United Kingdom-based Canvas, a leading tour operator for RV and camping holidays in Europe, has reported a surge in bookings for French camping holidays following the announcement that Europe is in for a warm and dry summer.

The announcement couldn’t have come at a better time, as a recent study by SunSmart discovered that 34% of people said that they were less likely to take their summer holidays this year because of the credit crunch, according to a press release.

Now it seems that a sunny week on a family camping holiday in France could be the answer to their prayers. Canvas has negotiated deals with local businesses around their campsites, so that campers can save even more money while on their trip. The selection of offers includes deals at local health spas, wine tasting tours, theme parks and canoe adventures, “a far cry from the image of muddy fields and baked beans normally associated with camping holidays.”

Paul Carter, managing director of Canvas holidays said, “A lot of adults choose to spend their summer holidays at one of our campsite as we offer many free activities for children, meaning, that if they choose, they can get away with spending next to nothing whilst on their camping holidays.”

The Vendee, a coastal resort region in west central France on the Atlantic Ocean, seems to be the area of the season, with bookings up by 28% this year. This resort’s perfect combination of bustling beaches and peaceful retreats definitely strikes a chord with first-time campers.