Tips to get the most out of a trip to Bluestone wales

Top tips to get the most out of a holiday to Bluestone

Disclosure: We were given a 4 night stay at Bluestone but all words, photos and opinions are my own.

We’ve been to Bluestone national park resort three times now, and each time we go it seems like we learn something new about how to get the absolute best out of a holiday there.

So I’m writing this post partly as a reminder to ourselves for the next time we go, and also to hopefully help anyone else who’s planning a holiday to Bluestone to really make the most of their stay.

 

I think that no matter what you do really you’ll have an amazing time at Bluestone because it’s just a truly lovely place to go for a holiday, but there are some things worth knowing and keeping in mind to really get the best out of it.

 

The lodges

The lodges are generally really well equipped with everything you need but there are a few things worth knowing about:

  • There are tumblers, wine glasses and mugs in the kitchen, but no pint glasses.
  • We’ve stayed in three different lodges and they’ve all had a grill pan and roasting dish but no simple baking tray, so take one or two with you if you know you’ll want to cook things like chips while you’re there.
  • The twin bedrooms often have just one bedside table in between the beds, which of course means just one bedside lamp.  Not always an issue, but if your children are like mine one might want to read at bedtime when the other wants dark to get to sleep, so think about taking a little reading light with you.
  • There are no clothes airers in the lodges but you can get one from guest services if you want one, useful for drying towels and wet coats.

 

What to take (and what not to take)

  • There are towels in the lodges but you can’t take these with you to the Blue Lagoon, so pack some towels if you plan on swimming there (which you absolutely should).
  • Whether you hire a buggy or not, pack comfy shoes to explore the resort.
  • You don’t need to take a hairdryer with you, there was one in each bedroom of the lodge the last time we stayed.
  • If you’re going to Bluestone in the winter you might want to take a torch with you.

 

Getting the most out of the resort

  • If you think you’ll want to eat at any of the restaurants during your stay then it’s worth booking this before you go, they do get quite busy.
  • If you don’t want to cook but don’t fancy eating out either then the food from the chippy is really good and can be taken back to your lodge.
  • Budget for some treats while you’re there.  There are quite a few places around the resort where you can treat yourselves to drinks and snacks and they’re all really lovely.  Ty Coffi in the village has seasonal goodies on offer, from different flavoured milkshakes in the summer to tempting hot drinks in the winter.  The drinks from the cafe at the adventure centre are really good, and the bar in the Serendome has a great range of drinks available.
  • The Blue Lagoon is free to use when you’re staying in Bluestone and is so much fun for the whole family.  Just remember to take a pound coin for the locker.
  • The serendome is amazing, but it really is just like being outside so take their advice to wrap up in the winter months.

 

Make sure you’re kept informed

  • There’s an app you can download that is really useful for helping you find your way around the site and also for keeping up to date with news and events from around the resort.
  • The other top tip is to turn the TV on in the lodge in the morning and check for any messages.  If the weather is bad then things like the winter lights might not be on, or some paths around the resort might be closed, and these kinds of things will be shared with you in these messages.

 

Get to know the village

  • The village is the central hub of Bluestone resort and it’s worth having a wander round there on  your first day to get the lay of the land.
  • There’s a play park for the children and a lovely treehouse play area for them to explore.
  • This is also where the cafe, pub and restaurants are.
  • Newton stores is the little supermarket on site that, despite being small, has pretty much everything you could need.  We packed loads of food and drink to take with us on our last trip and after looking around the shop we’ve said we’ll bring far less with us next time.  The shop was well stocked with everything from food and drink to toiletries and household goods.  You can even buy individual dishwasher tablets which is really useful.

 

  • If you spot them in Newton Stores, grab a little Welsh deli pasty, they are amazing.

 

Make full use of the time you can be on site

  • You can arrive on site hours before check in time and stay on site for hours after you check out on your last day, so plan to make the most of that time.
  • On our last stay we checked out then parked back up in the longstay car park and walked back round the village and around the lake, before going over to the Blue Lagoon for one last swim.
  • You can use all of the facilities from the Blue Lagoon and the Adventure centre to the new Serendome, so no matter what the weather is doing you can find something to do before you check in and after you check out of your lodge.

 

Enjoy Bluestone at every time of the year

  • Spend some time on the Bluestone website before you go to get to know what will be on offer during your stay.
  • In the spring and summer months you can enjoy a walk through the woods to Camp Smokey for drinks, burgers and the experience of toasting your own s’mores.

