It hasn’t escaped many people’s notice that there’s a staycation boom upon us and roadtripping is at the top of plenty of holidaymakers’ wishlists. In fact, demand for motorhomes is up 81 per cent and caravans 62 per cent compared to two years ago.
That’s according to Lexham Insurance, which has been analysing Google Trends data. The specialist broker has launched a dedicated motorhome insurance scheme for 2021 to cover new, used and self-built motorhomes and it’s designed to address the specific needs of leisure vehicle owners.
Andy Goodson, sales and marketing director at Lexham Insurance, told CaravanTimes: “2021 is definitely the year of the staycation, with more people than ever desperate for a holiday after the last year, but unable to go abroad.
“That might seem a little dissatisfying to some, but there’s no reason to be disheartened, a road trip is something that not many have experienced and it’s a breath of fresh air for those who’ve been looking for some adventure this past year.”
He highlighted the fact that hotels and B&Bs have a limited capacity and are already filling up. In particularly popular areas there’s simply not enough provision in terms of this type of accommodation to meet demand, but caravans and motorhomes will help to plug this gap.
Mr Goodson added: “There’s no better feeling than getting out on the road – there are some fantastic destinations in the UK like the Lake District, the Cotswolds, or even the Scottish Highlands – this country has an absolute wealth of picturesque tourist spots to travel to.
“Not only that, but our local businesses have taken a beating over the last twelve months – so keeping your money in the UK will help relieve the burden many are feeling, especially in the hospitality sector – who’ve been hit hard by the pandemic.”
Instead of being a last resort, caravans and motorhomes represent a great way to travel and the standards of accommodation can be incredibly high. The stereotypical view of leisure vehicles from the past is gone and there are now options available to suit all levels of luxury required.
Staff at Lexham Insurance have revealed they’re often told that touring the UK by caravan is on many people’s bucket lists. While uncertainty around green and amber list countries continues, this summer seems to be a good opportunity to do it.
Mr Goodson summarised: “It’s a no-brainer to get to see the best the UK has to offer – leave the hotels behind you and take your family in a campervan or motorhome this year, before they all sell up!”
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