For many, heading out into the great outdoors for a trip full of adventures and exploring is the perfect kind of holiday. With so many beautiful locations across the UK and a wide range of activities and opportunities, there’s nothing more exciting than loading up the car, ready to make some incredible memories. Whether you’re a camper, glamper or have a campervan, there are so many wonderful places that you can visit and it can become difficult to decide on where to go, so here are a few pointers on how to choose your camping destination, what to look for and everything you should consider throughout the planning process!
Type of Campsite
There are so many different campsite types, with different sizes, shapes and facilities, so it’s important to decide what kind of campsite will work best for you and your trip. For those who are keen to be part of a camping network, there are a selection of club sites that have a number of clubs dotted around the UK. You then have certified sites, which are the camping sites that are exclusive to members of the club only, enabling you to have perks and benefits when enjoying your trip. The most popular type of campsite, however, is the commercial site. A commercial campsite is smaller, quieter site, always positioned in a beautiful location. There are thousands of these sites across the UK with so many different facilities that you can really make the most of your camping trip.
When a campsite is graded, it doesn’t always mean that the rating or grade is based upon the quality or good they are, but they are often to show how good the campsite facilities are and so on. You’ll often see the grading emblem underneath the campsite name or logo. Try not to make your decision solely on whether or not a campsite has 5 stars, as a smaller campsite in a stunning location may never receive that fifth star, simply due to not having a swimming pool. This doesn’t mean the site isn’t a relaxing, enjoyable site in a breath-taking location, so try to read reviews when it comes to the site itself.
Where you choose to camp is entirely down to personal preference. There are thousands of beautiful camping destinations across the UK, all with good quality, facilitated campsites for you to enjoy. Start by thinking about what kind of things you want to get from your camping trip. If it’s a family trip, you may want to choose a location with lots of child friendly activity areas and nature walks to enjoy. For couples, you may want to choose a remote, quite location and for those who want to enjoy their new VW camper conversions, your location choice may be one that allows you to travel from campsite to campsite and enjoy a number of different locations throughout your trip. One of the best things to do before choosing your location, is to research into a number of popular locations, looking at reviews and pictures to give you an idea of the type of place it is. This will help you to visualise yourself going there and figure out whether it will work for the kind of trip you want.
Once the location has been decided, you can focus on choosing a campsite that will suit your needs. There’s a standard campsite criteria that most people are looking for, which often includes the same facilities everywhere you go. It doesn’t matter if you intend to camp, go glamping or stay in your campervan, these rules and facilities are ones that will be useful and accommodating to all types of campers! Firstly, is the site family friendly? You often find that a few campsites are adult only, and it’s important to check this before you and the family set off for your big adventure. It’s also important to make sure the campsite allows you to have a camp fire, has a beautiful setting, distanced from main roads and busy areas and is also a welcoming, friendly place to stay. You then have additional extras such as showers, swimming pools, toilets, a kitchen and so on.