On the 26th July our family will be departing on an amazing adventure round Europe! We’ll be in our trusty Ford Kuga with a roof box, with our 4 year old coeliac and potty training 2 year old… What could go wrong?!
I was itching to travel again now the kids are a bit older (4 and 2 years), and the opportunity arose when we were invited to my cousins wedding in Poland at the end of August. “Let’s make a trip of it!” I said… And somehow my husband agreed! We’ve managed to get 5 weeks off work, so we’re actually properly really off!
Places we are either going or interested in going. google maps app screenshot.
It’s been really really exciting planning the route… I’m a geography geek, especially when it comes to maps and GIS. So using google earth and google maps app for something so real to us has been great!
Trip planning spreadsheet! I’ve been in my element making this! Great overview of the trip, accommodation and costs, kilometerage, and ideas of things to do. Really helped make sure we’re not cramming too much in.
I also love a good spreadsheet, so have one set up to help make sure we have a balanced trip regarding number of stops and travel time etc. It’s even colour coded by region!
I really have been in my element! 😂 It’s saved on Microsoft One Drive too, so I can play with it on the MacBook or my iPhone, meaning it can come with us – ahhhhh, tech geek bliss.
I’m usually more of a spontaneous traveller. Pre children, we had a couple of trips (UK and France), where we just followed the road and found somewhere to stay on the day. But with two small children in tow, we don’t want to run the risk of not finding anywhere, or ending up somewhere awful. So we’ve got most of the trip booked.
I’ve been using the Booking.com app for the majority of our accommodation. Another tech dream, as it automatically adds the accommodation and dates to google maps and I can easily save them to Apple wallet.
So… Here’s where we’re going!
Night 1: Ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam
Night 2: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Night 3: Bacharach, Germany
Night 4: Baden-Baden (Black Forest), Germany
Night 5-7: Black Forest (central), Germany
Night 8-9: Innsbrük, Austria
Night 10-14: Lake Garda, Italy
Night 15: Venice, Italy
Night 16: Ljubljana, Slovenia (how is Ljubljana pronounced?!)
Night 19: Lake Balaton, Hungary
Night 20-25: Budapest, Hungary (Sziget Festival – Hungary’s Glasto, and visiting relatives!)
Night 26-27: Undecided (probably a route through Bratilslava and eastern Czech Reublic to Wroclaw.)
Night 28-32: Wroclaw, Poland (Wedding!)
Night 33-34: Berlin, Germany
Night 35: Lübeck, Germany
Night 36: Bremen, Germany
Night 37-38: Somewhere near Efteling Fantasie Park, Netherlands
Night 39: Ferry back from Amsterdam to Newcastle
Yes, we’re a bit mad! We’re aware there will be many challenges. But I think we’re prepared! (Ha!)
We don’t have many set plans for each place, so any hints and tips would be most welcome!
I’ll be blogging throughout the trip, so I’ll leave it at that for now, and update soon!