That sense of freedom when traveling in an RV is hard to beat—you can go where you want, where you want, where you want, where you want. And you can eat and sleep along the way! Road trips are often the best way to get to know a country without relying on public transportation and other people’s plans and schedules. Not only is it a free way to travel, but it can also be cheap.
Some countries are great for RV vacations and others are not, for a number of reasons. For example, in some parts of Eastern Europe, where public transport is so cheap and fairly reliable, and the food is good value for money, a motorhome might not actually be the most affordable option. In other countries where driving is difficult and dangerous, a motorhome is not the right choice for those who may not be fully comfortable driving. However, in some countries and regions, the only sensible option is to drive yourself.
Renting an RV is easy. Do some research and find a place to rent a car, then pick one in your price range, get your license, and go! Here are some of our tips for the best RV-friendly countries:
west coast of ireland
The great thing about owning a motorhome in Ireland is that it gives you direct access to the west coast, where All magic is, and explore! Ireland can get expensive, and so are buses and trains, so eating and driving in an RV can save a lot. Be sure to climb the stunning Ring of Kerry or Donegal for some distant wonders, Galway’s “craic” and the Irish-speaking “Gaeltacht” to hear some Irish.
Maybe you can even buy some freshly caught fish from the Atlantic and cook it on your new home wheels.
For obvious reasons, Patagonia struggles with reliable bus service – motorhomes are definitely the recommended way to travel. The Patagonia region spans Chile and Argentina and is great for sore eyes. Driving through this area can make you feel small and insignificant in the grand scheme of things – but in a good way! The scenery, culture, nature and language along the way are very different.
Remote countryside, lively cities, vineyards and some of the best beaches in Europe make Portugal a very popular destination. The Portuguese coast is a drive-through dream, and you’ll find many others doing the same. With a huge surf culture, people riding in vans looking for the biggest waves are a common stop.
Aside from that, hidden bays, delicious food, weather and people make this country a very tempting one to spend a long time.
If you are looking for something to do on the main Portuguese island, you might consider visiting the interesting island of Madeira.
South African Garden Route
South Africa’s south coast is a beautiful road trip holiday with the Garden Route stretching from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. The range of wildlife, activities and landscapes on this tour is impressive.
Winding through national parks, vineyards, lakes and cliff edges is well worth the trip – keep an eye out for a variety of different birds and sea animals.
the vast united states of america
Probably the most classic RV trips are all over the United States. Of course, depending on how much time you have, a road trip across the U.S. is so large that it might allow you to see places you would never have.
Likewise, the diversity of cultures, accents, landscapes and weather is astounding.There are plenty of road trip options, so take a look one of the many guides out there.
The magnificent islands of New Zealand
New Zealand is another popular road trip destination. Movies like The Lord of the Rings have brought the pair of 4.4 million people to everyone’s attention.
Its breathtaking natural beauty and friendly locals make it a great option for an RV vacation. Road trips are one of the only ways to truly explore New Zealand. Experience mountain tops, lakes, fjords, glaciers and many rolling green fields. New Zealand is very remote and some areas are inaccessible without a vehicle, making motorhomes ideal for transport.
Where else should we go for the best RV trips?