 

  • In the winter months there might be fewer hours of daylight but there is still so much to do.  With the Blue Lagoon, the adventure centre and the Serendome there are lots of options for things to do with the children even if the weather isn’t great.  And then you have all the festive fun of a Kingdom of the Elves break in the run up to Christmas and the truly magical winter lights in the new year.

No matter what time of year you go to Bluestone you’ll have an amazing time, and hopefully these tips will help you really get the best out of every minute of a holiday there.

Have you been to Bluestone?  What was your favourite thing to do there?  What do you wish you’d known before you went?

Bluestone winter lights break review

Winter lights break at Bluestone – Review

Disclosure – we were given a mid-week winter lights break at Bluestone for the purpose of this review, but all words and opinions are my own.

A few weeks ago Steve and I did something that I’m not sure we’ll be able to top.

We were invited to go on a 4 night break to Bluestone, and we kept it a secret from the children.  So we picked them up together after school on the Monday, and kept them guessing as to why the car was jam packed full of our stuff.

It was only once we were halfway there that I told them that they weren’t going to school for the rest of the week.  And they then guessed almost straight away where we were going and oh my word I’ve never seen them so excited.

We’ve been to Bluestone twice before and it is somewhere we all absolutely love.  The first time we went was in May 2017 and we fell in love with the laid back atmosphere and the freerange philosophy.  Then we went for a Kingdom of the Elves break in 2018 which was such a different experience but in all the right ways.

Nerys has asked every month since then when could we go back for another holiday so she was thrilled to be surprised with a trip at the start of this year.

 

You can arrive at Bluestone any time after 11 am and use the facilities on site, and then you can check in to your lodge from either 3pm or 4.30pm depending on what type of lodge you’ll be staying in.  We drove over after picking the children up from school so didn’t get there until around 5.

If you can get there earlier it would be worth it, partly to make the most of your time there and partly to avoid the queues at the check in points that we were caught up in at 5 o’clock.

Once we got to the desk though it was plain sailing and the staff were just as friendly, welcoming, and helpful as we remembered.

We got our keys and welcome pack and then headed off to find our lodge.

Now, we did have a bit of fun trying to find our lodge in the dark, mainly because I have no sense of direction.  What we did find a big help over the course of our stay was the map on the Bluestone app.  You put your lodge details in and it then gives you directions from where you are back to your lodge, and it updates as you go using gps.

We were staying in a Tenby connect lodge in Castle Close, and we were excited to get in and check it out because we’d never stayed in one of those lodges before.

The Tenby lodge was lovely, with most of the living space downstairs and then the master bedroom and ensuite shower room up on a mezzanine floor.

It sleeps 6, between the master double bedroom and 2 twin bedrooms.  This particular lodge was a ‘connect’ one, which means it’s attached to another Tenby lodge and you can open a door between the two to make it sort of like one huge lodge.  This would be perfect if you were going with a big group.

We did find it a bit noisy having neighbours in the lodge attached to ours (the sound really does travel between the lodges) but it wasn’t really a problem.

 

We had 3 full days at Bluestone and didn’t leave the resort once.

There is so much to do on site that we really don’t feel the need to go anywhere else, but I know if we didn’t live by the sea at home we would probably want to get out and explore one of the nearby beaches at some point.

Our favourite thing to do at Bluestone is visit the Blue Lagoon so we spent a few hours each day of our holiday there.

The children are both quite confident in the water now and they really love the lazy river and the wave machine.  Nerys was big enough to go down the slides this time, but decided against it.  Rhys on the other hand couldn’t get enough of them and kept dragging Steve up for another go on them.

One of the great things about going to Bluestone in the winter is the surreal feeling of going outside in the lazy river into the cold and the rain.  It was actually hailing at one point when we were out there and it’s just such a bizarre experience!

 

When we weren’t at the pool we were either in the Adventure centre or the new Serendome.

The weather was really wet and windy most of our stay so it was brilliant to have these places to visit and let the children run wild out of the rain.

The Serendome was a brand new experience for us, it was still being built last time we were there, so we were really excited to go and check it out.

We were all really impressed with it.  Steve said a few times that it made the holiday for him, it was just a perfect finishing touch to the resort.

 

The Serendome is basically a big umbrella, so it’s open to the elements on the sides but the huge dome that covers it keeps out the rain on wet and wild days.

It’s a brilliant way to be outside without being out and exposed to the elements, although you do need to make sure you wrap up warm if you’re visiting in the winter months because it does pretty much feel as cold under the dome as it does outside.

