19.10.10

[tourismindonesia] Travelling di Eropa Dgn Biaya Terbatas - Info Camping Ground Di Eropa



Pada tahun 2009, saya bersama istri melakukan perjalanan mengelilingi Eropa Barat selama kurang lebih 20 hari dengan kendaraan. Dalam perjalanan tersebut untuk menghemat biaya, maka kami memanfaatkan segala fasilitas yang ada, diantaranya menginap di rest area yang lengkap dengan fasilitas shower (1-2 euro per orang untuk biaya shower) dan camping ground yang letaknya tidak jauh dari pusat kota dan murah meriah. 
 
Bagi teman2 yang melakukan perjalanan keliling eropa, kalau lebih dari satu orang (2 -3 orang), saya anjurkan untuk menggunakan kendaraan sewaan karena kita menjadi bebas pergi kemanapun kita ingin pergi, khususnya bagi mereka yg suka dgn suasana pedesaan. Kita tidak perlu khawatir kesasar karena cukup dgn bantuan GPS maka kita akan sampai kemanapun tujuan yg kita mau. Catatan: Perjalanan dgn kendaraan juga beresiko ditipu/dirampok/dijarah/dijambret/dicuri oleh para kriminal di Eropa yang cukup banyak juga dialami para turist asing (ada teman saya yg mengalami). Karenanya, selalu usahakan barang2 di mobil tidak menarik perhatian orang jahat saat ditinggal parkir dan pintu selalu terkunci saat kita tidak di kendaraan termasuk misalnya saat mengganti ban mobil yang bocor khususnya saat melayani pertolongan orang asing dimana pintu harus pastikan selalu tertutup jendelanya dan terkunci tanpa kompromi!
 
Enaknya lagi dgn kendaraan adalah kita bisa menginap di rest area di highway atau toll road di eropa yang banyak tersedia tentunya jangan bicara kenyamanan tidur karena tidur di kendaraan tentunya tidak seenak di tempat tidur. Dgn cara seperti itu, maka akan cukup besar penghematan biaya akomodasi yg bisa dilakukan. Khususnya bila kendaraan yang digunakan adalah Camper Van.
 
Kalau tidak kuat hidup spartan seperti itu, maka dgn kendaraan kita bisa menginap di camping ground yg relatif murah, karena biaya menginap di camping ground, untuk 2 orang di camping ground masih lebih murah (sekitar 18 euro/2 orang) dari pada biaya akomodasi untuk 1 orang di dormitory (sekitar 20 euro/orang), padahal fasilitas camping ground jauh lebih lengkap dari pada di dormitory. Kalau bosen dgn tenda, di camping ground juga disediakan bungalow dgn biaya sekitar 20 euro/orang.
 
Enaknya lagi camping ground di eropa letaknya dekat dgn down-town, dan biasanya dekat dgn transportasi umum (subway/bis). Dimana di kota besar di eropa, untuk ke kota kami biasanya meninggalkan kendaraan di camping ground yg bebas biaya parkir dan ambil kendaraan umum ke kota karena biaya parkir di kota muahaaaalnya minta ampun (sekitar 2-4 euro/jam) padahal belum tentu juga bisa mendapatkan parkir karena dimana-mana penuh dgn kendaraan parkir (Paris & Roma). 
 
Kebetulan saya menemukan beberapa website yang menyediakan informasi ttg camping ground di Eropa, silahkan di check sendiri. Saya sih lebih merekomendasikan tinggal di camping ground kalau bawa mobil sendiri karena benar2 murah tapi fasilitas super lengkap.
 
Oh ya, karena asumsinya menggunakan kendaraan, kalau menginap di camping ground sebaiknya bawalah peralatan tenda sendiri termasuk alat masak/makan, karena ini akan bisa menekan lebih banyak lagi biaya yg harus dikeluarkan. 
 
Ini dia beberapa website yang berguna (di klik dan langsung masuk saja ke website untuk informasi yg lebih lengkap):
 
 

Camping Around Europe

The Way to Beat High Prices and Low Dollar

As the dollar sinks lower and fuel prices soar, the cost of seeing Europe seems to be sprinting out of the realm of possibility. There is one way to save a huge chunk of your travel budget, however—by doing as the Europeans do and staying at inexpensive, clean, and scenic campgrounds.

Campgrounds are everywhere, from the Alps to the beaches, in cities, and sprinkled throughout the countryside. With today's lightweight, comfort-oriented camping equipment, camping no longer means roughing it. And since most of the places visitors want to see have at least one or two campgrounds close by, some of the best views in Europe can be had from your tent door.

Dragging luggage around a crowded urban area looking for an affordable hotel can be a draining experience, and even at hostels you're likely to meet only other Americans. Campgrounds are the perfect place to meet Europeans in a very informal setting. Conversations often turn into parties.

