SO amazing to see our cool caravans immortalised in print. I was expecting a little mention but incredibly there’s a 4 page article on the two Dollys!
It makes me feel so proud to see them in the pages of a magazine.
But even prouder to receive so many lovely messages from people, to say that our caravan makeovers have inspired them to do the same with their own vans.
There used to be such a stigma surrounding touring caravans.
And they have certainly always been regarded as the poor relation when it comes to VW campers, that’s for sure. Campervans have an air of cool about them whereas caravans have always been seen to be a little bit dowdy and —dare-I-say-it — embarrassing.
Not any more though.
People are swiftly realising that campervans and motorhomes are costly to run; you have to pay road-tax, insurance, MOT.
Plus there’s the inconvenience of getting to your destination and setting up — only to have to put everything away again if you want to pop to the shops.
Caravans are trailers.
So there’s no road-tax and you don’t have to pay for motor insurance. Plus once you’ve got to where you want to be, you can simply unhook your car and drive away without disturbing your camp.
Plus caravanning is totally moved with the times. Gone are the boring little white boxes, with a sea of wooden veneer inside. These days — as we’ve done with both our caravans — you can paint and decorate the interior (and exterior) to suit you.
And long gone are the days when the only available equipment consisted of enamel mugs, Billy cans and dowdy forest green camping chairs.
These days you can fill your caravan with so many beautiful things, that truly reflect your lifestyle.
To be honest, when we’re out and about in Dolly, setting up our camp is one of the most exciting — and integral — parts of the whole camping experience for us.
Festooning the shelter with bunting and fairy-lights and setting the table with gorgeous melamine crockery, in beautiful patterns and shades, is all part of the fun.
Being able to create a comfy and stylish home-from-home — at a campsite or festival — is definitely one of the draws of caravanning for me. I love having all my home comforts around me (as do the boys).
Spending time at the van, relaxing and having a little bit of peace and quiet — particularly amidst the chaos of a festival — is literally one of my favourite things in the whole world.
I love the fact that you can buy gorgeous homewares for camping too, these days.
Brands such as Joules have taken the humble picnic chair — which used to only be available in green or grey — and given it a gorgeous new look; with floral and graphic print fabrics.
And melamine crockery — which used to be so dated and twee — has been given a fresh new look with bold, bright patterns and colour.
Vive La Révolution!
Caravanning has certainly taken on a new lease of life, that’s for sure.
There’s a revolution afoot!
I predict that, before too long, you’ll see more than just the odd coloured caravan on the road. People are realising that the humble touring caravan can be taken and used to create something lovely.
Cheap to buy — even cheaper to run — they’re a total blank canvas for you to create your perfect home on wheels; ugly little tin boxes like Dolly 1 and Dolly Too are enjoying a new lease of life.
As are we.
Here’s to fun and freedom!
Thanks so much to the lovely team at Joules for providing me with the colourful camping items to style this post. You can pick up a picnic chair for a bargain £26.95 at the mo!! But hurry, before they’re all gone!
This is a collaborative post but all thoughts, words, images and styling — as ever — are entirely my own.