Phew, the summer holidays are almost over and we are all back to work. Wouldn’t it be great to look forward to another road trip and plan your next holiday now?
The first and probably the most expensive part of your next road trip will be getting flights booked. It makes a lot of sense to book early. Airlines often use a flex-rate system to fill their planes. So early bookers get the best deals. Here is a list from Money Supermarket showing when airlines release their flight deals.
Visit Scotland posts regular updates on where to go and what to see in Scotland.
I toured Scotland in a campervan last year and was amazed at how empty it was even in the height of summer and also how welcoming everybody is. We toured in the wilds of Scotland and stayed overnight in campsites and also took advantage of Scotland’s acceptance of free-camping.
A perfect mix of community and getting away from it all.
This is one of the most frequent replies I make from emails that clients send to me.
They include the dates and number of people travelling but I need more than that.
I do need to know the age of the driver. In some cases, although not all, the driver needs to be over 25. This is not the case in all countries though.
In many you can hire at 21. You must hold a credit card in your name in all cases.
One way hires are more expensive and in Europe there is an extra charge applied on the basis of Euro1.00 for every 1km between the pick up and drop off depots.
This is because the hire supplier will have to send someone to pick it up and return it to its original destination.
One way hires in Canada, USA and Australia and New Zealand are usually a fixed charge and this is often waived if the hire is for longer than 21 days.
One way hires often take longer to approve as the release of a vehicle is at the discretion of the fleet manager and they work out where the vehicle has to be for the next customer to rent it out. Also, where that vehicle is before your hire.
There are hundreds of points of collection on our website and these are displayed below. This is correct at time of publishing. We do change these from time to time.
The full address of each depot is listed on our website. If you click on the “make a booking” button you will see the address on the same page where the summary of all the charges are made. (You don’t have to input your payment details to see the summary.)
We are often asked to recommend a type of campervan or motorhome for holidays or road trips or just as a spare room. We have to ask quite a lot of questions before we can suggest which one will fit the requirements of our customers. We can make suggestions but ultimately it is up to the customer to make the final decision. To help you make that decision I have outlined below what we like to know before we can make a recommendation.
Also, there are many review sites that you can refer to but often these highlight the bad experiences that people have that can sometimes happen. All of the campervan and motorhome suppliers that we book on our websites www.campervans.com and www. budgetcampervans.com have been in business for many, many years and so are reliable and they have our confidence too as we have been booking campervan and motorhome rental for nearly 20 years.
Our customers will often search online for reviews. However, it is difficult to know who are the main suppliers of rentals in each country and who is new and who is long established.
Our website now has a star rating system that you can refer to. We only put stars on the vehicles once they have received over 10 ratings.
You can select from the left hand menu by rating which standards you would like to see displayed.
We also offer a filter that will display the age of the vehicles. This is important in many ways but often the age of the vehicle will determine its daily rental rate. However, if you book early you are likely to get a really new campervan at the same price as a very old one. This is how some suppliers work. It is a similar system to pricing as the airlines use. Book early, fill the seats, put the price up nearer to the date of departure.
If you are on a budget then definitely book early to take advantage of this pricing structure. You will find this particularly in RV rental in America and Canada and also in New Zealand and Australia.
The European and UK rental companies will usually offer discounts for early bookings but not on the flex rates that change every week.
If you are on a budget and are considering an older vehicle then be prepared to be offered a vehicle that has done high mileage (particularly in Australia, Canada and the USA). The vehicle will be tired around the edges and worn. But they do offer good value for money as they should be well maintained and clean.
They are also more prone to breakdown but this is avoided as it is costly for the rental supplier as they have to take time to repair the vehicle and in some cases deliver a replacement. Hire suppliers don’t want your vehicle to break down as it costs them money.
The reviews seen on line usually highlight breakdowns or malfunctions in the campers and motorhomes. This is unfortunate but things do stop working on occasions or pipes do get blocked. If there is a problem and it has been unreported by a previous hirer then the next customer suffers because of it.
Sometimes people who rent vehicles are reluctant to make the hire supplier aware of a problem for fear of being charged for repairs or breakages and this has the knock on effect for the next client.
It is in our interest and in the best interests of our rental suppliers that our customers and clients are happy as return customers are the backbone of any business and we find that our customers will recommend us again and again for offering the correct vehicle at the right price.
The right price for one customer is not the same as the right price for another. We have people who want the very best vehicles we can offer. These are large, sleep at least six people, have slide out sides to offer more space. They are not cheap. These customers want the very newest and the top of the range motorhomes as they want to travel long distances for many months.
Our backpacker customers want the best and cheapest rate possible. They don’t want in built toilet and showers and luxury kitchens. They just want a vehicle to sleep in and make a cup of tea or heat up noodles. These vehicles are basic, older and cheap. They are more like sleeper cars than campervans. But they are on our lists. The reviews against these vehicles are often because they are old and worn.
The low-top or hi-top have kitchens and a double bed. The space is limited but if you are staying in campsites each night you don’t need showers and a toilet on board. You may want to cook a more sophisticated meal and need a fully stocked kitchen and you want to sleep under a duvet (or doonah) with pillows and not a sleeping bag.
These campers are mid-priced and do vary in age but are a great budget vehicle.
Always consider the sleeping arrangements. If you are tall check out the bed sizes:
Some suppliers will also vary the thickness of the mattress too.
If this is important to your holiday, then please double check that the bed sizes suit. Also, consider the single and double bed configuration. Some people prefer to have separate beds, but some campervans have single beds only suitable for children. Others have double beds above the cab and this is great if you are ok climbing the ladder at night.
Larger vehicles have bigger double beds.
