Your European Road Trip Awaits, So Get Planning
You’ve always wanted to go on a European road trip, and now, you think you’re finally going to do it. But where do you start? If the thought of planning it has always put you off, don’t let it stop you now. The planning can sometimes be the easy part; you just have to know where to begin.
From the places you want to see to the experiences you want to have, you need to keep it all in mind. The technicalities of planning a trip might be a little tiresome, but by remembering the reason you’re planning it in the first place, you can make it all the more fun.
Have A Rough Idea
First of all, you’re going to want to get a loose idea of the countries you’d like to visit in your head. If you want to see Italy and France, Spain and Germany, you’ve got a good idea of making this work. But, if you only want to see Greece and Finland, it might be a waste of a drive. By working out the places you want to visit, you can see if a road trip would be feasible.
Confirm Your Car Hire
If you’ve figured out that it’s going to work and you sort of know where you want to go, you need to decide on a start location. You’re going to want to pick up your car (if you’re not driving yourself from where you already live in Europe) from the starting point and arrange the drop off too. Find a car hire company that suits your requirements and secure a car that will be comfortable to drive for the duration of your trip.
Sort Your Paperwork
Next, you’re going to want to work out any of the paperwork that you might need to fill in. Once your passport is sorted and you have any flights booked, you’re going to need to look into visas. You may not need one at all, or, you might be able to get a visa waiver. If you’re from the US or Canada (or a range of other countries), you can visit etias.com to arrange your paperwork and fill everything in.
Plan Your Route
Once all of the formal arrangements have been made, it’s now time for the fun part – planning your route. You may not want to make a firm plan right now, but if you have certain sites in mind, you’re going to need to make sure you route passes them. With a path in mind, you could also think about the other exciting ways you can explore Europe while you’re there, like making time for tours.
Pack The Essentials
In order to make sure that you enjoy the trip, you’re going to want to make sure that you’ve packed well. Just like when you’re backpacking, you might want a checklist. Of course you’re going to want to pack your clothes and holiday essentials, but you might also want to make sure that you have a camera with you to capture the moment!