There are many thousands of campgrounds situated all across Europe. All vary in price and facilities, and you can easily find the perfect location for your holiday.
These campgrounds generally have toilets and showers, a playground for the kids, and a basic family type restaurant. Beyond, however, the facilities of the campgrounds, is the social aspect.
There will be lots of other families and adventurers there, all interested in the same things, with tales to tell, and recommendations of places to visit. Share a beer and a burger over a barbecue with new friends in the evenings, and grow the memories
A great guide is Alan Rogers Campsite Guides.
If you are the really adventurous type, you don’t even have to stay in a campground. You can find a suitable place to park up almost anywhere. There are many such places all across Europe. However, it would be best to park in a restaurant or supermarket carpark, maybe, or many times small villages will have some area where people usually park. Whenever you choose to park in such a place, make sure that you look at the security of the location; a well-lit safe and secure place is obviously to be preferred.
In France and Germany, these places are known as Aires de Service and Stellplatz respectively. In Italy, Aree di Sosta. These can range in size from a small park in a village, to large areas in a city or beside a motorway. They are generally located in popular areas, such as city centers and near beaches. Some have extra facilities, such as dumping points for cassette toilets, water filling points, and electrical hookups.
Although there are many countries in Europe, most countries are members of 'Schengen' agreement. This allows people, vehicles and goods maove freely across borders without stopping. No forms, no passports, no inspections. Effectively NO BORDERS.
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a translation of your current Driver’s Licence in nine languages. Your IDP is proof that you hold a current domestic driver’s licence and it is only valid if you carry your domestic driver’s licence with your IDP. An IDP is a requirement for renting a motor vehicle in many countries. It is also helpful for tourists who find themselves in need of identification or assistance.
In Australia an IDP costs $39 AUD plus postage and can take up to 3-8 business days, to be processed and delivered in Australia. An IDP is valid for 12 months from the issue date (purchase date), unless your domestic drivers’ licence expires, is suspended, or revoked in the meantime.