Planning a 4-5 week roadtrip around Europe this summer with my flatmate (and possibly one or two extras – see below)
Our initial plan (if it was just the two of us) was to buy a cheap (£5-600) estate car or small van, and convert the rear into a sleeping area. Sounds great – don’t have to pay for hostels, can stay pretty much where-ever we want, and can take a tent if we find somewhere real nice to camp.
However, thinking about it, 35-40 nights in the back of a car may get pretty annoying pretty quickly. We’re now thinking about spending most nights in a hostel, and have sleeping in the car/tent as a back-up, but that of course will cost a lot more, and mean we have less freedom as to where we stop at night. On the flipside, that would also mean we could get a smaller car if we weren’t planning on sleeping in it much. And if we weren't ripping the back seats out, more people can come.
I guess a good middle-ground would simply be to stay in hostels where possible, and in the car/tent when necessary (logic would state that on the whole, where there aren’t hostels, ie when not in cities, it shouldn’t be too hard to camp..).
So my question is, who has spent a reasonable number of nights sleeping in their car (and a bit cramped as with at least one other person)? How did you get on? Recommended or avoid at all costs?