Staying at Holiday Parks on Your European Adventure—What You Should Know

Many young Australians take time at some point in their lives to travel. Europe is a popular choice, offering a wide range of countries and a variety of cultures, all of which can be accessed by a network of well-maintained roads and train lines. Many young people buy camper vans to see the continent, others backpack, travelling by train—European countries are perfectly set up for this kind of travel.

Most countries on the continent are awash with holiday parks and campsites that make travelling easy and affordable. Holiday parks range from rural, off the beaten track sites to beautiful parks next to must-see tourist locations and cities. However you plan to travel, campervan or camping, if you're going to be using holiday parks as accommodation, there are a few things you'll need to know before you set off.

You Should Understand the Campsite Etiquette

You'll meet a truly eclectic range of people on your travels across Europe. Holiday parks are popular with every type of person-- there's the elderly couples with expensive caravans, families with shiny new motorhomes, hipsters with cool retro campervans complete with surfboards and young gap-year travellers with tents tightly packed into rucksacks almost a big as they are. Most holiday parks are casual with very few rules for guests. The one consistent rule across all holiday sites is that there should be no noise after midnight. Adhere to this, and you'll have a great time with no complaints.

Booking Is Not Essential

There are numerous websites that have links to most of the holiday parks in Europe. These allow you to look around a park via the photo gallery, find out about amenities, read visitor's reviews and make a booking. They are definitely worth a visit to help you plot a route, but booking is not essential in most parks across Europe. Many seasoned travellers book on arrival. This allows for unexpected delays and gives travellers the opportunity to travel with more freedom--it also saves you paying the booking fee that websites might charge.

Pitch Location Is Everything

Some holiday parks allot your pitch when you arrive; others allow you to choose for yourself. Unless you're travelling in a camper with a toilet and shower or staying in one of the park's chalets, where you're located on a site is everything. Toilet and shower blocks usually have washing up facilities and laundry areas. You'll want to be close enough to visit in the middle of the night, but not so close that you hear everybody else's visit. If you're not happy with an allotted pitch, ask to move—most park managers are friendly and aim to keep you pleased.