There are plenty of advices for full-time travellers on how to book cheap accommodation, buy cheap flight ticket, find great place to eat etc. However if you are not, like me, a full time traveller, you might consider spending part of your holidays with a rented car and a tent!
To this day I consider our 2 weeks holidays in Portugal with a tent the best holidays ever. And this is why:
- We were spontaneous – we did not plan where to go. Any traveller has heard about skyscanner by now and if you did not it is definitely time you visit the website to find out where to flight for the fraction of the cost! That is possible if you can be flexible with your dates and do not mind destination much. Luckily for us flights to Faro were very cheap and in October Portugal has proven to be hot and lovely!
- We chose the freedom of countless campsites – I bought a book about campsites in Portugal and Spain on Amazon ( Alan Rogers Spain and Portugal 2009: Quality Camping and Caravanning Sites) and that was the whole planning where we are going to sleep done! Brilliant resource with a list of campsites, facilities available, prices etc. for tent fans .
- We chose country with cheap cost of renting a car – yes, it was sooo cheap (even now it is about £5.00 per day, according to travel supermarket). I could not believe it! We had a car, a tent and total freedom on the destinations within Portugal and Spain!
- We could change our minds about the place we will be visiting and how long we were going to stay – that is because we travelled with a tent out of the season!
- We covered distance from Faro to Fatima, visited Alcoba, Batalha, Lisbon, Albuferia, Lagos, Porto Covo, Cacela Velha, Tavira, Sagress, Olaho, Seville and Granada and could drive through the night if we wanted to.
- We had the best breakfast companion ever – pigeon we called “Dupeish” as similar word we heard many times on Portuguese radio and neither of us speaks Portuguese, but we loved the sound of this word instantly!
- We had access to brilliant campsites with swimming pools (all for us only!) and great cafes with fantastic breakfast and a crappy once where you could forgot about toilet seats. We stayed on a great campsite in a center of Lisbon too!
- We could drive through off beaten tracks, as you do not really need to use motorways in Portugal (you need to pay for them, remember) and driving through different roads gave us great feel for the country!
- As we did not spend much on accommodation, we could enjoy great dishes of local food all the time, without worrying about cooking!
So, if you are up for adventure and something totally different – go with your tent to any country you can cheaply fly to, cheaply rent a car and drive through off beaten tracks to see this country from different perspective!