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Old June 23rd, 2017, 03:45 PM   #36421
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i allow myself chosing the hotels in that way only on bussiness trips. dunno, i like to choose Radisson when I have opportunity. however, usually my business trips are in smaller cities where I cannot find large international hotel chains.

when I'm travelling for private purposes, then the price is something that carries 80% of importance. name is not important at all in that case.
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If staying in a hotel, I prefer a chain that has a predictable price range and amenities. I usually like a budget hotel, around € 50 / night in western Europe, though in some countries they are hard to come by. France has a widespread availability of no-frills hotels along major routes. F1 is a bit too simple for me, Premičre Classe or Ibis Budget is okay with me.

However some trips are just a vacation, I stay on campsites, camping is extremely popular in Western Europe, there are some 10,000 campsites in France alone and even in Norway there are some 1,000 campsites. After a long day of driving it's nice to be outside in a scenic area instead of a small hotel room. I like to take a walk or sit on the terrace, there isn't much of that in a commercial zone.

Camping is also very cheap, I usually pay between € 9 and € 15 per night. Which offsets the cost of tolls. One night in a middle class hotel is as expensive as a week on a campsite.

Funny though, I have yet to find a campsite where there are no other Dutch. Even in more uncommon areas there are usually at least 1 or 2 Dutch people. I stayed on a campsite in Viver (near Valencia) and the campsite had only two guests for some reason; me and another Dutch couple.

I don't like campsites with over 80% Dutch, I like some variation but a few Dutch is nice to have a conversation, as people from France or Spain speak terribly poor English. They often know only a few tourist words but there's often no chance of having somewhat of a conversation, even among younger people. I don't understand how 20-30 year old Spanish people do not speak even some basic English... Don't they teach that in school?
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I usually open booking.com, put the dates and aproximate area, and then I look on the map. Whatever is on my route (small detours also possible), within budget, with few extras that I need (parking, wifi, sometimes I also need breakfast) and with reasonable reviews wins.

When I travel for holiday the price is 80% of the importance. When I travel for work it is still important, but if a few euros more mean extra comfort or better location then I take that.

In UK I found that Holiday Inn are of very good standard, although sometimes a little expensive.


I think I have used B&B and Ibis from the bigger chains. Worked well and you could also pay for it after closing time when the staff was gone. Other times I have also stayed at some specifics one on the same place when driving a same route.
But I have mostly found the hotels through the navigon gps but I think it is time to book ahead through booking.com or similiar site. I know a few times when I have found some different locations on the gps and stopped halfway becuase it was directing me furthter in some creepy forest road.
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Old June 23rd, 2017, 04:14 PM   #36422
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I am checking the weather in Bergen (Norway), where I am moving to this summer. I often check weather forecasts every day when I wake up and swipe off the alarm clock. I know that it rains a lot in Bergen (annual precipitation = 2400mm) but it the realization of what life will be like comes more real when checking forecasts and seeing heavy rains expected for 8 days in a row. I'll get used to it, I'm sure, yet it is a challenge.
Thus far in June it has rained 22 days in a row in Bergen.

They recorded 187 mm from 1 June until 21 June.

https://www.nrk.no/hordaland/sokkvat...egn-1.13571215
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Old June 23rd, 2017, 05:23 PM   #36423
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Thus far in June it has rained 22 days in a row in Bergen.

They recorded 187 mm from 1 June until 21 June.

https://www.nrk.no/hordaland/sokkvat...egn-1.13571215
on the first sight 187 is not that much. for instance, in Rijeka, which is at Adriatic, it is not weird to have 150mm in the summer (06/2016 138,4, 07/2016 152,6), or Ploče had 242,7 in 06/2016. but when i think how the rein looks in Bergen, then it differs very much. here at Adriatic it is all in short rain showers. in Bergen it is probably non-stop low intensity boring rain.
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Old June 23rd, 2017, 10:44 PM   #36424
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I have just seen a car registered in Iraq on M5 motorway in Hungary. First Iraqi car I have seen.
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Old June 23rd, 2017, 11:23 PM   #36425
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I have seen trucks from there before I think, but the only "Arab" cars I ever saw were a Moroccan in Algarve, Portugal and one from Dubai in Basel...
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Old June 23rd, 2017, 11:41 PM   #36426
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Yesterday I saw a car from Dubai and from Tatarstan on the coast. I see a lot of Russians lately, like every week. I saw 5 yesterday.
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Old June 24th, 2017, 05:31 PM   #36427
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This year I have saw a car from Turkmenistan and I wonder how they got here. I suppose it is very very complicated.
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Old June 24th, 2017, 06:04 PM   #36428
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10 years ago, there was a car cruising Bratislava from Vanuatu :-)
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Old June 24th, 2017, 07:00 PM   #36429
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There was a Dodge Viper registered in Vanuatu that I was seeing occasionally in Arad, Romania for 2-3 years.
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Old June 24th, 2017, 07:15 PM   #36430
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Chris, do you have air condition in your car? Is it common in the Netherlands having it? (I're just read your post about Spanish temperatures :-))
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Old June 24th, 2017, 07:58 PM   #36431
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A/C is common in almost any modern car these days. I've owned three cars with A/C since 2008.

It varies by brand, but even the entry level cars tend to have air conditioning these days. Some brands do offer entry level cars without A/C. My car is a higher trim so it came with A/C (climate control actually) and cruise control.
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Old June 24th, 2017, 08:13 PM   #36432
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Thus far in June it has rained 22 days in a row in Bergen.

They recorded 187 mm from 1 June until 21 June.

https://www.nrk.no/hordaland/sokkvat...egn-1.13571215
That is a lot of rain for 2/3 of a month but, then, the city averages 2400mm/year. I was informed, however, that it barely snows enough to form ice or snowpacks there. Usually, when it does snow, it is stuff that is gone within a day, or just slush.

I was also surprised there is a lot of snow on the highlands around Bergen in June, and that June (instead of April or May) is the month with highest snow runoff in Hordaland.
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Old June 25th, 2017, 12:34 AM   #36433
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This year I have saw a car from Turkmenistan
I saw it last year, but in SW Turkey. Still a bloody long way.

This year I saw a car from Australia (New South Wales) in the Turkish part of Cyprus.
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Old June 25th, 2017, 12:58 AM   #36434
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Always when I read your comments about exotic license plates, I wonder how you look around, while I, staying at home (so: not travelling) for most of each year, have seen every single kind about which you're writing a long time ago.
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Old June 25th, 2017, 02:16 AM   #36435
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This year I have saw a car from Turkmenistan and I wonder how they got here. I suppose it is very very complicated.
My 2017 most exotic: convoy of 3 trucks from Iran, and yesterday 1 lone truck from Kazakhstan, both on D1 in Slovakia
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A couple of months ago a citizen of North Korea caused an accident on our H4 expressway.
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Old June 25th, 2017, 03:27 AM   #36437
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Probably came to spy on our space program

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Old June 25th, 2017, 10:41 AM   #36438
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Yesterday I spotted a car from Andorra, it's among the rarest European plates here in Italy.
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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a month ago i saw truck from Kazakhstan at A8 in Germany. however, i think it's not that rare to see European registered trucks in Kazakhstan, I know several carriers here that travel there monthly.
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Probably came to spy on our space program

Most probably Tito itself was the most prominent western spy in YU.
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