Road Trip Around Europe – You won’t regret it!
Taking a road trip around Europe is a fantastic way to see the continent in a whole different light.
As a traveller, you’ve probably logged your fair share of time on planes, trains and buses… but have you spent much time at the wheel yourself? If you haven’t, you should… and you should probably start in Europe.
Getting on a motorcycle is certainly one way to go, and you won’t regret it… but taking a road trip in a car around Western Europe is probably the best introduction to this type of travel.
Previous travel experience will certainly serve you well, but you will also find a whole new set of skills that you’ll be building along the way… and it’s nice to be in developed countries while you’re doing so.
Obviously the first step is going to be finding a car to rent, borrow or buy. Depending on the length of your journey, you might want to consider a couple of different options.
If you are looking at a month or two, you’re probably best off to focus on a couple of countries and rent a car. Many companies will allow you to rent a car in one location and drop it off in another (provided it’s in the same country), so look at some sort of route that will start and end in the same country.
As soon as you start looking at anything over four or five months, you’re probably best off with buying a vehicle. This gives you the freedom to go in one direction, wherever the wind may blow you and attempt to recuperate some of your cash at the end by reselling the vehicle. Make sure to have enough time to sell the vehicle at the end of your trip… preferably at least a week.
Pack your vehicle with a tent, mattress, sleeping bag and mosquito net and you will have an absolute blast. There’s all sorts of random adventures you can get up to whilst on a road trip that just don’t occur if you’re forced to take buses and trains around.
In a mere month around France, Spain, Portugal and Andorra you’d be able to find:
– French beaches that are both nudist retreats and a relic from WWII
– hippy communities cut off from the larger world on the Spanish coast
– incredibly majestic beaches to sleep on in Portugal
– friendly goat herders in Portugal that aren’t even remotely bothered by the fact that you slept in their field
– Dolmens, Chateaux and troglodyte caves scattered throughout France
– people living in caves overlooking one of the most amazing pieces of architecture man has ever created in Spain
– border patrol using your sleeping location as a good spot to search other drivers for contraband coming from Andorra but pretending that you’re not even there (even though you have obvious contraband on display)
and all fully immersed in the amazing backdrop of Lisbon, Barcelona, Paris and Marseilles.
If you’re not quite ready to jump into this adventure, then check out which of the three common ways of travelling Europe is best suited for you.
But if you are itching for a different experience, take a road trip around Europe. The freedom of such an adventure will leave you with amazing memories to cherish for your entire life.