The idea of packing up a car and heading for Copenhagen with two small children in tow may sound a little crazy, but that is exactly what we are doing at the end of May this year.
Initially we decided to head to Northern Norway around October time to see the Northern Lights, but after pricing it up, we realised financially speaking that didn’t make much sense. So instead we have split the plan into two, with one trip being to see the Northern Lights and the other being a road trip to Copenhagen.
So with our plan in place we sent off Monkey’s Passport application and decided to start saving. Just before Christmas we did a huge clear out, anything we no longer had use for went up for sale. Old Pandora charms I never wear and hold no sentimental value were the first to go, followed by toys and baby products we no longer have use for. Just through selling things that were gathering dust we managed to raise £1200 for our trip. We have until May to save the remaining £1800, which theoretically gives us plenty of time. Some people may think our budget is a bit extravagant, but when travelling with children we decided it is best to have too much than too little and any extra we have when we return can go towards our next big trip.
We are aiming to do our road trip within 12 – 16 days, although have left enough room in the budget for a few extra days is we need to. It’s the first time we’ve travelled overseas since we had Monkey and become a family of four, so it is going to be a learning curve for us all. The first part of our trip will take us to our first destination, Bruges, Belguim. Initially we planned to head from our home in the North West straight there, but decided that was a little bit too much driving in one day and have since decided to stay in Canterbury, Kent the night before our ferry crossing.
We’ve set a rough plan that splits the journey into manageable stints of driving, but we don’t want it set in stone just in case we like somewhere and fancy staying an extra night or two. Alternatively we may plan to be somewhere for a few days, but actually just stay for the afternoon before moving on or we could decide to head to a different town or village to the one we initially planned. I guess that is one of the joys of a trip like this, not having to stick to the plan.
The rough plan
- Bruges, Belguim
- Kinderdijk, Netherlands
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Giethoorn, Netherlands
- Hamburg, Germany,
- Copenhagen, Denmark,
- Schwerin, Germany
- The Harz Mountains, Germany
- Paris, France
This is the first of our big adventures as a family, so is really the trip to ease us into the bigger plans we have for the next few years, which I will be blogging about later on.