European campgrounds are generally clean, attractive, and well supplied with hot showers, clean toilets, kitchens, and laundry facilities. Some are practically luxurious. Many have their own restaurant or pub. Others also offer inexpensive bungalows or a motel, and a few even provide entertainment.

For example, one campground in France's Camargue offers rides on the region's famous horses. Another puts on weekly puppet shows. Some campgrounds in the Swiss Alps offer guided hikes to breathtaking views. Many campgrounds offer swimming pools, movies, fireworks displays, dances, or cook-outs. One campground in Hungary overlooking a drive-in movie theater allows campers to spend an evening watching old films in English with Hungarian subtitles.

The cost of staying in campgrounds averages about $8 a night. In Scandinavia the autobahn rest stops frequently feature free campgrounds, with showers and grills included. Swiss and German campgrounds are among the most expensive, sometimes as much as $20 a night for two. Many are surrounded by gorgeous scenery, and all are very clean. France seems to have campgrounds around every corner; they vary widely in cleanliness and amenities. The subsidized municipal campgrounds, associated with towns or cities, often cost as little as $3 per night. Eastern European campgrounds are generally very cheap, and the newer ones have excellent facilities.

Of course not everyone wants to camp every night, and wet weather can dampen anyone's interest in camping. But even an occasional night in a campground can cut down drastically on expenses.

What to Bring

Camping equipment comes in more compact designs every year, utilizing the latest in space-age materials.

Tents: Most are inexpensive, and some models roll up nearly as small as a collapsible umbrella. Make sure the seams are sealed and that your tent comes with a floor and a rainfly.

Sleeping bags and pads: Sleeping bags can be warm even in very cold weather. Down-filled bags can be stuffed into a small bag and tossed into a suitcase. However, synthetic bags dry out more quickly if they get soggy. Ground pads and air mattresses are easy to roll up, weigh practically nothing, and make the ground feel a lot softer. They are also good for insulation in chilly weather.

Backpacks: Backpack designers have come up with an amazing variety of lightweight, well-balanced packs that seem able to hold everything that anyone might own. Of course they're unnecessary if you travel by car, but backpacks are still useful for storing belongings in a compact, organized place, even if you never take it out of the car. Small daypacks are good for hikes and sightseeing.

Eating: One of the most wonderful things about Europe is the food. The eye-popping supermarkets can supply you with whatever you might need and are attractions in themselves. If you want to cook, bring along a small butane stove or buy one when you're there.

Clothing: Bring special clothing if you plan to hike, mountain climb, or participate in other outdoor activities. Many campgrounds have laundry facilities, and the washers are usually of very high quality.

Preparations

The tourist offices of the countries you plan to visit will be happy to supply you with lists of campgrounds. Make sure you have a map that shows their locations. One of the best things about camping is that you can ramble wherever you please, and when you start thinking about finding a place to stay a campground is usually close by. You don't need reservations, and even if you show up after the office is closed you can still go in and set up your tent. Simply register and pay the next morning.

Language

Europeans are used to dealing with people who don't speak their language and handle it smoothly. They are usually very easy to communicate with. Still, a phrasebook can come in handy.

A Camping Secret

European countries are connected by the network of superhighways that crisscross the continent. Whether they are called Autobahn, autostrade, or autoroute, most of these highways have large rest stops complete with restaurants, clean rest rooms, and showers. Many Europeans stay overnight for free in these rest stops and take advantage of the amenities offered to travelers. A traveler could spend every night sleeping in their car, van, or RV at no cost, and get gas, a meal, the occasional shower, and other supplies.

If you do decide to camp, you will soon discover a camaraderie among campers that can lead to lifelong friendships. Campers are always ready to exchange stories, advice, and tips on good places to visit with fellow campers. And at the end of the day, when you're gazing out at the sea at sunset, watching the clouds drift behind snow-peaked mountains, enjoying the perfect rows of vineyards, or learning to play boules with your friendly new neighbors, you'll wonder why you haven't been camping all along.

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http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/travel/home_exchanges/camping_abroad.shtml

"Contrary to popular belief, the days of $15 lodging in Europe have not vanished. The secret is to bring your room with you.

I'm suggesting that you bring a tent, even if your plans don't include backpacking. Unlike in the U.S., camping in Europe is very convenient for the independent traveler. Most cities and towns have a campground within walking distance or a short public transit ride away. All you need is a lightweight tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad—all easily tucked into a small or medium-sized duffel bag. You can leave the rest of your camping equipment at home. The great cuisine and rich culture of Europe are just a short distance from your tent flap.

European campgrounds are clean, comfortable, and secure, with spotless bathrooms, hot showers, washing machines, and very often a small grocery, snack bar, and a sheltered pavilion for socializing. Like youth hostels, the other great budget alternative for lodging in Europe, campgrounds offer a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow travelers."— Edward Newton from Camping in Europe

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Website lainnya:

www.eurfirst.com/europe/camp.htm

www.europe-camping-guide.com/

www.camping.info

Semoga bermanfaat ....

Ossy

 



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