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Following the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak and the restrictions on international travel, a new trend has emerged called Covid Campers. Motor home and camper stores have seen a rise in sales after the lockdown in Europe, the UK and the US ended. Many camper manufacturers report that they may not have enough trailers and motor homes to meet demand with about a 50% increase in the last month.
Covid Camper pricing
It’s no secret that sales of campers have been on the decline for the last decade But even at the start of what is said to be an international recession, sales are currently rising. Some of the more upscale campers can reach prices up to $100.000, but you can get a decent second hand model for around $40.000. With international travel being set down around the world hoever, it might be your best chance for anything but a staycation this summer.
What can we expect for the 2020 holiday season.
Virologists and politicians all around the world are currently discussing the possibility of what they call a second wave of COVID-19 infections worldwide. As with the seasonal flu, a virus like this typically travels around the world with the winter season. And reappearing back where it started, like a backpacker in his leap year, the next winter.
This drop in infections during warmer months might give us, wayward travellers, a sparkle of hope for the summer holidays. It however also means that generally accepted prevention methods like social distancing and better hygiene will be necessary for the foreseeable future.
The ‘lucky’ tourist or holiday maker who manages to score an airplane ticket this summer might well be disappointed. Many airlines have already made the wearing of face masks during the entire flight mandatory, with hygienic changes of masks every four hours. Having a drink or one of these airline meals won’t be the same either, if even at all possible. Who would have believed just a year ago that we’d be nostalgic for bland airline food…
Things won’t be ‘normal’ at his preferred holiday destination either. Places where other summers people gather in large numbers like beaches, clubs and resorts will have strict measures in place in order to respect social distancing measures. You’ll need to eat your breakfast inside your hotel room, and no buffet dinner in sight for quite some time too. Even going to a restraint will mean booking well in advance and there will most likely be a shortage of capacity there.
Why is the topic Covid Camper trending?
Once you know the truth about the best case scenario for the 2020 summer travel season, a camper van aka Covid Camper does not sound like a bad deal at all.
Firstly, instead of flying, you are more mobile. You can easily escape from crowded holiday destinations and drive a couple of hundred miles for a safer and more relaxing holiday. Anytime! Even if any problems arise, you can drive back home without trying to get that last flight out of Wyoming orBologna or Marseille.
Secondly, you have your own catering in hand. You can prepare your own meals, and eat them together at one table with your partner and kids. Perhaps if you’re travelling together with another Covid Camper family, you can even have a nice meal or outdoors bbq too. The toursits locked up in their hotel room in Venice will be envious I would think.
Thirdly, since you’re in charge of your Covid Camper, you have full control over making sure that you comply with even the strictest hygiene measures. You’ll also most likely will have less contact with strangers and hotel, bar and restaurant employees. This means that generally you will have less chance of being infected with the COVID-19 virus. After all, the lifting of some restrictions means that the virus is under control, not eradicated.
And lastly, prices of petrol are still very much below average, so driving long distances won’t break the bank.
Do I buy or to rent a Covid Camper?
Whilst in the States, buying a camper is generally seen as a good investment, even before this epidemic, in Europe, Africa and elsewhere there is more a culture of renting a good camper.
You can already rent a four seater (2 beds) small camper for around $€70 per night in Europe with wikicampers or Indiecampers, although this might run up to $€100 during high season. This would include a toilet as well as an interior shower. You can have a look at this site for places where you can park your Covid Camper overnight for free.
Rental prices in the US are generally lower, though it’s safe to say that demand will be high this summer.
Buying or renting your own motorhome might be the safest bet for a family holiday in 2020 and even 2021. With all hopes set on a Coranavirus vaccine before normal travel will be possible, an RV will be one of the safest ways to travel in the foreseeable future.
Hence the name Covid Camper was born. With severe restrictions on air travel, hotel accommodation and even restaurants, the cover camper has everything you need for a nice family vacation. You’ll aso be able to quickly leave if a holiday destination becomes too crowded. And simply setup camp elsewhere.
All thing considered, renting or buying a Covid camper might be the best and safest way to travel in the foreseeable future. Please comment below and tell us what your holiday plans are.