Summer and the Caravan Away to Europe
The summer holidays are approaching (hurrah!) and you fancy venturing further afield.
Here are our Top 10 Tips for travelling outside the UK:
1. Where should you go?: For the first trip abroad with your caravan, or those with limited time; you can’t get much better than Brittany. Located in North-Western France, with excellent ferry links from the UK – Brittany boasts impressive coastlines and a (generally) sunny, dry climate. Miles of sandy beaches, a rich archaeological heritage, quaint towns and beautiful landscapes – need we say more?
2. Do your research: Find out as much as you can about the campsites that you are planning to visit. Are they suited to your needs? Do they take cards? Have metered electricity? Is there a separate place where you should park your car? Try and avoid any unexpected surprises!
3. Plan your route: If you are planning to travel around, make sure that you have given yourself enough time to travel between campsites and note places where you can fill up with fuel. Plan some sightseeing to break up the journey.
4. Lack a little driving confidence?: The Caravan and Motorhome Club offer ‘first time abroad’ tours. You can practice your overseas driving with a course here in the UK before you go and then get escorted to your chosen destination for a carefree holiday! https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/overseas-holidays/tours/
5. How can you save money?: There are lots of price comparison sites for booking ferries and if you are a member of the Caravan and Motorhome Club – you can book your campsites and ferry travel through them and get a great discount.
6. Ensure that you have all essential documentation:
7. Be prepared for all eventualities:
8. Learn the language: When travelling to another country, be mindful that - contrary to popular belief - not everyone speaks enough English to assist you in every eventuality. Try and learn enough to cover the basics and any caravan related questions that you may need to ask!
9. Familiarise yourself with the basic road rules: It is useful to have some knowledge of the highway code of where you are going – as there will be some differences compared to the UK. These can usually be found by a quick search on the internet. https://about-france.com/highway-code.htm#main_laws
10. Ensure that your vehicle is ready for a long journey: