Camping Floréal, La Roche en Ardennes

Website: florealgroup.be/en/ | Phone: +32 (0)800 11 505 | Postcode: 6980, Belgium

We chose this site to be the main destination for our big European summer camping trip in 2018. We had a few criteria to satisfy when searching: it had to be within two to three hours of our ferry port (Dunkirk); it needed to be within a one hour drive of Spa-Francorchamps (as we had tickets for the Grand Prix); finally, as we planned to stay here for the majority of our holiday we wanted good on-site facilities and ideally a play area or pool to entertain the children. Read on to find out how Floréal measured up.

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Camping Abroad (with a Trailer Tent)

This was a post I started to draft last year when we were preparing for our first trip abroad. I never got around to finishing it but as we are currently getting ready to do it all again it seems like a good idea to note down some of this information to refer to again.

Living in Europe offers up so many destinations when you have transport that you are confident with. When we had the ‘van, after the work Tom had done on it in the early years, I’m not sure we ever trusted it for long journeys within the UK, never mind on mainland Europe. Nowadays we’re using the trailer with our family car, which makes a huge difference to the types of trips we want to plan. Once you start looking, the possibilities are endless.  Ferry travel will get you direct to the Netherlands, France or Ireland, or there is the shuttle to France. There are then any number of onward destinations you can choose. Our goal is to build up to lengthy cross-country trips staying in various locations for a few nights at a time, but for a change, we’ve decided to start out small and see how it goes whilst we get used to the trailer and the boys are still very young.

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Chateau de Galinée, Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, Brittany

Website: chateaudegalinee.fr | Phone: (0033) 02 96 41 10 56 | Postcode: 22380

Our first camping trip abroad! Some said we were crazy to attempt this with a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old, but we put a lot more planning into this trip than into most of our shorter UK breaks (perhaps too much planning because by the time we were ready to book everything our preferred ferry crossings were all full!). Read on to find out whether our first foray onto the continent with a trailer-tent was a success and whether we’ll be attempting it again…

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