Campervanning in Europe

Exploring Europe

Are you dreaming of taking your time exploring Europe your own way in a Camper van ?

It has been a dream - a must do on a bucket list for many people yet so many are scared to take the leap into the unknown and start the planning for an amazing adventure that will bring delightful memories for years to come .

It will bring you funny moments as you drive on the wrong side of the road , order food that you had no idea what it was - go round a roundabout a few times running as you try to work out which exit you should be taking so as to avoid the traffic.

This is about some of our adventures while exploring Europe in a camper van .We have been enjoying exploring a few countries and I really hope we can be of some help to you while giving you a laugh .

I really thought our dream had come to an abrupt end on the Island of Santorini jiust a few days ago after I struggled to get back to the yacht while snorkeling .

At the hospital I was told I had suffered a heart attack and needed to be flown by Air Ambulance to Athens ASAP .

It was so scary being the other side of the world and being ill . Fortunatly I am ok and waiting for travel Insurance to get sorted out .

So do your travels while you still have your health .

Free camping can save you a lot of money which can be used to visit the many interesting tourist sights in Europe.

Lagos Portugal

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Lagos, Portugal
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Shopping for Campervan

We bought our campervan for our travels in London and then went shopping for much needed extras to make our trip comfortable. .The campervan had a microwave which is handy if we go into caravan parks on our travels + porta potti which is great as we planned to mainly free camp.

Our Shopping list .

Folding Table & Chairs to suit 2 people.

Sheets- Blanket - Pillows-Towels

Gas stove + Gas containers

Frypan + Saucepan

Plates- Cutlery

Plastic bowl for dishes

Cups etc

Chargers for computers etc.

Ferry To Spain

We decided to take the ferry from Plymouth to Santader Spain as we had heard the weather was bad in France . It was a good trip and on that trip we had a cabin.

When I opened the cabin door I only saw 1 bed which horrified me as I had booked a double room. Unfortunatly it was 2 bunks so nev slept up top. Where possible now we do the Camping on Board in our camper which is much better and more relaxing especially as we were on the side traveling to Greece.

Once in Spain we took our time traveling down to Portugal where we enjoyed a relaxing few days in Lagos+ a small fishing village we loved .

We took our time driving across to Barcelona where we found a caravan park to base ourselves and get public transport into the city .

We were close to the coast which was a bonus and it was a nice park.

It was close to the city so we had an enjoyable day exploring the Main centre of Barcelona .

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So far we have driven from Santander Spain down to Portugal across to Barcelona. Across the bottom of France ,along the coast of Italy to Sorrento -

Italy

We both really loved our time in Sorrento staying in a caravan park overlooking the town .

One of the days we walked down the hill to the beach where we were picked up by boat and taken to Capri for the day . There we visited the Blue Cave which entailed climbing aboard a smaller boat and laying back so we could enter the cave thru a small opening .

Experiences like this are like the Icing on a cake are are not to be missed ! We explored Capri and the port before relaxing having a swim at the beach.

Amalfi Coast was another favourite . We took the bus to Amalfi and back so we could both enjoy the view and it was well worth the trip.

While there we enjoyed a boat trip to another cave to explore .

Exploring Caves
Exploring Caves
Enjoying the beach at Capri
Enjoying the beach at Capri
Love the ocean
Love the ocean

Our Highlights in Europe

Some of our highlights in Europe have been

The ferry trip to Spain

Visiting a castle in

Exploring caves in a fishermans Boat in Lagos Portugal.

Visiting a seaside market

Waling around the streets of Barcelona

Spending time in Carcassonne France

Visiting Pisa and walking up the Leaning Tower !

Exploring the Colossium in Rome

The coast road in Italy to Sorrento

Exploring Capri and the Blue Cave

The views of Amalfi Coast & another amazing Cave

Ferry from Bari to Patra

Exploring Korinth

Free camping by the ocean

Island hopping in Greece

Relaxing in Mykonos by the beach

Santorini Sunset over dinner

Carcassonne In France

One of my favourite Castles and a highlight on the trip.
One of my favourite Castles and a highlight on the trip.

Dinnertime

Campervanning means stopping where you want for meals.
Campervanning means stopping where you want for meals.

Camping On Board

Camping on board the ferry is a great way to travel in Europe .
Camping on board the ferry is a great way to travel in Europe .

