Proud to be Carafans!

Our Home From Home

One of the best decisions we have made as a family was to buy a caravan. Whilst caravanning may not be as cool as its close cousin camping, having a caravan has allowed us to explore the length and breadth of Great Britain.

This, our current caravan is actually the third caravan we have owned. We bought our first one in 2004. It was a lot smaller, older and more basic but as novice caravanners with a 4-year-old son it suited us perfectly. After a couple of years of owning it a local farmer wanted rid of the one he used whilst visiting agricultural shows. As he needed the space in his barn where it was stored in a hurry he so sold it to us cheaply and so for a short time we owned two caravans!

Last Easter in the Lake District

We have been fortunate to own our current caravan now for the past 4 years and with its mod cons it has enabled us to extend our caravanning to an all year round activity (we have even caravanned in the snow!). It has allowed us to explore the length and breadth of Great Britain – from the tip of Cornwall to the wild coast of Scotland and introduced us to some wonderful family activities, canoeing, boating, cycling and geocaching are just some that we now enjoy.

Stunning Derwent Water

Even after 8 years of caravanning we still have an endless list of places we want to visit. So far this year we have planned four trips, the first of them being next week staying within our own county of Yorkshire. The following trip is one that I am very excited about 4 days on the shores of Lake Bala in Wales followed by 4 days staying on the Mawddach Estuary.  Plenty of time to canoe, walk and cycle – we even have set Mount Snowdon in our sights!

Later in the year we then have a couple of trips to the lakes planned, one on the shore of Coniston Water and the other on Derwent Water.

So next time you are stuck in traffic behind a caravan please don’t get angry, smile and wave – it could be us!


5 thoughts on “Proud to be Carafans!

  1. HedgeComber says:

    Eek! Another Carafan here! I think we’re off tomorrow night for a mini adventure, can’t wait!

    We’ve paddled on lake Bala, I remember it being awesome (read windy!) for using an umbrella sail 🙂

    PS do you take your own canoe or do you hire one whilst away? I don’t think ours would fit on the car roof whilst towing the van?

    Nice to meet you BTW! Janie x

    • Mrs Simplicity says:

      Hi Janie,

      Nice to meet you too, glad to hear I’m not person who’ll admit to being a Carafan 🙂
      We’ve always hired canoes whilst we’ve been away however we are now proud owners of our very own canoe! We’ve yet to take it whilst towing however we plan to do so soon. Mr S just needs to come up with an ingenious solution for extending the roof bars forward on the Landy so that the back end doesn’t poke through the caravan window!

      Hope you enjoy this weekend’s adventure and that the sun shines for you x

  2. patinaandcompany says:

    I had no idea that travelling by “R.V.” (is this just a North American term?) was so popular in the U.K. It is extremely popular on the West Coast of Canada, also, and I’ve known people who have seen much of North America through this footloose style of travel.

    • Mrs Simplicity says:


      I think that it has become more popular in recent years however my Grandparents towed a caravan back in the 1950’s! For some reason in the past caravanning hasn’t been a “cool” thing to do and often associated as a way to spend holidays once you retired. Our friends poked fun at us when we got our first caravan – now they all wish that they had one 🙂

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