There's only one summer holiday most of us will be going on this year – a staycation.
With coronavirus causing so much uncertainty about foreign travel, Brits are turning to glamping and caravan holidays instead.
Here, these savvy glampers who have created their own luxury mobile homes share their secrets.
Courtney Stevens, 26, and her partner James Mechan, 32
They moved into their converted Mercedes Sprinter in January and are travelling around Europe.
The couple, who both work in marketing part-time, remotely, were living in Yorkshire before they headed out on the open road. Courtney said: “We wanted to live a more conscious and sustainable lifestyle where we could have a better work-life balance. We weren’t ready to put down roots in the UK so we decided to travel full-time whilst working remotely.
“This lifestyle enables us to travel with all the homely comforts that we need and move around based on the weather and our mood. We are currently in Spain waiting out the rest of the Covid-19 lockdown measures, whilst volunteering for a local animal shelter.”
They started out as amateurs with no building skills, but they’ve done an incredible job. Courtney said: “We love seeing a new view every day.”
Cathy Chamberlain’s stunning Barefoot Caravan was inspired by a soggy camping trip
She said: “I remember drinking wine in the car with a friend saying: ‘Look at all those people in caravans, that would be nice,’ but I wouldn’t really have wanted one of those caravans, I wanted a cool one.”
Cathy, from Cheshire, went on to do some research and, with business partners Ben and Mike at Watsonian Squire, created a beautiful cream caravan, with a one-piece fibreglass body.
She added: “I wanted something that looked cool from the inside and outside.
“I wanted it to be easy to tow and lightweight so I could use it on my own.”
Cathy normally takes her caravan to Glastonbury and loves weekends away.
There are now 80 Barefoot Caravans on the road, made at a factory in the Cotswolds.
When Lucy Caillé’s husband expressed a desire to buy a motorhome, she wasn’t overly keen
But the engineer worked his magic and transformed their first van into a luxury, modern vehicle.
Lucy, from Buckinghamshire, said: “From the leather upholstery to being able to use a hairdryer or make a Nespresso coffee in the middle of a field, it was about all those little extras. We hire them and sell them now, the business has taken off over the last five years.
"Thankfully, our customers love them too.”
When Matt Botting and Olivia Magill were made redundant from their travel agency they decided on their own adventure.
They fixed up an old van, fitted it out with a kitchen and home cinema for rainy days, and headed for Scandinavia.
Matt, 34, of Sheffield, said: “We spend more time outdoors than in but it’s actually a lot bigger than it looks. When we lost our jobs, booking holidays for other people we decided it was time to have our own.
“We’ve travelled all over but the UK has some beautiful spots so it’s a great time to do up your own van. I’d highly recommend it.”
Matt and Olivia, 28, are currently living on a houseboat but plan to get on the road again once the lockdown is lifted.
Carwyn Lloyd Jones bought an old trailer for £120 and spent £700 transforming it into a luxury holiday home.
The craftsman originally decorated the exterior of his stunning caravan with old CDs.
Carwyn, from Aberystwyth, West Wales, melted down old phones for the toilet seat, used vinyl records for the floor and built sinks from old copper cylinders, with a beer pump for a tap and a front door made from recycled plastic bottles.
“I always wanted to build my own home,” he said.
“But I’ve never had the budget or the land to do it.
“So I thought I’d build something my family could use to go to festivals and things close by.”
Carwyn has since ditched the CDs and re-finished the outside of his caravan with crinkled steel to glorious effect.
Claire Swingler has always had a passion for renovation
But when her rescue dogs Frankie and Sammy came along, she was inspired to restore a classic camper van so they could holiday together.
It took just a few grainy photos for Claire, from London, to fall in love with Billy, a unique conversion of a 1970 Morris Minor Pick-Up and a 1960 Fisher Holivan Junior.
She said: “I knew Billy needed a lot of TLC and it was going to take all my savings to restore him. But I also knew I love a challenge and new adventures and that he would change my life for the better.”
After a beautiful restoration inside and out, he is fully equipped for a 21st century holiday, with booth seating turning into sleeping space, a full kitchen and hidden loo.
Claire added: “Travelling in Billy is simply the best experience.
“I’m an interior designer and as long as I have my laptop I’m able to work away from home.
“So it’s not just holidays I enjoy in Billy.”
Sam Thompson and partner Jess Allen turned a livestock box into a home from home – complete with its own log fire.
Sam, 30, from Mirfield, West Yorks, said: “It was a real labour of love and working on it has brought us closer together.”
When they are not camping in the Yorkshire Dales or the Lake District, the cosy trailer doubles up as a chill-out space for Sam and Jess, 29, a nurse at St James’ Hospital in Leeds.
The renovation featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces on Channel 4 in 2018.