Vaccination, the relaxation of sanitary measures, the opening of borders, as well as summer at the gates and the arrival of the heat, are many of the reasons why many Spaniards have started to think about and organize their vacations. In fact, almost 9 out of 10 Spaniards will choose the car to go on vacation this year, a comfortable alternative motivated by the fear of contagion and the choice of national destinations. In fact, almost 4 out of 5 travelers will stay in Spain this year, according to data from the insurance comparator Acierto.com.
Thus, it is estimated that Spanish tourists will also account for practically 80% of global tourism, somewhat less than last year, when national tourism was 84% of total trips. Another remarkable figure of the analysis is that the majority of Spaniards believe that they will be able to travel this vacation: specifically, the percentage is between 70% and 80%.
In this point having good insurance will be key. “One of the most important coverage when it comes to taking a long journey or going on vacation is roadside assistance. We will have to verify that it assists us from kilometer zero and on all types of roads, ”says the comparator. “The latter is of vital importance, for example, if we have decided to do rural tourism and we are going to circulate through places with difficult access or similar,” he says.
Neither can we lose sight of vehicle reviews. Unfortunately, and according to data from Acierto.com, 1 in 4 drivers do not check their cars before taking a long trip. And almost 60% do not change the wheels on time. Specifically, 22% of women admit that they do not prepare the car, compared to 27% of men. As for the inspections stipulated by the manufacturer, 2 out of 5 drivers do not pass them and almost 20% do not know when they should perform them. With the dangers that this implies: the chances of having an accident and the risk of breakdowns while driving are increased, among others.
The demand for motorhomes is growing
On the other hand, the demand for motorhomes – both for purchase and rental – has exploded since last year. In fact, in the middle of the pandemic, up to 8,600 were enrolled. The main reasons have to do again with the choice of national destinations, the flexibility offered by these vehicles and even the savings they represent compared to other types of vacations.
Regarding the rental of motorhomes, the occupancy today would be around 70%, according to the data accessed by the entity. To give us an idea, Spain has a fleet of more than 5,000 motorhomes to rent, whose price is between 50 and 200 euros per day. The camperization of vans also grew 140% last year. Directly related to this, camping reservations in Spain have risen by up to 982%.