No matter the time of year you’ll always be bombarded with adverts for luxury spa breaks, romantic getaways and once-in-a-lifetime family trips. You could therefore be forgiven for feeling that when it comes to travelling, two or more is the magic number.
However, here at Motorhome Protect we have to disagree. Read on to find out just some of the reasons why a solo motorhome holiday could be for you.
Whether or not you decide to go it alone, remember that before setting off you’ll want a motorhome insurance policy from Motorhome Protect. Just in case you break down or have an accident during your adventure.
What’s so great about solo motorhome holidays?
Travelling alone can be great fun, but if you need convincing then take a look at our top five reasons to travel solo on your next motorhome trip!
- Freedom! Owning your own motorhome can be incredibly liberating. And as a solo traveller you’ll have the ability to do exactly what you want to do, when you want. If you discover the perfect beachside spot there’s nothing and no one to stop you staying as long as you please.
- Your trip, your way. There’ll be no arguments or compromises when it comes to working out where to take your home on wheels each day. Just turn the key and go.
- Make new friends, on your terms. Someone travelling alone is always more approachable than a couple. So you’ll be sure to strike up a lot more conversations with locals and other travellers. And when you want your own space, simply shut the door!
- No annoying habits. However much we love our family and friends, living in the confines of a motorhome can lead to frayed tempers. From snoring to the top being left off the toothpaste, you won’t have to put up with any of it.
- Take time to reflect. Our busy modern lives often don’t give us time to think. However, tootling around in your motorhome will give you a rare opportunity to take stock of your life and think about what you want your future to hold.
According to travel association ABTA, there’s been a huge rise in so-called ‘slow travel’ where holidaymakers choose to slow down the tempo and experience destinations on a deeper level. Solo travel in a motorhome is just tailor-made for this!
Hiring a campervan/motorhome
If you haven't tried a motorhome holiday before, it can be a big commitment to purchase a motorhome for your first trip. A handy alternative can be hiring someone else's to give you the experience without the full commitment and cost.
Goboony offers a great motorhome hiring service that allows individuals to list their motorhome or campervan to be hired by others. This also means if you own a motorhome you can rent it out to others and make money from it when you're not using it.
Planning your solo motorhome trip
It can be somewhat daunting wondering how to start planning a trip on your own, but don't worry – we've got your back. Here are some important points to consider.
Picking the right motorhome
You’re going to spend a lot of time in your motorhome, so it’s got to suit your needs. You’ll first have to decide between a completely self-contained vehicle (one with a toilet and a shower) or one without these conveniences.
There are pros and cons to each option. For a solo traveller, self-contained vehicles can be a great option as you never have to worry about finding facilities when you’re alone.
That said, non-self-contained motorhomes tend to be smaller and easier to manoeuvre on your own.
Remember though, whatever motorhome you choose you need to make sure you know at least basic maintenance techniques and have some basic tools on board.
Travelling alone can be more expensive because you don’t have anyone to split the bill with. However, there are many things you can do to bring down costs.
Travelling outside of peak season will reduce the rates you pay at campsites.
While taking advantage of any free activities you come across will let you explore at no extra cost and provide an opportunity to mix with other travellers.
Motorhome insurance, breakdown cover and personal travel insurance are all vital for solo travellers.
If you’re on your own, tricky situations can leave you feeling vulnerable and alone. Help is only a quick call away if you have the right cover in place.
Basic safety always has to be a priority when you are travelling solo. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Tell a member of your family or a friend about your travel plans, and check in with them regularly to let them know you’re safe.
- Stop and rest often and try not to drive long distances every day. You won’t have someone to share driving duties with so it’s important to plan breaks into your route.
- Only use recognised campgrounds and try to book them in advance.
- Always keep your phone charged, just in case.
Awesome solo travel destinations
If you’re stuck for ideas for your first solo adventure. Here are a couple of suggestions for solo travel destinations in the UK to get you started.
If you enjoy wide open spaces, quiet roads and stunning scenery, a Scottish road trip is for you.
Why not try the super-scenic North Coast 500? This 500-mile circular route starts off in the hustle and bustle of Inverness where there’ll be no shortage of friends for you to make.
Before taking you on a winding trip through the Scottish Highland landscape. The deserted beaches, mirrored lochs and heather-covered peaks are perfect for photos and solo introspection.
Check out the highlights of the rugged southwest with a visit to the surfing paradise of Cornwall.
Top sights include the Eden Project, Saint Michael’s Mount, Lands’ End, and Tintagel Castle.
If you visit during the summer, you’ll find the whole area brimming with other travellers, so you’ll be able to mix and mingle as much as you like.
During the off-season, while Cornwall is much quieter, the landscape never feels empty. It’s the ideal trip if you never want to feel alone, even while travelling solo.
Motorhome insurance suited to solo adventures
Whether you’re planning a solo motorhome trip or not, cover arranged by the dedicated team of insurance specialists at Motorhome Protect can come with a range of benefits including:
- Unlimited cover across the EU
- Cover of camping personal effects for up to £3,000
- Cover for motorhomes with a value up to £150,000
- Unlimited mileage cover
Get a quick quote for motorhome insurance today.
Policy benefits and features offered may very between insurance schemes or cover selected and are subject to underwriting criteria. Information contained within this article is accurate at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.