The First Step

The Map of Europe is a Blank Canvas

Waiting for You to Paint Your Adventure

Regardless of whether you think a trip is possible or not, start the planning process now.

Aside from actually going on a trip the planning of one is great fun and a highlight of the whole adventure.

You can go as fast or slow as you want. Even if the trip is not possible for a year or two any planning you do now will not be wasted.

Once you start planning and getting excited you will start moving towards making it happen. Even saving for it will be much easier.

We planned our second trip properly. Ann and I went to a coffee shop most Friday nights with a laptop and Eyewitness Travel books. It was our date night and we had a great time finding interesting places to visit. We looked forward to these nights with impatient anticipation. Even if we never actually did the trip it would still have been a wonderful time spent together.

We will help you to plan every aspect of the the trip, from this first step, to the road trip route, to the campervan hire, to airplane tickets, to visa requirements, to what to pack and all the experienced advice we have accumulated over all our trips.

We would recommend that you start planning about 6 to 8 months in advance if you are doing it part time.

But anything is possible, so make a start!

Do you already have some places in mind?

It helps to have a visual picture of places you want to visit as this makes choosing a route easier. It will highlight where there is more to see and where your main interests are.

There are many ways to do this. You can focus on one or all.

  • Start with those iconic cities everyone needs to visit once: London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Vienna, Prague, Venice etc.
  • Add other places with must see attractions:  Zugspitze, Neuschwanstein Castle, Cote d'Albatre, Eagles Nest etc.
  • You can target areas like Eastern Europe or Spain.
  • You can focus on individual countries or regions.

You are the artist, start painting by creating your map!

  • Sign in to Google My Maps.
  • Click "Create a new map"
  • Go to the top left and click on "Untitled map"
  • Give your map an inspiring name and description
  • Now mark all the places you have always wanted to visit.
  • Start typing the location in the search bar and select it when it appears.
  • Click "Add to Map" and it will appear in your list
  • You have the option to change the icon and its colour.
  • I recommend the camper-van icon under "More icons".
  • Use colours to differentiate places e.g. non-negotiable, must and maybe.
  • Search the web for additional places to add to your map.
  • For now don't be limited by location.
  • Look for different destinations and varied activities.
  • Search for recommended top and best places is an idea.
  • Searching for the "Top 10 Attractions" of Europe, individual countries and regions are valuable.

Here are some links to sites we found helpful to get you started:

Planetware - Lonely Planet - Best of Europe - Atlas Obscura

Culture Trip - Vagrants - European Traveler

 

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