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More camping novices than ever before are braving the great outdoors. The original budget holiday – a camping break brings you closer to nature and there are many beautiful spots on home turf to explore.
Whether you're a seasoned professional or a camping virgin, why not make 2012 the year to get a taste of the great outdoors? Check out the AA's latest award-winning camping and caravan sites.
But if none of our top locations appeal then why not search for a different AA-rated site elsewhere? Take your pick from camping and caravan sites across the UK and Ireland using our free online search facility.
AA-inspected camping and caravan sites are rated from one up to five Pennants, according to their style and the range of facilities they offer – so when you search for a campsite, it's easy to find the Pennant rating that offers the best value for you. While AA one- and two-Pennant campsites offer a simple or good standard of facilities, a high Pennant score shows that you still can expect a quality service. Add all this to a small, cosy site in a great location and you've got a winner.
Caravanning is a good compromise for nature lovers who need a few creature comforts. If you don't have one of your own, why not try a static caravan or a chalet in a good location? Our online search facility lists camping and caravan sites around the UK. Don't forget Caravan Insurance for peace of mind while touring, and we've also got plenty of advice on towing caravans and driving in summer.
Continental camping and caravan sites continue to be popular. You'll find lots of invaluable European driving advice online. AA members are entitled to reduced prices on ferry travel, as well as enjoying discounts at attractions, shops and restaurants across Europe with the ARC 'Show Your Card' scheme.
If you long for luxury, members also enjoy discounts on thousands of villas in France, Spain, Portugal and Italy.
The following may also come in handy if you're venturing abroad with your caravan or camper van:
AA Members enjoy a 10% discount in the AA Shop.
Those who simply can't stand sleeping under canvas, or who live for luxury and fine dining rather than slumming it with a camping stove, can book more than 6,000 AA-rated hotels and B&Bs online. You'll find everything from budget hotels to fabulous five-star country houses.
Enjoy up to 50% off at Warner Leisure Hotels.
Save up to 10% on holiday accommodation, with Cottages4you.
Find all the camping kit you need, in the AA Shop.
Members enjoy a 10% discount.
Check out our other inspirational ideas for days out and weekend breaks.