Best Ways to Travel in Europe
The first time we toured around Europe, we travelled by train on a Eurail pass – and my husband was tiresome to tour with! Don’t get me wrong, he enjoys a holiday, but he hates the practicalities of travelling. He’s particular about packing his clothes , so he gets annoyed having to pack and repack his things every day when touring. But more importantly, he loathes sleeping in a strange room: he frets about hygiene and dislikes unfamiliar surroundings.
I’ve since learned there are many people exactly like him, reluctant to go on holiday because they hate the disruption or have trouble sleeping in unfamiliar surroundings.
There is an answer: take your bed along with you!
Campervans have improved in recent years. The interior is luxurious, with all kinds of clever ideas to maximise comfort and storage. If you want luxury, you can have an enormous Winnebago – but if you’re nervous about controlling a behemoth, there are plenty of small vans which might not suit people with kids, but are just ideal for one or two adults.
If you’re thinking of a vacation in Europe, there are several companies which will hire you a van, fully kitted out, on arrival – or they can even sell you a van, which they buy back at a guaranteed rate when your vacation is over. That option can be much more economical if you’re going on a long trip.
There’s no need to be concerned about driving on the wrong side of the road. With the steering wheel on the other side of the van, too, it doesn’t feel as strange as you might think, and you’ll soon get used to it.
As for where you can stop –Europe has a great range of campsites and many of them are amazing – more like staying at a resort than a camp site!
The great thing is that for your whole vacation, you can unpack once and forget it – and sleep in the same bed for the entire trip. Paradise!