Hello Everyone

Today I wanted to talk about how to take your adventurous spirit within you and get going.

Exploring an entire continent by car might sound far-fetched, but this type of vacation has always been a firm favorite among cash-strapped students and young couples alike, as it offers an exhilarating journey of unexpected adventures and exploits that could only come from the untethered fun of a road trip. Granted, said road trip around Europe can take months to complete, during which time you'll most likely be living on the road while relying on the few belongings you've taken with to see you through. All this might seem incredibly daunting to a first timer, which is why we've decided to share with you a few tips on how to successfully tour Europe by car, helping you to avoid common rookie mistakes while maximising the fun and adventure of your overall journey.

1.       Choose the right car

If you don't own a car, there are superb car hire options that offer a variety of vehicles to choose from based on your preferences. When selecting a car model it's important to consider your budget while keeping in mind the comfort level of the car, because you'll be sleeping in it most of the time, especially if you're not planning on camping or booking into a Bed and Breakfast along the way. Also prepare yourself for the cost of servicing the car before you leave, as you don't want it breaking down while you're on the road, and familiarise yourself with the controls of the car by driving it a few times before your trip just so you get a feel of how it moves.

2.       Packing for the trip

Having clearly marked boxes of all the items you'll be using through the trip will make your life that much easier. For example, you could place all your utensils, bowls, cups etc. inside a box marked ‘kitchen stuff', while a separate box marked ‘grooming stuff' could house all your grooming essentials and so on. Keeping your stuff inside boxes will keep you organized enough to know where to find stuff when you need it, and it'll maintain your car in a neat and tidy condition as well.  

Other stuff you could pack include yoga mats, which make great makeshift beds, while a quilt and pillows will make you feel right at home during bedtime. Adapters are a non-negotiable, as you need them to keep your phones and devices powered up, and a USB adapter is a great addition because it allows you to charge your phone while driving. 

You'll also need a map or Satnav, a Kindle to keep you entertained, gym bags,  rain deflectors and a few outfits to see you through, keeping in mind that you probably won't really go through a lot of clothes when road tripping. Other obvious items which are sometimes easy to forget to include things like cutlery, a tin opener, jump leads, driving equipment kit, a guidebook whose contents cover the whole of Europe as well as insurance and breakdown cover.  

3.       Find out the rules and regulations

Every country has different rules and regulations when it comes to road use which they enforce with varying degrees of severity, and this is especially so when it comes to things like sleeping in the car or having certain items with you in the car. So be sure to plan ahead and Google what you need to take with in order to comply with the rules of the countries that you plan on visiting, and find secluded but safe spots to sleep in so that you don't find yourself on the wrong side of the law at any point during your trip.

4.       Plan your voyage

They say ‘if you fail to plan then you plan to fail', and while that might be true for many aspects of life, there is nothing wrong with a little spontaneity, especially when you're on a road trip. That said, it is important to know which countries you'll be exploring so that you can pack the appropriate maps in preparation, and you might want to temper your sense of adventure with a bit of caution to avoid being on the wrong side of the law in a foreign place.

For instance, it's important to find out what the best routes are in terms of efficiency and safety because there's nothing worse than getting stuck in traffic in an unfamiliar place or coming across a costly toll road to spoil your trip. It also helps to map out your route beforehand to help you find safe and well-kept neighborhoods to sleep next to, as opposed to dodgy looking streets that you might come across when getting lost due to driving pointlessly. 

 

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