As the autumn starts to roll in, many are deciding to make the most of the pre-winter season with a relaxing getaway. With so many missed or postponed holidays during 2020 and 2021, it’s no surprise that there’s been an uptick in travel since, as people take a long-awaited break away from home.
Campervan holidays in the UK became especially popular in 2021 and show no signs of going away, with bookings rising by 500% in some areas. This could have something to do with post-Covid travel, as some people prefer more private modes of transport after months of social distancing. It could also be the freedom that a campervan offers: staying in a new location each night, being able drive anywhere at just a moment’s decision – for many, it’s a holiday style that can’t be beaten.
While travel restrictions due to Covid are all but a thing of the past, Brexit has played an irrevocable part in the regulations of travel abroad, so if you’re heading out of the country there are still things you need to be aware of.
To help you have a smooth holiday this autumn, we’ve listed a few top tips for your travel plans on the road.
What you need to know about driving your camper outside the UK
If you’re planning to drive your campervan on a trip outside the UK, make sure to check the government’s foreign travel advice. The red / amber / green lists have been removed, but there are still testing requirements for some destinations and as always, things can change!
The biggest consideration for drivers heading to the continent is the new rule about International Driving Permits. These are needed by any UK licence-holder with a paper driving licence, or a licence issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man. Check if you need an IDP here.