The tropical paradises of the Caribbean and the stunning lakes and mountains of Northern Italy have their own appeal, there is a certain allure to the British Isles that’s being rediscovered. Nobody can argue that the 2009 recession was a good thing, however it did force us all the take stock of what we’ve got and to make cut backs. These cut backs included our holidays. We had to wave goodbye to long haul in favour of short haul, in fact, we couldn’t really afford to ‘haul’ at all and instead had to holiday in our own back yard, i.e. the UK. The press soon dubbed this the ‘staycation’. But the staycation is nothing new; our parents and grandparents new the value of the British Isles and spent all their holidays in their caravans visiting new corners of it.

Caravanning is enjoying a revival thanks to the staycation and you can now find static caravans for sale all over the UK, allowing you to combine your dream of a holiday home with your more realistic budget restrictions. Static caravans allow you to create your own slice of heaven without being too tied down. In fact, you can actually up and move your ‘static’ caravan to another park if you choose. Park Resorts has hundreds of statics caravans for sale and you can switch park for free. So if you tire of Devon and fancy a stint in Essex you don’t have to sell up and start looking in estate agent’s windows.

The UK, despite its small size, is quite diverse in landscape and traditions. It’s breathtakingly beautiful too, something many people underestimate until they see the mist rising off Lake Windermere at dawn or the sun setting on the Pembrokeshire Coast. Because pretty much everywhere is easy to get to combine with this diversity it is perfect caravanning country. One of the best places to set up your static caravan is in Essex.

Essex is less than an hour from central London by train, it has miles of sandy beaches, acres of nature reserves and some of the country’s oldest and prettiest towns and villages. It is this combination of town and country, beach and city that makes Essex such a winner.

Yorkshire is split into the moors and dales. The moors are rugged and rocky, open and exposed and covered in heather and filled with sheep. The dales look more like Hobbiton and straight out of the Lord of the Rings. Rolling green hills, bubbling brooks and shaded streams.

You can find out more information about the UK’s regions on Visit Britain.

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