Day 1: Our first ever Road Trip!


So much for our staycation plans for this summer, the call of Europe was just too strong! Whilst we’ve been loving exploring some of the UK this summer, it occurred to me that this could quite possibly be the last summer of my life where I can enjoy the perk of free roaming which come with being a European citizen (Brexit…humph!). So, as a last love letter to Europe, we’ve prepped the car, packed the tent and plotted our route. Currently, I’m writing this sitting in the restaurant on the P&O ferry, sailing our way through the darkness towards the land of France.

Our intended route for the Roadtrip! (Map courtesy of Google Maps).



Our plan is to arrive in Calais, where we’ll sleep, then head to Brugge. From there we’ll go to the city of Namur for a night and then cross the border into Luxembourg where we will camp in Vianden for 2 nights. Then it’s off to Germany’s Black Forest for two nights before we head back through France to meet the ferry at Calais once more. It’s going to be a mixture of camping, hotels and the odd Air bnb, and I cannot wait!


I’m excited for our first ever road-trip but a little terrified at the idea of driving on the right-hand-side of the road, but I’ll get there. Sean is not phased by the idea at all, so maybe I can borrow a bit of confidence from him! Prepping the car for Europe was easy; there are different requirements for each country in terms of safety equipment, high-vis jackets, warning triangles, breathalysers etc. and whilst I’m sure it would have been cheaper to go on to Amazon and look for the individual items, to save time I went with the RAC who do a handy ‘European road kit’ which took all the stress out of preparation. Gin (our car) is now proudly wearing her ‘GB’ sticker on her rear bumper, and I think we have remembered to pack everything, so we’re good to go on our first ever #fitzpatrickroadtrip !

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