My wife and I are planning to spend the majority of 2011 in the UK and travelling around Western(ish) Europe.
We plan to Arrive Heathrow (ish) mid feb (ish). Allowing approx 3 - 4000 pounds for a campervan using www.gumtree.com as a price guide for cheap campers.
I am an Australian Citizen that holds a UK passport and am in the process of applying for a UK passport for my wife.
We will have a budget of approximatly $A40,000. (24,000 pounds) for the 12 months. We plan to stay at caravan Parks with the occasional 'couch surf' at rellies throughout Scotland.
We dont have kids but we do have our 'Fur-Kid' who we'd love to take with us and not leave him here for 12 months. We have dipped our toes into the quarantine pond and that aside we would like to know if this is a bad idea or quite do-able.
I have the AA Caravan and Camping guide for '010 and it seems most parks are quite dog friendly. We plan to be seing the sights and countryside rather than cities and nightclubs. He is a well behaved dog and wouldnt pose a problem to us during the trip from our point of view but what about the authorities in the various countries and the logistics of it all?
We are in dicussions over the pros and cons of the idea, pros include having our dog with us would keep the budget in check
because it would ensure we stick to the slow paced outdoorsy chill out type holiday, but we would hate to find it becomes a real drag and ends up being a really bad idea.
The two main questions Id like to ask are:
1.Has anyone done a similar trip to this and does this budget seem realistic?
2. Can anyone see any real problems with travelling thru Europe in a campervan with our pooch?
Finally if anyone has any other general advice it would be greatly appreciated!
Steve Rachel and Merlin.