Currently sitting in an internet cafe in Montpellier, France, waiting for the slow internet to upload a few hundred photos, I want to take this time to start a new series of posts. I think it will be interesting to compare and contrast certain characteristics of the places I end up visiting, or the means by which I travel, finding a common theme and seeing how its various aspects evolve globally. As it has only been several days since the beginning of my trip with only a handful of regions visited, I haven’t found any solid subjects for juxtaposition, so I thought it would be fun to track the development of the places I sleep. Taking a roadtrip with no set plan, especially for nightly accomodation, opens up the door for some interesting situations, and as my travels extend into new parts of the world, I am sure that unexpected and surprising living conditions will present themselves! For the time being, here are the places I called “my bed” for the first 17 days of my journey:

Guest room in Declan's house - Twickenham, England
Guest room in Declan’s house – Twickenham, England
Couch in Aras' apartment - London
Couch in Aras’ apartment – London, England
Sleeping bag in an isolated corner of Stansted airport - London, England
Sleeping bag in an isolated corner of Stansted airport – London, England
Bunkbeds in Zebra Hostel - Milan, Italy
Bunkbeds in Zebra Hostel – Milan, Italy
Tent - Dongo, Lake Como, Italy
Tent – Dongo, Lake Como, Italy
Tent set in the highest camping site in Europe - Arolla, Switzerland
Tent set in the highest camping site in Europe (1900m) – Arolla, Switzerland
Wild camping with a gorgeous view - somewhere in the South of France
Wild camping with a gorgeous view – somewhere in the South of France
Camp site - Aups, France
Camp site – Aups, France
Inside our Fiat Panda - Marseille, France
Inside our Fiat Panda – Marseille, France
Inside our Fiat Panda, with sleeping mats and towels set up for comfort and morning shade - Montpellier, France
Inside our Fiat Panda, upgraded from Marseille with sleeping mats and towels set up for comfort and morning shade – Montpellier, France

Some might notice a trend, as budget and planning constraints have called for more imaginative and slightly less comfortable arrangements. Flexibility becomes important, especially when the expenses in Europe start piling up. However, sometimes the soreness born from a cramped car seat is worth it, especially when it follows a filling dinner and a few bottles of local wine!

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  1. Pat Smith

    I am so enjoying your posts! I see a book evolving here. I can’t imagine actually sleeping in the Fiat. But the view of your tent “somewhere in France”–amazing! Bon voyage encore!

    • Thanks for the thoughtful comment, a book might be a feasible, yet distant, possibility. It has been about 11 days total now of sleeping in the Fiat, so we have gotten used to it! The spot we found was quite beautiful indeed..there was a spot to hide the car, and the tent was on very soft terrain, which was a nice change. Merci encore!

  2. Great idea! I also came up with it, unfortnately only aftyer I’ve been all around the world. And nice to see the Arolla camping – I’ve been there a few years ago (a decade – how time flies!) and had no idea its supposed to be the highest in Europe.

    • Traveling does really present some interesting accomodations…the Arolla camping was a nice discovery, glad to hear you had the opportunity to experience it. The hikes in the surrounding mountains were the best part.

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