 

There’s a fab mix of things to do in the Serendome. 

It’s free to get in and there’s a sand play area and water play area which are both so much fun and amazing for sparking creative play.

There’s also the imagination garden which my children both loved.  It has these big blue shapes and cogs and things that you can use to build basically anything you can imagine.

We also found a little play park area with swings and a little slide, and another space with garden games and giant lego blocks to build with.

If you get peckish while you’re there there are a few different places to grab a bite to eat and there’s even a bar which looked like it had a great selection of ales and cocktails on offer.

For children who are a bit more adventurous you can book a session on the go carts that whizz around the dome or a climbing session on the Sky Walk.  What’s really great about this is that there’s a mini skywalk option for younger children and those who don’t fancy going quite so high up in the sky, and there’s also a wheelchair friendly course so almost everyone can have a go if they fancy it.

The go carts and the Sky walk do cost extra though, and it’s often worth booking these kinds of activities in advance.

 

The thing I was most looking forward to on this break was seeing the winter lights, so I was gutted to find out that on the first few nights we were there they weren’t on as the weather was so bad.

We held out hope though and luckily on the Wednesday the wind died down and the rain cleared for long enough for the show to go on.

The winter lights trail starts at the entrance to the woodland walk down by the lake and, honestly, you can’t miss it.

When you’re in the village there’s a big notice projected on the side of one of the buildings pointing you in the right direction then as you get closer you can see the main path to the woodland walk lit up in rainbow colours.

Once you’re in the woods the magic really begins.

We went when it was properly dark outside and it was so beautiful to see all these different light displays leading through the woods.

There were giant butterflies and flowers up in the trees, fish with moving lights in an underwater themed display and of course the magical fairy houses.

 

 

We probably spent about half an hour making our way around the trail taking it all in.

Everywhere you looked there was something else to see, so even though there were quite a few other people there it never felt like you were waiting to have your turn to enjoy a part of it.

At the end of the trail there was a little area set up with fairground mirrors and a few games where you turned handles or pressed buttons to make things move on the screen which the children really enjoyed.

 

The last day of our trip we checked out of our lodge (you have to check out by 10am) and then parked the car up in the long stay car park.  The weather had really cleared through so it was dry and the wind had dropped down so we took advantage of the extra time on site to wander round the village and visit the lake.

The resort was so quiet, I think most people do tend to head for home straight away after checking out, so it felt like we almost had the place to ourselves.

We played in the park in the village for a bit, popped into Newton stores for a few treats and then walked down to the lake.

We’d brought Nerys’ walkie talkies with us so we split up and walked different ways around the lake, talking to each other.  The children had a great time and it was really nice to get some fresh air and stretch our legs before leaving.

 

We had such a wonderful holiday all in all, and I am thrilled that we actually got to see the winter lights; I’d heard all about them from friends who had been before and the whole thing absolutely lived up to my expectations.

This is one of the things I really love about Bluestone, no matter what time of year you go there is something different to experience that makes the trip extra special.

After our last trip I wrote about the perfect time of year to visit Bluestone and now, having visited during the winter lights festival, I’m still just as undecided about it as I was then!

It all depends what you want from your holiday I suppose, but honestly, I think any time of year is the perfect time to visit Bluestone.

Things to think about before hiring a van

Things to consider before renting a van

Are you thinking of hiring a van? You may be moving to a new place or just finally handling that gardening situation in your backyard. Or maybe you are planning a holiday with family and friends and wondering whether renting a van is a convenient option for you.

Vans can be an affordable and comfortable option available for you. However, there are a few things you should consider before renting a van out. To begin with, hiring a van can enable you significant flexibility and freedom through your journey. Plenty of renting agencies offer affordable and customized deals when renting out their vans to their clients. Make sure that you sign up for the plan and van that meets your needs and budget.

Here are some additional  things that you need to consider before you hire a van.

Things to look out for before booking a van

It is crucial that you are well aware of all your requirements before you reach out to rental agencies. Specifying these needs to the Transport Executive or van through van rental agencies can ensure that you are provided with a suitable vehicle that can help you get your job done.

For instance, you may specifically need a minivan or SUV if you are travelling with children and a load of luggage. Also, if you are on a tight budget, it would be wiser to choose one with  a comparatively smaller engine. You need to be specific about whether you need manual or Automatic vehicle. Communicating these specificities to your rental agent would save you a whole lot of hassle. 

Check the condition of the van with your rental agent before finalizing the deal to make sure you aren’t charged for any damages that you didn’t make. Also, make sure that you check the fuel level and mileage before hiring the van. 

