Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Mid Norfolk
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I much prefer to travel on a different road every time, although this is clearly impossible whilst at home. On holiday, however, it is part of the fun.
When we had a caravan (also tent, trailer tent) we parked on a site for a few days, travelling out into the area and back again. With the MH we go somewhere and, often, keep on going: "a new day, a new place". It becomes a different way of life. If we have to drive into a town for food we usually continue in the same geographical direction looking for our next overnight stop.
YES there are problems with getting into some places and definitely with parking, where we need width, length, height and turning circles which are bigger than those needed by cars, so sometimes we don't succeed BUT we've rarely felt deprived.
Where we benefit is in sitting with a lovely view in the comfort of our armchairs with food, drink and toilet (we're "getting on" a bit) all to hand, whatever the weather. In winter we sit by the sea with the heating switched on. And when we go for day trips with family members they also benefit from our facilities and we have room to move around inside if needed.
We have a discussion every year or so about whether to return to caravaning but so far we have remained with our MH. The day may come when we will want to sit on a field for a while and travel around in a car: it's a perfectly sensible way to spend time relaxing. But the joy of the open road, the ability to stop and rest in comfort and, of course, the freedom to spend the night in a wide variety of spots, especially on the continent, continues to win at the moment.
We don't have any alternative modes of transport whilst away: we tried bikes but my wife wasn't very good, especially with hills and she doesn't fancy an electric bike. We don't have the payload for a motorised vehicle and I can't see any point in towing things. Sites with bus stops within a few hundred metres are useful and can be researched on Google StreetView, which also gives details of times and routes.