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Caravans Become Popular Again
Itís obvious that caravans are again cool. The Caravan Club statistics confirm it; last month they had more new members than ever. Although itís usual to have 5,600 new members, last month there were 7,210. This is a record for the 100-year history of the Caravan Club.
There many reasons for this recent popularity of caravanning. Nikki Nichol of the Caravan Club thinks that among them are the high temperature in July and the security crisis at UK airports in August. She also said that the new members were influenced to join the Club by the presence of many popular persons like Margaret Beckett, Mark Owen of Take That and Lorraine Kelly.
Thereís also a younger generation of fans like Kate Moss, Jenson Button, Sean Penn, Nicole Richie, Jamie Oliver and Lenny Kravitz who made caravans popular, as they chose to buy a luxury caravan that can sometimes cost almost £500,000.
Nikki Nichol declared: 'Caravanning has become very fashionable. Young couples who want to go surfing or travelling are trying it, as are families and retirees, and it's been made stylish by the revival of the VW Campervan and designer Airstream caravans, which were recently adapted for narrow European roads.'
Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay is the owner of a very fancy caravan that looks like luxury car, with leather seats, alloy wheels and metallic body.
Sam North, manager of the International Caravan and Motorhome Show declared: 'It's new launches like the C-Liner or the Airstream that are helping change the perception of motorhomes and opening up a whole new audience. It is no longer Carry on Camping, bad cabarets and tin boxes on wheels.'
At the moment, caravanning is the most popular UK holiday hobby, as it represents 17 per cent of all holiday trips taken in Britain and the Caravan Club has 936,000 members.
When she presented the advantages of caravanning, Nikki Nichol said: 'More people are realising that you have total freedom on a caravan holiday: you don't need to worry about hand luggage and airport security, and the good weather this summer has certainly encouraged people to enjoy their holidays in the UK.í
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