Planning a Campervan Road Trip

Planning a Campervan Trip is an exciting prospect.
No other holiday offers you the chance to explore at your own pace while never being too far from all the comforts of home. By planning your trip correctly, you can make the most out of your road trip.

Cover less ground but see and do a lot more

Holidays are some of the most important times of a person’s life thus most people spend that time doing what they love most. Most people dread the thought of driving on the dull, fast highways thus the less time of your trip spend on them the better. The best way to enjoy and not waste your holiday is to plan before the trip. It can be achieved by avoiding trips that require long drives.

This will, in turn, ensure you enjoy much more of your trip. One has to choose between the varied options available in making a trip, for instance, discovering an ancient village, visiting a farmers’ market a countryside drive, or exploring the chateau.You will not make the same progress in campervan that you would in a car.

Most people, when planning for campervan trips decide to cover longer distances unlike when using a car which is not sensitive enough. Using a campervan means you will have to drive slower than you would in a car. This is because you are using a longer vehicle on roads you are not accustomed to, and the road signs may be in foreign language. One other aspect is to ensure that you confirm whether or not the route to be used is suitable for a campervan.

Some of the routes may be impassable by large vehicles thus the need to do prior confirmation. In addition, you have to ensure the map site bills are paid, shopping for supplies, cleaning the waste tanks and finding a place to put up.How many kilometres should you aim to travel in one week?

Most people inquire about the distance to be covered in a week. This is highly dependent on the time frame of your hire and whether or not you want to tour the whole region or on a more withdrawn location. People who tend to explore their locality tend to have more enjoyable trips. With reference to these experiences we advise the following:

Relaxing (Ideal): 100- 600kms per week
Comfortable but less relaxing: 700-1000kms per week
Challenging (a bit too far for most): 1100 to 1400 km per week

Don’t do it! It’s not fun: Over 1500km per week
Relaxing, seeing and doing new exciting things is what drives people to have trips. This can only be achieved by covering shorter distances and thereby exploring the charming sites waiting to be explored. Longer distances often mean that most of the time will be used in driving and there will be very little time left to explore. Longer distances also bring about fatigue. Once you are tired due to the long journey, the trips become less enjoyable.

Do not hire a campervan if all you want to see is big cities and nothing in between.
Campervans trips are more appropriate for an itinerary with an exception to visiting big cities. A campervan is not a good option for someone planning to visit Paris, Bruges, Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Nice, Rome and Barcelona without stopping to see anything.

For a person who wants a view of a given city, the best option is to fly and use hotels. Flying gives a breathtaking view of the cities from high above, a view that would not have been achieved by the use of a car or campervan.

 Many clients are amazed and highly appreciate visits to the big cities; however, that is not what stands out in any given holiday. What happens to stand out are the unanticipated experiences. Some of the best moments are parking overnight at a winery, passing by a good town with a party, seeing wildlife or canoeing.Any road trip will have good and bad distractions so allow time for them.

When planning for a road trip, you need to factor in the extra time that may be used during the trip. Many at times, people forget to consider the duration a given journey requires thus end up driving for longer hours than expected. You need to expect delays that may come during the journey. This may be brought about by traffic snarl-ups, busted tires or even bad weather.

Such things often happen and how well one is prepared for them will determine how effectively they can tackle them. Creating time on the travel schedule for such events helps maintain a good holiday mood. Leaving no extra time in your schedule and experiencing delays can ruin your trip.If you are travelling with children, allow time for them to do what they enjoy.

It is a fact that the most difficult part of holidaying with the kids is the journey. Generally, children are not fascinated with travelling thus when planning a campervan trip; it is imperative to spend long hours driving with them. This will ensure that they slowly get accustomed to travelling.

Campervan trips are more effective than the use of cars especially when travelling with the kids. This is because they will at least have a table in front of them and huge windows to look out of. Electronic devices, toys, reading, colouring books, and drawings are some of the things that help distract children during such trips. However, this only helps for a very short time since what most kids love doing is running off steam outdoors rather than being trapped in a vehicle.

A successful trip will depend on how one is prepared. Therefore, effective and prior planning ensures that the trip is as enjoyable as much as possible. Poor planning or lack of it will often lead to frustrations among the people involved and thus a boring and forgettable trip.gram


All You Need To Know About Long Term Travel

Many people want to travel the world. Some even have the necessary finances but never take the initial step because something stops them from doing so, it could be a fear of the unknown as you will be going to new places, meeting new people and learning their culture, language etc. If you are one of those dreading to take the initial step then I would like to say that you need not fear, the world is an awesome place and if you have the determination you can explore much of the world and enjoy your travels. A few pointers are given below:

  • Planning is very important, be it finance or itinerary or anything else. As the saying goes, if you fail to plan you plan to fail, so plan your finances first. In this technological age you can get the cost of travel to each place easily, in fact it is right on your fingertips, all you need to do is type what you require on Google and you will get the results. You can collect all the travel costs like stay, food, ticket cost, visa cost etc, add something extra for additional expenses and whatever total you get, you should double it. You can be sure that you will be safe regarding expenses if you do this and have that much money.
  • Next plan your itinerary in such a way that you save money. For example in my first trip I was in Europe when I suddenly decided I had to see the Great Migration in Tanzania and I headed there and then returned back to Europe. This was a mistake as I had to spend a lot, ideally I should have gone to Africa first before heading to Europe, so do not make such mistakes and plan well.
  • Also in the planning stage itself ensure that your belongings are kept somewhere safe. Since you have decided to live out of your backpack now make sure that the belongings you have accumulated are given away or sold or better still kept in storage. I can suggest storage units Milwaukie where I had kept my things.
  • Once you have started your journey you will make a lot of friends, and when friends meet you will have a great time but do not spend too much. Always try to Go Dutch and you will save money. If possible live in hostels and cook your own food, if you like camping you can stay outdoors and you will save.