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 (110)

  • al _UK's picture

    Hello, I just want to thank you for this amazing site. Its just full of excellent information, priceless.
    I want to buy a VW bay window camper van and travel around europe for as long as I can go for and this site has provided me with alot of confidence in making my dream come true.

    Mar 16, 2009
  • Darren's picture

    Glad you like the site al_UK. Go for it with the camper van. One of the best traveling experiences I have ever had.

    Mar 16, 2009
  • Jools's picture

    Thanks on this amazing site its very inspirational and the tips are just great. I'm always the guy who forgets things before I set off somewhere so its just great to read guides telling what not to forget and what to watch out for. I will check out these locations you pointed out here. I definately want to be in a warmer place than England during the winter months!

    Sep 10, 2009
  • Jorge's picture

    How much could be the monthly cost of living in a motorhome in Europe for a couple? That means, gas, maintenance, insurance, tolls, taxes, parking, food, etc. I would like to live 6 months of a year in Europe traveling arround in a motorhome. Any help appreciated.

    Nov 29, 2009
  • Darren's picture

    I lived in my van for 9 months. I mainly free-camped, visiting a camp site maybe 1 or 2 days per week. I spent about €10 per day, so €300 per month. You could get by for less.

    Nov 29, 2009
  • Ed's picture

    Can anyone help me?

    I'm 21 and plan on buying a camper van with some friends within the next month, to tour Europe for the summer.

    I'm currently trying to find quotes online for a 3 month insurance policy on something like a Mazda Bongo, but I'm having no luck at all.

    Does anyone have a rough estimate of a quote or no somewhere that I could find one?


    May 11, 2010
  • DJBullman's picture


    Can anyone advise any unforeseen points we may have overlooked in our quest to live in a motorhome for 12 months in europe.
    All advice gratefully received

    Thank you


    May 17, 2010
  • Kathy's picture

    Hi all, I am a single woman, ealy 60's, thinking of selling my house and buying a motor home, could I live on my pension? Which van is the easiest to drive on mountain / country roads all over Europe, I speak reasonable Spanish but no French or German, what about personal safety? Any opinions/ ideas/ experiences welcome

    Jun 14, 2010


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