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Camping, mobile home and boating holidays in the UK and Europe

- Mobile home and camping holidays across Europe at a huge number of locations, from one of the best known names in the industry.

A guide to camping holidays in Europe and the UK

Every year, people across the UK pack their suitcases and children into their cars, and drive to Europe, crossing the sea via ferry, Eurotunnel or hovercraft, to holiday with specialist European camping companies such as Eurocamp and Keycamp.

If you are intending to travel a long way into Europe, you can break your journey with stopovers at campsites, hotels or Holiday Parks en route. The advantage of driving into Europe is that you have the use of your car when you reach your destination. However, with the advent of cheap flights, an alternative might be to fly to your destination and hire a car once you reach it, especially if the thought of driving thousands of miles across Europe on the "wrong side of the road" brings you out in a cold sweat. Also, ferry travel at peak times can be expensive. Add to this the cost of your petrol and flights start to look increasingly attractive.

- Locations include France, Spain, Luxembourg, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and Austria. Great for families or for activity holidays - (such as scuba diving, wind surfing, sailing and horse riding).
- Half board, self catering, mobile home and camping holidays in the UK at a choice of 34 holiday parks.

The accommodation you will be staying in when you reach your destination will be a mobile home or a "luxury" 6 - berth tent (is there such a thing as a luxury tent?). All accommodation comes complete with beds, cookers, cutlery etc, although you will need to supply your own bedding, towels and toilet paper. With some companies, pillows and blankets are provided and bed linen can be hired, so it's worth checking what's included before you go to save on packing.

You will be able to choose from a wide range of campsites at either seaside or inland locations. Some of the inland campsites have their own lakes which you can swim in, or have a go at other watersports such as sailing and windsurfing. Campsite facilities vary, but generally include a restaurant, shop, bar, leisure facilities such as mini golf and table tennis, together with activities organised by your tour operator. Often, you will have to pay a supplement on top of the base price for the camp sites with the more extensive facilities. Many of the tour operators provide activities for your children via mini clubs, which can be nice for them and nice for you to get a bit of peace. Some of the campsites also provide additional entertainment for the children, together with entertainment in the evening for adults, such as discos, karaoke (my personal favourite) and pig roasts (very enjoyable, but less so for the pig).

mobile home luxury kitchenToilets are generally of a high standard and are of a traditional English style, together with showers, dishwashing sinks and automatic washing machines and dryers (at an additional charge). Of course, if you are staying a mobile home, you will be able to use your own toilet, shower and kitchen sink facilities. Mobile homes at the upper end of the range often have additional facilities such as a flat screen TV, DVD player and a full size fridge freezer.

Boating holidays in the UK and Europe

boating in brittanyHoseasons offer a range of boating holidays in the UK and Europe. In the UK, you can hire a self-drive cruiser or a narrow boat and explore the vast network of rivers and canals available. Locations include the Norfolk Broads, Lochs in Scotland and the River Thames.

In Europe, you can book a boating holiday in France, Italy, Ireland and Belgium, although some of the waterways are only suitable for an experience crew - check before booking. The boating holidays in Brittany look very tempting - not only is Brittany well located for UK travellers, but it offers over 400 miles of waterways alongsite forests, castles, historic towns and moorland.