The 'van life' travel trend is taking over the UK

Road trip anyone?

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There's no better way to take advantage of the gorgeous summer weather than with a trip somewhere. Whether you're exploring a new country or sticking to your local area, most UK travelers seem to have an increased interest in van life.

You may be wondering if holidays abroad will be possible this year, but you may not have to take a plane if you follow the latest travel trend. According to research done by motorhome rental company, Camptoo, searches for van renovations have risen by 2000% since 2021, with searches for van life also shooting up 2438% since 2017. So, if you're ready for a road trip, grab your best sunglasses and start looking at the UK's top scenic routes for the ultimate staycation getaway.

The trend is only on an upward increase too as there has also been a surge in specific van renovation searches. Camptoo's head of wanderlust, Ed Bassett also predicts that this research is a hint at what kind of vacations we can expect this year.

"The significant increases across all the relevant keyword phrases we looked at is telling of how much the trend has grown in the last five years and with summer staycations likely to be on the agenda for most people this year, the trend should only continue on its upward path," said Bassett.

For those on a budget, this type of travel eliminates having to book hotels as your vehicle becomes your place of rest. Camptoo also claims that van conversions are "open to interpretation." Meaning, you can convert your van, RV, or campervan however you want.

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Depending on what kind of vacation you're taking, renovations can vary based on what you're looking to get out of your van lifestyle.

In 2021, beds were the number one renovation that people searched for with an increase of 929%, followed by toilets, sinks, kitchens, and sofas. Depending on your budget too, you should expect to spend anywhere from thousands to tens of thousands of dollars on these renovations. 

Since you'll be living out of your van you'll most likely want it to be comfortable and feel as close to home as you can.

If you're ready to take the plunge and renovate your van, don't forget to pack a pair of the best leggings and grab your best Fitbit as you prepare to explore the UK countryside.

Rylee Johnston
Rylee Johnston

Rylee is a digital news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers everything from beauty and fashion trends to celebrity and entertainment news.