Top Tips for Travelling Europe in a Campervan
If you’re planning to take your campervan on a trip through Europe, it can be difficult to know where to start. With many beautiful locations and routes to explore, it’s guaranteed to be an incredible adventure – but one that feels a bit daunting. Follow our top tips for organising your perfect camper holiday.
Plan Your Route
Home to no less than 44 countries, a trip around Europe takes careful planning. It’d be impossible to see it all, unless you’re intending to be away for months. As a first move, make a list of the countries you want to visit. Think about how long your trip is and how much time you want to spend in each country. What do you want to see – beaches, rolling hills, buzzing city squares, music festivals, historic sights? Once you’ve carefully considered this, plan your route – a calendar can be really helpful for plotting out where you want to be, and when. If you prefer to be more free-spirited and plan your time as you travel, go for it – just have a vague idea of how many countries you want to visit so you don’t miss out.
If you’re considering making such trips a regular thing, or you plan to be away for a while, it would be a good idea to invest in a campervan. If your holiday plans are shorter, then it makes sense to go down the rental route. Rental prices tend to be cheaper out of season, but be prepared for some campsites to be closed.
If you’ve decided to buy a campervan, it’ll provide you with magical memories and a sense of freedom. But don’t take it anywhere without getting insurance for it first – this will put your mind at ease and allow you to enjoy your adventures without worrying what will happen in case of a breakdown.
There are countless pros to travelling Europe in a campervan – it’s easy to get around and cross borders, the roads are generally good and the continent is home to many campsites with great facilities. But there is the odd con that you should be aware of and prepared for.
Although the majority of the roads are easy, there will be some that are winding and narrow in places, which can be nerve-wracking if you’re not used to driving larger vehicles. Make sure you know the dimensions of your camper, so you can follow signs and avoid any too-low bridges!
You probably have visions of driving up to a deserted bay and settling down for the night. But camping in some areas of Europe is restricted, so you might be forced to find a campsite – and some of these can be expensive.
Why Choose a Campervan Holiday?
It’s easy to think life will be simpler if you travel by air or rail, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Exploring in a campervan gives you a whole new level of freedom – you can go where you want, when you want, for cheaper than the cost of plane or train tickets. It might take a little more organising, but it’ll be worth it.
These are just some starters to get you thinking about your campervan adventure. Now you can really get planning!