Counting the days until a vacation can leave you with a heightened sense of exhilaration. Counting the days until the mother of all trips – your great Euro adventure – makes you feel like you're high on the most potent steroid, capable of knocking out a full-grown horse. Yep, that very accurately summarises the manic, frenzied, borderline delirious excitement my girlfriend and I felt, days before leaving for Europe. Months of planning – settling dates, picking hostels, booking flights, exchanging frantic texts and phone calls – and it was finally happening! We could barely contain the euphoria.
We started our journey in Turkey. From Istanbul we flew to Greece. The next four days were dedicated to exploring the land of mythology, art and architecture, the locale that proudly flaunts its azures and pristine whites. But the real adventure began when we started our road trip from Czech Republic to Germany.
Time on the road: 9 hours 32 minutes
When to go: If you want to attend the coolest festivals, you should go during high season – July and August. However, this comes with long queues and busy roads. So be prepared for crowds. If you're looking for a quiet time and lower prices, blooming flowers and balmy weather ideal for outdoor activities, go during shoulder season – April, June, September and October. If you're interested in winter sports such as skiing or enjoy theatre, operas and concerts, the winter months, from November to March may be perfect for you.
Prague – Dresden – Berlin – Frankfurt