We’re planning the road trip of a lifetime

For years now there has been one particular country that I have always wanted to visit. The country, the food, the people, the language… everything there has a beauty about it.


So a couple of months ago we decided we would take the family on the road trip of a lifetime there to coincide with Mike’s 40th birthday year in 2013.

The plan is to load up the minibus with all our supplies and the children and head off. 

Of course, it isn’t quite as simple as that.

First we need to work out where exactly we want to visit.  We can’t go everywhere and see everything so our plans so far are that we will drive down through France over a couple of days, stopping overnight each evening to recharge and then continue down into Italy.  We will then spend the next four to five weeks visiting different regions, staying in each for a week or so at a time. 

I don’t yet know which regions or what we plan to see. Suggestions would be very much appreciated.
And that is the extent of our planning so far.  There is a small list of things that need to be done before we’re even close to being ready to take off and go.

Apart from deciding on the areas we will then need to arrange the accommodation for each, which of course will need to be large enough to accommodate us all.  This part will probably need to be sorted out during 2012.

Closer to the time we will have to give our people carrier a thorough service and check.  It has been very reliable in the time we have had it and it actually doesn’t take very much financially to keep it running,
especially if we take the time to compare car insurance
for it and keep it in a good state of repair.
It all sounds so easy doesn’t it?  A to-do list of only two things.  Just sort out places to stay and make sure the bus is running and away we go. 

It doesn’t need to be any more complicated than that, does it?

Of course it doesn’t.

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2 thoughts on “We’re planning the road trip of a lifetime

  1. We just got back from living in Italy for three and a half years. I miss it TERRIBLY. We lived in the Veneto region. We traveled to see Venice (an hour train ride!), Pisa and Rome. Friends allowed us to visit Rome for three days just my husband and I, they kept the three kiddos for us. It was amazing and three days wasn't enough! We LOVE the friendliness, the food and the architecture of Italy. The Veneto wines are fantastic, Prosecco especially. There's lots of good eats with 10 euro fixed menus (menu fisso i think is what we looked for) large enough to share from too. I will always cherish our memories from there, have a great time!

  2. I would agree with the above comment, the Venice/Veneto area is fantastic and we have been visiting each summer for about 3 weeks in July/August time. We tend to get the Dover-Dunkirk ferry and drive down through Germany & Austria to a campsite called Union Lido on the Lido di Jeselo peninsula – just beautiful! The drive down usually takes 2 days. Day trips to Venice from here are extremely easy but you could also easily spend your whole summer on the campsite (www.unionlido.com). It's very family orientated and has all sorts of activites and events over the whole summer. Hope that helps you make your decision! Italy is an amzing place and makes you feel 'at home', it's hard to describe but I'm sure once you're there you'll know what I mean. Have a great trip!
    Lucy 🙂

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