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Camping Europe

August 12, 2013

Camping Europe and a happy kid in her tent

Looking for the best and cheapest family vacation in Europe or planning a European road trip?  In my Top 10 Family Travel Tips, camping Europe is  listed  as number one!

If you travel with kids, camping is an ideal way to see Europe and with the free kids camps you can even add language immersion into the mix as we did for learning Spanish in Spain and will soon do in Provence, France for French immersion as soon as Mozart completes her  Mandarin fluency.

Raising a multilingual global kid and multiliterate child has worked well for our family and travel has been key. Camping keeps our budget to a minimum in Europe while living luxuriously and bonding with locals.

Thanks for the shout out! Yes, it is a little different camping in Europe, more luxury for budget travelers, less wilderness campsites ( although there are some of those too). We see mostly backpackers in little tents & some have got it to an art form. One should definitely read up on camping in Europe before coming even if you are a seasoned camper as each country is a little different. Many countries have free camping..often WITH tables. ;) It’s a great way to see Europe & easy to learn as you go.

One good thing about the campsites for tent folks is many have lounges with TV’s and eating/cooking areas with refrigerators/freezers for tenters and almost all have rental cottages, some better than many apartments. Most also allow bar-b-ques as we do that a lot. We’ve seen many Europeans that don’t even use tents in the warm weather, just sleep on the ground, even families dashing about Europe in little cars.

Have you seen the Dutch with their HUGE tents ( bigger than RV’s) & set up? They drive all over and camp in style with the whole family. It’s good to know European school vacation times as well as suddenly you will see a whole slew of one nationality when they have school holidays. ;)

We haven’t run into too much noise yet, except on weekends in the high season…usually it is the disco music if one is too near to it…, so have not ever used ear plugs yet. Usually campsites are really quiet during the day and most have silent rules after 10pm or midnight. I’m surprised that you have run into so much noise so early in the season.

Alan Rogers is pretty good & we have used it some, but not my favorite book as I think it is more geared to UK/European campers. I prefer the ones written by Americans & think Church’s book is the best by far. (I have a list of them on my site that I have reviewed. ) It gives you a LOT of info about each campsite, so that really helps in deciding. Most of the American books explain about bringing tables & chairs because that is different than north America. We had cheapo ones when we began that came with our RV, but now we have REALLY nice Italian ones that we bought in Verona a few years back..ahhhh, what luxury! I could sleep in my comfy lounger! ;)

Like most things, there is a learning curve to camping in Europe and one learns most by doing. We love some of the big luxe resorts, but also have fave little tiny places. There are pros & cons to every each choice from tenting, cottage, RV, caravan or train, car, cargo ship or using rentals/pensions & we have tried them all. Following the weather makes it MUCH easier because camping or touring in cold and rain is not much fun or in crowds & excruciating heat.

It’s been great watching you guys explore & enjoy the adventure! I hope you inspire more to try the camping Europe route! France and Spain are two great countries to do it in.

- See more at: http://theplanetd.com/camping-tips-for-spain-and-france/#sthash.hj30Es1O.dpuf

it is a little different camping in Europe, more luxury for budget travelers, less wilderness campsites ( although there are some of those too). We see mostly backpackers in little tents & some have got it to an art form. One should definitely read up on camping in Europe before coming even if you are a seasoned camper as each country is a little different. Many countries have free camping..often WITH tables. ;) It’s a great way to see Europe & easy to learn as you go.

One good thing about the campsites for tent folks is many have lounges with TV’s and eating/cooking areas with refrigerators/freezers for tenters and almost all have rental cottages, some better than many apartments. Most also allow bar-b-ques as we do that a lot. We’ve seen many Europeans that don’t even use tents in the warm weather, just sleep on the ground, even families dashing about Europe in little cars.

Have you seen the Dutch with their HUGE tents ( bigger than RV’s) & set up? They drive all over and camp in style with the whole family. It’s good to know European school vacation times as well as suddenly you will see a whole slew of one nationality when they have school holidays. ;)

We haven’t run into too much noise yet, except on weekends in the high season…usually it is the disco music if one is too near to it…, so have not ever used ear plugs yet. Usually campsites are really quiet during the day and most have silent rules after 10pm or midnight. I’m surprised that you have run into so much noise so early in the season.

Alan Rogers is pretty good & we have used it some, but not my favorite book as I think it is more geared to UK/European campers. I prefer the ones written by Americans & think Church’s book is the best by far. (I have a list of them on my site that I have reviewed. ) It gives you a LOT of info about each campsite, so that really helps in deciding. Most of the American books explain about bringing tables & chairs because that is different than north America. We had cheapo ones when we began that came with our RV, but now we have REALLY nice Italian ones that we bought in Verona a few years back..ahhhh, what luxury! I could sleep in my comfy lounger! ;)

Like most things, there is a learning curve to camping in Europe and one learns most by doing. We love some of the big luxe resorts, but also have fave little tiny places. There are pros & cons to every each choice from tenting, cottage, RV, caravan or train, car, cargo ship or using rentals/pensions & we have tried them all. Following the weather makes it MUCH easier because camping or touring in cold and rain is not much fun or in crowds & excruciating heat.

