Caravans are a wonderful place to relax and unwind, but if you’re finding yourself doing the same thing each weekend, why not try one of these new activities?

Getting out of your comfort zone can feel scary but trying new things can give you a huge boost of adrenaline and endorphins. You’ll meet new people, learn new skills, have some fun, make memories, get some exercise and, you never know, you might find a new activity you love!

Here are 10 new activities to try at your caravan this year!...

1. Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world and there’s a reason why everyone loves it! Paddleboarding is a relaxing yet chal- lenging activity and it’s suitable for most people. Opt for a gentle paddle across a smooth lake if you’re a beginner or head out into the sea if you’re more confident.

Sunrise paddles are a gorgeous way to start your day at a caravan. If you’re near the sea then the water is likely to be calmer and you might even see marine life such as dolphins, fish and sea birds.

You can hire paddle boards for an hour or two. Don’t worry if you can’t stand up, just kneel on your board until you’ve found your balance and enjoy the experience of gliding across the water.

2. Surfing

If you fancy a more challenging water- sport then why not give surfing a go? If you’re totally new to the sport then there are lots of surf schools around the coast where you can learn the basics and get your confidence. Once you’ve found your feet it’s all about practice so get out in the waves as o¥en as you can! Surfing is an addictive activity but it can take a few lessons to get the hang of it so stick with it..

3. Stargazing

Not all activities need to be physical! If you want to try something new then get yourself a telescope and explore the night sky. If your caravan is in a rural location then it’s the perfect place for dark skies and twinkling stars. There are apps you can download to help you identify the constellations, planets, satellites and comets.

4. Mountain biking

If you already enjoy riding a bike but you want to get out of your comfort zone and try something new then you have to give mountain biking a go!

If mountain biking feels a lile intimidating then remind yourself you can go as fast or as slow and you need to. Mountain bikes with thick, rugged tires are also very well equipped for uneven surfaces so you can really get off the beaten path and explore.

5. E-biking

What’s be¦er than riding a bike? It’s riding a bike without the effort of huffing and puffing as you peddle!

Electric bikes are rising in popularity as they become more affordable and reliable. They’re a fantastic way to get around and they make bike rides accessible to everyone. An e-bike can help you tackle longer rides, get you back in the saddle afer a long break, help you get up mountains and gently increase your fitness.

Many bike shops will have e-bikes for hire so you can try them out before making a big purchase.

6. Yoga

If you’ve been wanting to try yoga for a while now but you’re not sure where to start, this is your sign to give it a go! The best thing about yoga is that you can do it almost anywhere and your session can be as long or short as you want. If you’ve got outdoor decking next to your caravan then this is the perfect place to begin.

Yoga will help strengthen your muscles and improve flexibility and you’ll start to see improvements afer just a couple of sessions. But the main benefit of yoga is that it will instantly boost your mood, helping you to feel relaxed, calm and energised.

Check out Yoga with Adrienne on
YouTube for beginner-friendly videos.

7. Meditation

Caravan holidays are all about relaxation, so meditation is an activity you have to try. Meditation helps to manage stress, can improve your sleep, lower your blood pressure and resting heart rate and can help reduce negative emotions while focusing on gratitude and appreciating the current moment.

With regular practice, meditation can really change your life and I think it’s ideal to start in a place where you feel comfortable, relaxed and away from the stresses of everyday life. If you aren’t sure where to begin then download a guided meditation app such as Headspace or calm.

8. Wild Swimming

When was the last time you experienced the natural high of wild swimming?

Swimming in lakes, rivers and the sea has so many physical and mental health benefits. It’s great exercise, relieves stress, boosts endorphins, increases your metabolism, helps you sleep, reduces inflammation and just generally makes you feel great. The benefits are increased when the water is cold, which is almost a given when you’re swimming in the UK, and boosted even further when you swim with others. There are lots of community groups and clubs for wild swimming that bring people together to share the joy. If there isn’t a group at your caravan site already then be the person to start it!

9. Jogging or power walking

Jogging or power walking is not only great exercise but it’s a brilliant way to see the beautiful area surrounding your caravan. Grab some friends for an early morning power walk to a local beauty spot and you’ll feel great for the rest of the day.

If there’s a chance your power walk may turn into a gentle stroll then download a walking app that will keep you on track!

10. Tennis

Are there tennis courts on your caravan site? Stop walking past them and get on the court! While this might not be a ‘new’ activity, many of us haven’t swung a tennis racket since we were in school. It may take a couple of serves to shake off the cobwebs but it won’t take long to get back into the swing of things!

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  Published on 26 June 2023 By Jenny Blumsom