You might even end up living full time in your RV?!?! Now wouldn't that be an adventure.
How about YOU? Have you bought a motorhome? What was your biggest reason? Let me know in the comments below (right at the bottom.)
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Can't believe I almost forgot to add this!!! Wandering Bird has been selected as one of the Top Ten UK Vanlife Bloggers in 2018!! We're ridiculously pleased to be included. If you'd like to see the whole list, read it here!