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Woman travels the UK after transforming Fiat Punto into a mini campervan for just £120

Woman travels the UK after transforming Fiat Punto into a mini campervan for just £120

Car camping simply means travellers load all their gear for a trip into their car as well as sleeping in it. It offers people a more affordable way to travel as well as being more flexible in terms of destinations. 

Laurie is also planning to embark on more road trips this year, using her school holidays to camp more in her car, which has now been upgraded from a Fiat Punto to a Fiat 500.

Car experts Peter Vardy spoke with the history teacher to find out more about car camping. 

“When choosing between a hotel, a tent and a car, it’s easy to see why many people would consider the latter the least desirable option. 

“But as a solo traveller, car camping has provided me with flexible, affordable and secure accommodation!”

Laurie explained: “My number one essential has got to be my blow-up car mattress.

“It was the most expensive item when preparing my car camper….but I used my own bedding and pillows from home.”

When sleeping in a car, it can be hard to get comfortable and so investing in a good quality car mattress is important.

To save further money, Laurie cooked her own foods by purchasing a camp stove and portable kettle.

She said: “I bring a camp stove and kettle; it’s amazing how many different foods you can make just by adding boiling water. Using just a kettle saves lots of space and washing up. Having the option to make food rather than always eating out keeps car camping affordable to any budget.”

A butane stove can be purchased for £10 to £15 while a kettle can be picked up for as cheap as £5.

For privacy, the TikTok influencer uses window covers made from floor insulation while she is sleeping.

Laurie explained how it cost her £18 from B&Q.

Lastly, without a bathroom onboard, making use of the showers at service stations means Laurie brings small travel towels with her.

She added: “All UK services have showers. I have two travel towels which were a brilliant investment as they fold down super small and dry very quickly, meaning stopping for a shower can be as quick or as long as you like!”

Travel towels can be purchased from various retailers, costing around £15.

Emma Stack, Digital Marketing Manager at Peter Vardy said: “Utilising your car as a camping utensil is a truly remarkable solution for seeing more of Britain this summer.

“In the current climate, we expect to see many more motorists take road trips as international travel remains so turbulent.

“Car camping is a versatile, cost effective solution for rising staycation prices – and you get to see more of our beautiful country too.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Camping and caravan holidays: 'Record year' for campervan rentals amid 'staycation craze'

Camping and caravan holidays: 'Record year' for campervan rentals amid 'staycation craze'
Camping and caravan holidays have boomed in popularity. In fact, campervan and motorhome sharing community Camplify claims 2021 will be a “record year” for campervan rentals. It recorded a 367 percent booking request increase in February, following on from a 1000 percent increase last June as the first lockdown was lifted.
Under the latest Government advice, from April 12: “Overnight stays away from home in England will be permitted and self-contained accommodation can also reopen, though must only be used by members of the same household or support bubble.”

Camping and caravan holidays are likely to meet these requirements.

Restrictions will ease further on May 17.

Speaking about the potential for a record-breaking summer, Justin Hales, CEO and Founder of Camplify, said: “We can’t wait to offer a travel solution that enables Brits to enjoy a holiday in the great outdoors with the added element of freedom that a motorhome provides.


“We have hundreds of self-contained motorhomes and campervans up and down the UK that not only provide excellent value but allow the freedom of movement and exploration that so many people are craving right now.

“Based on recent booking patterns, we fully expect this to be one of our best summers yet and we would love to help other vehicle owners create a new source of income for themselves as well.”

There are over 1.1 million leisure accommodation vehicles registered in the UK and most are only used for two to four weeks a year.

Over the predicted busy summer period, UK van owners have the potential to earn the following for each week of rental:

Motorhomes £850 – £1,150

Campervans £750 – £1,000

Touring caravans £490 – £630

Static caravans £500 – £900

Sarah and Dan from Richmond North Yorkshire listed their family motorhome with Camplify earlier this year.

They received their first booking within a week.

Speaking about demand, Sarah said: “This is our first season hiring with Camplify, and we’ve already had such a lovely mix of bookings come through – from families taking longer breaks to explore the country, Kendal Calling festival-goers, and a group of friends walking the Three Peaks to raise money for Mind.”

“We love holidays in the UK, so whilst we will use our motorhome a lot, Camplify will enable us to recoup some of our costs.

“We are always looking to the future so if it goes well maybe one day we will have a small fleet!”

Prices start from as little as £50-a-night for those looking for a campervan rental.

Many Britons will likely remain in the UK this summer amid fears over Covid.

Recent research by Booking.com showed 64 percent of Britons confirmed they won’t travel internationally until they have been vaccinated.