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Guaranteed weather, freedom to explore in a well run country. Where the overall majority of the people abide by the rules set and the police enforce them when not. Tomorrow we move to our caravan. Since crossing by tunnel we have stayed in St Omer, Bourges for two nights (in hotels) and tonight in an apartment in Uzes in the Gard. Everywhere we have been masks are evident and the people are polite and friendly - they are pleased to see us. The week or so at home I can’t say the same. We were in France for 10 weeks last year and our feelings are the same now as then. We feel safer. It’s a pleasure being here and the guaranteed weather is the bonus!

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Caravanning in France is a far more expansive experience than just ‘slightly better sun’.

I suspect the point being made was that the extra paperwork hoops to jump through to get there in these times are still worth it, compared to what’s on offer in the UK.  

Less people pressure & traffic; more relaxed lifestyle & pace of life; better campsite services & ‘new stuff’ to see.

It’s always going to trump a UK caravanning experience.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, ericfield said:

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It’s always going to trump a UK caravanning experience.

 

 

 

I would like to associate myself with the comments made by my learned friend m’lud!! 

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Experience is something you acquire after you have an urgent need for it.

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On 22/07/2021 at 22:20, Mr Plodd said:

 

Who says it all about, or even slightly about, the weather??There are many factors that influence people’s holiday decisions.

 

Some even like going to Butlins :rolleyes:

If I am unable to get to France or Spain I will still NOT be caravanning in the UK.   I did that three years ago, lesson learnt.

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19 minutes ago, Malc Edge said:

If I am unable to get to France or Spain I will still NOT be caravanning in the UK.   I did that three years ago, lesson learnt.

 

The “trick” if there is one, is to ensure you only use “adults only” sites (not possible of course for those with children though) 

Experience is something you acquire after you have an urgent need for it.

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That's put me in my place!

But I still regard the extra hassle to comply with the constantly changing Covid rules a  bridge too far.  I've got no problem at all caravanning in the UK.  There's so much to see, and when I and MoH retired we set ourselves the target of visiting a new area every year, and over the past 16 years it's been very rewarding and eye-opening to do that.  Six weeks in France May-June and six weeks somewhere in the UK late summer, with shorter outings each side,  has worked well for us.

I very much hope that we can get to France with the caravan next year, but I'll want to feel safe, comfortable and hassle-free before committing.  I'd like to know how folk have felt, safety-wise, on the 5+ hrs western channel crossings. 

As for flying anywhere, well the notion palls of queueing at check-in, again for security, again to board, again to deplane, again for immigration, again at the carousel and again for a rental car desk or taxi rank or transfer bus, plus 3-4 hours in a confined space sitting next to lord knows who. (I once caught a gastric virus from sitting in the middle seat on a flight from Mallorca, the woman next to me complaining of how poorly she'd been on her holiday.  Three days later I had to excuse myself in the middle of a wedding breakfast to throw up and empty my bowels, it took me a fortnight to recover).   If NZ will let us in by 2023, and I can afford business class, then maybe, just maybe......

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I believe that on Western approaches sailings with BF you have to have a cabin, and remain in it as much as possible. 

Experience is something you acquire after you have an urgent need for it.

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1 hour ago, Mr Plodd said:

I believe that on Western approaches sailings with BF you have to have a cabin, and remain in it as much as possible. 

What fun, not

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10 minutes ago, MalH said:

What fun, not

 

In busy periods a cabin is my preferred option, keeps me away from the “loathsomes”  who have little or no consideration for anyone other than themselves. 

Experience is something you acquire after you have an urgent need for it.

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4 hours ago, Mr Plodd said:

 

The “trick” if there is one, is to ensure you only use “adults only” sites (not possible of course for those with children though) 

Yes that is an option Andy

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I suppose it depends on where you are coming from and where you want to get to….but the Tunnel seems a  quicker option, sitting in your own motorhome, car or even in the caravan (we often breakfast on the way) for 45mins.

 

I am sure that the overcrowded UK poses a far greater risk than the more spacious areas of France when going out and about. By following your personal UK Covid safety protocols (masks, distance, hand sanitise/wash) it should be more than enough when going elsewhere.

That said, I am not ready for air travel yet!

 

We did cancel our May/June  French trip, mainly because we hadn’t been both fully vaccinated.  But are now happy to go in September. It would of course be nice if the border control side of things returned to the previous easy passage by then but I suspect these more intensive requirements may be in place for months to come if not years.

So the question is , how long do you postpone your holiday because of more paperwork?

 

 

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1 hour ago, ericfield said:

 

So the question is , how long do you postpone your holiday because of more paperwork?

 

I am postponing my trip to the UK to see my family until I do not have to quarantine, which I think is unnecessary  when you compare stat's between France and UK. paperwork I can cope with.

 

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