I’m currently planing for a tour of Europe as early as I can in 2016. I’ll be taking the Transalp. This will be my first major trip away in more than a decade. I’ve experienced a few life changing events over the last year and am looking forward to taking the time out to do this trip.
I have no firm plans on a route. Loosely, I’ll be starting from my home port in Guernsey, ferry Trip to Mainland UK, down South Devon/Cornwall way, working my way up the west cost, through Wales, Midlands, Scotland, etc. I’d like to do the North Coast 500 while I’m up there. There is so much of the UK I have not seen. I aim to spend some time camping, Dartmoor, Wales, Highlands. From there, the next step would be to make my way down the North Sea Side as far as Dover. From there, if all is going well, I’ll either take a short break home (check the house has not fallen down!), or carry on through the tunnel into France. I would then be shooting to go as far as Croatia (really want to see there), down to Greece, Ferry to Italy, back up, through Austria (see if I can find that Hotel I stayed in as a kid), down to Hungary (visit Sofia – Just because it’s my mothers name), and work my way back up and to St. Malo, where I’d catch a Ferry home. One giant loop.
This is a very ambitious trip (for me). Probably at least 5000+ miles. I’ll hopefully get to see a lot of countries, experience different cultures, all the normal travel stuff. The stars on the map are just places I’ve been adding as I come across somewhere I’d like to see. Other than that, I’m just planning to drift from place of interest to place of interest along the rough route, camping or finding reasonable accommodation along the way. For me, the journey will be a major part of the enjoyment, not the destination. This would be a total departure from how I always did things in the past. Plan, action, review! I’d like to get to the Scandinavian countries too, but I think that will be for another trip.
I’ll be blogging this trip as I go, so feel free to follow along and let me know if there are any places that are ‘must sees’. I will I think be building a ‘where’s Paul’ map, utilising a Spot tracker for the journey. This will allow my family some comfort that I havn’t fallen down a giant hole somewhere and am still alive. It also adds that little level of geekness any ex IT bod needs to add to such a journey.