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The CaravanTimes highlights of 2023

Wine glasses and a Christmas tree with a motorhome in the background

2023 has been a rollercoaster of a year. Here at CaravanTimes, we’ve had a blast and we hope our community has reasons to celebrate the last 12 months.

As always, all of the team are continuously grateful for our readers and as the year draws to a close, we wanted to round up some of our favourite experiences from 2023. Enjoy!

Europe in two weeks with the Adamo 75-4l

In the height of the scorching summer, CaravanTimes’ own Rodrigo and his partner, Laura, took Bailey of Bristol’s Adamo 75-4l across the European continent on a two-week holiday. Did they recommend the vehicle and the trip? Find out in the three-part series.

However, in the words of Rod and Laura: “Everything we were able to do on our holiday was facilitated by the comfort of having a personal space to sleep, cook and hang out, with its own bathroom facilities, bike storage and all of the diverse equipment necessary for our active lifestyle.”

Space Camp

On April Fool’s Day this year, we teamed up with Bailey of Bristol and the Caravan and Motorhome Club (CAMC) to launch an elaborate prank for the CaravanTimes community. Namely, we helped stage an announcement for ‘Space Camp’ – a brand new site located on the moon. If you missed it, take a look at the video below.

We didn’t leave the suspense for too long though, as we followed up with a second video revealing Space Camp was merely a fun way to promote CAMC’s involvement in the Sahara Challenge, as well as highlighting how extensive its international site network is – even if it is currently lacking a lunar option!

The Sahara Challenge

Speaking of the Sahara Challenge, Bailey sent a team on a 19-day, 2,735-mile intercontinental road trip to test the capabilities of its caravans and motorhomes. Alongside them, two of our fantastic team members – Rodrigo and Rob – followed to document the journey.

Interestingly, the leisure vehicles performed much better than the crew’s trucks, but the adventure was a huge success. From the World’s End in south-west Portugal, across the Strait of Gibraltar, over the Atlas Mountains and to the southern edge of the Sahara, before heading back to Bristol. Congratulations to all involved.

CAMC Motorhome and Campervan Design Awards 2023

In February, Dan Cartwright headed to the CAMC Motorhome & Campervan Design Awards 2023 to judge the best leisure vehicles across 14 categories.

As always, he takes this commitment very seriously and his article summarises every winner, as well as his thoughts on various motorhomes and campervans. A perfect read for those looking to upgrade their current leisure vehicle, or even purchase a brand new one.

The UK’s most beautiful secret road trips

Despite its size compared to other countries, the UK truly does have a plethora of beautiful road trips. However, lots of members of our community have been there and done that. There must be something else, right?

With so many Brits now looking to enjoy holidays closer to home, we put together a list of some of the most extraordinary, off-the-beaten-path touring routes our island has to offer. Check out our suggestions here.

The strange and wonderful sights of caravanning

Plenty of our readers will be well aware that among the leisure vehicle industry, there are many interesting sights unique to our world. But for those who aren’t in the know, we rounded up some of the stranger aspects, with help from the CaravanTimes community.

From the cat caravans and manic parking to one reader finding an entire family occupying their leisure vehicle, this article is not to be missed!

The best Christmas markets for a touring holiday

Leading up to the end of 2023, the CaravanTimes team found their festive spirit. There have been many Christmas-related posts on the site, but one of our favourites came in the form of the UK’s best seasonal markets to visit in your leisure vehicle.

Sip some mulled wine, indulge in the mince pies and be merry. If you haven’t seen the article, do take a look. You might find some inspiration for a perfect Christmas touring holiday in 2024.

Once again, a huge thank you to all of our readers and we can’t wait to see what 2024 holds.



Photo credit: Unsplash/Marek Konopnicki