Considering buying a motorhome? Wondering if motorhome life is right for you? Here's an insight into life on the road and why we love it so much!
Looking for reasons to buy a Motorhome? Considering renting a motorhome in Europe and then traveling 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 a year ago and finally ended up buying a motorhome for the first time! As you may have guessed- it was a good decision for us and we've had some incredible adventures in the past 12 months.
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Reasons to buy a motorhome
Buying a motorhome 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.
Travelling in a motorhome- with your wardrobe!
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!)
Without wishing to brag, I am amazing at hiding clothes in the motorhome. There are loads of places where I have shoes and scarves hidden without Mr WB even knowing they were there.
If you'd like to know how to increase clothes storage in your camper, read more here
(Did anyone else always dream of this wardrobe in Clueless?? No… just me??)
Is a buying a motorhome for the first time worth it? 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 a glass platform up the top of Mont Blanc!) 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 as we did an ultimate UK road trip!) We love being able to meander wherever we feel like each day and explore whatever we find there.
Slow travel makes the journey more 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 as we travel Europe by motorhome, we're forced 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 and why you should definitely consider buying a motorhome.
Owning a motorhome- 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 motorhome blog and chatting to you lovely people on Facebook! (Speaking of which, are you following us on Facebook for our up-to-date news? You can do that HERE.)
Why buy a motorhome? 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 one of the added benefits of buying a motorhome was that it gave 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.)
Having said that, if you want to watch television on the road, here's our lowdown on motorhome tv‘s and how to choose the best
Why buy a campervan? You don't have to pay for hotels
This was one of our driving (ha!!) 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…
When buying a campervan, 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, you don't need to plan your motorhome trips in advance.
We've explored Wales and Cornwall last minute in the school holidays without any issues finding overnight spots or campsites for wild camping in the UK. We also went to the Italian lakes in August without booking a single campsite while campervanning in Italy – and then unexpectedly went up to Switzerland.
We travelled Norway in the motorhome for 3 weeks without booking ANYTHING in advance. Motorhome travel is perfect for lazy planners– or people who are recovering uber-planners! Do you think there's a 7-step programme for that??
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Is it worth buying a motorhome? You have a shower and toilet with you
Why did we buy a motorhome and not a campervan? 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. (Yes, modern campervans have small bathrooms too. But I'm not small…)
That's probably one of my top reasons to buy a motorhome and why we decided against buying a campervan! 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 the freedom associated with buying a motorhome. 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.
Should you be buying a camper? 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 shockingly bad internet?!!
Buying a motorhome 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 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'll go places you never even imagined after buying a motorhome!
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 Slovenia, and ended up in the Dolomites!!
We also set off for Norfolk and ended up in Cornwall… don't ask! But the plans can be as flexible as you are!
Buying a motorhome means 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! (Their parents were eternally grateful!)
And if you have dietary requirements, you can cook- just like you do at home.
It's easy to travel Europe by Motorhome with kids/ pets/ family
We LOVE travelling with our cocker-spaniel, Mac. He's an integral part of the team and we can't imagine being without him. We love how easy it is to travel in a motorhome with him, especially now he's no longer a puppy.
I also love how we can find water for him for a swim, and he's the happiest dog you ever did see!!
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.
We also have an inflatable kayak and a paddleboard so we can explore places as we travel. 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.
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.
That's why, buying a motorhome for the first time and taking it with you as your travel 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 even get automatic motorhomes, so it's even easier for anyone with mobility issues to drive for longer.
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 (and you can read all about their campervan parking laws here), 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 to tour Europe in a Motorhome.–
So, is it worth Buying a Motorhome? Yes! 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 and never would have discovered it without buying a motorhome for the first time.
The sunsets/ stars/ nature are incredible!
Camping under the stars and waking up to a breathtaking sunrise is one of my favourite things. 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 a motorhome for the first time, would we be living on half our previous income, with me having given up my career.
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?
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