Road tripping around Europe is something that pops up on everyone’s bucket list and is something that everyone wants to try and one point or another. There is something different about taking to the open road and really giving yourself the chance to explore an amazing continent filled with rich culture. As amazing as it is, the way in which you venture and enjoy your experience while road tripping is a lot different from just traveling via plane or backpacking.
A lot of people rush into a road trip without much thought about logistics and how it will all work. This is completely understandable as road tripping can be an extremely exciting prospect, so it can be easy to just rush into it. Here are some of our top tips that will ensure that you have an excellent time while you are road tripping around Europe.
Don’t invite too many people
This is probably something that you have not even considered, but when you are planning a road trip it is easy to get over-excited and invite all of your close friends. You have to remember that you are going to be stuck in a confined space for plenty of days, along with all of your luggage and whatever else you may pick up during your travels. At the start of your trip, this may not be too much of an issue. However, as your trip goes on you will only start to resent all of the additional people that you brought along when you are having to squeeze in between your friends. If you have a bigger vehicle, this may be less of an issue, but we recommend avoiding it anyway.
Spend as much time out of the car as in it
People love road tripping as it gives you the opportunity to really get to know the destination that you are traveling to intimately. However, many people make the mistake of spending too much of their time in their car and not enough out on their feet really exploring. Cars can’t travel through all of the amazing and intimate areas that many European countries have to offer and by not ditching your car for a few hours, you will only be doing yourself an appreciation when you look back at the memories that you have made.
Get to know your road laws
Every single country in the world has different laws surrounding car legislation. For example, when you are in Germany you can expect to experience a Germany car VIN check. Other countries also have strict laws about what kind of vehicles can be used on the road and what you can carry in these cars. For example, some European countries can issue fines to anyone found eating behind the wheel whereas others don’t really care, so be sure to check that you are following the laws that have been put in place in those countries so you can avoid a hefty fine.