Hello Fellow Travellers.
For many years, I ran a small consultancy dealing with EU related issues (yes, really). Then came Covid and after yet another round of Zoom meetings, my heart sank to the bottom of my lap top and I thought maybe now should be the time to do something different. This is when the idea for this website was born. The consultancy is called EPIC - the European Policy Information Centre, so we thought that the theme of our travel advice should, at least to a certain degree, refer to an 'EPIC' way of travelling across our continent, and the name of EPIC European Journeys was born (I also fancied EPIC Journeyman, but that domain was taken up by some dude in California offering mind-bending journeys of a different variety).
I spent parts of lockdown researching itineraries and writing up travel suggestions, which hopefully might not be your usual, run-of-the-mill offering. Friends and colleagues have also contributed suggestions, blogs and posts, and we aim to gradually build up a comprehensive list of ways on how to tour our continent in an EPIC way. I have posted some thoughts on our travel philosophy, which hopefully some of you might share. There are write-ups on some memorable hikes that Europe has to offer. We have also included some wonderful drives, train journeys, ferry rides and island hopping adventures. A large section is devoted to some of the road trips that we have embarked upon over the years. Now we just have to wait for that stupid virus to subside.
Until thenStay safe and healthy; the next trip won't be off for too long.Andreas Staab
Here are our contributors to these pages. We know: male, pale, stale. Most certainly not by design, and we welcome input from other fellow travellers, whatever your age, passport or background. Which reminds me: Nicki, could you please forward that article on wild swimming in Scotland!
Andreas is an author and consultant, who is mainly to blame for these pages. In between travels he continues to torture his students on European politics and economics. He has a particular soft spot for the Balkans. Andreas is based in London.
Meet Tony: Voyageur Extraordinaire, who has spent half of the last 40 years travelling around the globe, clocking up 112 countries. Handily for us, his camera and notebook were always with him and Tony has kindly offered for some of his road trip journals to be published on this website. Tony is based in ... where exactly are you at the moment Tony?
Peter is a retired banker who has been a tour leader at the German Alpine Association for the past 35 years (which sounds just a little bit more adventurous than banking). He has climbed and hiked across Asia and North America, but his preferred spots are in the Dolomites and in the Swiss Alps. Peter is based in Mannheim, Germany.