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How to plan a European road trip

  • July 17, 2018
  • By Nick Vincent
How to plan a European road trip

Europe is home to some beautiful countries. Whether you’re looking for sandy beaches, snow filled slopes or a culture filled city break, the continent has endless options to suit your holiday needs. One of the best ways to explore Europe is by road. Some of the best places to visit aren’t necessarily the destinations you’ve heard of or would even consider visiting. By planning your own European road trip, you can have full control over your holiday and visit a number of places, all within the same break. With a vast amount to see and do across the continent, planning a road trip takes a lot of consideration. If the idea of a European road trip is something you’d like to do; then hopefully we can provide you with all the factors which need to be considered in the planning stages.


Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy

If you’re going to use your own vehicle for the trip then you need to make sure it’s in a roadworthy condition. Whether your route takes 2 days or a week, the vehicle will still be doing a lot of miles and without the right checks beforehand, it may cause some severe problems along the way. Prior to setting off, it’s important to book your vehicle into somewhere like Kwik Fit, for its annual service and MOT; if it hasn’t been done already. As well as this, checking the condition of the tyres and topping up the important liquids, are also other important checks that need to be carried out. Without a roadworthy vehicle, you’re likely to find yourself waiting for roadside assistance or facing other mechanical issues.

Research and plan your route

Inevitably the most exciting part of the planning process is choosing the route you want to take. It’s important you carefully consider the places you want to see and things you want to do; so making sure you’re clued up it essential. Spending plenty of time researching before you set off, means you won’t miss anything out and you can be assured you know the trip has been thoroughly planned out. There are so many road trips across Europe and they all offer their own unique experiences. Whatever your interests, there are road trips to suit everyone.

Create a checklist to avoid disappointment

After carefully planning the trip and making sure your vehicle is roadworthy, the last thing you want to do is forget something so simple. In plenty of time before you leave, create a checklist of all the essential items you’ll need for the road trip. Satnav, map and a first aid kit are all important items which spring to mind; but it’s wise to consider any passengers on board as well. If you’re planning a family road trip then you’ll want to keep the little ones entertained. With long amount of time spent on the road, it’s a good idea to take activity packs, films and other forms of entertainment to avoid agitated children.

Hopefully this post has given you some useful information, for anyone wanting to plan a European road trip. The trip will only be as successful as the planning that’s gone into it, so it’s worth completing your research.

By Nick Vincent, July 17, 2018