Making camping easy

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AROUND four million Brits drive to the Continent each year, many of those travelling for camping holidays.

The current economic climate has driven more holidaymakers to look for lower cost holiday alternatives and the advent of ‘glamping’, has meant that camping doesn’t have to be the ‘roughing it’ holiday it used to be.

But finding a reputable campsite in Europe that has the required facilities or matches expectations can be challenging.

Language differences and varying standards can just make the problem worse.

So to help British campers the AA has launched a new AA Camping website www.theaa.com/camping.

The new AA Camping website will allow campers to search and book camp sites all over Europe.

There are over 800 sites, all of which have been inspected and graded by the AA’s Dutch counterpart, ANWB, who have a long running camping guide service.

Larger sites have been inspected using 150 criteria including grounds, pitches, sanitary facilities, swimming pool, eating and drinking facilities, sports and entertainment.

Each site has information on facilities and leisure activities on offer.

The larger campsites also have independent scores and reviews attached, making comparisons easier.

To help holidaymakers further, the website also enables them to book a campsite via the AA safe in the knowledge the site is trustworthy and has been inspected.

What’s more, campers are guaranteed to get the same rates via the AA as they would going to the campsite direct.

This also eliminates any language issues that may arise when trying to book on the telephone or by email.

* Super sized beach towels, able to occupy extra room on crowded shores and sun loungers are soaring in popularity, says high street store Debenhams.

Customers are using them to mark out territory, providing better defence against incursions from rival tourists fighting for space in resorts.

The new towels are up to 65 per cent bigger than normal with sales increasing an average of 10% week on week.