When should I start planning my vacation?
“Are you thinking of renting an RV for your summer 2017 vacations? Maybe you want to explore the United States or perhaps you plan to travel further afield to see Europe, Australasia or beyond. Whichever destination takes your fancy, at Campanda we know that the best vehicles for summer vacations get snapped up at the beginning of the year by the early birds. So, to avoid disappointment, take our advice and get planning now! The earlier you book, the better value the prices are too so all you have to worry about is picking where you want to go. To help you get started with your trip planning, we’ve put together this list of our most exciting and upcoming RVing destinations for 2017 and some top picks of great value RVs available for rent on Campanda.”
In the graph above you can see two measure from 2016, the date campers booked their trip and the date campers went on their trip. The difference between the two measures should give you an idea how early people are booking their trips. Between January and April, many people are booking and not so many are going on vacation. It’s safe to assume that most of these people are booking for the upcoming summer.
To help you plan, here is a list of our most exciting destinations and the benefits of camping in them!
The amount of interest in that little island increases massively every year. This year, spurred by Iceland’s performance in the European soccer tournament, campers rushed to Iceland to get a glimpse of its fire meets ice landscapes. Check out this article, to find out more about camping in Iceland.
Iceland has a circular road that goes around the island allowing you to visit all the hotspots. To visit everything you need around two weeks.
1. Wild camping: Iceland is one of the countries that allows primitive camping across the country. Its large plains and fields are mostly owned by the state allowing you to park your RV where you please. The only two rules are to not park on private property and to not destroy the landscape.
2. The hotsprings: Iceland has many natural hot springs said to carry health benefits for the skin.
3. Active volcanoes: The island has more than 30 active volcanoes.
Botswana resides north of South Africa. Part of its popularity among campers is the Kalahari desert and the Kalahari reservations. It’s best not to go directly during summertime as the temperatures will be difficult to bear. Instead it’s best to seek your Botswana adventures in the winter months. That being said, Botswana is a very popular destination and not only among camping enthusiasts but among animal lovers also. So make sure to plan your African trip early!
1. The Kalahari: It’s one of the most sought after wild reservations in the world along with the Serengeti. No other place offers you the chance to see Africa’s wildlife up close and personal. We’re talking Cheetahs, lions, elephants and rhinos so makes sure to bring enough storage for all your pictures!
2. Culture: it’s true that sub saharan Africa is one of the poorest regions in the world. This doesn’t stop it however from boasting a deep and unique culture that is heavily influenced by the land itself. Visiting small villages is one of the top activities our campers report doing in Botswana.
3. Shopping: Many campanders tell us how much they enjoyed the African fabrics. These are handmade and tend to be very cheap all whilst making you popular with the locals.
3. New Zealand
Going there and back again has been a favorite amongst our International campers in 2016. It’s said that you can experience all 4 seasons in a day in New Zealand. From tropical forests to icy glaciers to serene beaches, it’s hard to question the reason New Zealand is so popular. New Zealand also has 3 official boondocking locations where you are allowed to park and enjoy the view.
1. Microclimates: As previously mentioned you’ll be able to experience very different climates in the same season. This in turn will give you the opportunity to do very different things like winter sports, hiking, nature watching, water sports etc.
2. Rich biodiversity: By virtue of being isolated islands far away from any land mass, Australia and New Zealand have a very unique collection of animals and plants – New Zealand in particular because of its more diverse climate. Many people go there just to experience Nature.
3. Opposite seasons: Many decide to go to New Zealand in winter when they live in cold countries. New Zealand thus provides a great opportunity to go and take full advantage of a second summer.
Alaska is beautiful in the summer time and looks very much different than the continental US. This makes it a destination for many RVers looking to explore and spend a temperate summer in the northern lands. There are many campsites to visit, some as far as Deadhorse, the northernmost city in Alaska.
You can furthermore explore the native culture and find out what type of primitive techniques were used to deal with the extreme weather conditions before the pilgrims ever set foot in Alaska.
1. Nature Watching: Splashes of violet and yellow flowers are peppered over endless plains and hills of white and green patches of earth. These act like greeting lands for many migratory birds that go to Alaska for the mating season. Not only birds, but sea mammals like the Orca and land mammals like the grizzly bear also make an appearance to take advantage of the cool summer weather there.
2. Native Culture: Eskimo communities have been able to retain a lot of tradition through the years. You can experience that culture by visiting “Barrow” (the largest Eskimo city in Alaska) or other cities like it. A camper recently recommended us the whaling festival that takes places on the longest day of the year on June 24th or 25th.
3. American Remoteness: Go to Alaska, if you wish to find yourself surrounded by nature and nothing else.
5. The United Kingdom
Britain is a great location certainly, however it’s not the first place you’d think of going when you think camping. We chose to include it in this list because the British Pound is currently really cheap. A camping trip to the U.K. is about 25% cheaper than what it would have been prior to the referendum. So make sure to take a closer look at camping in the United Kingdom.
1. High density of campsites: The UK is a camping powerhouse with a thriving service industry to support it. It might surprise you to know that the UK has the highest density of campsites by landmass, more than any other country.
2. A Culture Mecca: Take a trip to visit landmarks like Salisbury Cathedral, York Minster and Stonehenge.
3. British Pubs: Have a mingle with the locals. All you need is a couple of pints of ale and Bob’s your uncle!