When it comes to spending some quality time with the family, what could be better than a taking a road trip in a motorhome. Motorhoming is great fun as it combines the freedom and flexibility of being able to go when or where you want to go.
Our guest blogger Emma Holmes took her family on a long weekend to York in a RollerTeam Zefiro 675 to experience family motorhoming. Emma and her husband Lee took 2 teenage sons (14 & 16) plus girlfriend (also 16) to the Lysander Arms site in York. Read about their experiences in this blog
Freedom & Convenience
We decided to visit York as it is one of those places we’ve visited for the day and its not always long enough. Having been at school, college and work all week we decided to set off on Friday teatime around 6pm. This was quite a good decision as most of the rush hour traffic had died down and we set off once we had loaded up the motorhome. As the motorhome had 2 large double beds at the rear the boys decided to take their duvets and pillows off their beds at home. We loaded up with some food and drink and we were off. We didn’t even make it up the road before the kids were asking for the Wi-Fi password. Luckily I had set this up beforehand when I collected the motorhome from Peter Roberts so I just shared the password with them from my iPhone and phew, they were back online.
In just over an hour we arrived at the Lysander Arms, found our pitch and piled into the pub. The only problem was that there was a ‘Neil Diamond Tribute Act’ on that night, the pub was packed out and we couldn’t get a table. We decided to drive the motorhome around the corner to the nearest KFC for some food and stay in the motorhome for the evening. We enjoyed our food and drank our own drinks (beer and prosecco for Lee and Emma) which was great. The old school cards came out and we played some games for a while. We then tuned in the TV in the motorhome and relaxed before bed.
The next day the teenagers enjoyed a few extra hours in bed (they were happy as they had the Wi-Fi on board so they could use their iPads and phones without a problem. Lee and I popped out for a nice walk and coffee before returning to make breakfast for the troops.
The freedom of motorhoming means you have everything you need to hand – we had water on board for a shower, flushing toilet and lovely warm heating to keep us toasty warm. The boys didn’t actually want to get out of their beds as it was so cosy.
Our itinerary for the weekend included visiting central York to see the sights. We took in York Minster, The Shambles and the River as well as visiting The York Chocolate Story to see how many free chocolates we could eat.
We did drive the motorhome to the Park & Ride carpark on the outer ring road in York so we could catch the bus into the city centre. Whilst road tripping with teenagers having drinks and snacks on board is great, not to mention toilet and Wi-Fi – not necessarily in that order!
We really enjoyed the time in the motorhome and also the memories of visiting York. Doing something a bit different that we will all remember is really important, especially as the kids are growing up and soon will not want to travel anywhere with us.
The Zefiro 675 was a perfect choice of motorhome for a family of 5 people. We found travelling in a motorhome to be extremely cost effective (apart from the visit to the MrArthur Glen retail outlet which cost us a fortune) compared to hotel costs etc. We would definitely recommend hiring a motorhome with Wi-Fi for travelling with teenagers – it was just like a home away from home and great fun. Thanks Peter Roberts. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]