Gap years aren’t just for school leavers and don’t have to involve roughing it or carrying a hefty backpack! Particularly for older motorhome owners who have a few years of hard work and income-earning behind them, you can expect to travel in a lot more style.
Taking a gap year is an exciting experience that is sure to change the way you see the world and you certainly won’t be alone. The over 55s account for 41% of European tourism and are more likely to take such longer trips.
If you’re unsure where to go, we’re here to help you narrow down your options. You could pick one of these countries for your whole year away, or combine a couple for varied experiences.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your keys and your motorhome insurance and explore the UK and Europe on a well-earned silver gap year.
Six super silver gap year destinations
Walk the Scottish Highlands
The West Highland Way is a much-loved 154km long-distance path crossing the stunning Scottish landscape.
It’s a dream for many walkers and outdoor enthusiasts who want to immerse themselves in the wild. However, you don’t have to be on foot and even travellers who aren’t as nimble as they once were can explore here.
From Milngavie on the edge of Glasgow, you can drive your motorhome north to Fort William, stopping off on the way to take in places like the legendary Loch Lomond and Glen Coe.
If you plan on leaving your motorhome for any extended period of time, make sure you’ve got motorhome insurance in place to take care of any mishaps while you’re away!
Cruise the Atlantic Highway
The stunning stretch of English road that is the A39 runs south-west from the grandeur of Bath in Somerset through Wells and Glastonbury and then on along the north coast of Somerset, Devon and then into deepest Cornwall.
Undoubtedly the most picturesque region in England you’ll feel cut off from the rest of the world here.
Why not take up surfing at one of the stunning beaches, indulge in healthy and fresh seafood, and breath in that sea air looking out over the dramatic coastlines? The Atlantic Highway should be fighting for a spot on any must-visit list!
Explore the emerald isle
This 2,500km route passes through nine counties and three provinces along the Irish west coast. Stretching from County Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula in the north down to the picturesque town of Kinsale in County Cork on the Celtic Sea coast.
The Wild Atlantic Way is one of the world’s longest and most spectacular coastal roads. A truly sensational journey of soaring cliffs, hidden beaches and narrow roads that wind their way through the lush green scenery.
Be humbled by the awesome power of the Atlantic Ocean and if you’re feeling adventurous then take a dip in the icy waters!
Grand views of la belle France
The Route des Grandes Alpes is undoubtedly France’s most legendary mountain road. Connecting Thonon-les-Bains on Lake Geneva in the east with Menton on the French Riviera.
It passes over all the French Alps’ high passes and ascends about 16,000 metres before dropping down to your final destination on the gorgeous Mediterranean coast.
The route’s imposing mountain landscape is an amazing challenge for anyone who loves the outdoor life as it includes some of France’s most legendary mountains; the Galibiere, Iseran, Izoard and Bonette to name just a few.
Depending on the time of year, you can even watch the Tour de France cyclists from the comfort of your motorhome.
Remember, before heading to Europe you need to speak to your motorhome insurance provider to ensure you’re covered for your entire trip.
Discover Spain’s Pueblos Blancos
Spain is a destination for many motorhome fans from the UK and is very easy to explore. An area well worth visiting is along the stunning Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos in Andalusia.
It takes you across the Andalusian mountains from Arcos de la Frontera via the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and the municipality of Zahara de la Sierra.
This popular circular route leads you through many snow-white villages boasting an Arabian style of architecture. Nestled in the mountains, the Pueblos have a wealth of historical interest and give visitors an insight into ancient Spain.
A scenic Scandinavian expedition
For those wanting to go slightly further afield then a tour across Scandinavia is well worth contemplating.
A ferry to Denmark and then on to Norway will bring you to one of the oldest scenic routes in Scandinavia, the King’s Road.
This route takes you from Bergen on Norway’s Atlantic coast through Oslo and Stockholm, across the Swedish Åland islands, to Helsinki before ending up in Saint Petersburg in Russia.
There’s a huge variety of scenery on offer so you’ll never get tired of Scandinavia’s northern climes!
Top tips for a successful silver gap year
If you’re planning a silver gap year, here are some useful tips on making sure everything goes smoothly.
- Don’t forget to budget – Whether or not you’re planning to stop off in some luxury destinations the first step is always to work out what you can afford. You want to be left with wonderful new experiences and unforgettable memories, not financial woes!
- Book ahead – While you have the benefit of a motorhome it’s always worthwhile to book some accommodation in advance. Adult only campsites can be a great option if you’re looking to truly relax and unwind.
- Check your insurance – Insurance for an extended trip is vital to take care of any eventualities. Insurance for your and your motorhome are essential to help you keep things on track.
Stay on course with Motorhome Protect
Whatever travel plans you have for next year, a insurance policy for motorhomes arranged by the team of specialists at Motorhome Protect comes with a range of benefits including:
- Cover of camping personal effects for up to £3,000
- Cover for motorhomes with a value up to £150,000
- Unlimited mileage cover
- Discounts for motorhome club members
- Consideration of all claims and convictions
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