Life on the road

We are now outside Venice, having made it safely down through the Alps.

On the way we were lucky to find a lovely campsite in a place called Levico Terme, halfway between Innsbruck and the Italian coast, near Lake Garda. It only opened for the season the day we arrived but it was fairly busy with early Easter holiday makers from many countries, including several who like us had come across the Alps.

The drive down through the Brenner Pass was spectacular, with the snowy peaks sparkling in the spring sunshine. We subsequently met some Austrians who told us the day after we left they had an unexpected 30cm of snow, so it sounds like we had a lucky escape.

Driving through the Alps

We have now been travelling for one month, driving over 2,500 km and visiting 11 different sites. That means we now have as much caravanning experience as the average UK caravanner amasses in two or three years!

We are managing to keep within our budget, some days spending nothing at all, saving for the city visits. On average it costs £20 for the three of us to park up for one night, with electricity. The posher sites have fresh and waste water connections on every pitch, strong electricity, amazing toilet and shower blocks, and heated indoor swimming pools. That costs closer to £40 and up to twice that in the high season.

Lago di Levico with the mountains behind

Our site at Lago di Levico was the cheapest, with an opening week special offer of just £9. I doubt we will beat that all trip!

The ACSI discount card we got before leaving has paid for itself many times over, and our current site is just 16 euros. It’s huge, right on the beach, and you can tell in the summer it will be buzzing.

The benefits of touring in the low season means you get the pick of the pitches, and we have had some truly spectacular views when we open the curtains in the morning. The downside of course is that the sites are very quiet, and there haven’t been many children for Dot to play with.

That has changed as we have reached Easter and now that the weather is warmer many more hardy campers are venturing out to take in the fresh air. Dot is getting good at making friends with children from other countries, and we all have learnt a few useful words of German and Italian.

Dot makes friends on the lake

Our site at Venice was fantastic, and deserves a blog post of its own. I think there might be an argument over who gets to write it, as it truly was the highlight of the trip so far for us all…

Heading for Venice

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