Holiday checklist

Holiday Packing List
Travel Documents
• Travel insurance take a copy with you and leave one at your home
• Passport, identification, visa(s) Make a note of your details and leave a copy at home
• Address book Back up on laptop or memory stick
• Travel tickets, directions, hotel contact details Keep copies at home with booking reference numbers. Email copies to yourself to enable access from anywhere.
• Cash (incl. foreign currency) check out currency cards (http://www.campervans.com/links.html)
• Travellers cheques (Currency cards
• Credit card, debit card, ATM card Keep copy of numbers at home
• Map, guide book
• Event tickets
• Notebook, pen
Home Checklist
• Lock doors, windows, garage
• Leave keys and itinerary with a friend
• Stop routine deliveries – milk, newspapers, mail
• Turn down thermostat
• Arrange for pet and plant care
• Book airport taxi
• Arrange for pets to be fed or housed
• Book airport parking
Luggage and belongings
Clothing
Toiletries
Medication
Food and drink

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Pitchup.com for coolest campsites

Pitchup.com knows where the cool kids are camping this summer
The kitsch nostalgia of this season’s unexpected camping boom, spurred on by hot summer nights and Britain’s renewed love of festival culture, has seen a flurry of cool campsites coming to the fore.

Camping and caravanning offers a wide range of choice, from holiday parks with all-day entertainment to remote wildernesses where you can bring out your inner Bear Grylls. But for something really unique check out Pitchup.com’s camping 2.0 search facility, to find out where the cool kids are doing it this summer.

La Rosa,The North Yorkshire Moors National Park

This eccentric park has just eight caravans and a converted truck, all with bright, kitsch decor and comfortable beds. The site, spread over a 20-acre site, fits with the boho spirit and is lit with candles and fairy lights. The site is very eco-friendly and relies on wood stoves, rather than generators, to be kind to the surrounding animals. Prices start from £28 per person per night.

Billycan Camping, Arundel, West Sussex

Situated in 650 acres of farmland, Billycan Camping is an idyllic camping escape. This romantic park offers fully-fitted canvas bell tents, dining under the night sky, a communal campfire to toast marshmallows and stunning views. The historic town of Arundel is just a short stroll away for guests to pick up local treats and organic provisions. The site also offers art classes to capture the local beauty and riding lessons. Prices start from £195 for two nights (weekend) in a four-metre bell tent which sleeps two to three and includes Friday night dinner & breakfast hamper.

The Original Hut Company, Robertsbridge, East Sussex

Set on a farm in the tiny village of Bodiam, these unique huts, based on the idea of an old shepherd’s hut, offer a beautiful, comfortable and sustainable boutique camping experience. The huts are constructed using recycled chassis from touring caravans (this also makes them considerably more manoeuvrable than those on traditional iron wheels), the roofs are made from an old corn bin, and the timber for the work tops and seat covers is sourced from sustainable woods on the farm (as is the wood for the fires). Prices start from £295 for a week inclusive of water, gas, bed linen and a starter pile of logs for the fire.

Eco Retreats Tipis, Machynlleth, Powys

This eco-centre site in Wales combines the luxury of a hotel with the excitement of going back to nature. Healing sessions, Reiki and meditation are all offered in the heart of this beautiful forest, to rejuvenate mind body a soul – perfect for city dwellers in need of an escape. Prices start from £305 for two guests staying two nights, including a Reiki session each, twilight meditation, tickets for Centre for Alternative Technology and organic welcome hamper.

The Treehouse, Taunton, Somerset

England’s first five-star treehouse offers stylishly designed interiors suitable for up to five guests. Situated in the beautiful conservation village of Halse, there are three decking areas for looking out over the surrounding fields, or unwinding in the cedar hot tub which is perfect for a glass of wine under the stars. The Treehouse comes with Egyptian cotton linen, fluffy towels, flowers, cosy bathrobes, toiletries and a complimentary basket of seasonal local produce for guests to enjoy. Prices start from £765 for a short break.

Eskdale Pod Camping, Boot, Cumbria

These camping pods can sleep up to four people and are available throughout the camping season. Because of the cover, guest can leave their tent at home, leaving more room for guitars and marshmallows. This site offers 10 of these cool pods, designed to fit in with glorious Lakeland countryside. One pod costs from £40 per night.

The most comprehensive website in the camping and caravanning sector, Pitchup.com was launched in July 2009 and features 5,000 campsites and holiday parks in the UK and Ireland, including many in hard-to-find locations. The website enables users to search and book using more than 80 search criteria to fine-tune their holiday requirements, and features mapping technology to make getting there simple too. The site also lists accommodation near nine National Parks, hundreds of beaches, 17 World Heritage Sites and the main UK festivals and can view nearby pubs recommended by the Good Pub Guide.

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Australia special offers for campervan hire

Conditions apply to all special offers. Check out www.budgetcampervans.com and make your selections from”choose your vehicle”

Apollo: Brisbane One Way Special
Book a Apollo Hitop or Euro Tourer for 10 days or more with a one way rental starting from Brisbane you will get the normal one way fee of $250 waived.
Apollo: Rate Discount Santa Special
Book one of the selected Apollo vehicles for travel between 15th November and 15th December 2010 and get fixed low rates. Please note this offer is only valid for Hitop 2/3 Berth, Euro Tourer 2 Ber..
Backpacker: Brisbane to Sydney Special
Book Backpacker Breezer by 24th August 2010 for a one way rental from Brisbane to Sydney and get very cheap rates and Free one way fee. Please note all travel must commence and be completed between…
Britz: Brisbane to Sydney Special
Book Britz Hitop or Elite by 24th August 2010 for a one way rental from Brisbane to Sydney and get very cheap rates and FREE one way fee. Please note all travel must commence and be completed betwe…
Britz: One Tank of Free Fuel on 2WD Vehicles
Book any Britz 2WD vehicle by 31st August 2010 for travel between 15th August 2010 and 30th September 2010 and get one tank of FREE fuel.
Cheapa Campa: Brisbane One Way Special
Book a Cheapa Hitop or Cheapa 2 Berth S/T for 10 days or more with a one way rental starting from Brisbane you will get the normal one way fee of $250 waived. Please note travel must commence betwe…
Cheapa Campa: Free One Way Fees
Book a Cheapa Hitop or Cheapa 2 Berth ST by 31st October 2010 for one way rentals between 8th June 2010 and 30th November 2010 and the one way fee will be waived. Please note this offer does not ap…
Cheapa Campa: Rate Discount Santa Special
Book one of the selected Cheapa Campa vehicles for travel between 15th November and 15th December 2010 and get fixed low rates. Please note this offer is only valid for Cheapa Hitop, Cheapa 2 Berth…
Compass Motorhome: Free One Way Fee Special
Book a Compass Hitop or 4 Berth for 25 days or more with a one way rental between now and 30th September 2010 and you will get FREE one way fee. MORE
Compass: Discounted Rates for 28 days or more to Darwin
Book with Compass Motorhome AU 28 days or more for travel between 2 October 2010 and 2 Feb 2011, you will receive discounted rates for some selective vehicles. Please note all travel must be one wa…

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