Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Why I Chose to Travel Europe by Car
As some of you may know, this summer, I will again backpack Europe. Nothing beats a good old road trip. Just you, Penelope (your car), and a couple of good friends driving through miles and miles of road, rugged terrains, and stunning views. The freedom that comes with driving is unmatched by any other mode of transportation. Now I don't understand why whenever people decide to travel in Europe they completely abandon that option and decide to use crammed buses and airplanes.
That bus of yours in uncomfortable, you most likely try to fall asleep the whole way there, and the bus driver sure as hell won't stop until he reaches the destination or a pitstop. Now let's bash on the cheap airlines. Sure you can find a deal sometimes, but not always. Plus, make sure you add on the baggage fees, carry on fees, high prices of airport food, and the price you pay for a taxi to and from the airport. Not so cheap anymore, is it? Moreover, even if you book a one hour flight, the time you wasted in airports waiting for the plane, checking your baggages, and taking a taxi back to the city, you can never regain. That's why the best way to travel Europe is by car.
Train are also a good, comfortable option, but they are just a tad more expensive than driving a car. And you lose the freedom of being able to stop wherever and whenever you want. That train won't go off the unbeaten path, it won't give you the chance to drive up a mountain in Switzerland that really caught your eye. If you are truly planning on backpacking Europe, and not just going to two or three countries, investing $400 in a cheap car that will get you from Point A to Point B is the way to go. You will have a better time, save money, and create more memories that will last a lifetime. And isn't that the reason you are backpacking Europe anyway?
Tell me what you think about the best way to travel Europe in the comment section below!