There’s nothing quite like it - that feeling of knowing that after a hard week’s toil at work, you are packing up the motorhome and disappearing somewhere for a few nights, getting away from it all. No… I’ll just empty the dishwasher... I’ll just put another load in... just give me 10 more minutes… undivided time for ourselves as a family.

Even before, the global pandemic, I loved knowing that as the days passed, I was getting nearer and nearer to my escape, my little bit of heaven.

Making memories

So now, more than ever, that lovely feeling of being able to set off on our own little adventure is truly cherished and treasured.

Off we go!

Once, we set off and close the gate in the yard, I can feel my shoulders drop and the tension release.

We are on our way - relax!

We talk to each other. Properly. No snatched instructions about who is picking who up from school or conversations that we forget because our minds are elsewhere. We really talk to each other. We share funny stories, our plans for the future and we laugh together. The ‘rat race’ has a lot to answer for, and a positive outcome from this global pandemic for us has been that it has given us time. Time with the people we love, time to recharge and reassess.

As we travel to our destination, we talk about our plans, where we’ll go, what we’ll do, what the weather is going to be like and what we’ll eat!

A new destination - a new adventure!

Eating. Eating has become even more of a pleasure in the last 6 months. At the height of the lockdown, I felt like the next meal was all I had to look forward to and I did learn to bake bread (from scratch!) once I managed to get some yeast (little packets of gold). Barbeques are top of the list for our family. My husband, whose speciality is beans on toast or cheese on toast with a dash of Worcestershire sauce, is suddenly a master chef on the barbeque! He makes most things unrecognisable and then asks me to check if they are cooked through. But it doesn’t matter if it’s a bit burnt - it gets us outside in the fresh air, being sociable and making plans.

As we approach the campsite, a new air of excitement permeates through the motorhome. Is the site going to be as good as the last one, what will our pitch be like and what about my important view!

We set up camp for our weekend’s escape. Mark out our area, put up the awning, get out the barbeque, the outside table and chairs and put the kettle on and begin making memories.

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Taking a staycation in the UK has never been more popular!

Having been in lockdown since March, we have all felt the strain of feeling trapped and isolated. If someone had told me that I would have to stay at home with my husband and 2 teenaged children, only seeing my immediate family for 14 weeks, I would have said it couldn’t be done! But we did it, and many of us learnt a new skill, strengthened family relationships and found things out about ourselves that we didn’t know. But having restrictions put upon you makes you feel cut-off from the world and now we want to reconnect.

Being able to hire a self-contained, COVID-safe motorhome and take it away - even if it is only for 3 nights -allows you to get away from that feeling, giving you that well-earned break and allowing you to make some precious memories in a year, many of us would like to forget.

Freedom is what it gives you; being able to choose where you go and where you stay. You can maintain the important social distancing and feel safe and in control.

For many of us, we don’t have to travel far to find beautiful locations, stunning views and friendly towns and villages to explore.

From our home in Halifax, we can walk to the moors with their stunning purple heather or travel less than 1 hour to the Yorkshire Dales, with its river valleys and hills, caving and many walking trails to explore. We can also visit the many market towns such as Skipton or Settle, which need our custom to help them recover the last 6 months of restrictions. Taking a motorhome allows you to plan your adventure to include as many locations as you like, exploring different places on your adventure.

Recently, we stayed 1 night at the excellently situated and very well organised, Orcaber Farm Caravan & Camping Park in Austwick in the Yorkshire Dales.

We had a great time walking with our dog and enjoyed a well-deserved fish and chip supper, which was passed through a hatch to me as I queued safely in the street (another new experience). My experience of staying at campsites since lockdown has been very positive, track and trace is set up, facilities are available but have been adapted and people are respecting social distancing as everyone wants the same thing – to have their freedom.

With two children, who have spent their last 6 months glued to their electrical devices for both home learning and relaxation, being able to go out as a family, climb a hill or mountain, skim stones in a river or play cards around the table under the awning, as the sun sets has been the best tonic we could have wished for.

It just reaffirms what we’ve always known, that the simple things in life, nature, companionship and laughter, which are all free, are good for the soul and will help us all heal as we move forward into the unknown.

So, go onto our website and have a look at our motorhome and plan your adventure. We are happy to help you every step of the way.

Thanks Rachel

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