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Old 06-25-2013, 12:14 PM   #1
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We are going camping in Europe!

We are going camping in Europe this summer on a 6 week vacation where we will camp about half the time and stay in hotels and enjoy a Mediterranean cruise the other half. No we are not putting our Jayco trailer on the Queen Mary.. Although that would be fun.
The camping option came about this way... I was working on our trip and rather discouraged by the idea of paying $200-300 Euros per night to sleep as we have always camped in North America and I finally thought.. Why not try camping in Europe. Campgrounds are generally cleaner, safer and people are friendlier than in some hotels and at least we will have our beds free of bedbugs. We have also always found that you see the country from a whole different perspective when you camp than when you hotel it, much more relaxed and relational. So I checked into it and although there are not as many campgrounds as in North America, they are there and the prices are very reasonable. About $20 per night for a tent site. (Or "pitch" as they call it). We had a few challenges to overcome as we are in our late 40s and unwilling to sleep on the ground, but after some research I found some wonderful ultralight camp cots, and thermarest air mattresses that weigh less than a pound and fit into your luggage. Five pound tents and 2 pound sleeping bags with silk liners and we are ready to go. We will be leaving July 3 and visiting 12 different countries in 6 weeks.
I will look forward to sharing some photos of European camp grounds and the trailer counterpart to our Jaycos called "Caravans" in most countries in Europe.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:55 PM   #2
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Sound like fun!
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Old 06-25-2013, 04:29 PM   #3
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Look forward to the pics and info!
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My wife (whose parents are Dutch) and I have been visiting The Netherlands every other summer since the mid-80s. Her parents still have a summer home in Westenschouwen, in the province of Zeeland. My observation of the Dutch campgrounds is that they are small, especially compared to what we're used to in the U.S. And, the occupants are jammed in, with not much breathing room between campsites. It works for them, they are used to it. But my wife and I agree we could not easily camp in that manner. One thing you should consider is looking for landowners, many of them farmers, that rent out space for campers. That might give y'all a better camping experience. ... Either way, it should be quite the adventure, and I look forward to following it from afar!
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:23 PM   #5
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sounds like a wonderful adventure, enjoy!
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An adventure for sure.
I met some people from England with similar gear. They said it was amazingly comfortable.

Keep us posted on your experience.

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Have a great time! One of the best experiences for us was to travel Europe 'on-your-own'. Which cruise line and itinerary will you be on in the Mediterranean?
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We are on a Carnival Cruise. We chose this because we are bringing our two young adult sons, and Carnival is a bit more relaxed. We are leaving from Barcelona, and then doing, a bit of France, a lot of Italy, Dubrovnik and then ending in Venice. We have a condo on the Adriatic coast booked for a week after that, so we will head over on a ferry. We have first class Eurorail passes, so we will do a lot of sightseeing on our own rather than pay through the nose for ships excursions. I am hoping it will be good... I know it will be an adventure. The only down side is That tonight I am spending my last night for a long time in my beloved trailer...
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Sounds a bit like the way we travel in Europe or a cruise. Have a great time!
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