Are you happy making the bed up each night? Some vehicles require that you move the cushions around and bring out a base support to create a double bed at night. So check out the “day and night time layout” as this means you have to convert the layout at night.
The amount of time you spend in the camper will help you make the decision on what size of camper. You can have a layout that has a permanent table or a permanent bed or both. You can have a larger kitchen with a three way fridge and small freezer depending on whether you want to cook a full dinner or if you prefer to eat out or bbq or just heat up food.
Some campervans and motorhomes have microwaves fitted but these will only work if you are hooked up to the mains electricity supply. Check the length of the hook up wire, some can be quite short.
All of the above affects the way you feel about your campervan. It is your home for the duration of your rental. Hundreds of thousands of people every year rent a motorhome. Each have different criteria that make it the perfect one for them. Consider how you want to live when you rent and how much you want to pay. This may determine how long you can hire a vehicle for. If you are living out of a hi-top for three months – and people do – does it have enough space for you to stand up in or lay around and read?
Let us know if there is anything else you would consider when renting a campervan. Ask us…its our job to help.
Welcome to Royal Germany! The connections between Great Britain and Germany’s Royal Houses go back 300 years. The first Hanoverian King of England was only 52nd in line to the throne, but thanks to the Act of Settlement, George was the nearest Protestant eligible to take the crown. 2014 sees the 300th anniversary of the Georgian Accession to the thrones of Great Britain and Ireland and provides a perfect opportunity to take a tour of Germany’s Royal Heritage with British links, a heritage dating from 1714 to the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837.
Through this website, we aim to open the doors to Germany’s magnificent royal treasures and traditions. Our journey starts in Lower Saxony – the seat of the Hanoverian Kings of Germany, Great Britain and Ireland and an area rich in royal history. Discover picturesque palaces, gorgeous gardens and experience extraordinary events. You will take home unforgettable memories from a country where the royal legacy is still alive and thriving.
For 123 years, the Electorate of Hanover and the Kingdom of Great Britain were linked by one Royal Family and the effects of this union can still be seen today. Some of Germany’s most stunning palaces, parks, gardens and hotels invite you to go on a romantic journey back in time to explore their royal heritage. Kings and queens, princes and princesses, they all left their unique mark in Germany. You can now follow in their footsteps and open the doors to a world full of pomp and splendour, royal testimonies and noble relicts of the past.
The magnificent summer residences of the Kingdom of Great Britain are still reflected in Hanover, spiriting visitors into a time of kings, queens, castles and stately gardens.
Welcome to the “Royal Island”, as Norderney is sometimes called. The Royal House of Hanover once chose Norderney for its summer residence; not for nothing, because this East Frisian island is now a popular tourist destination.
True love is right at home in a castle. There are tokens of a great love everywhere in this authentically maintained summer residence and this castle is like a fairytale. The love which dwells there is a true story – that between Queen Marie and George V, the last King of Hanover.
The historic stables of the Princely School of Riding Art at Bückeburg Castle have a special connection to the British crown. Discover the royal castle and its extravagant equestrian history, which still features today on Lower Saxony’s coat of arms.
The rich history of this enchanting city goes back centuries but what about the Dresden of today? It is very much alive! Magnificently located in the Elbe Valley, the city is one of the most magical baroque beauties of Europe.
Once a year in May the Port of Hamburg, the “door to the world,” is truly tops: About 1.5 million people every year celebrate the Hamburg Port Birthday – the greatest harbour festival in the world – on the nearly four kilometre-long “Harbour Mile” along the Elbe between the HafenCity and the Övelgönne Museum Harbour. Special highlights include the breathtaking fireworks display, ship launches and parades, and the unique tugboat ballet. The dates for the 825th Hamburg Port Birthday are from 09 – 11 May 2014.
The Port of Hamburg and its birthday have a long tradition. Since Kaiser Friedrich Barbarossa granted citizens of Hamburg a charter on 7 May 1189, which guaranteed exemption from duty for ships on the Elbe from the city to the North Sea, Hamburgers have drunk to the birthday of their harbour. The PORT BIRTHDAY HAMBURG is officially celebrated, but only for a little over a quarter of a century. Since that time, the Port Birthday has grown and is a popular attraction for visitors from near and far.
Tall sailing ships from all over the world
The maritime experience begins traditionally with the international ecumenical mass in the main church of St. Michaelis at midday on Thursday. It is followed by the official opening on the museum ship Rickmer Rickmers, which rings in the great entrance parade, usually consisting of more than 300 sailing vessels every year.
The highlights of the Port Birthday include the great entrance parade on Thursday, the departure parade on Sunday, the traditional tugboat ballet and the dragon boat race. It is especially the variety of offerings on land, on water and in the air that inspire more than 1.5 million visitors from all over the world every year. In addition, a chosen partner nation presents itself with a colourful programme and culinary delicacies. The crowning finale is provided by the spectacular fireworks on Saturday evening. The novel “Open Ship” programme is also a total success. Here visitors have the opportunity to inspect the tall ships visiting Hamburg, such as for example the Gorch Fock, Star Flyer, Cisne Branco and Alexander von Humboldt II. More than 300 ships usually take part in the departure parade.
Launch of cruise ships.
A very special highlight of the past year was the launch of the new cruise ship MS EUROPA 2 and the AIDAmar! Naturally the cruise liners are given a fitting greeting with a great fireworks display in the Hamburg skies. They now sail across the world’s oceans and are always given a joyful reception in Hamburg.
The Hamburg Port Birthday is a great success for all participants every year. Guests can entertain and indulge themselves with over 500 exhibits and events on the Harbour Mile from 10.00am to midnight. The culinary treats are especially sought after, from exotic drinks, to fish rolls, to Asiatic specialities. There are lots of activities, contests and games for families, and numerous stages with live music.