There is something sweetly and unmistakably British about driving a massive distance in one vehicle to vacation in a different vehicle that possibly doesn’t go anywhere. Whether it’s a static caravan located in a park with a slightly unattractive shower block and an outdoor ping-pong table for entertainment, or your very own motorhome, providing an owner with the ability to cook a panini while traveling down the motorway, caravans have a place in every British heart.
Slightly more robust than a tent, more mobile than a hotel room and more affordable than a timeshare, caravans provide the British citizen with the freedom to block country lanes, annoy neighbours and provoke family arguments far more practically than any of our European cousins.
Can a self-catering apartment on the Algarve provide its occupants with a bed, that is also a cupboard and also a sofa and also the main source of decoration in a room? No it cannot. And if it’s raining (which is legally required on a childhood caravan holiday) every caravan comes with a nook crammed with obscure board games. Hurrah! And if they upset Jeremy Clarkson to the point of uncontrollable rage, they must be great, right?
Writes Dale Shaw
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