Tips for travelling abroad
Tip 1: Plan ahead, pick a date about a year in advance if you are particularly nervous about the new experience.
This will give you plenty of time to order or renew your passports if necessary; especially as the costs can mount up, setting a date so far in advance allows you spread the initial ‘set up’ costs.
Get passports for your furry friends if you want to take them; this is rather expensive due to the rabies jab but it lasts 3 years.
Tip 2: Get a good up to date map or a Sat Nav that is for trucks/lorries so that you can put in the dimensions of your van and avoid problems like low bridges.
Our first trip abroad our ‘car’ sat nav couldn’t find the campsite and directed us down a lane that was the access to a farmyard; and then said “go off road to your destination” Yep that was a good one, needless to say we ignored it.
If like me you need to be back to the ferry port for a set date and time due to work commitments then you may like to plan your trip day by day in advance so that you know you will get back in time. Do not use internet route planners for the timings as they are not realistic. Again during our first trip abroad our first day was supposed to be about a 4 hour drive from Calais to our first stop but when we put it into the sat nav it was nearer 7! Our sat nav is the most accurate with regard to timing and so when I plan a trip I use the internet for suggested routes and then the sat nav for accurate timings. Very long winded and time consuming BUT we really do not like to have too many days with long driving times and ideally like to drive 4-5 hours then stay in a place for 3-4 days before repeating the process.