Europe is best explored in an extended holiday. There are so many interesting countries, great cities, and memorable attractions to visit. You can focus on a country or a part of Europe and still have so many things to do on an extended vacation.
If you want to enjoy exploring Europe even more, going on a road trip is the way to go. Being able to drive to great places is about as good as it gets, especially if you are traveling with great company. You can even be flexible with your itinerary and find new places to remember.
Planning the perfect road trip across Europe is also easier now that you have the internet and a lot of resources at your disposal. Before you start planning your own perfect road trip across Europe, here are the best tips and tricks to keep in mind.
Rent a Car
Driving to Europe is a great option to consider. You already know your car well and you’ll be more comfortable – not to mention safer – throughout the trip. However, driving your own car to Europe and back means spending more time on the road. It isn’t the most time-effective way to go if your aim is to have the perfect road trip.
What you want to do instead is rent a car. By renting, you can start from one point of the continent and end the trip on another. You don’t have to drive all the way back to the starting point now that car rental companies have multiple pick-up and drop-off points. You can maximize the use of your vacation time to have a blast and simply fly home when the trip is over.
You also don’t have to worry about the wear this road trip will add to your own car. No big service bills to worry about. More importantly, there are no major preparations to make before the trip too. It is the most convenient way to have the perfect road trip across Europe.
You also want to get the right insurance plans before starting the trip. Most travel insurance policies will provide sufficient protection as you venture further into Europe. The adventure can still be as safe as it is thrilling when you have sufficient insurance coverage as a safety measure.
Many rental car companies also offer breakdown cover as an add-on. This is the add-on that you absolutely want to get, since it offers the most convenience. When you do run into car issues along the way, you can call roadside assistance and have an experienced mechanic help you with the problems. If they don’t offer it as an add on, you can always take out your own coverage via companies like Emergency Assist.
When the car is too difficult to repair on the side of the road, you can also get it towed to the nearest garage without paying an extra charge. Since it is a rental car we’re talking about, a replacement car will be made available almost immediately and you can continue your adventure in Europe rather than wait for the car to be fixed.
Mind the Costs
Budget is an important part of the trip that you need to plan carefully. The last thing you want is to run out of money in the middle of the long vacation. Road trips can be very affordable when planned properly, but you still need to set a budget for the trip and use that budget as a base for planning the rest of the adventure.
For example, you can research the most suitable accommodation options to use along the way based on the amount of money you can afford to spend on accommodation in general. Rather than going over-budget at every stop, you can also balance your expenses better, using the initial budget as your main indicator.
Don’t forget that you need to account for emergency and unexpected expenses too. Ideally, you want to allocate 20% of your travel budget for emergency expenses. A well allocated budget gives you one fewer thing to worry about as you enjoy the perfect trip across Europe.
Don’t Forget Your Papers
Make sure you check the visa requirements before moving ahead with the road trip. You also want to make sure that you have a valid ID, a passport that is not expiring soon, and other supporting documents such as your health insurance card and your driver’s license. Check if an international license is needed to drive in the countries you will be visiting.
Make sure you also have other essentials with you at all times. The meds you need, bottled water, and some Euros are among the things you want to add to your travel essentials. Keep these, and your travel documents, in a separate bag and make sure you keep the bag safe (and with you) at all times.
After making these basic preparations and using the tips and tricks we discussed in this article, planning the rest of the perfect road trip across Europe is easier. Before you know it, you’ll be on the road, visiting the best places and having a thrilling adventure.