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Motorhome travel: Some things to consider

Europe has long been a top destination for the whole world, and the continent continues to attract visitors from all corners of the globe. It is estimated that before the lockdowns, just over half of global travel landed in Europe and, in addition, more than half of travel by EU citizens took place within Europe.

It seems that travel within Europe is very popular and there are no signs that this will change in the near future. One of the trends that has increased in Germany is traveling by motorhome. This trend has seen its resurgence during the period when travel was mostly restricted and more people were working from home. The change in attitudes of many companies towards working from home has allowed people to move their work to the streets as well.

So the increasing popularity of this type of travel is great, but it can also easily become an overwhelming experience for a newbie. Here, we’ll look at a few things a traveler can expect when traveling with a campervan.

Internet connection

esim
With the right esim card, you are always online even on holiday, Image: Yuriy Golub / shutterstock

One of the things that is essential, regardless of the type of trip, is the ability to stay in touch with others at home for work or personal reasons. Also, it is important to have access to the necessary information such as GPS, news, points of interest, and much more. Crossing borders without being prepared for changes in communication networks can be costly due to roaming charges and dissuade a traveler from their planned route because they have to find a point of sale that sells local SIM cards.

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That’s why it’s important to make preparations, such as buying a
Europa eSIM
to save costs and ensure that they are covered when crossing the border. The alternative to this is to find out about the network operators of the respective country and to ensure that the
purchase of a sim card
is included in the planned route.

Long journeys

Europe has many attractions to offer and sightseeing by motorhome offers more flexibility and a wider choice of destinations. This can be a sweet temptation for some to choose destinations that may be a little further away. The reason for this is usually that you can rest in a motorhome without having to look for a hotel and that you have the necessary basic amenities at hand.

As true as this may be, but long distances can cause the traveler to spend too much time traveling the distance instead of enjoying the country they are visiting due to lack of time. In addition, the return journey also takes a certain amount of time for leisure activities.

It is therefore advisable to think carefully about the travel time. One way to do this is not to plan on long trips, especially when travel days are limited.

Weather

The weather can make or break a trip if travelers are unprepared. Despite the amazing weather apps available for weather forecasting, it’s impossible to know which way the wind is blowing unless the chosen destination has predictable weather patterns.

Extreme weather, be it heavy rain or very high temperatures, can cause some difficulties if not anticipated. Packing the vehicle or preparing for the night in the middle of a storm can be exhausting and uncomfortable. It is therefore important to make provisions for all eventualities and to mentally prepare for possible weather-related inconveniences. Sleeping in an RV with winds of over 50km/h can be a scary experience.

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A positive attitude

Being a motorhome tourist is a fun and fulfilling experience if you approach it with the attitude of an explorer. Expecting everything to go smoothly is probably a mistake, but if you’re mentally prepared for potential challenges, you can ensure that you’re not overwhelmed when such situations arise.

If the trip is well planned, all the tools and accessories of the vehicle work well, and all the amenities are carefully prepared, then the chances of a great experience are quite high.