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Driving around Europe in August

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1. Posted by ozman (Full Member 118 posts) 11y


I am planning on driving around Europe in August for around a month. Looking at going from the UK to France through to Italy; Switzerland; Greece; Poland; Germany; Denmark; Holland; Belgium then back to the UK through Calais.

Plans are somewhat tentative at the moment. If you are interested in coming along, drop me a thread!


2. Posted by hdawnm (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y


Well I am pretty interested, I will already be in the Uk in August and traveling around for a month sounds pretty cool, let me know the details. I am 26 yr old female who is pretty independent and really like to meet new people so let me know what you think.


3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I don't want to be a downer, but check ahead first about travelling in August. I know that France effectively shuts down in August, and that "popular" sites and destinations across Europe swell with European vacationers throughout the month.

You may not encounter any difficulties - and I may well be telling you something you already know - but just in case! Actually, I have a friend who visited Italy last August and she loved it. Just wanted to give you a head's up...

4. Posted by ozman (Full Member 118 posts) 11y

Yeah, but it's August or never. If I could, I probably would leave it until September

5. Posted by Metaphor (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Dude the man is right, I live in Switzerland, August is school hols, hope you like Kids.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting Metaphor

Dude the man is right

Hey, you're talking to a lady! ;)

Seriously, though, Ozman - I'm sure you'll have a great time. You may just encounter more obstacles in August that at other times - but, hey... what's a trip without a few things to tell stories about?

7. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I drove around Europe one August: mostly in Holland, Germany, and Spain. The only problem I encountered was on my way South towards Spain (in Southern France) the gas stations were so crowded that the que was like 25 cars to wait to get fuel. And also I had to sleep in my car for 2 straight nights down in that area because all the hotels were full (I usually waited until late at night to look for a hotel so maybe that's shy they were all full already). So the French were definitely ALL headed South. Once I got into Spain everything was fine. Also I found it to be kind of quiet in germany compared to normal so that was ok.

As others have said you'll encounter more children but I'd say you'll have a great time no matter when you go. It can't always be the ideal time (ie.--weather, crowds, price, etc..).

8. Posted by ozman (Full Member 118 posts) 11y

I'm a teacher, so I'm afraid that I am stuck with kids whether working or on holiday!

9. Posted by chinawhite (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

hey, im gonna be hoppin round europe for july and august, though i know where i wanna go i havent yet decided a route or anythin so let me know when and where ur gonna be headin and it might be cool to swing with u for a while!!

10. Posted by lissa (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Have you ever thought about a working holiday? teaching maybe!