02 Oct The Newest Family Travel Trend: Caravaning in Spain
Today’s hip families are always looking for new and different ways to explore the world together. We at The Nanny Line, Spain’s premier nanny and babysitting agency, want to help families have amazing travel experiences in Spain. So, we thought you would fill you in on the basics of the newest family travel trend in Spain: Caravaning. We think it’s time your family took a road trip!
What is Caravaning exactly?
This new travel trend comes from a British term used to describe a vehicle equipped for living in, usually towed behind a car, and used for holidays. We are going to use caravaning as a general term to include different kinds of vehicles you can live in while traveling around including: RV’s (residential vehicle), camper vans, motor homes, pop-ups, and trailers. Depending on how luxurious your caravan and/or the campsites you visit, caravaning could be considered Glamping, another travel trend in Spain.
Why is caravaning a great way for families to travel together?
Susie Kellog at travelingmom.com lists these reasons why she and her family travel exclusively in motorhomes for their vacations:
In her words, road-tripping as a family is the “perfect opportunity to plan for detours, making the road trip just as much about the journey as it is the destination.”
According to according to Go RVing, an RV family vacation can cost a family of four up to 59% less than other modes of travel!
3. See more of Spain.
Avoid travel delays. When you are on the road, you can just look out your window to find your next new destination. Your family will learn more about the entire country you are visiting, not just the main tourist destinations.
4. Easier mealtimes.
Cooking what your kids like, in your own camper van, over a camp stove, or even open flames can be an adventure that will bring the whole family together. Much less stressful than trying to get your kids to sit still for a long dinner at a fancy restaurant!
5. Lots of quality family time, more likely spent out in nature.
The best caravan destinations tend to be outside of cities. Spain has so many beautiful sites where the air is cleaner, the water clearer and the stars shine brighter.
Top Spanish Caravaning Sites
The travel experts at Your RV Life recently compiled a list of 100 things to do in Spain; the caravaning travel trend in Spain is that BIG! It might be ambitious to try to check out all 100, but it is a great list to get some inspiration from. Espana Discovery also produces a guide book available for purchase listing more than 850 motor home and camper van sites in “off the beaten track” locations. There are glamping sites on Ibiza where your family can live in a luxury tent, vineyards with their own RV sites, and even gorgeous sites like these beachside vintage caravans available to hire in Tarragona.
When is the best time to plan a caravan trip in Spain?
For the summer months, coastal areas are the places to be: Costa Verde, Costa Brava, and Costa Dorada. These coasts can get crowded, but also tend to have the largest number of campsites. You will need to book ahead for August (the busiest camping month in Spain). Prices may be higher in August as well. Remember it can get extremely hot in the summer months, so you might want air conditioning in your RV. Or, make the kids happy campers by booking a campsite with a pool or right near the beach.
The Mediterranean coast from the Costa del Azahar to the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Costa de Almeria are great sea-side destinations even in winter months.
Before you hit the road, check out these “Top Tips for First-Time Motorhome Renters in Spain” for newbies just like you.
Renting a caravan in Spain:
Just search “motor home rental in Spain” or “glamping in Spain” to find all kinds of options. Did you know that you can even book camper vans and RV’s through Airbnb? Just go to the “Filters” section, select “Unique Stay” and you will be able to select “Camper/Rv” and/or “Campsite.”
The Nanny Line is Here to Make Your Caravan Adventure a Success
We recommend you bring along one of our holiday nannies to help entertain the kids on your caravan adventure! You can read why hiring a holiday nanny is a MUST here. We are your source for high-end babysitters in Barcelona, Madrid and Ibiza. Even better, want a romantic caravaning vacation for just you and your partner? Leave your little ones in the care of one of our VIP nannies and have the adventure of your lifetime!
Does your family have caravaning advice you’d like to share? Tell us about your favorite campsites or the best Spanish road-trip destinations for families on Facebook, Instagram or in the Comments section below.