A motorhome holiday has so many advantages over a hotel holiday – more freedom, better value for money, more convenient. And when you take your motorhome across the channel the benefits are even greater.
With the pound slumping so significantly against the euro, booking hotel and apartment accommodation in Europe has suddenly become a lot more expensive. Your motorhome, on the other hand, is already paid for – or on an agreed monthly payment in the same currency you’re paid in if you have bought on a credit agreement with us – making it much more affordable.
Getting your motorhome across the channel is great value for money – especially if you manage to make use of the great summer promotions run by the ferry companies or Eurotunnel. The train channel crossing can be a convenient and rapid alternative to the high cost of some of the ferry routes – especially if you have a Tesco Clubcard and trade in the vouchers.
The benefit of having a motorhome is that you can make the most of these cheaper routes and then make your way down to your desired destination at the pace you want. And stopping along the route at local Aires away from the main tourist stops is a wonderful way to get a real flavour of France.
Instead of tearing down the motorway as fast as you can and – especially if you’re travelling with kids – dealing with the added pressure of getting the timing right on loo stops and restaurant stops along the way, the motorhomer can take a more leisurely pace.
In a motorhome, the journey is part of the holiday – not a stress and hassle at either end of it.
France has a huge network of Aires, overnight camping spots and motorhome servicing points, many of which are free. If not free, then they are usually highly affordable. This makes the nightly cost of being away in your motorhome a great value holiday.
But the cost of accommodation isn’t the only saving you’ll make on a motorhome holiday. The added flexibility of being able to cook and eat in the motorhome can significantly reduce the money you spend while away; as you aren’t having to eat out every night – you only need to eat out when you fancy it.
This is a huge advantage when in France because exploring all the local producers, farm shops, local neighbourhood bakeries and family-run vineyards can be among some of the most enjoyable parts of your holidays.
Many farms and vineyards have camperstops on them, which is another cheap way to stay in really interesting places. The Bienvenue a la Ferme scheme is a good place to start if this interests you. But even the local aires in small communes have something to offer – being woken up at seven in the morning by the beeping horn of a van from the local bakery loaded with warm croissants and baguettes is a delight that only a motorhome holiday can afford you!
Around half-way through your time in France in your motorhome, you can expect to turn back and start plotting your journey back to your port of disembarkation. This way, you can take as leisurely a time on your way home as you did on your outward leg.
The trick is trying to resist the urge to fill the van with cheap wine, cheese and other souvenirs, thereby blowing all the savings you made on the holiday! Although, arriving home with fresh French cheese and crusty bread in top-notch condition is another perk of holidaying in a motorhome – you couldn’t chance taking a ripe brie on a plane or even a long car journey without a fridge and expect to enjoy it when you arrived home!
In a motorhome you can.