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We are taking a sabbatical this year, and had originally planned to do a road trip across Europe. We changed our minds and decided instead on travelling through Southeast Asia. We live in England so we figured picking up the European destinations would be easier for us on short-haul trips in the future.
Before we changed our minds though we did alot of planning, so I thought I would share it here as a resource for others to use in the future.
We’ve already been to alot of places in France, Spain and Portugal so decided on a route that took in Scandinavia and Central Europe.
It starts in Amsterdam, and snakes up through Scandinavia, then back down through Central Europe ending in Dubrovnik. The route goes through a total of 16 countries, with around 6,000 miles of driving or 60 miles a day.
It was a pretty ambitious route, so we’re not quite sure how far we would have got and there was always the option to slow down and not complete the total distance if we felt it was too much.
Here is the list of countries that are visited:
- The Netherlands
- Czech Republic
I used a spreadsheet to plan out a general idea of destinations and distances. We were not going to stick robustly to this, but it was a tool that helped us decided how much we could fit in. Planning in the route and driving time allowed us to visualise what felt reasonable.
Below is a screenshot of the itinerary but if you would like a copy to play around with then CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.
We had made plans to hire with EuropCar. They offer flexible, long-term rentals. Our plan was to pick up from their site at Amsterdam airport and then drop off in Bari. Because they have so many locations though we could have changed this along the way if we decided that we wanted to slow down.
The quotes were better than I expected, with no mileage restrictions. Small cars were coming in at around £3,500 with larger ones around £5,000.
I hope you have found this useful. If you want any further advice then feel free to drop me an email at BenReeveUK@gmail.com.