Showers are everywhere
Where there’s is a will there’s a way. Sometimes you have to get creative on the road to find a shower alternative. The following suggestions are showers that you can access on the road:
Conveniently book a roadsurfer spot online and stay overnight on private properties of welcoming hosts, who often offer you not only breakfast but also a hot shower. What’s more, you can set up camp in the most beautiful spots in the middle of nature and sleep peacefully next to an alpaca meadow or in a fragrant orchard.
Sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to a place to stay for a night and have a good shower and put a wash on!
3. Service stations and truck stops
Use the Truck Parking Europe app to find showers at rest stops and car parks. These were originally designed for truck drivers, but are often used by travellers who want to freshen up on the road for a small fee.
4 Swimming pools and spas
A visit to a thermal spa is a nice highlight of your holiday or a cheaper option is to visit an outdoor or indoor pool. If you ask nicely, you might just be able to use the shower and pay less. If you’re at the seaside, you can usually use the beach pools for free.
As is often the case, asking nicely can help here too: drop by a hostel and ask if you can use the shower for a small fee. Since hostels are designed for overnight guests who don’t stay long anyway, things are more relaxed here and you’re often lucky enough to be allowed to shower there even if you haven’t booked an overnight stay.
If you are registered to a gym, check if there are branches in other cities and you can use the showers there.
There are showers at the solarium in every small town. Either ask if you can use the showers for a small fee or soak up the artificial sun for a few minutes and come out freshly showered with a glow.
8. Sports clubs
Follow the trail of sweat! Sports clubs are all about sweating and where there’s sweat, there are typically showers!
9. Sports areas in universities
This one is for the adventurous. In the sports areas of some universities, you can chance it and shower incognito.
Couchsurfing is a great way to meet people and take a hot shower!
11. Yacht clubs and Marinas
This may not be first option you think of, but they also have showers. Again, if you ask nicely and offer a small fee they might let you use them!
12. Airports and train stations
If you pass an airport or train station on your itinerary, you can take a short detour there to shower. At airports and many train stations in major cities, there are showers for travellers that you can use for a few euros.