While traveling across Europe this summer, some wisdom was imparted to me from a friend Paul, while we hauled ass across the continent to get to our next destination in a timely manner. The following is the list that we came up with. Heed it with caution, or take it with a grain of salt:
- Never do currency exchange on a boat.
- Never order top shelf booze on a boat.
- Be packed ready before departure.
- Have a shower whenever the opportunity is presented.
- Don’t get rowdy at border patrol.
- The trick to living in a van, is being ultimately disciplined – tessellation is organization.
- Learn “how old are you?” In various languages.
- Don’t rattle the cage.
- Give the Greeks lots of money, they need the help.
- If you’re going to crash, crash in Austria and have a a European health card.
- Always ask for forgiveness, not permission.
- McDonalds has free wifi, and it’s pretty fast.
- Music choice is up to the person driving.
- On the autobahn, constantly check your mirrors…you’re never the fastest driver out there.
- Knowing basic conversational phrases in at least two other languages is exceptionally helpful.
- Tinder in every new city/location.
- Expand your pallet; being a picky eater means you’ll probably go hungry in the Alps.
- Always know what the exchange rate is for the currency you’re using.
- If it will make for a good story later, why not?
- Have fun.