 

Select the right rental company

If you need a van for the transport of passengers, a minivan is suggested appropriate for your needs. Then, you can rent a van through a traditional car rental agency. Check a few rental agencies and select the agency which is suitable for your needs and convenience.

However, if your requirement for renting a van is for the transport of cargo, you can hire a van through a van rental agency. 

One efficient approach to get the best price is to call several rental agencies and asking them for price estimate instead of zeroing down on the first quote given to you. It is important to take into consideration a few essential aspects while understanding the price estimates. 

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Size of the van

Calculating the size of the van you are going to need can be a game changer. You’re probably going to need a bigger van if you’re moving houses as a family but If you’re living solo and  moving, you could probably get away with a smaller one. If the van is considerably bigger that you require, you can consider scaling down and saving some good bucks on it.

On the other hand, if the van is too small you may want to consider getting a bigger one and save yourself several trips or worse, a cramped one. Ask the rental agency for advice and recommendations on which van could work best for you.

 

Understanding the rental agreements

To get the most out of your rented van and ensure a smooth process with renting it, you must make time to work through your rental agreement and understand it. Read the blueprints and terms and conditions from cover to cover and clarify any doubts that you may have. Get all the information you need before you make a final deal. 

Don’t hesitate to ask as many questions as you need to. This includes asking about security deposits, mile average, existing condition of the van and other things that may be important to you. Before hiring a van, it may also be helpful to inquire about the availability of additional drivers, experience of Drivers, gas Requirements, grace periods to return the vehicle and also any additional costs that may arise on the way.

Knowing the hidden costs

We strongly recommend that you do your research, specifically regarding the overall costs  incurred for hiring a van. There may be several hidden costs included in the price estimate and breaking it down and asking questions on this front could help you save some money on services that you may not require. Discuss these costs with your rental agent and know exactly what you’re signing up for.

The final price also includes all the extra costs incurred during the travel. Some of the extra charges that are to be considered are as follows:

  • Additional Driver Charges
  • Tax Charges
  • Toll Charges
  • Insurance
  • Drop off Charges

 

Driving license and age

It is very important to know that you have a standard driving license to hire and drive a van. Also, make sure that you are old enough to drive a Van and competent to drive if you hire it for self-drive. Driving license requirements, age limits and other criteria for hiring and driving a van are diverse in different places.

Discuss these criterias with the rental agency and ensure that you are eligible. This is especially crucial if you plan on driving inter-state. If you are planning to hire a van for self-driving purposes, make sure that you have all the required documents that you may need.

 

All it takes is thinking through certain things and doing some research on your part. You can ensure yourself a smooth journey and make your trip safe and happy one simply buy following these guidelines. Plan ahead of time, do you research, ask as many questions as you need to, it’s as simple as that. Renting a van gets easier with time, and once you see how well it can go, you’re bound to do this again. 

 

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unique things to do on a day out in London

5 unique things to do on a day out in London

We live in Wales, so we don’t get to London all that often.  So if I think about going on a trip there I would probably plan to do the quite obvious tourist things.  We would go and see Big Ben and the London Eye.  I’d want to go to the Natural History museum and maybe the Tate Modern.  And we’d most likely want to go and see the Queen while we were there!

If you visit London a bit more regularly though, you’ve probable done all these things.

So if you’re looking for something a bit different, a bit more unique, to do on a day out in London, here are some suggestions.

 

Take a boat tour

One of the classic things to do in London is go on a sightseeing tour in an open-top bus.  They’re a great way to get all the sights in and are a classic tourist activity.

If you want something a bit different though to satisfy the thrill-seeker in you, then you could try a Thames sightseeing speedboat cruise.  Yes you heard me right.  You can take a speedboat along the Thames, taking in the sights like the houses of parliament, Big Ben and the London eye, before taking off at speed for an adrenaline-filled ride from London Bridge around Canary Wharf.

 

Get a taste of Italy in little Venice

If you’ve seen all the traditional sights in London then you can mix things up with a trip to little Venice.

Just to the north of Paddington little Venice is just what you would expect it to be.  A small corner of London where the Grand Union Canal meets Regent’s Canal, full of narrowboats, day trip boats and water cafes.

 

Visit a different kind of museum

You can’t really go to London and not visit a museum can you?!

That doesn’t mean you have to visit the same old places as everyone else though.  There are all sorts of unique little museums to explore in London.

