As my own three-year-old begged to go to the playground and my wife cooked up a full English, the joy of a simple short break in our gorgeous British countryside made a lot of sense.
While I may have preferred luxury hotel holidays in my twenties, with a young family in tow and a busy job, a caravan getaway suddenly makes more sense.
We were testing out the joys of this type of break at the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s site at Hillhead in Devon and were made to feel very welcome from the outset.
After a tour of our exotic-sounding four-berth Bailey Unicorn Barcelona, we were left to explore for ourselves.
Our home for the weekend was spacious, had fast-working heating and hot water, plus all the mod cons including a comfy fixed double bed.
While rain may have never been too far away, we were determined to explore the area. We visited the quaint fishing town of Brixham, where there is a replica of Sir Francis Drake’s ship, the Golden Hind.
The town was used by the US military during the D-day landings — and is also home to the Simply Fish restaurant, which served the best fish and chips we’ve had in a long time.
Despite the rain we were determined to get to a beach, so we visited Goodridge Beach, which was stunning, even in the awful weather.
To be honest, the weather restricted how long we could explore the local area, but that meant we spent more time in the caravan site, giving the place a proper run-through.
The well-kept facilities included a swimming pool, a new playground and a pub/restaurant with games room, while the picturesque ocean views were literally a few yards away.
At night my daughter loved the low-key kids’ entertainment and every evening we had fun, met new people and were very impressed at how attentive the staff were.
There may be a few people who wouldn’t entertain the idea of caravanning (which, pre-holiday, probably included myself).
But if you want a quintessential British holiday, complete with fish and chips, rolling hills, rich history and dodgy weather, you have to tick caravanning in Devon off the Great British Bucket List.
If you get the weather we had, do what we Brits do best — keep calm and caravan on.
Name fave place and you could win a caravan
From London’s Big Ben to the tranquil beauty of the Lake District, the bright lights of Blackpool or the chocolate box cottages of the Cotswolds, our country has thousands of places to enjoy.
Now we have teamed up with the Caravan and Motorhome Club to help us compile the ultimate bucket list by nominating YOUR No1 choice.
It can be little or large, a sparkling gem from our glorious countryside, thriving cities or miles of captivating coastlines.
One lucky reader will win a new five-berth Adria Altea 472 DS Eden caravan worth £16,695, as well as a year’s caravan cover, a year’s free membership to the Caravan and Motorhome Club and a month’s worth of free night stays at any of the club’s 300 sites across the UK to be taken before the end of 2019.
Your choice may be a major landmark such as the London Eye or Angel of the North, a favourite beach or countryside spot, or perhaps a seaside town or bustling city.
Once you’ve come up with your “must see” destination, go to thesun.co.uk/greatbritishbucketlist and enter.
The competition will run until 11.59pm on May 26, 2018.
Over the summer we will reveal your favourite places in The Sun’s Travel pages.
To enter the competition, go to thesun.co.uk/greatbritishbucketlist.
T&Cs: The competition runs until 11.59pm on May 26, 2018.
Only UK and RoI residents aged 18 and over. One entry person. Winners selected at random. No cash alternative. Non-transferable. Your info will only be used for this promotion.
Promoter is News Group Newspapers Limited. Full T&Cs apply, see online at thesun.co.uk/greatbritishbucketlist.
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