Many people chose to live full time in a camper van or motorhome in Europe. Many sold their homes and possessions and now live their days in the warmer parts of the continent. Many planed on being away for the winter and have not yet returned home.

If you are thinking of doing the same you are sure to meet many other people for company.

Where to stay

Most people, living full time in Europe, spend the winter months in the warm Algarve of Portugal , or Andalucia of Spain . These are the warmest regions .

For summer, most people find these regions too hot, and move further north, to France , or Spain.


See the guides to winter in Europe and European weather temperatures .

Comments (112)

  • Joao Gomes's picture
    Joao Gomes (not verified)

    We are a family of 3 and a dog and been living the last 3 years in the Caribbean aboard our 45ft sailing boat. Planning our way to Panama to cross the Pacific next year, however, health issues had force us to settle in Portugal for the time being... the boat stayed in Curacao...and now we decided to buy a RV (FiatDucato2.5Td / Orla - model made in Portugal) to travel around in Portugal and Europe.
    For now we will just travel between treatments of the health issue but we plan, after we finish our circumnavigation, to probably settle to live full time on our RV ...
    We will be documenting our adventure on wheels the same way we did with our life afloat... so keep checking...we will get our RV in December... for Xmas!!!

    Nov 28, 2016
  • Darren's picture

    Sounds like a great adventure. Good luck with everything, and good health to you all.

    Nov 29, 2016
  • Beverly Norman Cave's picture

    Hello, we are flying into Athens in June. We would like to purchase a used Volkswagen campervan in Athens. Does anyone know the purchase process and if we, as Canadians, will be able to insure the van in Greece?

    Thank you for your advice

    May 10, 2015
  • sirrahna's picture

    Hello, just joined the group - amazing informative site!
    I'm planning on buying a winnebago-style motorhome and living in it permanently in Europe/Lanzarote. I will have a modest pension income, and (hopefully) supplement my income by doing odd jobs (bar/cafe work, diving, etc).

    Any general tips would be most welcome, and also specific things as and when I think of them - thanks in advance!

    Feb 10, 2015
  • Chris Earl's picture

    Hi.....let us know how you get on....we are just starting the planning for something similar.....touring Europe for a few years in a winnebago style camper when i retire from the NHS next summer at 55 !! Trying to find all the requirements (if i have to go back to uk to do) so time consuming !!! Any help appreciated !!

    Apr 08, 2016
  • ANN HELEN's picture

    Hi Kitty, this sounds like a great idea. We are hoping to do this in about 2 years time.
    Sounds like you should head for warmer climes. Have a great time.
    Ann Helen

    Oct 21, 2014
  • kitty's picture

    I am 23 and my boyfriend is 29 I have always been a hippie through and through.
    We have just bought a t25 vw 83 campervan to travel Europe. We have both got a career break from 6 months starting November, so the plan is travel as much of Europe as possible for as cheap as possible.
    I am a little frightened of the weather situation though, say I don't want to be stuck in the snow in a camper and freeze to death.
    We are in the UK and neither of us have ever done anything like this before so any help and advice would be seriously appreciated so we are prepared for the best and the worst.
    THANKYOU, kitty =^.^=

    Sep 21, 2014
  • Darren's picture

    Hi Kitty

    This sounds like a great adventure.
    You need to be quite conscious of the weather. Head straight for the warm areas, avoid those alpine passes in the cold times.

    Sep 22, 2014
  • Anonymous's picture

    I am very interested in doing the campervan around Europe thing, but do not have the funds to just drop everything. Is there a way of working your way around everywhere that anyone knows about. I am a 54 year old female and would be able to do almost any job - but some employers might consider me too old. Anybody worked there way round Europe?

    Aug 10, 2014
  • John Eric Hardie's picture

    Hi everyone on this terrific site.

    Firstly, my wife and I have had quite a nomadic life to date, I being a musician/entertainer!!!! Nuff said for anybody that is married to someone like me!!!!!!

    We are selling up in 3 years time, when I will be 70 and my wife 60, buying a motorhome and taking off into the wild blue yonder to see all the places we haven't seen which, despite having both travelled extensively, are many!

    We are both healthy but do have regular prescriptions that are repeated automatically every month and picked up at the chemist!

    I really want to contact as many people in a similar age bracket who have embarked on a similar mission to pick their brains about all the necessary legal and safety stuff etc., including how to get around the above problem.

