I have come to realise that you will never have enough money, enough time or the right weather to make that trip you have always planned to…. sometimes you just have to start that journey.
Childhood buddies can get you to do almost anything… this is true. If it wasn’t for that chat with Kiron who lives in Madrid which ended something like… “just come, we’ll figure it all out” …. I don’t think I would dare venture westwards where my currency looks almost comical!
And so it happened… A ROADTRIP… from Madrid to Portugal and back… with stopovers on route through a myriad of scenic, magical, adventurous roads and cities and towns… each that wrote a story in my book of life 🙂
13 days of road tripping over 2450kms covering Madrid, the town of Calpe in Alicante, the magical old town of Granada, the lively town of Seville, the mind blowing beaches of Algarve in Portugal and drive back to Madrid via Merida.
We learnt that renting a car, filling fuel, paying for tolls and all the rest that comes with having your own wheels works out much cheaper than getting on trains and buses. Added to it the convenience of figuring your way to the place of stay… So if you have a long route planned that side of the world… Get your self an international driving license and to a rent-a-car without a second thought!
A few things to remember when you venture on a road trip… always pick places to stay that have car parking… this revelation comes from lugging our baggage to old town Sacromente in Granada through cobbled streets… Its another matter that we forgot all about it when we saw the lovely cave house that we were living in! Another important thing you must NOT do is go on a drinking binge the night before your drive… this too is a revelation after struggling to stay awake for a good 100kms….!
And most importantly make sure your navigator is not a nag! I had the bestest navigator in Kiron, who was patient, extremely entertaining and who also doubled up as DJ and got all the songs just right!
Happy roadtripping! 🙂