It’s been great watching you guys explore & enjoy the adventure! I hope you inspire more to try the camping Europe route! France and Spain are two great countries to do it in.

- See more at: http://theplanetd.com/camping-tips-for-spain-and-france/#sthash.hj30Es1O.dpuf

it is a little different camping in Europe, more luxury for budget travelers, less wilderness campsites ( although there are some of those too). We see mostly backpackers in little tents & some have got it to an art form. One should definitely read up on camping in Europe before coming even if you are a seasoned camper as each country is a little different. Many countries have free camping..often WITH tables. ;) It’s a great way to see Europe & easy to learn as you go.

One good thing about the campsites for tent folks is many have lounges with TV’s and eating/cooking areas with refrigerators/freezers for tenters and almost all have rental cottages, some better than many apartments. Most also allow bar-b-ques as we do that a lot. We’ve seen many Europeans that don’t even use tents in the warm weather, just sleep on the ground, even families dashing about Europe in little cars.

Have you seen the Dutch with their HUGE tents ( bigger than RV’s) & set up? They drive all over and camp in style with the whole family. It’s good to know European school vacation times as well as suddenly you will see a whole slew of one nationality when they have school holidays. ;)

We haven’t run into too much noise yet, except on weekends in the high season…usually it is the disco music if one is too near to it…, so have not ever used ear plugs yet. Usually campsites are really quiet during the day and most have silent rules after 10pm or midnight. I’m surprised that you have run into so much noise so early in the season.

Alan Rogers is pretty good & we have used it some, but not my favorite book as I think it is more geared to UK/European campers. I prefer the ones written by Americans & think Church’s book is the best by far. (I have a list of them on my site that I have reviewed. ) It gives you a LOT of info about each campsite, so that really helps in deciding. Most of the American books explain about bringing tables & chairs because that is different than north America. We had cheapo ones when we began that came with our RV, but now we have REALLY nice Italian ones that we bought in Verona a few years back..ahhhh, what luxury! I could sleep in my comfy lounger! ;)

Like most things, there is a learning curve to camping in Europe and one learns most by doing. We love some of the big luxe resorts, but also have fave little tiny places. There are pros & cons to every each choice from tenting, cottage, RV, caravan or train, car, cargo ship or using rentals/pensions & we have tried them all. Following the weather makes it MUCH easier because camping or touring in cold and rain is not much fun or in crowds & excruciating heat.

It’s been great watching you guys explore & enjoy the adventure! I hope you inspire more to try the camping Europe route! France and Spain are two great countries to do it in.

- See more at: http://theplanetd.com/camping-tips-for-spain-and-france/#sthash.hj30Es1O.dpuf

it is a little different camping in Europe, more luxury for budget travelers, less wilderness campsites ( although there are some of those too). We see mostly backpackers in little tents & some have got it to an art form. One should definitely read up on camping in Europe before coming even if you are a seasoned camper as each country is a little different. Many countries have free camping..often WITH tables. ;) It’s a great way to see Europe & easy to learn as you go.

One good thing about the campsites for tent folks is many have lounges with TV’s and eating/cooking areas with refrigerators/freezers for tenters and almost all have rental cottages, some better than many apartments. Most also allow bar-b-ques as we do that a lot. We’ve seen many Europeans that don’t even use tents in the warm weather, just sleep on the ground, even families dashing about Europe in little cars.

Have you seen the Dutch with their HUGE tents ( bigger than RV’s) & set up? They drive all over and camp in style with the whole family. It’s good to know European school vacation times as well as suddenly you will see a whole slew of one nationality when they have school holidays. ;)

We haven’t run into too much noise yet, except on weekends in the high season…usually it is the disco music if one is too near to it…, so have not ever used ear plugs yet. Usually campsites are really quiet during the day and most have silent rules after 10pm or midnight. I’m surprised that you have run into so much noise so early in the season.

Alan Rogers is pretty good & we have used it some, but not my favorite book as I think it is more geared to UK/European campers. I prefer the ones written by Americans & think Church’s book is the best by far. (I have a list of them on my site that I have reviewed. ) It gives you a LOT of info about each campsite, so that really helps in deciding. Most of the American books explain about bringing tables & chairs because that is different than north America. We had cheapo ones when we began that came with our RV, but now we have REALLY nice Italian ones that we bought in Verona a few years back..ahhhh, what luxury! I could sleep in my comfy lounger! ;)

Like most things, there is a learning curve to camping in Europe and one learns most by doing. We love some of the big luxe resorts, but also have fave little tiny places. There are pros & cons to every each choice from tenting, cottage, RV, caravan or train, car, cargo ship or using rentals/pensions & we have tried them all. Following the weather makes it MUCH easier because camping or touring in cold and rain is not much fun or in crowds & excruciating heat.

