1) They specialize in one-way rentals, and are completely flexible on the pick-up and drop-off points, even when they are in two different countries.
2) Their pricing is all-inclusive. Many of the other companies that we looked at had surcharges for things like one-way fees, bedding, mileage, kitchen supplies, and insurance. Anywhere Campers includes everything in their pricing. Their campers even have a BBQ and two mountain bikes included in the rear storage compartment!
3) The campers that they supply are so nice and modern! Their average vehicle age is less than 1 year old, and they are a perfect size, being large enough to comfortably live in for a few weeks, but not so large that they are a significant challenge to drive.Once inside and unpacked, our camper felt literally huge – it immediately felt like a comfortable place to call “home” for the next few weeks. With our own kitchen, bedroom, dining area, and washroom, it felt less like camping, and more like a home on wheels. From Versailles we drove down to Normandy. We wanted to see the historical aftermath of WWII which has been left pretty unaltered by the French (which is pretty amazing). We explored the Juno and Omaha beaches, and spent a full morning walking through Pointe du Hoc. We were incredibly to lucky to be there when we were, as the beaches as well as Pointe du Hoc were completely clear of tourists. After our morning at Pointe du Hoc, I forced Jeremy to do a little backtracking and we went to the Normandy American Cemetery. It felt important to go and see this as we don’t know the next time we’ll get the chance to be in Normandy. I have to say, the sight of all of the crosses was incredibly overwhelming, moving, and saddening. After our two days in Normandy, we made our way to Mont St. Michel. I’ll be honest, the weather was absolutely MISERABLE when we first arrived in Mont St. Michel, and I protested going into the center that night. Instead, I wanted to go in the morning when it would be more likely to be a bit warmer. The fact is I am from Vancouver – I can handle the rain, but I hate the cold. So, we hunkered down for a relaxed night in the camper. The next morning the weather wasn’t much better, but we bundled up (I mean: 5 sweaters, 1 coat, two pairs of pants, and two socks sort of bundled!) and braved the cold to see this amazing place. The wind outside the castle walls was nearly unbearable and I did manage to get a touch of wind burn on my face, thankfully though once we were inside the castle walls we were sheltered from much of the cold and wind. Once we were inside the walls of the city, I was so thrilled that we had layered up and forged ahead to see this spectacular site. It was truly amazing. I loved exploring the Abbaye and found the entire city to be very charming. After spending our morning in Mont St. Michel, we got into the camper and began to head south. Our next destination: Blaye. We had no idea how much we would love this location when we first pulled over to see the citadel, and initially we thought we’d quickly just go see the citadel and then carry on. But, quickly it became clear that we would be spending the night to really explore this quaint little town. Marquis de Varban is a popular winery here and they are incredibly welcoming to campers. They provide free camping on the vineyard for 48 hours as well as free electricity and access to their washrooms. You can also fill up your water and get rid of waste all for free here. Blaye was one of my absolute favourite places we visited on our trip. This welcoming little town was filled with hidden gems, wine tastings, and incredibly kind people who tolerated our extremely poor French! Following Blaye, we made our way further south and began our journey towards Italy. We stopped briefly in Cannes, St. Tropez, and Nice (which were all incredibly stunning!) before crossing the border and settling down for a few days in a quaint little town called Tellaro, Italy.
The BEST Way to Travel France
So Why is Camper Vanning the BEST Way to Travel?
Here’s a few reasons:
- You’re not locked into staying anywhere.
- If you find a spot you love, you can stay – or if you arrive in a spot you dislike, you simply can drive away
- You get to really SEE the countryside and experience things that the average tourist may not.You can make your own meals, rather than always eating out (like you would if you’re staying at a hostel or hotel)
- You can literally drive up to sights