    Although three years seems a long time, we are aware of how quickly time passes and how much there is to do so, please, anybody out there in motorhome land, contact us through this site with your valuable experiences. We will only be travelling in Europe and at some stage plan to visit St Petersburg.


    John and Denise

    Jul 19, 2014
  • Greenjuice's picture

    No one has mention being online in a camper

    Feb 22, 2014
  • Anonymous's picture


    I'm moving to travel around Europe in a couple of weeks in my self built motorhome. It's proving impossible to find insurance just for the first year. What do people do about insuring their campers if they are travelling around EU?

    Please help.


    Feb 11, 2014
  • Darren's picture

    Hi Caroline

    Are you a European resident?
    How long will your trip be for?

    Feb 11, 2014
  • Norm's picture

    Ok I am 58 years old, and the wife is 68 years not too bad off with health, although as normal a few joined problems are slowly creeping up on us. Anyway, we have been living in Bulgaria for the past 8 years and most of the time it’s been sort of fun, but our house is now becoming too big and to much work and we are getting to that point of not wanting the agro anymore. Looked at moving back to the UK, too expensive, and we have 2 monster dogs which NO way we would ever get rid of, both around 160 pound each, Russian mountain dogs, and we love them to bits they are our kids. Not enough money to buy a house back in the UK, and not sure I want that prison style life anymore anyway, could not cope with it when we have had some freedoms. So we are a bit stuck, we have had an almost new 25ft Euro type motor homes before and lived in it for around 5 months, I used to be an HGV driver and class one PSV driver busses, coaches things like that, a long time ago,so large motors are not a problem for me to drive or control.
    Anyway one option I was thinking of is to look around at an American type RV, something with slide outs, mid to late 1990s in good condition, for about 30K pounds ish. The problem is, registrations, and documents if we have no address anywhere as such, and site and parking, of course I would be looking to buy a small car to tow behind, as too expensive and not practical to wander around with some 35 to 40ft RV. So thought we could park it up while living in it for 3 to 6 months at a time and do a little wandering around Europe. The idea is a home we can up stick with every 3,6 9, months and wander up the road 2 or 300 miles or so.
    Is this type of lifestyle feasible or practical, and what more achievable, any ideas or help thanks.

    Jan 11, 2014
  • Darren's picture


    Sounds like a great solution.
    You could register and insure the vehicle using a friends/family members address in the UK.
    There are lots of campsites throughout Europe that accommodation large vehicles. You just need to ask around.
    There are also casual campsites such as old farms which can be cheaper for a big vehicle.

    Jan 11, 2014
  • Sepi's picture

    This is a great site! My wife disabled because of stroke six years ago. I had just feeling to work still 10 years, as what else to do with her - usually she is just lying on sofa and wathing TV. We have lived 11 years in Kenya and UK and travelled before, but not recently. Suddenly I found myself understanding that we have only one life and now the decision is done to sell this house after 5 years, rent a cheap room for address and to be a kind of anchor here in Finland. I have been looking those 7 - 8 metres long 4 - 5 ton MB sprinter based Motor homes with a big garage for a scooter. It seems that from Germany good ones are around 70 - 90 K €. But the reason to ask is, do you know anybody travelling with a seriously disabled (but not in a wheel chair!) partner? My aim is to travel from village to village around Mediterranean area + Portugal years around. If that is possible, then we will travel other continents until someone guides us to some pensionate houses ;-)I prefer to be physically tired that mentally - that is the reason for this move. Tell me experiences, if any - or tell warnings, I might listen...

    Oct 28, 2013
  • Darren's picture

    HI, this sounds like a great and positive move forward.
    I have met a few people traveling with disabled partners, they always overcome any problems then encounter.

    Oct 29, 2013
  • Anonymous's picture

    For sure there will be plenty of challenges and even risks as my wife cannot communicate and her memory is like demended. But nowdays communication is easy and even those tracking devices fitted to our motorhome would give our children online connection to follow. Have anybody fitted such a bugs like these Maybe such a things would be nice for insurance purposes as well, in case of thievery.
    As usual, I'm very early to prepare this new era for our life but when April 2019 will arrive, I'll be ready just to start the engine and drive away. It would be nice to share experiences with such a couple like us

    Oct 29, 2013


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