Grab a copy to explore Slovenia, France and Germany, get the best from Northern Ireland, see three new vans and more – it's packed full of touring goodness

Welcome to a new year of touring possibilities with the February 2016 issue of Practical Caravan, on sale from 31 December 2015. Whether you're hunting for new or used caravans for sale, or in search of destination inspiration, our new magazine is packed with all this and more, to kick-start your year on the road.

Fancy a new caravan? In the latest issue you can read our 2016 Swift Challenger 590 review. A single-axle six-berth with two spacious lounges, Swift stuffs a lot into this 7.54m-long van that has an MTPLM of 1565kg and costs £19,625.

Or how about the 2016 Elddis Avanté 554 that's also reviewed in our February magazine? "This new Avanté model will be welcomed by many, thanks to its competitive price and great standard features," says Andy Jenkinson following time in this transverse island bed four-berth. It also has a full-width end washroom and a well-equipped kitchen with a smart-looking granite-effect worktop. Find out why we think this is a four-star van.

And then it's time for something rather different with our third caravan review: meet the Barefoot. Packed with character and built from the heart, it squeezes an impressive amount into its 5.08m shipping length, including a washroom and a decent kitchen. A dinky two-berth with a very palatable MTPLM of 1050kg and a high-quality finish, if you're in the market for a caravan like this, the only thing you might wince at is its £21,950 price tag – but then it is a bespoke product.

Practical Caravan's tow car expert David Motton also has a trio of new stars for you in our February magazine. Check out his preview of the Renault Kadjar, then read his full reviews of the impressive Seat Leon X-Perience and the second-generation Audi Q7. And if you're after a secondhand tow car, how about a 2007-2011 Jeep Patriot? Russ Smith takes a closer look in our new issue.

So, that's your outfit sorted – now, where to go? As previewed on our cover, we hope to inspire you to explore more of Europe in 2016, starting with Slovenia. Follow in the wheeltracks of our Group Editor Alastair Clements who toured Slovenia with his wife and children, enjoying the range of architectural delights you'll find in the capital city Ljubljana. They also spent time near the picturesque Lake Bled, one of the country's 321 lakes, and enjoyed a day trip to Croatia. But that's a mere taste of their adventures, so be sure to grab a copy of the February 2016 edition of Practical Caravan for the full story.

Want more? We all know that caravan holidays in France are popular, so this month you can also join contributor Nigel Hutson in the Rhône-Alps region, or for something different read about May and Andrew Clark has they hitch up and head to Bavaria in Germany. Alternatively, if you'd prefer to stay a little closer to home, discover why Caroline Mills thinks Northern Ireland is a wonderful destination for your caravan holidays – with 10 things to do and 10 sites to stay at, if you've never visited before, we've the perfect guide to help you get the best from your tour.

We've also tested nine airers and a new SunnCamp awning to help you when shopping for caravanning accessories ahead of your 2016 holidays. Plus we've some expert DIY and used caravan buying advice, we meet an enthusiast who can't resist a caravan restoration project, get the latest from TV star and Practical Caravan columnist Martin Roberts, bring you a great new competition, get you up to date with news of our long-term test cars and caravans, give you all our other regulars and much more. So don't miss our February 2016 magazine, on sale now!

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