My partner and I are planning an 8 week road trip throughout Europe leaving from London around the beginning of October this year and any general tips would help!
We're renting a campervan from Wicked Campers in the UK, which we thought would cut down hostel, rail, etc costs as we will be living out of this thing for 2 months! We're planning on hitting as much of Europe as possible- Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Russia, Croatia, Greece, Turkey and then some- and I guess, we were just wondering if anyone has done this before or knows the best places to hit, the possible cost of a trip like this and any forseeable snags we may come across.
Any comments welcome!
My bf and I toured Europe last summer for 4 months in a motorhome.... highly recommended!!
We drove 7,500 miles and covered France, Italy (north), Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Hungary, Belgium and Germany. The fact that we had all our facilities on board (shower, toilet, gas hobs, fridge) meant that we had no restrictions whatsoever! We could go where ever we liked, and leave pretty sharpish if we didn't! No hanging about for buses or trains.
Motorhoming is really popular in Europe and some countries are fantastic for touring - France and Germany especially. In France it's legal to park overnight just about anywhere (expect protected areas) so you can find some amazing locations. 'Camperstops' are the way to go, very cheap or even free parking for your van - but at most of them you must be self-contained (i.e. have a toilet/shower). Of course it depends where you go, the most touristy places will charge more but even then it's unlikely to be more than 10 euros per night.
Countries such as Croatia and Hungary did work out more expensive simply because, like the UK, they don't cater cheaply for motorhomes and you end up on a campsite at 20 euros minimum per night. Croatia was our least favourite destination - the sites were dismal for what you pay! Italy is quite expensive too.
We got by nicely on about 35 euros a day (excluding diesel). We ate out some days and didn't skimp on visiting attractions. Anyway, who doesn't love a BBQ or eating al fresco, even if you've cooked it yourself (take a folder table/chairs so you can sit outside - or just a rug will do!) I think we spent in total £3000.
Looking at your itinerary you have a lot of distance to cover in 2 months - have a think about how much time you'll actually be spending on the road, quite alot I would imagine and that's not the fun part! Maybe you could narrow your route down a little. Our route was almost a circle, starting and finishing at Calais, and we generally slept in a different location each night. Roughly we drove about 45min-1hr a day most days, occasionally doing a full days driving to get from one place of interest to another. I would just warn that you need to be realistic!
If this is the sort of thing you want to do I would recommend reading 'Go Motorhoming in Europe' available from Vicarious books - tells you everything you need to know about motorhoming.
We had such a brill time, but the one thing which we would have liked was to meet more travellers like ourselves (we are only 23 & 34 so not oldies like most motorhomers - not offensive to them as we met lots of very nice people). It wasn't as sociable as we thought it would be but if you like each other's company, go for it!!!! I guess if we had stayed in hostels things would'e been much different but I would still have done this instead!
Good luck and I'm sure you will have a great time!!
Heya - This sounds like such a fantastic trip and your probably already on it and not going to check this thread anymore....but my suggestion would be to spend more time in fewer places to really get the feel - i found when i tried to tick off every place in Europe i just ended up tired and not feeling like i had much of a break - if possilbe get across to Croatia i did stay there and ended up going back a few time.
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