One of the best things about Europe is that it is all fairly close together – making it perfect for a road trip. With so many countries to explore, hopping in a car (or campervan) will ensure you can see as much of this stunning continent as possible. However, a road trip to Europe needs some careful planning and consideration. Here are five top tips to ensure everything runs smoothly.
1/ Think about Transport
Of course, thinking about your mode of transport is probably one of the first things to cover when planning a road trip to Europe! It’s essential to pre-book any cars to ensure you have a vehicle waiting for you the other end, but there are plenty of options to consider before booking.
Scooters can be a great way to get up close and personal with many parts of the continent. Did you know that many countries offer free bike parking? That’s not the only bonus. You’ll often be able to get closer to your destinations, can save plenty of money on fuel, and even get places faster thanks to beating the traffic.
2/ Get yourself Covered
When booking any kind of travel, it’s important to read all the finer details. Most of us want our trip to pass by with ease, right? That can be why it’s even more important to book an insurance policy that offers 24-hour assistance just in case you breakdown or end up injured in the middle of the night. Whatever the emergency, it’s always good to know that you’ve got someone on the end of the phone at whatever time you might need them.
3/ Save any emergency numbers
Thankfully, most countries in Europe use 112 as their emergency number, but there can be some differences depending on where you are and which service you need. Most of us now have the internet living in our pockets. However, having a pre-saved list could save plenty of time in an emergency. This is sure to give most of us peace of mind as we set about exploring the local areas. It can also be worth noting where you will be traveling just in case you need to explain your location, and there are no road signs around.
4/ Don’t forget to take photos!
What is one of the best things about a road trip? Getting to take all those incredible photos, of course! Social media wouldn’t be the same without them. Thankfully, there are so many cameras on the market that offer up something for every road tripper – whether you’re a photography pro or looking to start out your new hobby. I have the Nikon D750 and I love it!
So how do you capture all those winning snaps? Looking for unusual road signs, choosing locations that mean something to you and your road trip buddies, and creating a story with your pictures are just some of the tips for creating that winning photo album. Read more about how to take amazing travel photos in my Travel Photography Guide.
5/ Learn the Local Rules
Driving is something that seems to change in just about every country around the world. Europe is no different. In fact, there can be some pretty ‘out there’ rules that might seem normal to the locals, and you need to make sure you learn the quirks before you end up getting pulled over by the cops. Pedestrians in Spain always have the right of way on the road, while France makes you carry certain items, such as a hi-viz jacket and breathalyser test. A quick search of your destination’s rules online is sure to make sure you’re prepared for whatever’s about to come your way.
A road trip to Europe can be one of the most memorable trips of anyone’s lifetime, and now it seems as though it can be easier than ever. However, these are just five tips of mine. If you have any more hints, then be sure to let me know in the comments!