The chocolate museum in Brixton would be great for any chocoholics, especially seeing as you can do a class there to make your own chocolates!  And Pollock’s toy museum would be a great place to visit if you have slightly older children who can resist the urge to touch everything!

 

Take a musical tour 

For something really different, try taking a musical tour around London.  Put your piano playing skills to the test and travel round the city finding the free public pianos and playing a tune on each one.

Then if you want to recreate a bit of musical history you can head over to the Abbey Road crossing and pretend to be one of the Beatles (just obviously take care what with it being on an actual road and all!)

 

Catch the changing of the guards

Fancy something a bit more traditional, but still quite unique, to do in London?

Make a plan to visit Buckingham Palace in time to watch the changing of the guards.

Then spend the rest of the day trying to get the AA Milnes poem about it out of your head!

 

So there you go, 5 ideas for something a bit different to do on your next day out in London!

Do you visit London a lot? 

What is your favourite thing to do or place to visit there?

 

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Planning a family trip to Sri Lanka

Tips for planning a family holiday to Sri Lanka

If you’re the adventurous type and you like to travel to all the corners of the world, there’s no reason why having children should stop you.

A lot of people do like to stick to familiar places, closer to home when they have little ones, but with a bit of planning you can pretty much go anywhere still with children in tow.

South Asia, for example, is full of beautiful places like Sri Lanka that would make an amazing destination to travel to with your family.

If this is something you’re considering, then here are the tips you need to know for planning a family holiday to Sri Lanka.

 

Get your essentials sorted

As well as a valid passport you’ll also need visas to travel to Sri Lanka, so make sure you get these sorted before you plan to travel.

You’ll also need to get everyone in the family to your GP to make sure your jabs like hepatitis and tetanus are up to date.

Sri Lanka was declared malaria free back in 2016 by the world health organisation, so you shouldn’t need to worry about pills for that, although you might want to discuss this with your doctor before you travel.

 

Keep everyone healthy while you’re there

The biggest issue you might face on a holiday to Sri Lanka is traveller’s diarrhoea.  So make sure to only drink bottled water, and even go so far as to use bottled water when brushing your teeth.

As far as food goes, avoid things like salads and stick to hot foods that have been freshly prepared.

 

Consider your options on where to stay

There are a few options for accommodation, depending on where in Sri Lanka you want to go.

Top-end holiday resorts are a good option for families with everything you need in one place.  Lots of the resorts have swimming pools, tennis courts, kids play areas and other acitivities to keep everyone happy.

Another great option for families are holiday homes and villas.

Galle is a great city for experiencing the history and culture of Sri Lanka, and staying in one of these Galle villas is a lovely way to immerse your family in it all even more.

 

Think about how you’ll get around once you’re there

If you’ve travelled all the way to Sri Lanka you’ll want to get out and about and see the sights when you’re there.

You could hire a car and drive yourself around, but you’d need to get an international driving permit and a Sri Lankan permit to drive to be able to do this.  So most people leave the driving to the locals.

The best options, depending on how far you want to travel around, are using the local buses and trains or jumping in a tuk tuk or rickshaw.

 

Plan some amazing experiences

Make a plan before you go of the things you want to do and see with your family in Sri Lanka.

There are some brilliant ideas in this post on things to do with kids in Sri Lanka from Globetotting.  Their suggestions include meeting elephants, exploring the ancient fort of Galle and going whale spotting among other things.

No matter how old your children are there are loads of things you can experience together.  The beaches are beautiful, you just need to be really careful going in the water as there are often strong currents and rip tides.  It’s worth reading up on the different Sri Lankan beaches before you go to find the ones with calmer waters that will be safer for children.

 

With a bit of careful planning you can have an amazing family holiday in Sri Lanka, and potentially spark a love of travelling and learning about other countries and cultures in your children.

Have you been to Sri Lanka?  Where do you normally go on holiday with your family?

 

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Best service stations in the UK

The best service stations in the UK

It feels like a bit of a strange thing to say, but I have some quite fond memories of stops at motorway service stations.

When I was younger we would go to the south of France on holiday every summer, with my dad driving us the entire way.  We would leave in the evening, catching the midnight ferry to France and then drive through the night and into the next day to get there.

I remember stopping at the services on the autoroute du soleil and getting out of the car into the heat of the day.  It’s a weird thing to feel nostalgic about, but those stops were sort of markers of being almost there, almost at our destination.

If you’ve ever driven any distance in the UK then chances are you’ve stopped off at a service station along the way.  Either to refuel, grab a bite to eat or just stretch your legs.

