European Places That Get Even Better In Autumn

As the nights start closing in, many people imagine that the holiday season is over. But autumn can make for some beautiful holidays. Not only does scenery become more dramatic, but often prices are much cheaper and places are less crowded. Here are our top autumn escapes:

Amsterdam

As the hen do and stag season ends, Amsterdam becomes even more charming. Wander the canals and take in cultural sites such as the Van Gough museum and the home of Anne Frank. Rent a bike and explore the famous Vondelpark while the leaves are vibrant and colourful.

Bruges

This old fashioned town in Belgium is a perfect place to indulge in cosy winter sightseeing. There are a number of sites to pitch up with easy access to the main tourist areas. Of course, Belgium is famous for its confectionery, so make sure you get in a mug or two of delicious hot chocolate.

Bordeaux

If colder months make curling up with a glass of wine seem even more inviting, where better to do it than the French town of Bordeaux. Drive past the traditional vineyards and take in the gourmet cuisine of this famous area.

Berlin

The iconic German city has two Festival of Lights in October, making it a must see destination over Autumn. The tree lined Museum island and Tiergarten park by the Brandenburg gate are stunning at this time of year. Plus, once you’re done exploring you can warm up with a currywurst or steiner of traditional German beer.

England

Of course, we couldn’t leave out our home country. Close to our dealership, Blackpool is home to the famous Illuminations from September, so you can wrap up and take a stroll on the boardwalk with some fish and chips. Further away, bonfire night celebrations can be truly spectacular. Skinningrove Bonfire in Yorkshire sees the town set fire to a huge sculpture each year followed by an impressive fireworks display.

Interested?

If you would like to rent a motorhome for an Autumn getaway, please call us on 01772 685949 or email katiec@prestoncm.co.uk.

Have you got any recommendations for Autumn adventures? Let us know in the comments below!

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Oktoberfest: Plan your trip today!

Oktoberfest: Plan Your Trip Today!

The German festival of Oktoberfest has dramatically risen in popularity over recent years. The mix of Bavarian culture, music and of course, beer, has drawn thousands of tourists and natives alike to the celebrations.

What Is Oktoberfest?

The traditional festival of Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Germany. It is a folk festival that celebrates the heritage of the area, and is known for its fantastic beer tents.

When is Oktoberfest?

The celebrations run from mid/late September to the first weekend in October. Originally, the festival was held in October (hence the name) but the dates changed over time to enjoy the warmer September weather. Visitors can attend for a day or for the full duration.

Is Oktoberfest Family Friendly?

Of course, beer drinking is a huge part of the Oktoberfest celebrations. However, guidelines for the festival limit music levels before 6pm. So in general during the day the atmosphere is more traditional with brass bands.

There is a large carnival on the Oktoberfest site, with plenty of funfair attractions and food stalls serving traditional German food.

In the evening, the festival tents have more of a modern party atmosphere which may not be as fun for families to enjoy together. So as the sun goes down, that could be a good time to relax in your motorhome!

Are There Places to Take a Motorhome or Caravan near Oktoberfest?

Yes, there are campsites with transport links direct to Oktoberfest. As you can imagine, these get booked up so advance reservations are essential.

How long would it Take Me to Drive to Munich from You?

Technically, you can drive there in 16 hours. However, to be safe (and much more enjoyable) we would recommend breaking down the journey into at least a couple of days. There are some lovely stop points you can go to on the way through France and Germany. Some people base their whole trip around Oktoberfest, but for others it is an interesting part of a busier itinerary.

If you want to book a motorhome for Oktoberfest, get in touch with us today!

 

*This article was originally posted with our affiliate company on www.prestoncm.co.uk

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Sunlight Motorhome Hire Coming 2018

Motorhome Rent UK is pleased to be welcoming a fleet of 10 brand new 2018 Sunlight Motorhomes from January 2018. The range will encompass campervans up to spacious 6 berth motorhomes which will allow us to offer a large choice of layouts and designs.

You can view the range of Sunlight Motorhomes on our Motorhomes and Prices page.  Register your interest to view or book when they arrive at our dealership. Plus, you can view our existing Chausson and Rollterteam models which are available to book for 2017 dates.

What are Sunlight Motorhomes?

Sunlight is a well known European brand owned by the Erwin Hymer Group. Stylishly designed, their motorhomes are a real home away from home.

They have an established reputation for quality manufacture,which makes them great choices to hire and sell at our Preston Dealership. Additionally, the popularity of the Sunlight brand in Europe means there is a large network of support and service available when you are travelling abroad, should you ever need it.

Sunlight Motorhomes Campervan

We listened to your requests for a campervan hire option and will be offering this along with our other Sunlight Motorhomes

Will I Still Recieve The Same Service?

Of course! All our motorhomes will be included in the “try before you buy scheme”. This offers potential buyers the opportunity to test out motorhome holidays, and claim back a portion of their rental cost should they then purchase a vehicle through Preston Caravans and Motorhomes.

We will also continue to offer our additional extras to enhance your trip. These include a luxury grocery pack, bicycle hire and linen sets.

In addition, we will still be offering our detailed handover service upon collection. So you can expect the same great experience whichever model you choose for your adventures.

Interested in Motorhome Hire?

If you have any questions about hiring a motorhome, just give us a call on 01772 685949 or get in touch through our booking page. Alternatively, leave us a comment below!

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Holidays – They’re Good For Your Health

As caravanners and motorhomers will undoubtedly agree, holidays are often the highlight of the year – whether they’re for a weekend or a whole season. But as well as being relaxing and fun, travel is quickly emerging as being good for your health (even with a sunset glass of vino or two in your awning!). Here’s a few of the ways your trips are keeping you in good nick:

They give your body a chance to repair itself

According to Karen Matthews of Mind Body Center at the University of Pittsburgh, taking a break from your normal routine or work schedule allows your body to repair and replenish itself on a physical and mental level. The centre surveyed 1,399 participants recruited for studies on cardiovascular disease, breast cancer and other conditions, and found that leisure activities, including taking vacations, contributed to higher positive emotional levels and less depression among the participants.

Exposure to the outdoors makes your immune system stronger

For a long time, the key to an illness and allergy free life was a sterile, totally clean environment. However, studies now show that without regular exposure to relatively harmless dirt, pollen and germs, the body becomes less adept at battling illnesses. The more you travel, particularly through rural locations, the stronger your body becomes as it tackles all the microbes it comes in to contact with. This is especially beneficial for children growing up – so next time the kids arrive at the caravan covered in mud, take a breath and think of the health benefits!

A change of scenery encourages a healthy memory

Holidays give us pleasant memories, which we often bring back to the forefront of our minds for reminiscing. When we’re in our day-to-day routine, there can often be whole weeks go by without something significant to look back on. Having memories you like to think back to works the brain like a muscle – and keeps the your memory function in good shape!

Planning your trips keeps you sharp

In a similar way to the point above, thinking of something new challenges the brain and keeps it in great condition. Planning out a route, researching sites and locations, booking ferries etc all push your mind. Even once you’ve arrived, your brain keeps ticking away to get you familiarised with a new place.

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