Updated: Jun 1, 2019
There are all kinds of different ways you can enjoy a vacation, and experience a new location. For starters, you could go the standard route and book a hotel room in a cool city that you've always wanted to visit.
Then, there's the option of signing up for an all-inclusive getaway package, to an upmarket tourist resort somewhere, featuring the obligatory swimming pool, bar, and social lounge.
Out of all the different ways you can travel and experience new places, however, there's nothing that is quite the same as going on a motorhome or campervan vacation. Whether by catching a flight to a place you've always wanted to visit, and getting in touch with a local campervan hire company, or whether by doing a long-distance drive in your own motorhome, many people feel that this kind of vacation is one of the best ways of forging some deep and lasting travel memories.
Here are a few reasons why you really need to do a motorhome or campervan vacation, at least once or twice.
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It gives you the freedom to see and experience many things in one trip
There are benefits to staying in one place during a vacation, and benefits to moving around constantly, too. But, if you're the kind of person who enjoys having the freedom to see and experience numerous different things on a single trip, travelling around in a motorhome or campervan can be one of the best ways of achieving this.
When you're in a campervan, you don't need to think about all the complex logistics involved in a trip, in the same way you would if you had to make hotel bookings at every location you were planning to stop at.
Sure, you'll still need to find space at different campsites, but this is generally easier to achieve, not to mention significantly faster. And then, when you feel like it's time to move onto the next adventure, you can just drive away, without having to worry about packing, catching public transport, or anything else.
The size of your motorhome or campervan will have some impact on just how mobile and flexible you can ultimately afford to be. For example – you properly won't be able to take an enormous RV into the heart of a small, mediaeval European town, where the roads were originally built to accommodate horses.
But, when you're travelling in this way, virtually the only things holding you back will be travel time, the amount of fuel your vehicle can hold, and your ability to find a spot a decent campsite.
You get to go to sleep in "your own bed" every night, while waking up somewhere new every morning
For many of us, travel is an incredible and powerful experience, but it would still be nice if we didn't have to put up with sleeping in a strange bed.
There's some research that actually suggests that when we spend the night at a hotel, or in any unfamiliar bed in general, the quality of our sleep decreases significantly, and probably stays significantly decreased for several days.
Even if you don't feel like you're sleeping worse as a result of staying in a hotel, motel, or hostel, you might still prefer to have more "familiar" surroundings to lay your head down in every night.
With a motorhome or campervan, you do in fact get to go to sleep "in your own bed" every night. Or, at least, in a space that's "yours" for the duration of your trip, and which allows you to settle in, while still visiting new locations.
In this way, motorhomes and campervans might combine the best of both worlds. On the one hand, you get to enjoy the familiar, and on the other hand, you get to experience the adventure and thrill of waking up somewhere new just about every morning, if you so desire.
Spending a while living in a motorhome really helps to give you a sense of perspective
Sometimes, over the course of everyday life, we can find ourselves becoming disheartened, distracted, and losing perspective in a pretty serious way.
One of the reasons why people like travel so much may be because when we are away from our familiar environments, and are experiencing new things, we are able to step back and gain a bit of mental space from whatever problems, concerns, and issues might be troubling us.
Spending a while "living" in a motorhome can take this particular travel benefit and turn it up a notch, by giving you a space that's all your own, in which you can reflect, mull things over, and spend a while along with your own thoughts, in between your day trip outings.
It can actually be a good idea to actively try to use your vacation as an opportunity for getting some of your life goals straight, and planning how you'll move forward in the future. You could take a notepad with you for this purpose, or even a portable digital recorder, so that you can capture your thoughts each morning or evening.
You can take more stuff with you, and bring more stuff back
Backpacking is the nearest type of vacation to a motorhome trip, in terms of the ability to move around freely, and to see a lot of different places and things in one trip.
But, when you're backpacking, you are pretty limited in the amount of stuff you can take with you, and the amount of stuff you can bring back.
One of the benefits of travelling with a campervan or motorhome is that you can transport just about as much stuff back and forth as you like – at least, as much stuff as a vehicle of that size can hold.
If you're the kind of person who likes to pick up plenty of souvenirs from your travels, or who likes to take their own food and basic supplies out on the road, travelling with your own live-in vehicle can be an excellent way to go. At the very least, you likely won't have to freak out at the airport, wondering whether your bag is over the weight limit or not.