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Join me in this special episode recorded in Italy as I explore the stunning Dolomites, also known as the Italian Alps. Get an insider’s look into my rental Road Surfer camper van, affectionately named the Cozy Cottage, as well as a rundown of the various camping options in Europe – from free, full service rest stops (called sostas in Italy) to luxury private campgrounds complete with wellness spa features.
The Dolomites are not just a scenic backdrop but a culturally rich experience waiting to be explored. Hear what it’s like to drive the Alto Strada highway while hiking, dining, exploring quant villages, and becoming part of the friendly camper community along the way. So sit back, relax and get ready to be transported to the stunning world of vanlife in the Italian Alps.
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What We Discuss in Episode 54 of The Wayward Home Podcast:
- The Dolomites are a region in Northern Italy, also known as the Italian Alps, filled with beautiful, jagged peaks and quaint mountain villages.
- Kristin gives a rundown of the features of her rental Road Surfer camper van, which includes a full kitchen, seating for 4 with work and dining space, a heater, and a full wet bath.
- We hear a tour of a sosta, an Italian rest stop, which has coffee and espresso, food, and restrooms.
- Kristin shares all the highlights of her adventures through the Dolomites, camping at the Alpi di Suisi gondola, touring the World War I relics at Cinque Torri, hiking Tre Simi, enjoying luxury campgrounds, and more.
- Kristin talks through the differences between camping in Europe vs. the US – Europe is more developed (you can get gourmet food at the top of a mountain) and there is no boondocking, whereas the US has much more expansive and open public land. Camping and RVing are part of the culture in Europe, with parking lots dedicated to RVs that are walking distance to towns.