If you are planning to visit and tour Europe in the nearby future, then a European road trip is one of the best ways to do it. On a road trip you no longer need to rely on the likes of public transport. By hiring a motorhome you have your own transport and you can go anywhere, anytime you want. The open road is waiting.
Driving around Europe is relatively easy. Outside of the UK almost every country drives on the right, and many of the borders no longer exist so there is no waiting or visa checks. Not only do you have one of the best tools for independent travel, a vehicle, but a road trip can also prove to be a cheaper way to travel.
Why hire a motorhome?
The best way to travel around Europe is by motorhome. Many people enjoy motorhome road trips around Europe every year. A motorhome is not always everyone’s first choice but it gives a freedom unparalleled by any other vehicle. A car can get you around but in a motorhome you can prepare and cook food. Think of all those coffees and teas you don’t have to buy in cafes.
Looking for and staying in hotels and hostels, can be a pain, but camping works out much cheaper. Why stay in someone else’s bed when you already have one with you in your motorhome?
Now you could just take a car on your road trip and chuck a tent in the back so you can still stay in campsites, but with a motorhome have one last privilege. Across Europe there are special places where motorhomes can be parked and slept in for free, called Aires. Suddenly the road trip has just got a lot cheaper, with only fuel and food costs you will now have a few more Euros to spend.
Which motorhome would suit you best?
When deciding on which motorhome would suit you best for your chosen trip it’s important to consider fuel efficiency and comfort. You will need to choose once that has room for all your family. The larger the family the bigger the motorhome you will need. Once you have decided on your motorhome you now need to decide on where it is you will actually be going, so with that in mind here are a couple of options for you to travel to.
The Beginners Tour
A simple road trip ideal for a short holiday is to visit France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany in a circular tour of 7 days or longer. This road trip tour is possible from most UK east coast ports. Take in Bruges, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf and Lille in a circular tour and enjoy a road trip of four different culinary countries. This road trip is ideal for people who like beer and chocolate, so make sure you have space in your motorhome to bring some back. If you have a family with children an ideal time to try this trip is during the summer holidays.
The Grand Tour
Anyone with more time on their hands should attempt the ultimate road trip, a European ‘Grand Tour’. Traditionally the route took travellers through France and Italy in search of art, culture and the roots of Western civilisation. Whilst some travellers made it as far as Greece or Sicily, most travelled North after Rome heading for the Alps before returning home. Whilst France and Italy still feature in most modern day Grand Tours, the countries travelled have become more extensive. The four compass points of mainland Europe are a popular option where road trippers drive North to Norway, Turkey, Southern Sicily, and Southern Spain and Portugal.