Campervan holidays in Wales
Strap a surfboard to the roof, a bicycle carrier to the back, get the cool kids onboard, and plan to get lost. 1,000 miles of coastline calls.
Breakfast is sizzling on the hob, the hearty scent mingling with the sea air that drifts in through your kitchen window. All you need now is a little Beach Boys breakfast radio. You start the engine and sit in the driver's seat with a map and a cup of tea. Looking out over the dashboard, puffins catch flight as they dive from the clifftops. They roam freely, as do you.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is an obvious place to start, or perhaps the coves of Anglesey and surf beaches of Llangennith, Porth Neigwl/Hell's Mouth, and Freshwater West. Inland the monolithic landscapes of Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons rise up into view from behind the wheel.
Blissfully simple short breaks
Campervan trips are blissfully simple to prepare for, making them ideal for short breaks, a week away or longer. Most campervans will sleep a family of four in comfort. If you have a larger group, you might pick a motorhome, or just book two campervans.
As long as the fridge and the petrol tank are well-stocked, you are good to go. That means less time messing around getting to where you want to be, particularly if you love the great outdoors. You can wake up at the foot of one mountain, hike up it, then drive to the next for the following day. You'll appreciate not having to pack away a wet tent after a night's rain. In the evening you just sit out on a folding chair and take in the Milky Way above your beachside campfire. Roof bars, roof boxes, rear ladders and bike carriers mean you could carry several surfboards, bikes, mountain gear, or whatever else takes your fancy for your trip.
Self catering on the move
Campervan by Cantref Reservoir, Brecon Beacons by GoBongo.co.uk
Campervans are for people that love to tour. They're also good for the budget as you can cook all your own food. The fridge might not be as big as the one at home, but it helps you to pick up local delicacies as you explore. There's a sink with running water, a stove with gas hobs and a grill, plates, glasses, cutlery, cooking utensils, pots and pans are all there too. Motorhomes might even have a double oven.
What type of campervan is for you?
Camper van and tents at Shell Island, near Llanbedr, Snowdonia
For pure nostalgia, pick a refurbished classic VW: They enjoy dawdling at lower speeds, forcing you to slow down and really take in what is around you. There are a lot of different VW models to pick from, but can have seating for up to seven people during the day, then at night a main bed plus a couple of extra bunks, as well as a pop up roof, allowing head room and even an extra sleeping area. A drive-away awning (tent) can also be fitted if you're struggling to travel light, or need even more bed space.
Motorhomes are modern, larger campervans, usually sleeping up to six in greater luxury with larger seating areas, storage, built-in oven cooking facilities, inbuilt toilet and shower, plus more than one double bed.
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