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06 Jan Next Leg: Traveling Europe by Campervan

True confession: I get grumpy and a little sick to my stomach every time I embark on a new international trip. Whether it is stress related to remembering to pack everything, making our flights without issues, or having some semblance of an itinerary developed once we arrive, I am usually a bundle of nerves as the time draws closer. Today is one of those days…

But mostly, I am really excited because… WE’RE OFF TO EUROPE FOR 5 MONTHS! **Does a little happy dance in the Denver terminal**

First stop: ICELAND! We hope to see the Aurora Borealis while soaking in the natural hot springs surrounded by winter beauty. What could be more fantastic?! We don’t have a real itinerary and have not had much time over the holidays to prepare, but what we know is that it will be a wild place to explore. I hope we can return in the summer to see it in a different state, but the northern lights are really what this week-long layover is all about! We upgraded our cameras during the holidays, so hopefully we can capture a small fraction of the beauty of the landscape.

Following Iceland, we will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark on to Dusseldorf, Germany where we will meet our home for the next 5 months — a Globecar Globescout! 40053_1

Jaimie and I have always been fascinated with the tiny house movement and always thought we could manage and appreciate living in the small space, and now we’ll get to try it for ourselves. Our van will be a 2014 standard diesel, equipped with a double bed, kitchen, bathroom, kitchen table, bench seat, bike racks, a small storage garage, and of course, snow tires. Due to the visa requirements, we can’t spend more than 90 days within the “Schengen  Zone,” comprised of most of the mainland EU countries, so we’ll split our time between the UK and mainland, hopefully covering 25 countries by June! Here’s a rough map of our planned route.

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We’ll deviate routes a bit between cities, especially in the UK and France, where we plan to see as much countryside as possible. However, for the most part, we are planning on it being a solid 7000+ mile roundtrip. Traveling by campervan will significantly cut down on our costs and allow us to travel the way we prefer: slowly, cheaply, and off the beaten path. We had a difficult time finding much information about taking a motorhome across Europe in Winter, (and perhaps we will better understand why soon…) but we anticipate it being a fantastic trip full of incredible sights, history, food, and people.

Despite my nerves of what lies ahead, I am so thrilled for this season of life, recognizing in full the blessing and privilege to embark on such an ambitious and exciting adventure. I hope you’ll follow along with us over the next few months!

Here’s to the journey! ONWARD.

Will Morgan
willfullyliving@gmail.com
15 Comments
  • Terri Derrick
    Posted at 16:02h, 06 January Reply

    Good luck to you and Jamie on your adventure. I can’t wait to read about it.

  • Jada Beaver
    Posted at 16:35h, 06 January Reply

    I am looking forward to seeing & hearing about all of the places you will be visiting and experiencing them vicariously through you. You are in my prayers! May God bless you with a healthy, happy & safe time as you travel!!

    • Will Morgan
      Posted at 13:04h, 12 January Reply

      Thanks Mrs. Jada! Hope you all are well. Thank you for the prayers!

  • Kayti
    Posted at 17:03h, 06 January Reply

    This is the coolest thing ever! Have such an amazing time!

    • Will Morgan
      Posted at 13:04h, 12 January Reply

      Ha thanks so much! Can’t wait to swap stories!

  • Maggie Stewart
    Posted at 18:01h, 06 January Reply

    Enjoying following your adventures, and I’m looking forward to following your European travels!

    • Will Morgan
      Posted at 13:03h, 12 January Reply

      Hey thanks, Maggie! Stayed tuned…

  • Melissa Kitchens
    Posted at 20:14h, 06 January Reply

    This sounds fabulous! Clay & I want a tiny house as well…maybe a tiny East Texas cabin! I look forward to your updates…take care!

    • Will Morgan
      Posted at 13:03h, 12 January Reply

      Thanks Melissa. We’re so excited! We’ll let you know how the tiny house goes… We may come home wanting our own mansion after 5 months in a motorhome! 🙂

  • hilda seftor
    Posted at 08:37h, 07 January Reply

    God speed on your travels and throughout these wonderful and amazing adventures. It warms my hesrt knowing you will be traveling throughout my homeland, especially of course, Scotland, and its capitol, Edinburgh. Be sure to listen to the pipes when you are there, and even of having your pictures taken wearing kilts!

    • Will Morgan
      Posted at 13:02h, 12 January Reply

      Thank you so much, Hilda! We will most certainly visit Edinburgh, and will perhaps try to share some photos or videos with you while there! Hope you are well.

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  • Peggy Langford
    Posted at 14:49h, 10 May Reply

    Will and Jaimie! It gives me such joy to think about you two experiencing this great adventure together. How in the world can we hear all about it? We long to give you an in-depth briefing, but know that is near impossible. Just know that we would love anytime to hear about even just a few days’ worth- of course, that means you’ll have to come to the Langford compound and sit around the fire!

    • Will Morgan
      Posted at 12:16h, 12 May Reply

      Thanks for following along, Peggy! It truly is a joy to know friends are so interested in our wanderings. We’re trying to see if we can squeeze in a California trip after the fishing season sometime in October. Stay tuned… We would LOVE to catch up with you guys at length. Miss you guys!

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