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Summer road trip - help needed!

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1. Posted by Milanicole (Budding Member 10 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Hello!
I'm planning to go on a road trip through Europe this year during the summer vacation. The countries I want to visit are Switserland, Austria, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. My only problem is: where do I sleep?
Is there anyone who has experience with road tripping during the summer holiday who can tell me if I'm going to find any place to sleep if I'm not planning ahead? I want to be able to stay longer at places that I like, so I can't really reserve any camping places already. I'm afraid of not finding any place to sleep, because all places are already full... I really want to visit some touristy places like Venice and Grindelwald aswell.
If you got any tips, please let me know!
Other tips for road tripping are of course welcome too!

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Mar-2018, at 03:51 by Milanicole ]

2. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 629 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Don't know if it is any help, but if you can camp with a tent, you probably won't have any trouble finding spots even in high tourist season. We used to travel in July because that is when we had vacation. We had a tent and even if the campground was full, they would find a place for us. If you have a caravan, of course, that won't work.

Good luck and enjoy your trip.

3. Posted by Milanicole (Budding Member 10 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the response! We have a small tent, so I think that could work. I know that some touristy places can be a little strict, because they are practically full all summer long, Do you have experience with very touristy places like Venice, Jungfrau region or lake Garda or something like that aswell?

4. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 629 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

About the most touristy place we've visited with our tent is Annecy which is always swamped with humanity . . . deservedly so. We had to wait, but having a tent, they did find a place for us. They were turning away caravans by the dozen. Our tent isn't actually that small; it's 9 ft square (2.74 meters).

Do they have campgrounds in Venice? I never thought of looking there. I'm assuming you would have to stay nearby where you could use public transportation, not always easy from a campground.

5. Posted by Milanicole (Budding Member 10 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Yes, I actually meant some place nearby Venice, but I think the whole region is going to be crowded. I will probably go without booking ahead anyway and take the tent with me, haha. Thank you!

6. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 690 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

A long time ago, my parents and my sister and I camped through the western US and we never stayed at campgrounds. (except in Yellowstone) We didn't have a tent - we just had a groundcloth and put sleeping bags on top. If it was raining or exceptionally buggy, we would sleep in the car. My father would take the cotter pins out of the seats (2 door car) and laid the seats back, leveled off the area inside the car and we all slept there. I don't know if that is possible now with the new cars, but something could be arranged.

7. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1098 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

A long time ago, my parents and my sister and I camped through the western US and we never stayed at campgrounds.

In all of the countries the OP is visiting, wild camping is illegal.

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 690 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Oh is that what you call it? Would it not be possible to sleep in a car in a campground?

9. Posted by Milanicole (Budding Member 10 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

I think it is possible on a parking lot, like one at a gas station. But we have like the smallers car ever, so I would rather not sleep and drive all night then haha!