If you have made the decision to go on a road trip around Europe, you probably can’t wait to get away. Whether you are heading off for a couple of weeks or a couple of months, road tripping around Europe is one of the best ways to see the sights.
With 50 amazing countries to explore, and an area that is around the same size as the US, you will have plenty of things to keep you occupied while you are away.
Europe is an amazing place to road trip around, as long as you are prepared, that is. Road trips can be a lot of fun, and can offer you some incredible once in a lifetime experiences. But if you don’t plan properly, they can also end in disaster, so planning is crucial.
To help you plan a memorable road trip around Europe, I thought I would share my top road trip planning tips with you, below:
Choose the type of vehicle you want
When it comes to planning any road trip, the most important thing that you need to do is choose the right type of vehicle. What you need to consider is what you want your vehicle for, will you just use it for driving, or will your vehicle also act as your accommodation?
If you want to make your trip as affordable as possible, it’s a good idea to consider living in your vehicle. Yes, you could book accommodation, but not only would this be expensive, but it would also mean that you would need to stick to a schedule. If you want to be able to go where you want when you want, it’s a much better option to live in your vehicle.
Should you buy or hire a vehicle?
There are lots of motorhomes available to hire or buy in Europe; you just need to decide which option you want to go with. If you are only going to be travelling for a few weeks, it works out better to hire a vehicle. However, if you will be travelling for longer, buying could be a better option for you.
If you are interested in buying a motorhome, take a look at the ones on sale and see if you can find a suitable option. There are so many different types of motorhomes to choose from that you will need to think your choice through, carefully.
If you can’t find a suitable motorhome, you could always consider buying a static home instead. You could then transport your static home between different sites, when you want to travel. To get an idea of the cost of investing in a static home, visit the Eurobase site and have a browse.
Plan a route
Once you have sorted out the type of vehicle that you want for your trip, as well as any accommodation, if you need it. The next step is to plan a route for your trip. While it’s good just to go where the wind takes you, Europe is a massive place and if you want to see as many countries as possible, having a route is crucial.
Before you go, at least try to plan a basic route that allows you to stop off at all the destinations that you want to. It’s also a good idea to ensure that every couple of hundred miles you route will take you past a gas station so that you have a chance to refuel.
Know where’s good to eat
Yes, it’s fun to be spontaneous, but it’s also a good idea to know where the best places are to eat. There is nothing worse than getting food poisoning while travelling; that’s why it’s important to be fussy about where you eat.
Once you have planned your route, you can then get an idea of all the best restaurants and eateries on your route. TripAdvisor is fantastic for this, as it will give you all the information that you need about each restaurant.
Road trips can be a lot of fun, but if you don’t plan properly, they can end badly. It’s important that before you head off on your trip that you have your vehicle, accommodation and route sorted out.