How can I check if the routing of a provider is adequate?
I signed up for a yearly 15 euro VPS from a provider which I mainly use as a VPN. The provider is Romanian based but the VPS itself is in the UK. I get connectivity errors I don't usually get with other UK providers such as the content is not available in your country etc.
That I understand as the AS is Romanian and some geolocation databases still consider it to originate from Romania or some content providers have an issue with content requests originating from Romanian IPs/providers, but what I am not sure of is if the routing is what I should expect from an IP in the UK.
For instance I did a traceroute to a UK content provider and the request was routed through France or the equipment of a French provider.
What kind of tests can I run to see if the routing is good and the speeds are also adequate?
To be honest I don't understand traceroute that well, and so many of the hops show
*.*.*.* right up to the 30th hop.
Is there some way to get that kind of information by some other way than traceroute or can traceroute be configured to provide better information?
I intend to take it up with the provider, but I need some understand of what could be wrong and what to ask for.