A tour of Europe in a van
It is all yellow, displays 198,000 km on the odometer, is 2.5m high and 5.5m long, dates from 2007, has 2 openings on the roof, 3 windows and we found it on the second hand market: here is the portrait of Eugene, our van. We set it up in a month before we left.
158 travel days
Departure from Tours on April 25 - return September 30, 2021
20,339 km traveled
26 countries crossed including 6 outside the European Union
€ 9,867 spent in 5 months
59 towns and villages visited
1 fine in Bulgaria
8 border checks including 1 vehicle search
France - Switzerland - Austria - Slovenia - Croatia - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Montenegro - Albania - North Macedonia - Greece - Bulgaria - Serbia - Hungary - Slovakia - Poland - Latvia - Lithuania - Estonia - Sweden - Norway - Denmark - Germany - Country - Bas - Belgium - Luxembourg - France - Spain - France
Just for your viewing pleasure, here are some of our many photos. Some places have been the object of a passage, others of an overnight stay. Imagine yourself, alone at night in these places ... For more landscapes, follow us on Instagram !
Our carbon footprint
Traveling in a van is obviously more emitting than by train . But for questions of logistics, freedom and experience, we opted for this means of transport while being extremely vigilant about our footprint. In details, over 5 months, per person:
Transport 20,000km Diesel: 2.1t
Organic, local, vegetarian, seasonal food: 0.8t
Others (banking, utilities): 0.55t
IT, goods and services: 0.04t
Accommodation (van) without heating, with solar shower: 0.03t
Over the year, this remains more than the 2 tonnes recommended by the IPCC, but still less than the average for the French (≈ 11t per year). And if we help you reduce your consumption, our addition will be even more justified.
Our partnership with Logikko
To reduce our footprint as much as possible, we fitted an energy saver on Eugene's engine. The company Logikko makes this product: the Green Performer.
The principle ? An on-board electrolysis under the hood releases oxygen and produces hydrogen . The latter is injected directly into the engine to improve its capacities.
We carried out global and local pollution tests before leaving for Europe, then upon return. Results :
-18% of fuel consumed (therefore less CO2 emissions)
-37% of local pollution