So, you have a holiday on your mind. The monotony of the routine is getting to you or you have hit a rough patch that feels like a spiral to the rock bottom and want to just take off to blow off some steam, unwind, rest and recoup. A mainstream holiday that involves a plane ride and hotel stay may not always cut it. Add to that the stress of putting together a last-minute getaway can be counter-productive to the very idea of a holiday. That’s why more and more travel fanatics, especially in metros and big cities, are turning to a new way of holidaying – hitting the road in caravans.
Caravan holidays have been quite the rage in the West. These are a part of the mainstream holiday culture in that part of the world, with easy access to caravan rentals and caravan parks to facilitate this carefree, flexible way of taking a break from one’s routine. Until recently, caravan holidays were a foreign concept in India, with an exception of a handful of people who pursued this nomadic way of life in their personal caravan vehicles.
All of that has started to change rapidly in a span of last five years or so. With the stresses of corporate work culture catching up on the young and old, the need to break away and retreat to nature has become more pressing than ever before. To make that happen, more and more travel enthusiasts are now turning toward Caravan holidays to make that quick getaway happen over a long weekend.
The rising demand for Caravan holidays has led to a mushrooming of Caravan rental services in cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Hyderabad that have some attractive weekend getaway destinations in their vicinity. The trend is particularly catching on in Bengaluru with a whole new market of Caravan rental companies coming up in the heart of this tech hub, and it is not hard to see why. This no-strings-attached travel style comes with its myriad benefits:
One of the biggest advantages and the biggest drawcard for Caravan holidays is the element of flexibility it brings to your holiday plans. No keeping up with schedules for flights, hotel check-in and check-out timings and other sightseeing plans. You can just rev up the engine and hit the road and halt for the day whenever you like.
Modern-day caravans are like mini-luxury hotels on wheels. From a well-stocked kitchen to comfy beds, recliners, giant flat screen TVs, gaming stations, minibars and clean bathroom – you can have it all, depending on the kind of splurge you are in the mood for.
Since caravans are set in sturdy mini-vans they are certainly a more secure way of being out on the road or somewhere by the wild than travelling in your personal vehicle or camping.
The caravan rental services have brought what was once considered as an elite way of travelling to the masses. Owing a personal caravan is a significant investment and not many can afford to indulge in this luxury for the sake of recreation. On the other hand, caravan rental services that fall in the ballpark of Rs 2,500 per person per day are practically a steal. These even work out to be cheaper than a conventional holiday, if you compare the amount spent on hotel stay, travel and local commute during a trip.
Retreating to Nature
In India, caravan holidays have emerged as an interesting alternative to camping and resort stays for a retreat to nature. The rental companies not only give these caravans on rent but also offer parking spaces at prime spots in virgin retreats for you to enjoy some unhurried, laid-back time in the lap of nature. Imagine a caravan parked by a virgin beach, allowing you uninhibited access to the vast ocean any time of the day or night you want without any milling crowds, hawkers and noisy shacks. Just the perfect way for some rejuvenation and unwinding.
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