Ferry to Greece

One of the places i have longed to see is Greece and the Greek Islands so we drove across to Bari planning on getting a ferry across to Patros the next day. To my delight we were there in time to board within the next hour !

We were camping on board - a new experience and one we loved especially as we were next to the rails giving us an ocean view from inside our camper. We also had power so could enjoy our early morning tea .l

After docking in patra we set off and found a free camp for the night . After exploring Korinth we set off to a caravan park as a base for a few days so we could enjoy exploring Athens and do some Island hopping without the camper .

We managed to enjoy time on Mykonos and Sanatorini before I had problems .

Always take out Travel Insurance as you never know what is going to happen next.

Relaxing on Mykonas

We treated ourself with some Island Hopping in Greece
We treated ourself with some Island Hopping in Greece

Free Camping

In Europe as you travel on the main roads there are plenty of places to park for free for the night with toilets provided.

Always keep valuables hidden

Lock doors when you leave the van.

Do not leave anything out overnight.

Throw all rubbish in the bin -never leaver any on the ground.

Be friendly whereever you are and follow rules.

Do not camp where there is a sign No Camping . Never block peoples property eetc.

Keep a sense of humour on your travels.

Watch out for fun places to stay by the ocean etc.

Have a great time !

Exploring Europe by Campervan

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Don Bobbitt 3 years ago from Ruskin Florida

freecampingaussie- Congratulations on your finally getting that trip in. I hope you had a great time, and I know you have some great memories.

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freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Thanks Don ! We are on the trip ffor ages yet, In Greece still right now by the ocean .


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freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Thanks Don ! We are on the trip ffor ages yet, In Greece still right now by the ocean .


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freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Thanks Don ! We are on the trip ffor ages yet, In Greece still right now by the ocean .


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freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Thanks Don ! We are on the trip ffor ages yet, In Greece still right now by the ocean .


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Your list of highlights is enviable. Thanks for sharing your exotic travels. Glad the pleasures far outweigh the problems.


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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Seems you had a wonderful time along with your dear ones, at beautiful locations. The pictures are awesome and the hub so very interesting!

Thanks for sharing your happy moments!


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Say Yes To Life 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Campervanning through Europe sounds like a fabulous idea - except for one major glitch. You have to DRIVE there! That's probably what really gave you a heart attack!

Glad you had a good time and survived - but I'll stick to Eurail and motor coach, thank you.


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freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Say Yes To Life , Thanks for the visit . We are having a great time as we can go where we like and do what we like without rigid timetables. My husband used to be a bus driver so enjoys driving. It isn't far to drive from Britain to Europe ! The experiences we have enjoyed the best we ones we would have missed out on if we were stuck in a bus or train . However campervanning is not for everyone . We met others that were doing it via a train. She was a bit stressed out tho with rigid timetables , packing and unpacking . Fortunately I had a bad virus not a heart attack .


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DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

Hope you are feeling a lot better after that scary moment. As you say, check you have insurance. I would have loved to travel in a camper van round Europe but it aint gonna happen, so am doing the next best thing and have gone back to my studies. Travel in the mind is a good substitute (for me, anyway).


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freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Hi DreamerMeg , Thanks for stopping by . Hope your studies go well . I am a lot better thanks . I never thought we would be exploring Europe in a campervan lol ! It is great fun ! We will be in your area in next few weeks exploring !


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DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

Dry and sunny here at the minute but be prepared for rain - it's always an option over here. :)


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freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain Author

We have good raincoats + umbrella lol! We still get out exploring in the rain and snow ....


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Say Yes To Life 3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

freecampingaussie - when I toured Europe via motorcoach in 1982, I noticed everywhere I went, the locals drove like maniacs. The streets were laid out toatally crazy, too. Our bus driver was Greek, and I understand most of Club Europa's bus drivers were Greek. When we reached Greece, I found out why. That's the WORST country on the continent for driving! Since our bus driver grew up there and survived to adulthood, that had to make him good - or extremely lucky!

The only sane country was England - and they drive on the left side of the road.

I would not drive in Europe for anything! I'm glad it worked for you!


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freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain Author

Thanks for the visit . Shame you had a bad experience as we have loved camper vanning in Europe , even Greece. We found the drivers to be ok lol ! I would do it again anytime !


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

Very beautiful journey.I enjoyed reading your adventures :)


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Nothing better than the luxury of your own campervan as you travel around Europe! Thanks for sharing!

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