the skinflint philosopher

Attempting to thrift our way to a better life, with a toddler in tow!

Calling all travellers….


Digger and I have tried to sit down recently and come up with ‘some sort of plan’ for our overland travel – we are thinking France, Italy, Greece- to take us and our paired-down possessions to Bulgaria this September. We definitely don’t want to travel for more than a couple of hours a day, as Tiddler will go on strike if we keep her in the car seat too long. She is after all used to #islandlife, where nowhere is really more than a thirty minute drive, and anywhere further than that, well those are the back of beyond parts of the island just for the ‘locals’. Even we only go there on special occasions and then usually under duress, and possibly wishing you had a phrasebook.

Not being experienced European travellers we don’t really know where to start,  so I’m here doing a shout out for some suggestions please. We will probably be starting off by waving goodbye to Blighty and driving off the ferry in Le Harve or St. Malo.
From there- where shall we go? What shouldn’t we miss? What should we miss? Any advice, or things we should know? Travel ideas on a shoestring? All ideas/suggestions/travel horror stories welcome! Thank you!

Author: Theskinflintphilosopher

Call me thrifty, prudent, tight or even a miser, but squirreling money away is definitely my thing. The ins and outs of how saving money became a lifestyle, in order to work towards a specific lifestyle change. Follow me on that journey and learn to look at life in a different way.

5 thoughts on “Calling all travellers….

  1. I’ve been to Stockholm and Vienna, all I can say is they are really beautiful. Stockholm may be far north for you, but definitely consider a visit sometime in the future.
    Vienna is like a dream. The inner city is very small so you can easily see the sights within a walking distance.
    Literally all of my friends who visited Italy have got something stolen: passports, purses, credit card numbers etc. so be extra careful there, I think the key is being not too noticeable as a tourist.
    If you aren’t an art or archeology junkie, you can miss most of the museums. I made the mistake of visiting too many museums in Stockholm, all of which were great but now I remember very little except for some distinguished works. What stays with me though is yummy and unique (and cheap) street food, aimlessly wandering the streets and relaxing in the parks, and wondering how the hell people are so different and the same.
    Another tip: download all the maps of the places you’ll visit beforehand, there’s an app called or something like that, it can be very helpful.
    Also: visit Istanbul if you have the time. You won’t regret it. 😊 good luck on your trip.


    • Hi Pelin, Thank you so much for your long reply! Stockholm is not on our list this time (but I’ll bank your comments for future reference!) but perhaps Vienna is not out of the question if we rethink our route a little, and of course once we are in Bulgaria we should definitely have the opportunity at a later date to visit Istanbul- of course your blog sets the scene!
      I am cautious and brooding a little bit at the moment about travel safety, obviously personal possessions but also Tiddler’s safety. She is so gregarious and is used to our small part of the world which seems to operate at a slower pace of life (and a few years behind) everywhere else. Digger’s latest idea for discussion is to buy a second hand motorhome/caravan so we are not camping, and there is more security for us all and our possessions, though I am not sure whether that won’t make the vehicle more of a target if it is parked up somewhere during the day.
      This all starts playing with our budget too of course. I think street food will be the way forwards for us too to keep costly restaurant bills down, and whether we camp or not I am a dab hand at cooking on a trangia (from my kayaking days) but whether I can cater for a hungry Digger and a slightly fussy Tiddler from it is going to have to be tried and tested! 🙂
      Map idea great- thank you! x

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  2. Other suggestions that have come in about this blog post via facebook have been : South west of France. Pyrennees Toulouse Bordeaux then the inland south: Carcassone, Montpellier, Avignon, Nimes, Eze. In italy, Venice, Florence for sheer beauty and Cinque Terre in Liguria and Lake Orta Lake Como.
    Any opinions on these?


  3. All those ideas are to beautiful places. Lots to see and plenty of chances for history lessons in the south of France. The Cinque Terre are gorgeous. The hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria are beautiful and in the autumn they will be picking the grapes for the wine. Pisa and its leaning tower are fun to see and Verona has a lot to offer.

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