Caravanning with the family – Common mistakes to avoid

Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 10:44

Nothing beats the unique experience of caravanning with the family. Sleeping in hotels and B&B’s doesn’t compare to it. When caravanning, you can immerse yourself in nature, enjoy the stunning Australian landscapes, and just be; not to mention that you are free of strict schedules.

That’s why caravanning is genuinely popular in our country. About 85 percent of Australians went caravanning at least once in their life. Also, according to research conducted by BDO, ABS Motor Vehicle Consensus, about 556,848 caravans and motorhomes are officially registered in Australia. Since 2008, there has been an increase of 34 percent in motorhome registrations, which outlines the interest for caravanning.

Still, as amazing as caravanning is, if you’re headed on such a vacation for the first time, there are some things you should look out for. Here are some mistakes that should be avoided if you want to enjoy yourself, of course!

Packing Too Much Stuff

A tendency most of us have when caravanning is to over-pack. Since we have numerous gadgets and many other things that we convey as necessary, we tend to assume we need them. That’s why, instead of enjoying a relaxed outing with the family, this stuff will occupy most of the space you have available. Even in a large motorhome, space is quite limited, and travelling light will make your getaway much more enjoyable.

Having a Cramped Itinerary

It’s true that when you’re caravanning, you can select as many locations as you want, and you needn’t worry about the rising costs of accommodation. However, before you know it, the long to-see list will make you feel exhausted, and, instead of returning from your journey relaxed and fresh, you’ll feel even more tired. Take your time, and enjoy each day to its fullest. Even if you don’t get the chance to go everywhere you planned, you should take pleasure in simply admiring the surroundings. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be back.

Fun fact: did you know that, in 2010 alone, caravans and motorhomes travelled about 607 million kilometres around Australia? This distance is equivalent to going to the moon and back for 709 times.

Being Too Strict About the Schedule

It’s recommended to plan ahead for your journey, since organisation makes things easier, particularly when travelling with kids. However, you shouldn’t be too rigid. When you’re caravanning, you might stumble across a range of unique opportunities, which are on the off the beaten track, but are definitely worth your time!

Caravanning is all about being spontaneous and creative, so don’t be too strict, and embrace travelling from a new perspective! According to statistics, 73 percent of the people who experienced caravanning claimed that it stimulated their interest in camping as well. So, be flexible, and you’ll be on the right track!

Picking the Wrong Motorhome for Your Needs

Each motorhome comes with distinctive features, being created for certain conditions. If you ride in a caravan that isn’t suited to your needs, your travelling enjoyment might be jeopardised. Ask yourself the following questions – What kind of holiday do I want to have? Where am I headed? With whom am I travelling? By answering these questions, you’ll know which motorhome is right for you.

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