3 ways to find better places to camp

A VW camper van gives you an incredible amount of freedom.

You can travel around. You can go anywhere.

It's great to have so much choice. But how do you find the best places to park up for a camping break?

- Make an all-weather plan

Don't get over-excited, preparing for a back-to-nature holiday away from technology and civilisation.

Sometimes, there's nothing better than curling up with a good book as the rain falls outside your camper. But, do you really want to be doing that for five days in a row? British weather is very unpredictable.

Do your best to prepare by choosing a camping spot that's got indoor attractions nearby. You don't have to use them, but it's nice if you've got the option. That way, if your trip's a washout, you can always escape for an hour to a swimming pool, museum or play centre.

- Download an app

There are a number of apps that you can use to find the best places to camp. If you don't want to be limited to commercial campsites, then you'll love apps like Park4Night [].

On a camping app like Park4Night, you can browse the sites and spots that have been submitted by other users. These might be their favourite places to stay, having explored the UK in-depth, or could be somewhere that they only know about because they're a local resident.

You'll find car parks that allow camper van and motor home parking, usually at a low price. You'll also find spots overlooking beaches, and quiet hideaways that are nestled amongst the hilltops. If you're happy going off the beaten track, this could be the best way to do it.

- Go social

There are many camping groups on Facebook. Before you travel, join a few and see what people are saying. You don't need to be a regular camper to benefit from knowledge and experience. In fact, those frequent travellers might share some very useful tips!

If you're planning to make use of VW camper van hire Scotland-wide, or buy your own VW camper, then connecting with others on social media could be the perfect way to find some insider knowledge.

However you find your next campsite, remember that it's important to leave it as you found it. That way, it'll still be available the next time you want to visit.


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