- Use Google Translate: First and foremost, many of the campgrounds in Europe, do not have an option on their website for English. I found Google translate to be very helpful in navigating the language barrier. One small tip: a “pitch” is the name for a camping spot.
- Start with a general search: If I wanted to find a campground in Rome, the first thing I would do is Google “Rome Campgrounds.”
- Check the locations: Which one is closet to the city? Which one is closest to public transportation (parking in cities is almost impossible)? Which one has a bus stop by it? Which one has parking close by?
- Check Prices: In Rome, I came up with “Camping Roma.” At Camping Roma, I checked out the prices per per adult/children. Most campgrounds will charge you per tent, per car, and per person. Other campgrounds charge for the size of the space. It just depends on the site/country. Make sure all of your party’s details are entered in correctly so you don’t run into unwarranted fees later.
- Look at more than one place: At each site, make sure to check their pictures. It’s best to check out two or three campgrounds to see which has the better deal. They all charge a little differently, so be aware of that.
- Remember details: The majority of the campgrounds take reservations online and require a small deposit to hold your place. Another thing to consider is the time the campground closes on the night you are arriving. Some can close quite early and you don’t want to be locked out. It all just depends on the place, so be sure to be mindful of all the small details.
- Print it out: It is important to print out all of the information for each campground. You do not always want to use your data to find the reservations on your phone and sometimes you will not have service. I found it best to print out two copies-each in different locations in case we lost one. We also printed out the directions that the campground specifically gives to help in locating them. These was very helpful on a couple of occasions when Google Maps was lost. European roads can be very tricky to drive on and the road signs are even crazier. It’s best to have these things just incase.
- Other Information: Some campgrounds will want you to do a reservation request. This means, you put the number of people in your party and the dates you want to stay and they will get back to you. This process sometimes takes up to a week. You will also want to check your junk mail because you might miss their response if you are not looking for it.
Finding the campgrounds is a long process, but the heartbeat of your camping trip to Europe. Doing some preparation before can transform your experience and make your trip worth your investment. Take it one thing at a time and happy hunting as you plan your camping trip to Europe!