Tips for Travelling on the Road
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Tips for Travelling on the Road
Travelling around Europe in a campervan can be one of the best experiences of your life. However, there are a few tips and hints from experts and experienced campervan travellers that you should keep in mind before you set off. This information will ensure the trip goes as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
This might sound like a headache but it is essential. For UK residents insurance and an MOT are a must! The vehicle must also be within the weight limit and the vehicle must be taxed. While you're travelling in Europe, remember that speed limits do vary from country to country as do other rules of the road, such as whether you need a yellow safety vest or spare lights. Check in advance to avoid any legal issues on your trip.
One very useful app, the "GoingAbroad" app, created by the European Commission, has information on speed limits and other local rules of the road to be aware of.
Find Awesome Places to Stay
Campsites are a common choice for campervan travellers; there's a fun atmosphere and if you have children, it can nice for them to meet other children to play with and give their parents a little break!
There are many excellent sources of information online about finding campsites in Europe, such as the ACSI Campsites Europe app, to help you to find your next campsite or campervan pitch.
However, don't be afraid to stray off the beaten path and explore other options such as staying by a lake or a beach, up in the mountains or even in towns and cities. Part of the adventure is to discover the unexpected and following your instincts and being spontaneous with your plans is a great way to find awesome places to stay.
Know your Width
Knowing the width of your campervan is very important and will save you a lot of scrapes and potentially worse. Driving on narrow roads can be daunting at the best of times but if you have a good understanding of the width of your vehicle, any risks will be minimised. Driving carefully in any other country is a good idea, particularly if you are driving on the other side of the road than you are used to. Be as careful as you can, maintain vigilance and drive well within the speed limits.
Plan for Thieves
A little common sense will go a long way; when you park, try to park in secured carparks where you can get a deadlock installed on your doors and be sure to install a good alarm system. Hidden GPS trackers in the vehicle are also a way of finding your campervan if it were to be stolen!
For emergencies or in situations where you have no common language, Google Translate can be an invaluable tool. Whether you're at the local food market looking for ingredients or trying to read public signs or notices, you will be able to access the internet in most parts of Europe so it's a very reliable tool.
However, don't be afraid to learn a little of the local language, even if it's just a "hello" or a friendly "thank you". You'll find that most locals will be delighted to see you making the effort and they will often go out of their way to show you a local curiosity or give you some tips you might not find in a Guide Book.