Most importantly check and ensure your camper van is really road worthy and geared for harsh snowy winter weather,,,, i.e winter tyres. also dont forget the shovel for having to dig your vehicle out of any snow. If you want to avoid snow then stay near sea level as much as possible. Head for the Alps and you can guarantee masses and masses of snow. Buy warm food and drink thermos flasks. blankets etc.
Never run low on fuel and food,, especially snack foods you can eat ,,if stranded in bad weather.
Enjoy, stay safe ,, and good luck.
Thanks for the vote of confidence, Steve. Forgot to mention the length of days - although that could be an experience - especially in the far north of Finland, Sweden or Norway with the northern lights... although these would definitely cost more and be more challenging to get to in the winter.
With your budget over 3.5 months, it is much, much more feasible. I agree that good tires, and possibly a jerry can with some extra fuel in the back just in case, are really useful, but depending on where you go will depend on the type of tires. Snow tires are great in cold winter conditions, but actually wear out faster than all-season or summer tires in dry or wet (warmer) conditions. If you're not planning on spending much time driving anywhere that's less than roughly +5 celsius (or minimal time in these conditions), then winter tires aren't your best bet. Either way, good tires are a must.
Terry's suggestion of doing a test drive for a week is a good one, you also want to make sure that the camper van is 100% in working order, and be prepared for potential breakdowns along the way. Even if it's in mint condition, finding parts could leave you in a bind with an older vehicle if something happens en route. If you are taking more remote regions, snacks along could help, but I'd imagine that most of the time you'll have groceries with you. A mobile phone could be extremely useful too in case of emergencies, even if you don't use it regularly.
A word of advice on the campgrounds - regardless of what your guide says, call ahead a couple days before as they aren't always 100% up-to-date. I've had hostels be closed for a weekend in the off-season because the owners were taking a short break when nobody else had booked in, etc. Worst comes to worst though, you can always stay in a hostel, couchsurfing or other accommodation if something comes up. I'll sure it'll be fine.
Another thing to consider is if your camper has been winterized. You need to ensure that your water tanks (and pipes) won't burst in the cold, or ensure you stay where it will be above freezing - meaning only further south. Don't forget to use antifreeze in your windshield washer fluid, etc. Otherwise, you could run into avoidable problems. Again though, this depends on where you're going and the temperatures you're going to see.
Hope that helps.
Its a good idea to travel in winter.
You do lots of fun.
Quote: Don't forget to use antifreeze in your windshield washer fluid, etc.
I take etc. to mean radiator fluid. If the radiator freeze you really have a problem.
I've done a little bit of travelling in the winter before mostly Italy and Amsterdam.
Clothes wise just make sure you take stuff that will keep you warm, maybe a small pac a mac will be good to keep you dry and they don't take alot of space (easy to take off when you're walking around too) I also found that when i tried to pack the minimum i still over packed. Really think about what you're packing before you go you can always wash your clothes and you're traveling it isn't at the top of the list to look pristine all the time besides the more room you have before you go the more stuff you can pick up along the way
Im also a vegetarian and in Amsterdam i had no trouble with food i did inter rail for a month round Europe in the summer too France, Germany, Prague, Italy, Barcelona all had good vegetarian choices so don't worry about that.
Is anything safe these days? Don't worry so much just take the leap and you wont regret it! I had the best time doing the inter rail trip ups and downs but i don't regret a thing.
Yes wifi is very common everywhere one of the things i used to do when i was travelling round europe was find places that did free wifi sometimes i wouldnt even go in the places i would just stand outside and send some emails then move on, ok so it's abit cheeky but sometimes these things have to be done haha.
Your trip sounds amazinggg just try and make a rough plan taking in all expenses etc before you go but bare in mind it will probably be different when you're actually on the journey anyway. I did a plan for my summer Europe trip and that changed plus the budget wasn't what i expected (it was actually cheaper)
Enjoy every minute!
Hey carina thankyou so much for your reply
Your journey sounded incredible!!
I'm so happy someone has mentioned the food for me I just wasn't sure if other countries would cater for veggies (mainly because of other people being know it alls)
That's really took a weight of my mind phew!
As for wifi that's another weight taken of my mind so I can stay in touch with my mum everyday.
I'm so excited now we are going on the 10th , like I said in previous posts I've pretty much over budgeted but the more money I can save the better
Again thankyou so much :D x