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Subject Topic: is it worth Camping abroad now?
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21/6/2011 at 11:20pm
 Location: Chateau du Wirral
 Outfit: VW T4 and quechua base second
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Quote: Originally posted by Val A on 21/6/2011
BUT if you've booked a 'package' camping holiday you're stuck there in the rain wishing you'd brought your caravan and could move somewhere else.




Agreed, but I suppose heading south at peak season presents a risk of not finding a decent pitch. That may be an overstatement as its not something weve ever tried. In fact were using munis for stopovers this year and its the first time weve not booked a site. Previously weve been allowed to book munis as weve stayed for a longer period.


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22/6/2011 at 8:54am
 Location: West - North Yorkshire
 Outfit: Swift Speedbird 490 Mondeo Estate
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My friends, teachers, holiday for six weeks during the summer school holidays, and they use cheaper sites, picked 'ad hoc' from Le Guide Officiel................ and have only once been unable to find a site.  Interestingly that was in the north, when they wanted to visit Monet's garden on the way back to the ferry - but they did find a lovely apartment to stay in which wasn't expensive.


22/6/2011 at 11:43am
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we have done Eurocamp and similar for many years, sometimes twice a year, but are taking our own unit for the first time this year.  Out of season it would be about the same price to go with our folding camper or in a Eurocamp static.  Petrol wise you pay similar regardless of whether you take your own unit (well you do if in a folding camper or tent) or stay in a static and the ferry inclusive price for Eurocamp only covers a mid week Dover crossing so you do pay more for longer crossings.

We are going the second week in July and, by taking our own unit it is working out about £1000 cheaper at £300 for return overnight crossing with cabin (LD lines) and £200 for the pitch.     Eurocamp want £1000 for a static for the same week, at the4 same site and we have not checked what a longer crossing would have added to the price.

I don't think £500 is costly for a week abroad in July.  there are only two of us going but had the kids decided to come too (highly unlikely now that they are post 18) then the cost would not have been much more.



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Good point andcow, at the time we go, in July, the statics start at £570 per week, and a pitch with electrics is £227.

Like you it's just the two of us these days, so it's a no brainer.


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22/6/2011 at 4:08pm
 Location: Bath
 Outfit: Khyam Petworth & Excelsior XXL
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Just to add to the cheapo Canvas half term comments based on this year’s experience…….

Clare - This year only 10 of the 18 tents at Cypsela were occupied, so you should be able to take your time booking. The rest of the site was about 5% occupied, but was still busy enough for us.

The price for this year rose after the end of September, but then fell back to the same level as they had unsold accommodation in May. So folk wanting to leave their decision to the last minute could still benefit in 2012.

Ferries/Eurotunnel – Don’t assume that you have actually got the crossing time you want. Our times became “unavailable” a few months later and we ended up booking directly with Eurotunnel.

Don’t forget you don’t have to have a set 7 nights. We did 8 in Spain and 2 in the Loire.

For those self-driving it is perfectly possible to have overnighters or go for a two centre break at other Canvas sites.

We liked our Canvas holiday, but I don’t like being trapped on a site if the weather changes (it wasn’t brilliant this year) or if we get bored, so next year in June we’ll be taking our own gear and doing ASCI/Camping Cheque sites where kids go free.

VB



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