It’s been great watching you guys explore & enjoy the adventure! I hope you inspire more to try the camping Europe route! France and Spain are two great countries to do it in.

- See more at: http://theplanetd.com/camping-tips-for-spain-and-france/#sthash.hj30Es1O.dpu

Thanks for the shout out! Yes, it is a little different camping in Europe, more luxury for budget travelers, less wilderness campsites ( although there are some of those too). We see mostly backpackers in little tents & some have got it to an art form. One should definitely read up on camping in Europe before coming even if you are a seasoned camper as each country is a little different. Many countries have free camping..often WITH tables. ;) It’s a great way to see Europe & easy to learn as you go.

One good thing about the campsites for tent folks is many have lounges with TV’s and eating/cooking areas with refrigerators/freezers for tenters and almost all have rental cottages, some better than many apartments. Most also allow bar-b-ques as we do that a lot. We’ve seen many Europeans that don’t even use tents in the warm weather, just sleep on the ground, even families dashing about Europe in little cars.

Have you seen the Dutch with their HUGE tents ( bigger than RV’s) & set up? They drive all over and camp in style with the whole family. It’s good to know European school vacation times as well as suddenly you will see a whole slew of one nationality when they have school holidays. ;)

We haven’t run into too much noise yet, except on weekends in the high season…usually it is the disco music if one is too near to it…, so have not ever used ear plugs yet. Usually campsites are really quiet during the day and most have silent rules after 10pm or midnight. I’m surprised that you have run into so much noise so early in the season.

Alan Rogers is pretty good & we have used it some, but not my favorite book as I think it is more geared to UK/European campers. I prefer the ones written by Americans & think Church’s book is the best by far. (I have a list of them on my site that I have reviewed. ) It gives you a LOT of info about each campsite, so that really helps in deciding. Most of the American books explain about bringing tables & chairs because that is different than north America. We had cheapo ones when we began that came with our RV, but now we have REALLY nice Italian ones that we bought in Verona a few years back..ahhhh, what luxury! I could sleep in my comfy lounger! ;)

Like most things, there is a learning curve to camping in Europe and one learns most by doing. We love some of the big luxe resorts, but also have fave little tiny places. There are pros & cons to every each choice from tenting, cottage, RV, caravan or train, car, cargo ship or using rentals/pensions & we have tried them all. Following the weather makes it MUCH easier because camping or touring in cold and rain is not much fun or in crowds & excruciating heat.

It’s been great watching you guys explore & enjoy the adventure! I hope you inspire more to try the camping Europe route! France and Spain are two great countries to do it in.

- See more at: http://theplanetd.com/camping-tips-for-spain-and-france/#sthash.hj30Es1O.dpuf

it is a little different camping in Europe, more luxury for budget travelers, less wilderness campsites ( although there are some of those too). We see mostly backpackers in little tents & some have got it to an art form. One should definitely read up on camping in Europe before coming even if you are a seasoned camper as each country is a little different. Many countries have free camping..often WITH tables. ;) It’s a great way to see Europe & easy to learn as you go.

One good thing about the campsites for tent folks is many have lounges with TV’s and eating/cooking areas with refrigerators/freezers for tenters and almost all have rental cottages, some better than many apartments. Most also allow bar-b-ques as we do that a lot. We’ve seen many Europeans that don’t even use tents in the warm weather, just sleep on the ground, even families dashing about Europe in little cars.

Have you seen the Dutch with their HUGE tents ( bigger than RV’s) & set up? They drive all over and camp in style with the whole family. It’s good to know European school vacation times as well as suddenly you will see a whole slew of one nationality when they have school holidays. ;)

We haven’t run into too much noise yet, except on weekends in the high season…usually it is the disco music if one is too near to it…, so have not ever used ear plugs yet. Usually campsites are really quiet during the day and most have silent rules after 10pm or midnight. I’m surprised that you have run into so much noise so early in the season.

Alan Rogers is pretty good & we have used it some, but not my favorite book as I think it is more geared to UK/European campers. I prefer the ones written by Americans & think Church’s book is the best by far. (I have a list of them on my site that I have reviewed. ) It gives you a LOT of info about each campsite, so that really helps in deciding. Most of the American books explain about bringing tables & chairs because that is different than north America. We had cheapo ones when we began that came with our RV, but now we have REALLY nice Italian ones that we bought in Verona a few years back..ahhhh, what luxury! I could sleep in my comfy lounger! ;)

Like most things, there is a learning curve to camping in Europe and one learns most by doing. We love some of the big luxe resorts, but also have fave little tiny places. There are pros & cons to every each choice from tenting, cottage, RV, caravan or train, car, cargo ship or using rentals/pensions & we have tried them all. Following the weather makes it MUCH easier because camping or touring in cold and rain is not much fun or in crowds & excruciating heat.

