If you are planning a motorhome or campervan vacation, you might be thinking about where you should go. There are hundreds of places to choose between and it can feel overwhelming. Here are four reasons why you should take your caravan into the EU.
Variety is the spice of life, and Europe certainly has plenty of variety. In fact, one of the best things about traveling in Europe is the ability to visit a number of different countries easily. The Schengen area in the EU is made up of 26 countries you can freely travel between, with no passport checks or border control. Once you have a Schengen visa, you are free to visit any number of places for the duration of your visa.
If you are a British citizen, remember that Brexit has changed travel regulations and you will now need a visa. Here is a useful guide to taking your motorhome to the EU to help you plan your trip accordingly.
Whether you prefer city breaks or getting back to nature, the Schengen area will give you easy access to a huge variety of travel destinations. You could park your campervan in a rural campsite for a few days before heading to a major tourist city to get some culture. Mix things up!
2. Freedom to Choose
Another benefit of the Schengen area’s open borders is that you are free to travel wherever you want without having to plan too far ahead. Traveling in the EU also means you will not have to change your money into hundreds of different currencies, as the majority of countries in the EU use the euro.
Taking an RV to Europe is a great way to maximize this freedom to travel. You can drive until you are tired and find somewhere convenient and safe to camp without too much trouble. Wild camping is not generally allowed in the EU, but a few countries allow it, including Spain, Sweden, and Norway.
Western Europe contains some of the most popular tourist sites in the world, including the Eiffel Tower (Paris, France), the Colosseum (Rome, Italy), and Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain). There are also hundreds of world-class museums, allowing you and your family the opportunity to see incredible art and ancient artifacts.
It is easy to assume that western Europe is the continental epicenter of culture, but you should not overlook the cultural offerings of countries further east. Eastern Europe has a fascinating history, and its proximity to Asia gives many parts of it a more diverse cultural and social demographic than western European countries.
Taking your caravan to the EU will give you ample opportunity to explore some of the best-known tourist spots in the world, but you will also have the freedom to take the road less traveled.
Train travel is highly efficient in much of the EU, but it can be expensive if you are traveling in a group. Exploring a country (or countries) by motorhome is a great way to save money on a trip, as you can combine the costs of transportation and accommodation. Many RVs or caravans also offer basic cooking facilities, so you could cut costs further by preparing at least some of your own meals.
Taking a campervan or motorhome into the EU for a vacation is an amazing way to have a fun and varied vacation that is also cost-effective. Whatever your vacationing style, you will be sure to have a great time.