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The Big Trip 2017

Updated: Apr 10


The Big Trip 2017 in Numbers

  • Start Date:- 3rd April 2017

  • End Date:- 3rd December 2017

  • Miles travelled:- 23,096

  • Days on the road:- 244

  • Months on the road:- 8

  • Countries visited:- 27 #(28) Cyprus, Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia / Herzegovina, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, #Catalonia,Morocco, Portugal, England and Scotland.

  • Continents visited:- 3 Europe, Asia and Africa

  • Ferries taken:- 11

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to Turkey, Greece to Crete Return, ##Estonia to Finland Return x 2, Norway to Denmark, Spain to Morocco Return and Spain to England.

  • Average mpg:- 22.67

  • Total Expenditure:- £23,948.09

# Catalonia added as a country on a technicality due to it declaring itself independent whilst we were there.

## Estonia to Finland Return x 2 due to leaking transfer gearbox which we needed to return to Estonia to get repaired.

NOTE

With regards the total expendture a couple of things should be noted:-

Major vehicle repairs:-

  1. New Intercooler in Turkey.

  2. Head Gasket replaced in Greece requiring a rental car on top of repairs.

  3. A continual nuisance of a transfer gearbox leak that in total had the gearbox removed 3 times and required an additional return ferry crossing from Estonia to Finland.

Robbed in Spain:- Near Barcelona Angela had her handbag robbed after we pulled over on the Toll Road. Although no money was taken we did lose both our passports, Angela's driving licence and a few other items. In order to continue our trip we had to pay for:-

  1. Emergency passports,

  2. Fly back to the UK,

  3. Pay for new passports,

  4. Car hire

  5. 10 days stopping in the UK

  6. Fly back to Spain.

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Without these exceptional costs we would have been closer to our planned budget for a 12 month trip based on a predominantly European trip.



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