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Consider these destinations for your 2017 camping trip!

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!


Top Destinations


Iceland

 
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.

Camping highlights

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.

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2. Botswana

 

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!

Camping Highlights

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.

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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.

Camping Highlights

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.

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4. Alaska

 

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.

Camping Highlights

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.

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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.

Camping Highlights

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!

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Planning an RV trip in Europe? Here is what to expect

Who hasn’t dreamt of hitting the open road with the family, the dog and all of dad’s bad jokes? Doing so in Europe is a great way to explore a continent full of history, lakes and beaches. I just went on my first RV trip in Europe last month with the rest of the Campanda team and got to see first hand how camping in Europe really is. So I decided to write a little guide about how to plan it and what to expect. But first, here are a couple of photos from our trip! Continue reading

William Creek & Lake Eyre – What to do in Australia

Many foreigners dream of an adventure in the heart of Australia’s outback and most are put off by the sheer scale of such a trip. It’s true – a trip through the outback is an ambitious undertaking. But if you prepare well, take your time and do your research it may also be the most unforgettable road trip of your life.

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Boondocking your way through Costa Rica

Costa Rica

20,000 Miles
4.5 million people

Do you want to go camping in Costa Rica with monkeys, sloths and turtles? Then look no further than Costa Rica. It’s one of the closest places where you can experience the jungle and all the wildlife that comes with it. It’s perfect for couples, families and even solo travellers. So then comes the obvious question, how is the RV scene in Costa Rica? Continue reading

As the english Brexit, vacationers Brenter!

Pack your bags and start looking for some cheap flights to the U.K. because over the weekend we’ve seen one of the E.U’s biggest countries vote to exit the European Union. The British currency has seen its largest one day decline in over 30 years over the weekend. So take advantage of this market discrepancy and go visit all the beaches, parks, museums, buildings and landmarks you’ve longed to see! Continue reading

Here is why everybody is camping in Iceland!

Camping in Iceland is a dream that comes true for many people every year. For a country that has a total population of less than 350,000 people, it even seems that the term “country” is an over exaggeration. Tourism in Iceland is increasing every year faster than anywhere else in the world. People are choosing to spend their summer vacations in the great north for a chance to gaze at the northern lights and discover some of the most unique caves in the world and many are choosing to do it in an Iceland RV. Continue reading