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Want to Meet the Locals? Try Camping

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Very few folks here talk about camping as an option when planning a European vacation but IMO more should - especially folks with kids and especially those who want to meet and mix with the locals - something you really have to do when camping.

Forget tent camping and mud- European campgrounds more and more have chalets or motor homes to rent out on the site- good if going to one locale.

Or rent an RV ('camping car') as many Europeans do and travel around.

There are camps everywhere - all major cities have at least one or usually several on their edges or sometimes like in Florence, Amsterdam or London right in the cities proper.

Camps have great facilities usually (inevitably there is some kind of rating with stars) - nice communal showers (some RVs may have douches in them) and WCs (but bring your own TP and maybe even toilet seat!).

I've camped by bike, by train and by car- I've always used a tent but for most that is impractical- lugging camping gear around on a bike is OK - on trains more a hassle in getting to the camps but in cars fine. But few Europeans tent camp and a nice RV can make camping downright luxurious.

RV camping is not really cheap however asrental fees can be staggering depending on type and driving a heavy vehicle of course consumes a lot of petrol. But if wanting to meet the locals camping can't be beat.

Typically you fix your own food in your self-catering RV and in nice weather eat out front - rather close to many others - you see the same neighbors every day - there are often pubs on the premises as well as basic grocery/needs stores.

GREAT FOR KIDS!
I highly recommend camping for kids - camps are family-oriented and have lots of things for kids to do - like usually a nice swimming pool and play equipment. Language is no barrier on the kids' playfields.

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ANYONE HAVE CAMPING EXPERIENCE TO TELL ABOUT?

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