More and more families in the UK are now choosing to go on motorhome holidays in order to save money. Now just because going on a motorhome holiday is generally cheaper than flying to another country and staying in a hotel, if you’re not careful you could end up spending more than you budgeted. So Priory Rentals has put together a plan which should hopefully save you some money.
Plan your location carefully
One of the great things about motorhomes is that they enable you to travel wherever you want, and for most people they take full advantage of this by travelling all across Europe multiple times a year. However, the cost of your holiday can sometimes increase dramatically depending on where you travel to as some places will cost more to stay in than others.
The cost of staying in certain locations will generally fluctuate throughout the year depending on how much demand there is. So during the Summer months everywhere is an inflated price, but the Winter months can usually be a good option providing you don’t mind the colder weather. Sometimes its best to book in advance so that you can avoid paying over the odds.
Save on petrol
The biggest cost of a motorhome holiday is usually petrol, especially if you are planning a long distance journey. Fortunately, petrol prices have been decreasing in the UK recently, which means that you will pay less than in recent years. However, not all petrol stations offer the same amount of savings as others, which is why you need to make sure you don’t just stop off at the first one you see.
Supermarket petrol stations are always the best offering the cheapest prices, however large chains are also starting to reduce theirs too in order to compete for business. Beware that the service stations on the motorway are extremely expensive in comparison and that’s because people who stop there have little other choice. So try to avoid these as much as you can.
Create an itinerary
Most families love going on motorhome holidays as it gives them a time to bond as a family and for those that go on their own it gives them a sense of freedom and the ability to be spontaneous. So when we are going to suggest to you that you create an itinerary it may seem like a strange idea. However, if you are really trying to save some money it’s wise to have an idea of what you want to do when you get to your holiday destination. So if you can plan roughly what you are thinking of doing each day of your holiday this will help you to set your budget accordingly.
If you have children they will often want to visit local attractions such as water parks and theme parks while on holiday, and the cost of entry for these places alone is not cheap. Add to this the cost of food for the day and other possible extras like souvenirs and you could end up spending most of your holiday money on just one day out. Planning what you are going to do each day of your holiday doesn’t have to take the fun out of it, but it just gives you an idea of what you are going to have to pay for when you get there.
Have a back-up plan
When setting off on your holiday you will be full of excitement which means that you can sometimes forget the important things. For example, when was the last time you topped up your motorhomes oil and water levels or checked the tyre pressures? If you fail to do this before heading off on your holiday you could damage your motorhome or even break down on route to your destination and the holiday may be over before you get there.
Depending on whether you are travelling around Europe or even just up and down the UK you always need a back-up plan because of the weather. It’s great if you’ve made your itinerary but if you’ve planned to go somewhere that’s weather permitting make sure you have a second option to fall back on if the weather is bad.
Saving money on your motorhome holiday can be easy as long as you spend some time planning your holiday and by doing some research. Furthermore if you can plan as much as you can before you leave you will be able to enjoy yourself a lot more when you get there.