About a year ago, me and three of my friends started the concept of a road trip through the western parts of Europe. After endless months of planning, sorting things out, and making sure everything is in order, tomorrow is finally the day that we will start our three-week journey.
You will be able to follow us on our trip, as we intend to record our every move with three GoPro cameras. Besides the video footage that will be released when we get back, I will try to post something once a week, not much different from what I do now. Posting something once a week might not be enough, so I will keep a diary that I will write in every day, and will post on here when I’m done, most likely in several parts, or just the highlights.
However, the question at hand is obviously our vehicle of choice, and to visualize for you the type of machinery that will let us travel on our 6000 kilometer trip, my dad and I went ahead and shot some photos.
Behold our ten-year old Volkswagen Transporter 1.9 TDI!
I mentioned the ginormous load of planning, but since I tend to exaggerate a tad, I will clarify what I meant by that. It is not the reservations of any camping sites, nor is it making sure we have a place to sleep in a hotel every night, way in advance. That stuff is easy. The harder part is where you have to keep track of every single thing you plan on taking with you, is actually there. Navigation, maps in case the before-mentioned fails, any utensils you need for e.g. cooking, setting up your place to sleep (tents, self-inflatable mattresses, etc), car-maintanance equipment, etc, etc. You get the point. It is a list without an end.
Luckily we have the van, so every possible thing will most definitely fit inside.
Of course, there’s some thought behind not planning our sleeping sites in advance. In the four pairs of our eyes, a road trip is supposed to be a journey without definite plans. Having stated that, we did plan our first weekend to take place in Paris. Aside from that, everything is open for change. In the three weeks that we are going to drive around, the idea is to drive as a few kilometers a day as possible. Get up at a socially acceptable time each morning, see what fits our interests best, drive in that direction, find a camp site in our guide (that includes almost twelve thousands businesses) and explore the surroundings when we get there.
That, in a nutshell, is what our road trip will look like.
That’s as much detail as I will go into right now, because the content that is actually interesting will follow in the next few weeks. Instead of words, enjoy these last few incredible pictures that we shot last night.
And remember kids: #TPTOnTheRoad
Have a good one,