Autotourism as a type of independent travel

Autotourism as a type of independent travel

Automobile tourism in our country can be both a commercial product (when tour operators fill the salons of spacious cars, jeeps or buses with clients), and the fruit of your own organizational activities related to traveling by personal vehicle. The latter type of travel is gaining more momentum these days. Indeed, in recent years, each region of Russia has been trying to more effectively show its tourist attractiveness, "giving birth" more bistros, roadside motels, gas stations, logistically accessible car services and campgrounds.

As you guessed, we devote this review to the second version of this phenomenon, objectively highlighting its categories, nuances, advantages and disadvantages.

Types of car tourism


Certain types of auto tourism became widespread in the Russian Federation only in the XXI century - already with the advent of "caravans" - mounted in the back of a car or trailer trailers. They resemble a home on wheels, being equipped with at least sleeping and seating areas with a table and, at most, a sink and a bathroom. The main joy of caravanning is that having spent well just once (during the purchase of the "autoark"), you will forget about all the costs mentioned below later. After all, a place for cooking and eating food, spending the night and even water procedures will always be with you. And it's free. Of course, the exception will be gasoline - in order to lug such a colossus, the engine will burn it in huge quantities. This was the first negative. There are a couple of others: with such a huge economy, you will not go to every location from those on your list, and in the parking lot or on the territory of a paid auto camping, parking a trailer is paid the most. Therefore, you will always need to look for an unofficial place for residential accommodation. And on the territory of a more or less large city, you will have to look for a parking lot for a caravan.

Weekend trip

Such types of autotourism as this (along with safaris and jeeping on the territory of one tract common abroad) allow you and your passengers to turn round and back within one daylight hours, that is, do not spend the night on the way. As a rule, the trip is associated with visiting recreational, historical or cultural attractions that lie within the medium-sized region (or with a shallow stop in a neighboring one). We are talking about a distance of no more than 400 kilometers. In the summer, leaving at six in the morning, you can actually return to the starting point no later than 22:00. On the one hand, there are solid benefits waiting for you - savings on gasoline, food, overnight stays (this is if you like a comfortable sleep, at least in the campsite). The strength and nerves are preserved (after all, it will not take long to sit in a twisted position or stand in traffic jams). And yet there is a "fly in the ointment" here. Firstly, having spent less than a day on the adventure, you are unlikely to get enough romance and positive impressions. Secondly, in order not to get stuck with an overnight stay, you will need to constantly look at the clock, and thanks to this, stops for photo sessions of interesting places, for example, mini-landscapes, can be missed. If the path goes through a sparsely populated area, you will have to take food with you. As a rule, you will need to save time and drive through corners to villages with shops ...

Moving with overnight stays in guest establishments

“Wild” car tourism is divided into two aspects in relation to the enjoyment of the benefits of civilization. Many of us still do not want to become like old pilgrims, carrying "everything that is ours" with us (tent, camping amenities, gas burner). These people exploit advances such as camping, hostel, motel or even classic hotel. The latter is distinguished by the presence of a restaurant, a swimming pool, a cleaned place on the beach, where you (lounging in a sun lounger) can be brought a glass of champagne or even a light breakfast. This, as you understand, was the pros. The unpleasant moments include the obligation to book places in such establishments. They are busy during the high season. And, having ordered a room (parking space, several beds in a dormitory room, and so on), you still have to be at the point of accommodation on time, or the reservation will simply "burn out". However, the private sector is at your service in resort or “iconic” villages for tourists. Another "but" - noisy, unpleasant neighbors, they can ruin absolutely all the cool impressions about the place of temporary stay.

Tent trip

Half of the fans of "self-propelled" auto-tours do not tolerate the hotel service, believing that it violates the holy of holies of the classic hike, in which one must live exclusively in a tent. Tent overnight stays add their own requirements and characteristics to the program. They are related to the choice of a bivouac point. There should be a comfortable ride and a dry flat patch (not threatening flooding). And this corner should not be part of a strictly protected natural area, where you cannot stand up and burn fires. The "iron horse" itself in such a situation must have good roominess - you will need to take the tent itself, caravans, sleeping bags, clip-on "backs", equipment for cooking, garbage bags (you don't want to harm the environment?). However, such a trip has its own "zest" associated with saving money on hotel and dining services. In addition, sunsets and sunrises, which we have already mentioned in the article, are ideally available.

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