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Europe in my old Honda


Posted by | charlottec | April 2, 2012 | No Comments

It’s now almost exactly a year since I left the shores of the UK for an immense six month tour of Europe with my girlfriend in my 1998 Honda CR-V – armed with little more than our small tent.

Overall, this was a magical trip. It was something we’d always wanted to do and we were both at something of a junction in life that allowed us to do it – so we did!

First off – choice of vehicle;. I’ve had this car for six years and it’s worth nothing as a used car these days, given its mileage. But I also know from experience just how reliable it is – and this was proven in a ‘What Car?’ survey from last year that found that Hondas are the most reliable cars in the UK for six years running.

Whenever it’s needed a little work, I’ve always used Honda Spare Parts so I was very confident it wouldn’t let me down – and I really didn’t want to pay for European roadside assistance.

In fact, there was only one minor issue when I needed a new set of brake pads in Italy (I think it was the heat!) – and the new ones used weren’t genuine Honda Spares – but everything else is.

We spent the spring and early summer entirely in France – touring different regions in a country that is a camper’s paradise – before crossing the Rhine to Germany, then moving on to Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Greece, over on the ferry to Bari in Italy, and gradually back up to dear old Blighty during September.

To say this was a trip to remember would be an understatement. We managed to take in Paris, Munich, Geneva, Venice, Zagreb, Rome and Nice – before heading back to dreary Dover in a light rain – and back to reality.

The only advice I can give you if you’re thinking of a similar trip is: 1. Go for it whenever you get the chance and, 2. Get a reliable vehicle to do it in.

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