Top tips for taking a European Motorhome Trip this Winter
Most of us have no choice but to endure the cold and dark realities of winter, particularly in the UK. However, if you’re lucky enough to own a motorhome, or are thinking about buying a motorhome, then the possibilities truly are endless. Why waste money on costly heating bills throughout the winter when you can head off to warmer climbs across Europe?
If you’re thinking of taking a winter trip this year in your vehicle, and need some advice, then you’ve come to the right place because motorhome company kentmotorhomes.co.uk have put together these handy tips to make your journey as smooth and enjoyable as possible:
- If possible, try to be flexible about your departure date so you can assess the weather in your destination country. Hold off until booking your crossing until the last moment and it’s always a good idea to purchase an open return ticket because if circumstances change it can be costly to change a fixed booking.
- Review operator prices regularly by visiting their website or giving them a call. Prices for different crosses can fluctuate, sometimes on a daily basis, and there can be a large difference in prices for different dates.
- Purchase an ACSI discount card that will enable you to take advantage of lower winter campsite prices.
- You may come across campsites that are advertised as ‘open all year’ but always check with them before you travel because if demand is low the site may still close.
- Avoid staying overnight on lorry parks or motorway rest areas; these areas aren’t always safe and you could obstruct other vehicles.
- Remember that although you’re heading to a warmer country, it will still get dark early in the winter. If you’re not familiar with the destination then always plan ahead so you arrive in daylight hours.
- When you need to buy fuel always try to use a credit card because you tend to get a better exchange rate as opposed to using cash.
- Check your home insurance for the length of time the house can be left unoccupied, 30 days is common, which will not be long enough. Similarly check your travel insurance, vehicle insurance and breakdown cover for any overseas trip length limitations.
- Carry change for ticket machines.
- Bring enough water for at least a few days. Waste facilities including toilet cassette drains are always available.