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New research shows Brits love to caravan!

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Caravan holidays are on the rise – 39% of UK adults have been on a camping or caravanning holiday in the past three years ending October 2018. Safeguard has carried out in-depth research to uncover Europe’s favourite destinations for caravanning.

Safeguard have analysed 5 data points for each country including the number of caravan sites, number of nights spent, number of caravan trips, the amount spent on renting sites and the number of new touring and motor caravan registrations per 100,000 population to produce an index score out of ten, to determine who the continents biggest caravan lovers are.

The Top 10 European Caravan Destinations
Rank Country Caravan Hotspot Index Score
1 UK 10
2 Sweden 8.4
3 France 7.8
4 Switzerland 7.2
5 Denmark 7.2
6 Germany 6.0
7 Slovenia 5.4
8 Netherlands 4.8
9 Belgium 4.2
10 Ireland 3.6

UK caravan lovers treasure the time spent in their second home getting away from the day-to-day routine, spending the most nights in caravans overall out of any countries in Europe, with 232,092 nights overall, followed by France (139,777) and Switzerland (135,659).

In the pursuit of better weather, caravan fans in the UK come out on top, preferring to go overseas for their adventures, with 157,259 outbound nights. On the other hand, French caravanners like to stay close to home, spending 124,658 domestic nights in their caravan, compared to UK staycationers who spent just 74,833 domestic nights.

Top 10 Countries for Total No. Nights Spent per 100,000 population
Rank Country Total Nights Spent
1. United Kingdom 232,092
2. France 139,777
3. Switzerland 135,659
4. Sweden 123,891
5. Slovenia 101,061
6. Denmark 95,784
7. Germany 92,585
8. Ireland 75,565
9. Belgium 62,856
10. Netherlands 61,048

Despite the UK taking the greatest number of trips overall (4,746,914) in their caravan, Slovenia takes the crown for the greatest number of trips per 100,000 population with 12,125 outbound trips, followed by Switzerland (7,399) in second place and the UK (7,089) in third place within the index.

Showing just how much UK residents love their caravans, the research also revealed that Brits have the deepest pockets overall – spending over €4.3 million on caravans, followed by France (€2.1 million) and then Germany (€1.2 million).

Taking the love of a caravan holiday one step further, Brits are investing in their own mobile abode. Over 24,000 new touring caravans were registered in 2017 in the UK. Germany was the second biggest nation of touring caravan fans, with over 22,000 new registrations, followed by France with just over 8,000.

Andrew Leech, Caravan and Motorhome Insurance Specialist at Safeguard Insurance said:
“This new study has revealed that the UK is Europe’s number one place for caravans. With Brits spending the most nights in a caravan overall and splurging the most money on their beloved home-away-from-home, there’s no doubt that we really are a nation of caravan lovers, although we faced stiff competition from Sweden and France to triumph!”

Safeguard provides a range of insurance products to suit the needs of caravan and motorhome enthusiasts throughout the UK.

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