Last year we bought our first caravan without going on a caravanning holiday before. I wasn’t sure I would love it, but it was perfect for us and I do love it. So, considering most of us are thinking of holidays, I’ve decided to talk about my caravan and Why I love caravanning?
Caravanning has an impressive history, that I found out by chance. Dr. William Gordon Stables started caravanning in late Victorian era. The first caravan ever built was called The Wanderer and it was made in 1884 by Bristol Wagon Works Company. It traveled tens of thousands of miles in its lifetime. Amazingly, that first caravan still exists and it’s displayed at a Caravan Club. The caravan was meant to be an land yacht and it was inspired by traditional horse-drawn Romany wagons, pulled by two horses named Captain Corn-flower and Polly Pea-blossom. The interior was made mahogany and maple wood, painted black and gold, in an Victorian fashion and it obviously had a bookcase.
If it wasn’t for him, for me, our holidays wouldn’t be as exciting as they are. I blogged last year about the Things I learned about caravanning, have a look if you fancy to read that post too. Let’s go back to why I love caravanning.
Freedom. We can take Festus with us without any problems and he feels at home in the caravan. We also have the freedom of going where we want. Also, it doesn’t matter if it’s London, Edinburgh or Anglesey, the prices are pretty similar.
Home from home. Having all my things around it’s very nice for me. I can take books and things I wouldn’t take if I were to go to a hotel or B&B. I also have the possibility to cook if I want to and I like that a lot.
It doesn’t matter if it rains, we have everything we need in the caravan. We play board or card games, watch the rain, watch a movie on the laptop or read a book. We can have a chat and just relax.
Birdsong and wildlife. To every campsite we’ve been I heard birds singing in the morning and I saw a squirrel or two. In the more remote locations there are hares and foxes. A fox had a nibble at the dog’s food one night, the hares were running around in the morning. It’s a delight to see them.
Learning new skills. I bought a sewing machine to make curtains for the caravan. They turned out rather good and I learned something new. I have in mind to make a couple of sewing projects these days. It’s fun, I wanted to try sewing, but I never did until I got the caravan. I never had such a big incentive to actually sew something.
What do you think about caravanning?