I just got back from our first camper trip this year
An off topic question. Do you need to book where you will camp, because of the high population, or can you just turn up and camp? I imagine there is no free camping where you are, as we have in Australia. There are free camping areas here; plus in less populated areas many people just find their own place to place their caravan. I saw a lot of this last year when I drove north to Darwin. I slept in my car, but not having a caravan with toilet and shower, I stayed in paid camping places where I could get a shower and flush toilets (fussy here; minimal standards are toilets that flush if possible), rather than free camped. Many camping grounds in the north were VERY cheap, so I took the paid camping (with better facilities) over free camping, but where camping is more expensive I will consider free camping. If I left my accommodation early, I would pass many caravans, camper-vans, cars and the occasional tent in off-road picnic areas, down side roads, by rivers, etc. We have a HUGE, what is called, grey nomad population. These are retired people who travel around Australia in their caravans and camper-vans, some of them for years. Someone told me they had been on the road for seven years, and this is not uncommon. Some still have a house (maybe rented out now), but others sell up and their caravan is their only home. In winter these 'grey nomads' tend to head north and south in summer. Someone described the Stuart Highway (the road that runs north-south through the centre of Australia as a caravan conveyor belt. After driving to Darwin, I would add the east-west main highway too to that description. So, what is it like caravanning in crowded Europe?