What do the three-times world motorcycling champion Marc Márquez; the fashion designers Custo Dalmau or Miriam Ponsa; the model Malena Costa, or the Malaga Football Club Manager Javi Gracia share in common? Although the answer might seem to be nothing, in actual fact these well-known people from the world of motor sports, fashion and football share a passion for the motorhome and camping lifestyle.
The three-times world motorcycling champion Marc Márquez prefers to relax in a motorhome rather than stay at a hotel during the Grand Prix weekends. “If I have the motorhome in the paddock, I don’t have to leave the circuit, and I’m more relaxed and concentrated,” explains the Cervera-born racer.
Another world champion, the Catalan Kilian Jornet, who recently won his third ultra-running world championship, views his camper as a true home. “I like moving around and I spend most of the summer in the camper, because it gives me the opportunity to wake up each morning in a different place, in the midst of nature,” he says. Kilian encourages anyone who has not travelled in a motorhome to try it: “You’ll be surprised. It’s a different, more relaxed way to travel, away from the crowds. I’m sure that the people who have not yet lived in a motorhome will be delighted with the benefits it offers.”
The famous designer Custo Dalmau says that travelling in a motorhome is “a way to become one with nature. It’s like going back to your childhood and revisiting forgotten sensations.” The Barcelona designer highlights that travelling in a motorhome is a way to “discover incredible places. I’ve visited many places around the world in this way and it’s a fantastic way to discover them. If you take children, it gives them a whole memory bank of unforgettable experiences.”
Javi Gracia, from Navarre and current manager of the First Division Malaga Football Club, says that caravanning “gets you closer to nature and you can travel without any ties”. The former player for teams such as Real Sociedad, Real Valladolid and Villarreal adds that “for those of us who have children, travelling in a motorhome or spending a holiday at a campsite is very comfortable and fun.”
Miriam Ponsa, a young designer who was one of the big names at the last Pasarela 080, thinks the same: “I love the freedom of travelling in a motorhome and being able to stop where and whenever I want. Also, family connections become much closer when we’re in a smaller space than we’re used to.”
All of them are fans of this lifestyle and have joined the ‘I am Caravaning’ movement, aimed at increasing interest in this way of enjoying holidays and leisure time and sponsored by Fira de Barcelona’s International Caravanning Show, to be held from 4 to 12 October at the Gran Via site.