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22/9/2020 at 10:35am
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Well we don't consider it to be worth it at all, which is why our caravan hasn't moved this year and won't be. Not that we ever go away after the end of September anyway. We have had odd days out and that is all.

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22/9/2020 at 11:23am
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Quote: Originally posted by Katieep on 22/9/2020
We've been away 3 times this summer. If you have your own facilities in your caravan there is nothing to worry about and even if you have to use the toilets its all been well organised. The only contact you need to do with another human being is booking in and that is quick and done wearing masks amd someone behind a screen.

Campsites have to be one the safest thing to do at the moment and none of the rules have been onerous. People are catching this virus from being in close proximity indoors not outside.

Go - the great outdoors will improve your mental health and you'll realise its easy and safe. The only problem will be finding a pitch !







not true if you have children though katie. part of the fun for them was mixing with others, making new friends and playing together. they all just sit and look at each other now.

and it`s their generation that will suffer the most as this is when they should be learning how to correctly interact with others.


via mobile 22/9/2020 at 2:00pm
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I guess it depends on what you plan to do when you're out and about and what your concerns are.

We're into the outdoors - walking, kayaking, cycling etc and no limits to that. We also like sitting in beer gardens and tea shops again not a problem. All possible all safe and not complicated just dont forget your mask.

You can still go away and have a lovely time and support the UK hospitality industry.

I would give raves, pub crawls, sweat shops, car shares, public transport and big drunken family parties a miss (and people who enjoy those activities too )!!


22/9/2020 at 4:01pm
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I've been to France and Italy this summer in the caravan, and had a great time, so yes it's worth it, I've come back unscathed, I'm all in one piece, stop listening to the scaremongering mainstream media and get out there


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I've just got back from France and I felt far safer there than I do here!
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via mobile 22/9/2020 at 6:02pm
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We didn't go to France twice like most years, but have had time in uk in the van. Weather has been good so we were lucky.
We have been to pubs where you can sit outside, all have been well controlled.We avoid crowded places and public transport.

Not going to hide at home, if you behave sensibly it's ok.

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22/9/2020 at 7:34pm
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We have booked this weekend local again, that make around 30 nights this year. (I dont keep filling in reviews of multi visit's to sites cant see the point)
Do not mix with others and keep our distance etc.
Follow the rules and try and stay safe.

Only go shopping when need to, i have to work, as only me in the house does, so we have to keep safe.

It's those that have not followed the rules that have bought us to this point again.




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I’ve had no problems getting pitches on any of our 3 sites, and there’s plenty of availability to extend our stay on the October site. They’ve been sites with facilities open, all north of the border.
Each site has had a slightly different approach to Covid security but we’ve felt safe (they’ve all used more bleach in the facilities than I do at home).
The change of scenery & activity has done us all (including the dog) a power of good, I feel hemmed in if I stay at home. But everyone has a different response to risk of any sort and I’d never pressure anyone to step outside their comfort zone. I’m never going on a zip slide, for example....

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23/9/2020 at 11:47am
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I avoid going away during school holidays and I'm suspicious about what our First Minister might have in mind. Apart from telling people they should not book foreign holidays at half term ......

"She (the FM) also said she was keeping the option of a so-called circuit breaker, or short period of nationwide lockdown, under review. Such restrictions could be timed to coincide with the October school holidays, if deemed necessary."



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23/9/2020 at 1:30pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Capt Lightning on 23/9/2020
I avoid going away during school holidays and I'm suspicious about what our First Minister might have in mind. Apart from telling people they should not book foreign holidays at half term ......

"She (the FM) also said she was keeping the option of a so-called circuit breaker, or short period of nationwide lockdown, under review. Such restrictions could be timed to coincide with the October school holidays, if deemed necessary."



Like you Capt., I always avoid going away in school holidays these days, although of course at one time, like others, we had no choice.

If there is going to be another lock-down of any sort it would most likely be at a time when the government thinks it most likely that a lot of people would be going away. That means half-term.

As things are changing by the day at the moment I would think it unwise to be making any kind of plans beyond the end of this month, particularly if those plans involve spending any money.


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23/9/2020 at 1:32pm
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For me its all about looking after number one and not getting involved in what I consider the playground attitude of what he or she did you have to do your own risk assessment, and get what you want out of life.

As someone who is beating the odds on life expectancy I am well aware of how short life can be so quality of life is also important.

So I no longer watch the news the stupidity on show is depressing. I go camping and find its probably easier to self isolate camping than it is at home, I use small sites or wild camp and shop at small village shops or farm shops if they are busy than I like I don't use them at home we click and collect.

most of our camping involves walking a lot and reading so have no real need to socialise One thing both my wife and I have decided is hiding away wasting your life in fear is no way to live we are all going to die someday enjoy what you have

Finally a quote I live by is " it is only the fear of life thats stops people living a full life" don't know who said it but its so true.

Good luck everyone and carry on camping    

     


23/9/2020 at 7:29pm
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My daughter's inlaws have been travelling around in their VW and small caravan since the end of lockdown. as others have said they are pretty much self contained and do their own thing,


24/9/2020 at 1:32pm
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We’ve spent four weeks in Scotland and it’s been lovely and quiet. I can’t understand why you wouldn’t go away, just be sensible and wear the dreaded mask!


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Yes, it is worth it! We've just been away for a fortnight, the first time since lockdown. We stayed on adult only CLs and one Freedom Camping site (adult only 5 van site) and felt very safe. Like others, we don't use public transport, and we haven't been to any pubs/restaurants. Had to go shopping twice, but that's no different to what we do at home; we go at a quiet time. We were very fortunate with the weather, and cycled lots every day.

It was such a change from being at home, although we have walked and cycled from home, but the change of scenery was very welcome. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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24/9/2020 at 8:09pm
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When we were at work (quite a while ago now!) we used to use the caravan as an escape from the pressures. Since retirement we go away to do things like visiting towns and cities, museums etc. Whilst that is not impossible it is less enjoyable than prior to COVID. We have been away once since lockdown, cancelled one site and have another booked for mid October in Norfolk. We will watch the situation until nearer the time to see how we feel. If we feel we need to cancel it won't be a major disappointment as by and large we have written this year off. We can amuse ourselves at home and don't really see the point of just transferring the armchair to the motorhome if that is all we do.

David


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I notice that most of the contributors to this thread are caravan or campervan owners who may well have their own facilities which makes things a little less worrying.

I agree with you, David...pre Covid I went camping in order to visit villages and tourist attractions (not so much towns and cities) and other places of interest where more often that not there would be quite a few people around.

As a solo tent camper, in the evenings I enjoyed visiting olde worlde pubs in the villages, having a meal and then a few drinks at the bar where more often than not I had a pretty enjoyable evening chatting to locals or listening to their banter. Since it's not really possible to do those things now, camping would be far less enjoyable, and sitting in a field in the evenings knocking back a bottle of wine all on my own would be totally boring and pointless    



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