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07 February, 2024 - Updated Last updated on
07 February, 2024

Posted by Mike | Spaceships Crew

Backpacking is seen as the best way to enjoy low-cost travel and experience real freedom. It’s a radical idea, but we think that backpackers can see more, do more, have less hassle and even spend less when they hire a campervan for that dream trip to the UK and Europe.

If that sounds crazy, let's see if we can convince you. Here are 7 reasons why you should consider campervan hire when you are backpacking around Europe and the UK.

1. Epic UK adventures: see more for less on a campervan road trip

If you are backpacking in the UK and Europe, it’s a lot of miles and a lot to see. If you fly into London Heathrow and want to see some of the UK, before crossing the channel into Europe, that’s a lot of travelling and so much to see. You’re definitely going want to spend a few days in London, then maybe go down to the fantastic coast in Cornwall, up through Wales then north to discover the majesty of Scotland, with Loch Ness and its Highlands and Islands. That’s a lot of hitchhiking, a lot of busses, a lot of pitching and packing away tents and a lot of hostels – then you’ve got to get back down to the southeast to cross the channel into France.

That’s if you are lucky. Hitchhiking in the UK is not so easy, trains are expensive and the busses are unreliable and slow, because they have to make a lot of stops.

A Spaceships campervan hire on the other hand is cheap and convenient. It’s your transport and accommodation – with the incredible Spaceships Camper Car from as little as £38 per day, based on a 4 week hire. When you factor in the cost of all transport, including all those short journeys to a hostel or bus station, a compact campervan hire stacks up.

The custom-designed compact Spaceships Camper Car

Discover the UK & Europe in a Spaceships Camper Car

2. Home on the go: backpacking the UK in style with a campervan

And that’s before you add in the cost of your accommodation. You’ve got to find a hostel or Air BnB, get there and pay for it. Then you may have to split up from your travel buddies in a hostel. With a campervan hire as your transport and accommodation, it’s way easier to get to a campsite and you can even find free places to stay the night.

This also makes your days exploring and travelling longer. When you stop for the day and are ready to turn in for the night – just get into the bed in the back of your campervan. If you’ve chosen to hire the Spaceships 4-berth Voyager, 4 of you can take a backpacker road trip together – all sleeping in your home on wheels while sharing the cost of your campervan hire.

The 4-berth Spaceships Voyager Campervan

Hit the road with your mates in the Voyager Campervan

3. Feast on a budget: gourmet adventures from your campervan kitchen

Your Spaceships campervan has its own camp kitchen in the back. Instead of buying a lot of your food out, you can rustle up tasty meals and a refreshing drink on the road. From coffee and and your own “Full English” for breakfast, to a traditional cheese “butty” for lunch, before cooking up some pasta at the end of the day.

The Voyager campervan with awning

Eat at the best table in the house - wherever you go!

Stock up at the supermarket and save loads of money on eating out. Keep your leftovers and unused food instead of leaving them in a hostel kitchen.

4. Freedom to roam: the ultimate backpacker’s guide to campervan hire in the UK

No waiting on the side of the road for a lift. No hanging around at the station for a train or bus. No taxis to the hostel in the evening. With a campervan hire, you have more time and freedom to do what you want. You can go where you want when you want to - and even stay where you want. If you want to get off the beaten track or catch up with some mates on the road, just follow Sat Nav. No planning is required. And if you feel like a change, your Camper Car hire is such good value, just check into a hotel for the night - with your low-cost campervan rental, you can even afford to enjoy a meal out!

Get a taste of a Camper Car road trip with Space Travellers Alex and Spencer:

You will waste less time planning travel and accommodation, so you can spend more time getting to the places you really want to visit, and adding more activities and experiences to your trip. You’ll see more and do more with a campervan in the UK or Europe.

5. Travel light & live BIG: no extra kit needed

With a Spaceships campervan rental in the UK you won’t need to buy any extra gear. Your road trip kit is provided, and when it’s stowed in the back of your campervan, it’s a lot easier than carrying it everywhere in your backpack.

All cutlery and cooking gear is included free of charge. You can add bedding and outdoor furniture to your booking for your trip, or hire it as a great value bundle. No heavy tent to carry, pitch and pack away. No mat, no sleeping bag to haul around. Just a great night’s sleep in your own double bed, with sheets, pillows and a duvet if you want them.

Your pots, pans, plates and mugs are all part of your kit, and you’ve got a camping stove to rustle up your meals on the road. You’ll also find a water tank, with a 12v cool box in the Camper Car and even a small camping fridge/freezer in the Voyager campervan.

6. Adventure on a shoestring: navigating the UK with an affordable campervan

When you add everything up, a Spaceships Rental is a great low cost way to travel. If there are just 2 of you travelling on your roadtrip, try the 2 seater VW Caddy Camper Car. It may be “budget”, but it still has all the kit you need, a comfy double bed, an awning to extend your outdoor space and even a water tank and coolbox!

The Spaceships VW Caddy Camper Car

The Spaceships Camper Car has everything you need for an epic road trip

Your Spaceships campervan provides all your transport and accommodation in one package, with other cost saving benefits. With a choice of a 2 or 4-berth campervans, there is an option for solo travel, couples and even a group of mates.

Not only can you split the cost with your travel buddies, you can share the driving too. Just add extra drivers to your rental at no extra cost. Every Spaceships rental includes unlimited mileage for up to 4 drivers over 21, UK or Europe.

With unlimited mileage with your rental, you don’t have to worry about an excess mileage cost. The campervans are well maintained by our specialist crew, reliable and fuel efficient. The last thing you want on your once in a lifetime trip in Europe is to buy or rent a dodgy vehicle that breaks down somewhere in the middle of nowhere – with your Spaceships campervan hire we’ve even got you covered for that – with free 24/7 roadside assistance in the UK or Europe.

You know the cost of your rental before you start – so no nasty surprises or extra travel or accommodation expenses on your way.

7. Chill travels: easy-going adventures with security and comfort from your campervan

As well as the convenience of having your home on wheels, it is so easy to hire your Spaceship. As long as you have held a full driving licence for over 1 year and are over 21, you can hire a Spaceship. Our booking system is really simple too. Just add your dates, choose the type of campervan you want and the depot where you want to pick up and drop off. And that’s it! It’s totally flexible: you can pick up or drop off after hours, 24/7 with no extra charge.

Picking up your campervan is soooo easy too. Our online check-in and contactless pick-up and drop-off means no forms to fill in and no hanging around at the branch. Just complete your online check-in, get the keys from a secure key safe and your Spaceships campervan is waiting for you, ready for take-off!

We have branches close to Heathrow and Edinburgh airports, so it's really easy to get to one of our branches if you are flying in from overseas.

You can upgrade your insurance and add extra items through your online portal before you pick up. Just a 20% deposit locks in your booking, and right now, you can book our lowest online rates with our Lowest Price Promise. If the rate goes down before you pick-up, just let us know and we'll refund the difference. 

On top of that, we’ll be with you. Well, not like, in the campervan with you, that would be weird...but our customer service team is at the end of the phone, Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm, or ready to reply to your email. Outside office hours we have free 24/7 roadside assistance and are ready to help. With loads of travel and must-see info in our blogs as well as free membership of the Caravan and Motorhome Club for your hire, there’s a lot more to a Spaceships rental than just the campervan hire.

So what are you waiting for? Hopefully we’ve shown you that you can see more, do more and even spend less on your dream trip around the UK or Europe when you hire a campervan.

If you are ready to discover the UK and Europe your way, just pick your dates and prepare for take-off on your Spaceships campervan hire!

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