Travelling Europe in a motorhome
Tips for Motor Homing in Europe – Motorhome Holidays in Europe
Europe by Motorhome – A motorhome vacation combines the best parts of European travel—visiting the great art cities, driving the countryside, exploring villages and vineyards without the usual expense. See more and discover more. It`s Easy!
Europe by Motorhome – Preparation
Planning – Decide where to start and where to finish your motorhome holiday. Which countries you would like to visit.
GPS: Hand-held or dash mounted. Install on your phone or buy one absolutely a must!
Money: ATM / Visa cash machines are generally the easiest and least expensive way to obtain cash in Europe, and are everywhere in Western Europe and most countries.
Europe by Motorhome – Camping Apps –
Download the latest camping info. You can easily search and find campsites that suit your budget all over Europe. acsi-campsites-europe/
City campgrounds – While there are loads of European campgrounds in the countryside, there are also plenty of in and around the major cities. Although most city campgrounds are on the edge of town, count on a 30–45 minute bus or subway ride to the historic centres.
Campground guide – A good campground guide is essential for locating places where you want to stay. Another essential item to get before you leave is an International Camping card. This provides admittance to most campgrounds and in some cases at reduced rates. The International Camping card is held by the campground instead of your passport. Don’t leave home without it. See below for a listing of good websites and books on camping in Europe as well as other services and suggestions. Proper planning is the best insurance for a smooth travel experience. Off-season discount camping cards
The Caravan Club lists over 200 caravan sites in Europe in 16 countries. The website offers a useful magazine and brochures full of ideas for using your camper in Europe.
ACSI Camping is a website with a search engine listing more than 9,900 inspected campsites in Europe in over 40 countries, including those where caravans and motor homes are allowed.
Free Camping – Aires de Service (service areas) are places designated for the parking and servicing of RVs. They are very common in France and are available to a lesser extent in several other European countries (e.g. Germany, Spain, Italy, and Portugal. Norway, Sweden) Aires provide free or very cheap RV parking and often services like drinking water, grey and black water and garbage disposal, but rarely electricity. No trailers or tents are allowed. Items should not be set up outside one’s RV (e.g. no awnings, folding tables, chairs, or clothes lines.) Aires are usually provided by cities, towns, or businesses to encourage visitors and patronage. Provided a parking place for RVs also discourages visitors from parking overnight on the streets, and concentrates them in a particular area.
Wild Camping – Camping in the countryside or wilderness settings is a great way to get close to nature. It allows us to stay close to parks, mountains, beaches or other places of natural beauty and outdoor recreation.
In addition to campgrounds and Aires, it is sometimes possible to stay on private land (e.g. farms, wineries, churches, monasteries, restaurant parking lots, etc.) In these cases permission should be obtained from the owner, which is sometimes difficult to do if they are not to be found or you don’t share a common language.
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