Campervanning on a Budget
Campervanning On A Budget: Is It Possible?
Campervanning doesn’t have to cost more
It’s February and the most depressing day of the year is behind us, yet so many people are still down in the dumps about their finances.
With more people than ever choosing to go on a ‘staycation’ right here in the UK instead of the annual holiday abroad, Rockinvans are here to prove that you can still enjoy a break on a tight budget. Don’t worry if you can’t afford to jet off for a week away in the sunshine this summer because we’re confident that a campervan trip to Scotland will surpass all expectations.
THE CHALLENGE: to beat the price of a budget summer holiday for four to Spain.
To make things as fair as possible, both holidays are for seven days from 23rd July 2013. The family of four is made up from two adults and two children (aged 10 and 15 years old). The cost of the holiday starts and ends from the airport or campervan hire base.
Spanish resort/beach holiday:
Package holiday – Flights from Glasgow to Malaga with Thomas Cook, transfer from airport to hotel, plus 7 nights, all inclusive in Hotel Onasol Los Dalmatas (Benidorm)
We’re assuming that this family of four wouldn’t need to spend any additional cash as transfers, food, drinks and entertainment are all included in the package holiday. The same can’t be said for the campervan trip, so take a look below for a breakdown.
Scottish campervan holiday:
Campervan hire: £770
You can choose from 2 berth and 4 berth Rockinvans, but to squeeze all four in, we’d definitely suggest the 4 berth, which has two double beds. It’s £110 per day during the high season, between 7th April and 26th September.
Campsite fees: £66.20
As Scotland allows wild camping, we’re going to assume that campers will spend at least three nights out in the wilderness making the most of their luxury campervan, but we’ve budgeted in for four nights at four random different campsites around Scotland.
Glenesk Caravan Park, Angus: £20
The Walled Garden Caravan & Camping Site, Ayr: £20
Resipole Holiday Park, Highlands: £13
Jedburgh Campsite, Scottish Borders: £23.20
Fuel (for up to 500 miles): £76
500 miles is a lot of ground to cover in a campervan over the course of a week as you’ll probably spend a couple of days here and there. However, it is possible so we’ll leave it at that. This 500 mile road trip is based on achieving 40mpg and fuel costing £1.34 per litre.
When you’re staying in a campervan, you have a couple of choices, you can either dine out at restaurants, cafés and bars or you can cook in the van. It would be impossible for us to estimate what different families would do, but we think an average £10 per person per day is reasonable.
Touring Scotland in a campervan offers up plenty of opportunities to visit museums and castles, take part in watersports and activities, sit back, relax and take in the scenery or visit the small towns and villages in rural areas. It would be possible to not spend a penny on activities and entertainment, but that’s a little harsh, so we’ll set a £250 budget for the week.
Why don’t you save over £600 by enjoying a campervan staycation in Scotland instead of travelling abroad this summer?