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Camping abroad

Posted by | charlottec | August 17, 2011 | No Comments

If you’re a culture vulture on a budget you might think twice before booking a mediocre hotel in a city centre. Why limit yourself to a couple of nights, which even in a mediocre hotel can cost an arm and a leg in cities such as Paris and Florence, when you could stay longer at a camp site instead. It’s true that you’re not going to find one in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower or round the corner from the Uffizi, but then reasonably priced hotels are unlikely to be there either.

A quick search on the internet will show just how many campsites there are within easy travelling distance of all the major cultural centres. Although you can never take reviews on sites such as Tripadvisor at face value (accusations have been flying recently of skulduggery from rivals) it is nevertheless worth having a look to see what other campers have to say.

If you are one of these campers who feel the need to take half the house with you on your camping trip, then perhaps camping abroad is not for you. With budget airlines encouraging us by means of hefty charges for checked luggage to travel light, taking camping equipment can be pricy. However, even if you end up paying for an extra hold bag it will still work out more cheaply than staying in a hotel. When booking your flights it is worth checking prices for non-budget airlines. By the time you have forked out for checking in your luggage you may well find that BA for instance is not so expensive after all. Campers heading for France can of course take the ferry or tunnel and pack the car to the roof with all that they need.

Companies such as Keycamp offer tents which are already erected which makes packing easy. Being a four bedroomed affair they are ideal for families wanting to explore a foreign city but stay away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, and at a tent sale you might find a real bargain!


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