LeaseCarUK have looked at the different services across the UK and picked their top 5 service stations to stop at.

 

The service stations they’ve picked are scattered across the country so no matter where you’re headed you can most likely stop at one of these to take a nice break from the car.

The top 5 they’ve chosen are:

Stafford, Northbound

This service station is on the M6 between junctions 14 and 15 and is very popular with families travelling through the Midlands thanks to its children’s play area.

There is also a lake alongside these services so it’s a great spot to stretch your legs somewhere with a pretty view, and even sit outside for a bite to eat in the warmer months.

 

Norton Canes

These services are on the M6 Toll, between junction 6 and junction 6.

Norton Canes services have come out top in satisfaction surveys in both 2018 and 2019 so it’s a pretty safe bet if you’re travelling through the Midlands.  It has lovely picnic areas to sit and eat at, and plenty of places to buy food from including Costa, McDonalds, Chozen Noodle and Krispy Kreme.

 

Gloucester, Southbound

On the M5 between junctions 11a and 12, these services are a great environmentally friendly, family-run option.

It might look like your standard service station on the surface, but when you really look around you can see how it stands out.  There are no big-name franchises here, just small local businesses, selling locally produced meals and snacks to eat in.  There are also shops selling locally produced meats, fish, cheeses and pastries.

 

South Mimms

This ‘welcome break’ service station is at junction 23 of the M25.

On this busy motorway, it’s popular with both commuters and long-distance lorry drivers.  There are lots of places to grab something to eat here, from Burger King and KFC to Pret and Subway.

There’s also a WHSmith and a little Waitrose if you need to pick up a few essentials.

 

Heston, Westbound

This service station is on the M4, between junctions 2 and 3.

If you’re heading West out of London then these services are a good place to stop and take a little break.

You can get something to eat from Burger King or Greggs, or even stop and stay overnight at the Travelodge if you’ve just flown into London from a trip abroad.

 

 

I’ve not actually stopped at any of these, but the services at Gloucester in particular sound amazing.  I love how the family have put so much heart into it, keeping it such a local business.

I personally have a bit of a soft spot for Leigh Delemere services, because we used to stop there when I would get the coach from Swansea to Kent to visit my family when I was at Uni.  There was just something almost comforting about stopping at the same place each time.

Have you ever stopped at any of these services?

Do you have a soft spot for any particular service station?!

 

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The ideal campervan spots

Finding the ideal campervan spot

A campervan can be a great way to enjoy a holiday and it can allow you to enjoy a much more flexible holiday than you thought you could. When it comes to going on holiday this year, consider a campervan road trip with your family. Not only will it be budget friendly; but you can choose where to go, how long to stay, and the type of experience you have.

Choosing the best destination for a campervan trip can be a big challenge and this is why today we want to share with you how to make the most when you find camper vans for hire this year.

 

  1. Look at technology

When researching a camping trip ahead of time, it is a good idea to find places where you can park your campervan safely overnight while you sleep. One of the best tools to use to do this is an app called Park4Night. The app can be downloaded on your phone and it will allow you to find parking spots while you are on the move. The app will suggest safe and cheap spots to ensure you never need to worry about your campervan.

 

  1. Use Facebook groups

Facebook is a tool that can be used for a lot of things, and groups are a handy feature. With Facebook groups you can share recipes, keep up to date with local news, and also find others who love to go camper vanning. Join a Facebook group such as Campervan overnight parking that shares spots for parking as well as shares the best locations to go to have a fun time. When choosing a destination or route for the trip this could be a helpful tool to use.

 

  1. Try out Brit Stops

If you are looking to enjoy a trip in the UK, Brit Stops is the app you need to use. This is a full directory of country pubs, markets, shops, craft centres and other areas of interest around the country. If you love the idea of exploring classic English villages, this is a great tool to show you where the best spots are. You can even use this to tour breweries and vineyards around the country!

 

  1. Consider a campsite

Many of us rent campervans for the freedom it brings in terms of travel however you might still want some of those all-important home comforts when you head for your trip. Although having the ability to travel and park up pretty much anywhere is great, a campsite can provide a more secure place to park overnight during your holiday. Have a look at campsites and you should be able to pay for a space for an affordable price for the night or a few nights.

 

  1. Ask the owner

One of the things you may not have considered doing is asking the owner of the campervan you are renting for their recommendations. It stands to reason that someone who owns and works with campervans will have some great ideas for places to visit. As well as this you might be shown some hidden gems you wouldn’t have found otherwise. 

 

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post