It’s been great watching you guys explore & enjoy the adventure! I hope you inspire more to try the camping Europe route! France and Spain are two great countries to do it in.

- See more at: http://theplanetd.com/camping-tips-for-spain-and-france/#sthash.hj30Es1O.dpuf

Thanks for the shout out! Yes, it is a little different camping in Europe, more luxury for budget travelers, less wilderness campsites ( although there are some of those too). We see mostly backpackers in little tents & some have got it to an art form. One should definitely read up on camping in Europe before coming even if you are a seasoned camper as each country is a little different. Many countries have free camping..often WITH tables. ;) It’s a great way to see Europe & easy to learn as you go.

One good thing about the campsites for tent folks is many have lounges with TV’s and eating/cooking areas with refrigerators/freezers for tenters and almost all have rental cottages, some better than many apartments. Most also allow bar-b-ques as we do that a lot. We’ve seen many Europeans that don’t even use tents in the warm weather, just sleep on the ground, even families dashing about Europe in little cars.

Have you seen the Dutch with their HUGE tents ( bigger than RV’s) & set up? They drive all over and camp in style with the whole family. It’s good to know European school vacation times as well as suddenly you will see a whole slew of one nationality when they have school holidays. ;)

We haven’t run into too much noise yet, except on weekends in the high season…usually it is the disco music if one is too near to it…, so have not ever used ear plugs yet. Usually campsites are really quiet during the day and most have silent rules after 10pm or midnight. I’m surprised that you have run into so much noise so early in the season.

Alan Rogers is pretty good & we have used it some, but not my favorite book as I think it is more geared to UK/European campers. I prefer the ones written by Americans & think Church’s book is the best by far. (I have a list of them on my site that I have reviewed. ) It gives you a LOT of info about each campsite, so that really helps in deciding. Most of the American books explain about bringing tables & chairs because that is different than north America. We had cheapo ones when we began that came with our RV, but now we have REALLY nice Italian ones that we bought in Verona a few years back..ahhhh, what luxury! I could sleep in my comfy lounger! ;)

Like most things, there is a learning curve to camping in Europe and one learns most by doing. We love some of the big luxe resorts, but also have fave little tiny places. There are pros & cons to every each choice from tenting, cottage, RV, caravan or train, car, cargo ship or using rentals/pensions & we have tried them all. Following the weather makes it MUCH easier because camping or touring in cold and rain is not much fun or in crowds & excruciating heat.

It’s been great watching you guys explore & enjoy the adventure! I hope you inspire more to try the camping Europe route! France and Spain are two great countries to do it in.

- See more at: http://theplanetd.com/camping-tips-for-spain-and-france/#sthash.hj30Es1O.dpu
camping Europe means free kids camps and happy children, playmates from many countries

We loved the seven months of slow travel in the RV combined with 5 months of deeper immersion in a rental home in Spain in our white village where we returned every winter.  We did that for 5 years and can't wait to do some more. We also love the time in nature and miss that a lot.

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camping europe means time in nature

We store our small motorhome in Europe when we are not there for just $700 a year in a covered, secure place. One of our smartest investments for our travel retirement,  as the motorhome allows us to have a home/vehicle/storage unit in Europe for our world travels on a tiny budget. We use the tents that you see in these photos primarly as an extra playroom or sleep over place for Mozart and her friends.

bike riding in Europe

It is true gas in expensive in Europe, but we are mostly parked and using our bikes, walking, trains or mass transit, thus our transportation costs are very low and we know the best campsites to save money at. Hopefully, we will have time to get our camping books done to share more secrets with you.  I think this is the first summer of our famly world trip where we didn't spend time in Europe, but next summer we will be back and can hardly wait.

motorhome camping in Europe


Campgrounds in Europe tend to be very luxurious with pools or near beaches and in nature which we love.

camping Europe - pools,touring, fun  and beaches

Yet, close enough to the city and famous sites, that make it a perfect enviroment for families, retirees and budget travelers.


camping Europe - luxury on a small budget

Have you ever done camping in Europe or is it on your bucket list?  We are missing our little camping home in Europe and our friends there.

camping Europe..the joys of slow travel

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Jake Taylor

I have never thought that someone could live such a wonderful life and enjoy different culture's with their family and kids. I totally adore your way of life.

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Aw, thanks Jake! Works for us ;)

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